Some exciting news- I'm being featured in the "Local Author Spotlight" in my hometown's literary newsletter for this coming quarter! The issue will be released in April and feature a photo of me, my bio, what inspires me to write, a description of my available works (The Secret Room, Shadows in the Window, and Silent Outbursts) as well as my upcoming releases! I may even being doing "An Evening With The Author" at the library where people can come and ask me about my works, my process, and anything else they want. I'll be the first self-published eBook author (there have been other self-published authors, but never for eBooks) and I'm sure people will be asking me about the process of publishing digitally. They will also be featuring my book (in digital format) in the library and promoting my work.
This may not be so exciting to others, but I think it's pretty cool. :)
My zombie novel is flowing very well, and I'm even surprising myself with some elements of the story. I had anticipated it would be a short novel, around 30,000-35,000 words, but I'm already at 26,000 words and only about 25% through the story, so I think it's going to be a longer novel. I'm aiming to keep it under 100,000 words or right around there because I don't want it to be too terribly long. But when it comes down to it, I need to tell the story and tell it well, regardless of word count.
I'm getting a little nervous about releasing my zombie novel. There's a lot of zombie stuff out there, and while mine doesn't redefine the genre, I think it's unique enough to stand out. I just need to make sure I give ample time for editing- I'm planning to devote 80 hours myself, maybe more if I have the time, and recruit a few volunteers to read/review/point out mistakes before I publish it.
Based on reviews I've read of other zombie novels, I think people will generally either totally love or absolutely hate my work- not many seem to be in the middle when it comes to zombies. Ultimately, though, I write for myself and those who love to read my stories, not the overbearingly harsh critics.