I'm actually going to use this for a bloghop I was tagged in ages ago by Colin D. Smith. For this hop, you share five facts about the main character of your current WIP. Yeah, I'm bending the rules a little bit. So sue me. I'm celebrating my book. =P I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you feel like doing it, let me know so I can read your post.
It's an interesting turn of events that brought me to Snapshots Relaunch Blitz. Not long ago, I swore up and down that once I hit publish on a book that was it. It was finished and other than fixing a stray typo, I wasn't messing with it.
I tried to stay with that line of thinking for a long time after the idea to re-edit Snapshots entered my brain. No, I had to stick by it. It was done. No, no, no, no, NO!
A bad day is what it took to change my mind. A day where I thought I was the worst writer ever (and the worst person ever as well.) Why was I bothering? OMG I am an idiot! Click. Unpublished.
There are a few things that inspired Snapshots, which is rare for me. Stories usually just pop into my head and the only way to get them out is to write them. Banging my head on the table just gives me a headache. (Kidding!)
What inspired the whole story was, one day, I was in a Twitter chat discussing LGBT characters and the lack of bisexual ones. At the end, I thought, "I'd like to help create more stories with bisexual characters." I forget how long passed, but I was hit with a new idea, and low and behold, the main character was bisexual. Thus Snapshots was born.
Other inspirations include actual people and one fictional person.
Welcome to the SNAPSHOTS relaunch blitz!
I am a bit terrified but mostly excited for this day. All around the blogsphere, I have awesome people sharing the news with me. But I decided, last minute of course, to take it a little further. The rest of the week, I plan on posting about Snapshots. I'll also be sharing a few older guest posts I wrote last year about Snapshots. By the time the week is over, hopefully I will have you unable to resist clicking buy. ;)
No, you did not miss relaunch day for Snapshots, so take a breath and calm down. It will all be okay. The relaunch is still going to happen, but not on July 23rd.
There's a few reasons for this.
The first is I screwed up the formatting for the Kindle and Smashwords versions and now I have to redo it. Formatting sucks too and I haven't done it in a while, so it's probably going to take me longer than it should.
After bugging my best friend of nearly 30 years so much that she will probably never agree to do this again, I have Snapshots back from her with any typos highlighted. That means I can definitely move forward with a July 23rd rerelease date, and I would like your help in doing so. I made a nifty little form in Google Docs for you to fill out if you'd like to help me spread the word about Snapshots being available. I am looking for book bloggers, readers, writers, whoever wants to join the fun! Everyone who signs up gets an extra entry into the giveaway. If you donate to the giveaway, you get more entries.
I will be emailing all the details you need (I will be trying my hand at a pre-written HTML post. HUBBY! Help with this please) as the date draws near. If you have any questions or ideas on making this rerelease even more awesome, feel free to tell me in the comments.
It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support group again. IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!
I have a hard time talking about stuff. Like talking face to face to a person. I can blog about some things pretty easily, but I still hold back on the really bad stuff (the kind of bad stuff I really need to talk about.) Finally, this past weekend, I told hubby how lonely I've been feeling the past few weeks (it only took a couple weird tantrums and a few melt downs) and how it's affected my writing. At one point, I flat out said, "My writing confidence is zero." I had someone in a Twitter chat tell me to let her know when Snapshots was rereleased so she could read it and I had a panic attack. I never get those, but I had to get up and do something calming–which turned out to be dishes. I was on the verge of saying "No, I'm never publishing it." and locking up all my writing.
Elsie Elmore tagged me in this hop and given that I'm trying to get Snapshots republished, it's probably a wise idea to try to create some hype. Plus, it's always fun to put Cyc on the chopping block. >8D (Look at the cover, he's glaring at me.)
1. What is the name of your main character? Is he fictional or a historic person?
Cyclop Blaine. He's pretty fictional... or is he. Dun dun DUN!!!!! No, he's fictional.
2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in modern times. Since I'm rubbish at researching cities, I like to make up my own so I can lay them out however I want, so the story is set in a fictional city.
3. What should we know about him?
Don't let him punch you. Bones will be broken. Cyc is stronger and faster than your average person and had to learn to control his strength because he kept breaking everything. He can also see the future, but who can't? ;)
Oops. I forgot to post on Friday. In my defense, Thursday I got the new cover for Snapshots and I was stoked about that and unable to focus on much else. Then on Friday, I went to work and as soon as I was done there, hubby and I hit the road to visit my grandma for the weekend. She has no internet and all her neighbors have theirs locked. I didn't even bring the laptop. I unplugged. (I do have a smartphone, but I'm not putting Twitter or Facebook on it. I don't need to be connected all the time. I like to unplug from time to time. Crazy, I know.)
Anyways, so Snapshots has a spiffy new cover designed by S.A. Hunt. And let me tell you, it's pretty... and creepy. Seriously, I got the mock up and I stood back to see how the cover looked from a distance. Was the title readable? Image easy to see? Yes, to both, but the coolest thing was how the image went from hot guy to creepy guy. If why that is good doesn't make sense, let me explain. In the story, Cyc is super pale (goths are jealous) and has a blue eye that is also very light in color. It causes people walking past to do a double take. So to have this cover look weird from afar is very fitting because that is how Cyc looks.
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