Friday, September 30, 2011

D-Day -1

I do believe I have the formatting complete and am ready to upload my novel. Plan on attempting that tomorrow. September's always been such a sad month for me, so that's why I'm waiting for October 1st.

Meanwhile, I have updated my website to include the book trailer, so check it out here.

Once I'm assured the book has been accepted and is available, I'll post the actual trailer here, and info on where you can find "Fractured Facade." Getting excited, but am also nervous.

D-Day -1...

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Scream

This is me after spending all day formatting the book, and screwing it up:

The Scream, Edvard Munch Pictures, Images and Photos

Silly me thought I would finish Kindle and Smashwords versions in one day. Haha! Should never have attempted such a project on a Monday. Thank God, a formatting knight came to my rescue. Hope to start fresh again tomorrow...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dedication and Synopsis

Had a very busy weekend that included coming up with a synopsis and dedication which I've now incorporated on my website. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Spent the rest of the time working on the trailer. My daughter did a fantastic job. I can't wait to show it, but I'm hesitating because the book is not formatted and uploaded yet! I don't want people to look for "Fractured Facade" and not find it.

One more read, and then I'm off to format...starting tomorrow.

Friday, September 23, 2011

This Week's Tasks

Been busy getting ready to launch "Fractured Facade."

Updated my website with a tag-line and About Me, so if you get a chance, please check it out.

Working on the description today. Hoping to produce a book trailer this weekend and the goal is to begin formatting next week. Been reading all the do's and don'ts so hopefully I'll get it right. Man, being a publisher is hard work, but I love it!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

About Me

As part of the preparation for launch, I have to create an "about me" blurb to go on the different sites. What do you think of this?

"With one foot planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and the other in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Elena DeRosa is a Yankee living in a Southern town. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Elena now resides in Roanoke with her husband, two children, and a Welsh Corgi.

A former videotape editor, producer, and newspaper columnist, Elena’s most rewarding career has been the years spent with her children. Blogging, photography, and paranormal investigating are her hobbies. Writing her debut novel, “Fractured Facade” has been her calling."

Monday, September 19, 2011

*The End*

*The End*

I did it. I hit those two words, after finally being satisfied with the 100,291 other words...

A father's death, a daughter's life, and a sociopath's vendetta.

A novel written as memoir...hitting *The End* marks a new beginning...

By the way, today is the 4th anniversary of my father's death. Coincidence? I think not...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Website

Now that I own my name, I can begin work on my new website. Got the basics down for now...Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Cover

Halfway through the final edit. Here's the book cover, designed and created by my daughter.

The original design I had in mind was too busy, not the correct proportions for an e-Book, and didn't stand out enough in thumbnail. When my daughter and I spoke about coming up with something, I wanted a style that would translate to any of the books I eventually plan to publish. It's important to have a brand that is easily recognizable. My daughter pushed for the black/white/grey scale, looking ahead towards the printing stage of promotional materials, etc. Besides, anyone who knows me, knows black is the dominant color in my life ;).

Thanks to my daughter for a job well done. I see a Mac in your future so I better get back to work...