I realize it's been a bit slow around here for the past several months, but never fear! Events featuring the book or me (or both :-P) are up-and-coming!
First of all, I've already started the wheels turning on doing a book reading (or some sort of book event) at the Victoria Public Library this coming fall. I'm also hoping to arrange a book signing or two at Barnes & Noble sometime in the future :-D.
Second, I'd like to do some book giveaways online through Goodreads and Amazon! If you don't have your copy yet or would like one for a friend, be on the lookout for those in the next couple of months!
Third, there is the possibility that maybe - just maybe - another book could come out next year O_o. That depends on a lot of factors though, so I'm not making any promises just yet... but one of those factors is how well the current book sells. In other words, spread the word! The better this first book does, the easier it will be to convince my publisher to print a second one ;-P.
Last, thank you for your continued support and as always, keep reading :-). Stay tuned for more details!
I'd like to use this update post as an opportunity to say thank-you to my publisher, Covenant Books :-). Without them, I'm not sure I would have gotten the chance to share my stories with you, and that would have been a very sad thing!
Covenant Books is a small publisher when compared with the major players in the book world (Penguin, Random House, etc), but they do publish anything and everything. One of the reasons I submitted my novel to them was because they are accepting of works containing religious material, and I wanted to be sure that I could share my stories just the way they are - just the way God gave them to me ;-) - without having to cut out what is probably the more important elements of the story. They have been extremely helpful and supportive throughout the entire publishing process (a big thank-you to my publication assistant, Robert, who made sure I didn't get lost or overwhelmed!), and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to publish a book of their own. For more information about Covenant Books, visit their website here (covenantbooks.com). You can also visit their New Releases page to see what other great books they've published!
In particular, visit my book page on Covenant's website! This page has links for all major buying options: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes (you'll also find a link on the Books page of my website). While you're there, watch the promotional video they created just for The Heart of Everything, which you can also view here on YouTube.
Last but not least, Covenant Books recently featured me in their blog of new books! You can check it out here :-).
Again, thank you to my awesome publisher and a great publishing experience! Here's to many more in the future! :-D
Stay tuned for more updates on The Heart of Everything as well as other author stuff!
Many things have happened since my last update!
For starters, the book finally made it to iTunes! It is an Apple book, not an audiobook, just so we're all clear. The easiest way to locate it that I have found is to search for "Lynn Wallace" while in the iTunes store, and then click the "Lynn Wallace > Author" link in the right-hand column. See my earlier Facebook/ Instagram post on January 5th for details.
I've also joined several several online communities that add new ways to connect with my readers and share my book! Among these are Authorgraph, Goodreads, and Amazon Author Central. Authorgraph is a way for those of you who purchased the digital version of the book to get a signed copy! Simply search for my book and request a signature! I'd love to add the Authorgraph tab to my Facebook page to make it even easier, but I need a lot more followers before they will allow that. Please spread the word and invite your friends to like my page! For now, you can find a link to Authorgraph on the Books page :-).
Amazon Author Central and Goodreads provide additional ways to learn about me and stay in touch. Both provide another way to follow my blog posts, and can potentially host giveaways (such as free copies of the book!). Stay tuned for future announcements about that ;-P. Amazon Author Central has links on my page where you can purchase the book through Amazon.com (instead of having to search the main site for it). Goodreads is an online reading community where you can leave book reviews and ask questions of the author. Please leave me a review if you are a member so others can see how good the book is! I have links to my page on both websites under the Contact tab :-).
Last but not least, the distribution of my novel is completely up and running at this time. If you are experiencing any difficulty in purchasing or receiving a copy of the book that you previously purchased, please contact Customer Service of the seller (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc). I can say that Ingram, the distributor, is print-on-demand - meaning that once you order the book, they print a copy for you (as opposed to the seller keeping a box of them in stock). Beyond that, I have no control over the printing and distributing process. I only write the books, sorry!
As always, thank you to everyone who has been and continues to support me in this amazing journey :-). Stay tuned for more exciting developments and (hopefully) future book events!
My book is officially available!!! (Inner happy scream) Can you believe it??? I'm so thrilled it's hard to type straight :D.
So! Buying the book - you can purchase digital AND print copies via Amazon and Barnes & Noble at this time (click the store name to follow the link). Don't panic if the availability seems limited! The distribution of my book literally JUST STARTED this week - it may take some time to get up and running fully. Also, don't freak out that there's no cover photo shown for the paperback version on B&N. That has to do with the way the listing is created - some sort of technical mumbo-jumbo involving meta-data populating fields or whatever (my publisher assures me this is normal). It does not reflect that the book is incomplete in any way. The listings will eventually be complete and the book's availability will increase as the distribution continues. Also, my book will soon be available digitally through Apple/ iTunes (I'll post again when that happens). Please be patient with me as we wait for all of this!!! (I know being patient is hard - it is for me, at least, since I've been waiting all year for this!)
Also, for those of you that like to buy books in an actual store - my book will be coming to brick and mortar locations. However, I do not have an exact where and when for that. I do know that it will be available through Barnes & Noble, and potentially wherever books are sold. Wondering if your local bookstore will carry it? Just ask them! My publisher is partnered with Ingram, one of the largest book distribution companies in North America - meaning that if a bookstore uses Ingram to get books on their shelves, then they have the option to stock and sell my book. Simply talk with your local bookstore about if and when they can have my book available for you :).
And, if you do see my book on store shelves, please take a picture!!! There are no local bookstores where I live :'(, but I would love to see my book in a store!!! So snap a photo and share it with me via Facebook or Instagram :D.
That's all for right now, folks! Thank you for your prayers and patience - the moment we've all been waiting for is finally here!!!
Oh. My. Goodness.
I literally just received the cover design this past weekend... And it looks absolutely amazing! There are no words to describe how incredibly gorgeous it is, so I'm just going to show you:
Told you it was amazing :P.
The great news now is that we are on our way to print!!! It will be a month or so before the book is actually available, but still! We're so close I can practically taste it!! XD
Thank you for all your prayers and support during this long process, and stay tuned for release notifications!
I have great news and not-so-great news.
The great news is that we did, in fact, finish the internal formatting phase! The inside of the book is complete and ready to go :). Which means that we have officially moved to the next step: cover design!
The not-so-great news is that while we are definitively working on the cover design, I don't have anything to show for it yet ><. Hopefully I will be receiving the initial draft of that soon, and perhaps by my next update I will have the final cover art, or at least something very close :D.
Lack of images to share aside... this is it!!! Cover design is the final phase before we go to print, so we are getting very, very close! This is the home stretch, the final countdown - hang on just a little bit longer, as the book will be coming out in the near future!
Thank you again for your continued support, and stay tuned for further updates!
I am SO EXCITED to be writing this update today!!!
Last time I posted, I mentioned that we had finally made it out of the editing phase, and that the typesetting phase (AKA page design) involved making my manuscript look like an actual book. And boy, does it look AMAZING!!! The design team at Covenant Books has done some fantastic work for me - from design elements to complement the chapter titles down to tiny accent designs used as section breaks, my story is starting to look like a real book!!! You have NO IDEA how awesome this. But you're about to ;). Below are samples from the latest version of the page design:
Is this not absolutely incredible?!?!
Okay, maybe I'm overreacting a bit :D. But still - after years of working on this story, seeing it come to life in this way is really wonderful for me. We're not done yet - we've done two rounds already - but there are only a couple more items to tweak (I think!), so I am very hopeful that my next update will be that page design is complete and we have moved on to the next phase!
As always, thank you for your support (and patience with my enthusiasm!) and stay tuned for more!
Whoo-hoo!!! We finally made it out of the editing phase! :D
Things are starting to get exciting in the publishing process now! The typesetting and formatting phase is where the entire layout and structure of the book is re-designed to look the way a book should look (as opposed to looking like the Word document I originally typed it in). This involves implementing heading and chapter titles, choosing the appropriate fonts, etc. Hopefully we won't spend more than a month or two in this process... but again, as we discovered during the editing phase, I'm actually quite picky about how perfect I want this book to be ><, so it may take more time depending on how many changes I ask them to make!
But the fact is that we ARE making progress! This book is still on track to be released sometime this fall, though I obviously don't have an exact date at this point. Which is the point of all these posts - so that I can keep you, my readers, up-to-date with precisely where we are and what to expect! :)
Thank you again for your continued support and stay tuned for further updates!
I have both good news and bad news as I write this update.
The bad news is that we are still wading our way through the editing phase as far as novel publication is concerned :/. BUT, we are getting close to being done! I promise!
The good news is that I finally made the leap to Instagram! Now you can stay in touch regarding updates and blog posts by following me as authorlynnwallace :D.
Hopefully the next time I post an update I will have more to report... Fingers crossed that we will make exciting progress in the next month!
As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned as I bring this book to life!
Hello again :).
The journey has been long and tedious. It took me a solid month to wade through the entire edited draft, analyzing every correction and deciding what to keep and what to change. I'd always thought that I was pretty good at stuff like spelling and grammar and punctuation - turns out, my personal writing style isn't always "correct"! Go figure ><. So, I've had to find a balance between how the editors say should the manuscript should read, and how I feel it should read. The end result is (hopefully) the best version of the story that I can offer.
The good news is the initial edit of my book has been completed and completely reviewed by me! Phew! Of course, the editing phase isn't over yet. I've just received the second draft back from the editing team. It should have all of my "corrections" from reviewing the first draft, and now all I have to do is review it again and approve the changes. Of course, if there is anything else that still needs fixing, that will mean another round of back-and-forth between the me and the editing team. But we should be MUCH closer to a final draft, and the last few changes (if any) should go quickly. With any luck, by my next post, we will have FINALLY moved on to the next phase in the publishing process!
Thank you for your continued support and stay tuned for future updates!