STATUS REPORT # 117

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Today’s update will be quite short.

Yesterday I finally received the proof copy for the re-edited version of my debut romance novel “I Kissed a Ghost,” in the early afternoon and I gave my approval around 4:30 PM EDT.

Today I’ve started the KINDLE Conversion process which will hopefully allow me to still start my promotional activities for Halloween. I’ve also ordered about 5 copies of the print copy; 2 copies of which are going to the US Copyright Office in Washington DC, 1 copy is for my personal use with the remaining 2 copies going to the GoodReads giveaway I plan to have: 1 for November and 1 for December.

As far as my book reviewing is concerned I’ve now written 631 reviews on Amazon with a Amazon Reviewer Ranking of 2,525.

This means after the next few days where I’ll be essentially, I’ll be returning to the manuscript for my adult Contemporary Romance, “His Darkest Secret,” which is approximately 88 % completed at the present time.

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STATUS REPORT # 116

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For the week prior to this past Monday has been somewhat of a small ordeal for me. Nothing serious but it has prevented me from moving forwards of the re-release of my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.”

Today, I finally finished garnering the funds needed to give to CreateSpace to pay for the licensing fee to reuse the same cover I’d used for the original version of the book. However, when I spoke to the CreateSpace representative today, she told me everything including the licensing fee has already been paid. This means I’ll be getting my complimentary PROOF COPY in about a week to ten days, after which I can approve the print copy and I order the KINDLE conversion. Making the re-released of the book in time for some quick Halloween promotional activity.

Once this book becomes available and I do some heavy duty promotional activities, I decide to move on to my adult Contemporary romance novel entitled, “His Darkest Secret.” I estimate now I’m almost 90% completed with this endeavor. Once I’ve typed that elusive final period. I got to move my fund-raising activity into high gear.

I’ve finally be able to make progress on meeting my goal for this year’s GoodReads Reading Challenge. Where not too long ago I’d been about 20 books behind, as of today I’m 3 books ahead of schedule.

 

STATUS REPORT # 114

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Things are moving along slowly regarding completing the re-release of my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost.” Right now, I’ve approved the inner for the book and CreateSpace is finalizing that. Next comes the book’s cover which I’ve thought had been a done deal, since I’m using the same exact cover except for the ISBN number. But that isn’t the case, I’ve got to repurchase the cover’s design because the book is no longer using this number and has been assigned a new number. So, right now I’m waiting for CreateSpace to send me the cover again for my approval, which means I’ve got a chance to review any of the text on the back. Once I’ve approved this, they’re sending me a PROOF copy for my review and approval. It is at this point I can order the KINDLE conversion. Given this hopefully the book will be become available in its paperback, KINDLE and KINDLE Unlimited by October 15th. Just in time for Halloween.

My review of books has picked up its pace over the past few weeks, good enough that I’ve decided to restore my original goal for the 2017 GoodReads Reading Challenge back up to 200 books from its current 150 books goal.

Part of the time since my last status has been spent allowing my erotic side to do whatever needed to be done on its writing endeavors and promotional activities got itself.

Going forwards I’ve got to return posting some more marketing/promotional ideas. I’m looking for my fellow romance authors who want to be interview for my two blogs on BlogSpot.com and WordPress.com. So, if anyone is interested please send me a DM on my Twitter account and if you’re not following me here on this blog, I’d love for you do so right now.

Meanwhile. if anyone is interested in several unedited original snippets for “I Kissed a Ghost”, here are the links for my two blogs:

BlogSpot.com
https://mypennameonly.blogspot.com/search/label/Ghostly%20Whispers

WordPress.com
https://mypennameonly.wordpress.com/category/ghostly-whispers

STATUS REPORT # 113 PLUS ANOTHER MILESTONE HAS BEEN HIT

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Things have been happening since my last report. To begin with I finally got around to submitting the revised edited manuscript for my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal, “I Kissed a Ghost” to CreateSpace. Now, hopefully on Friday I’ll be told the inner is now finished and we can move on to the next step. If all goes well, I’d like to see my book becoming available within three weeks.

This morning I’ve hit ANOTHER MILESTONE > > > > I’ve posted my 600th review on Amazon. So, I’d like to invite everyone to check out my reviews and perhaps you’ll find your next book to read or give as a gift.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

I’ll be posting my 600th Amazon here something later today.

With my “I Kissed a Ghost” on its way to see the light of day, I’ve started to return to the writing of my two WIPs. So far I’ve just ran a Grammar/SpellCheck on the two manuscript with the update versions of MicroSoft Word which came with my new computer, and now I’ve got to decide which one I’m going to work on first. The thing is I’m in no rush since I need to raise the funds to get it self-published and therefore I’ve got to do some intense promotional activities for all of my books.

“I KISSED A GHOST” UPDATE # 1

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Hi ALL

 

After a slight miscommunication with CreateSpace about submitting my completed revised manuscript for my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled
“I Kissed a Ghost,” I wanted to send it in. However, when I went to the perfectly fine saved file and opened it I saw it had been corrupted. Instead of just seeing the actual manuscript, I saw it along with all the changes which I made from the suggestions the line editor gave me to improve the original one. I became frantic trying to undo what had occurred, it took almost two weeks to correct this situation, which wound up being this past Wednesday [09/13/17]. On Friday, with a clear head, I slowly reviewed each page, making sure no glitches had remained.

 

On Thursday, I finally wrote the copyright, dedication and my other endeavors pages; adding in the appropriate blank pages. On Friday, once I was satisfied that all is well with the manuscript I’d worked so hard to revise, I contacted those supportive folks at CreateSpace to help me in getting all the comments connected to the manuscript got removed. With this last step, and making sure one last time that I had no more issues with my manuscript, I followed their instructions to send it to them. 

 

Now, I’ve got patiently wait to them to finish setting up the interior of the revised book, so I can move on to the next step for the re-release of this book.

 

 

 

STATUS REPORT # 112

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Yesterday, at long last, I’d finally been above to resolve the issues I’d been having with the re-edited manuscript for my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost.” I’d finished making the suggestions made by the line editor I’d gotten from CreateSpace, and I wanted to take about three days to rest. When I came back and opened the file, the document was in shambles; the manuscript was there, as were all the deletions and additions in blue. Despite all my efforts in trying to return to workable file I could format and send off to CreateSpace to prepare the interior of the book, I got nowhere.

I finally got a friend and good neighbor to help me out, since I was almost a month behind schedule in re-releasing the book. She carefully copied the entire manuscript and then pasted it into a new file, and it worked; and I was busy for several hours making sure each page was correct, saving it several times along the way. I don’t know what she did, because I’d tried doing the same thing a few times; but without much success. I finished reviewing the formatting of the entire manuscript shortly after midnight.

After I woke up this morning and had a mug of my morning Joe, black and sweet I sat down to write the copyright, my other endeavors, and dedication pages. Now, all I’ve got to do is to wait for the offices of CreateSpace to open, so they can help me remove all the comments left by the line editor which still exist on the document.

With only approving the print copy and KINDLE conversion left to do, this endeavor is now practically out of my way.

When I get into situations where I can’t move forwards on any of my writing endeavors, for whatever the reason, I switch into writing book reviews; and since my last update I’ve written eight with one more being done later today. Right now I’ve got 593 reviews written under my belt on Amazon-US and elsewhere, here’s the link if anyone is interested in reading any of them:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

This morning I found a fantasy romance short story I’d written over two years which I’ve started to edit, and making it a bit erotic at the same time. I’ve now got two writing endeavors left to finish under this name to finish; with the rate of my writing depended on how fast I can raise the necessary funds to get the endeavor self-published.

 

 

 

 

 

STATUS REPORT # 111

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I know it’s been almost three weeks since my last update, but nothing important has transpired since then.

I’m still waiting for CreateSpace to approve the interior design for the re-edited version of my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” Prior to my starting the re-editing process the book had received an average of 4.1 STARS based on 26 reviews. Once they approve it, I’ve got to format the interior: single spacing, chapter starting positions, making sure the margins for each line is properly justified, etc. I also need to make sure the prior pages to the actual story have all the correct information I want it to have. I then need to get my proof copy, after I approve it’s time for the KINDLE conversion, and the start of my almost non-stop promoting for it, which I currently believe would be towards the end of this month.

Right now, I’m aggressively pursuing my reading/reviewing of book as I’d fallen behind so much I would up reducing my original goal of doing 200 books by the end of the year on GoodReads down to 150 from 200.

Besides this, I need to allow my erotic side to pursue her writing endeavors, one of which is a serialized GLBT/BDSM erotic short story/novella.

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