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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Contract Process

cz sez my contract deal with Crimson Roman continues to be a smooth process. Jennifer, the CR editor I work with, has been very responsive to my every eMail. The contract has yet to be countersigned, however, so I continue to hold the idea that everything is still written in pencil (subject to be erased). Sigh.

CR sent me a really neat author packet, chock full of things I can do to help the marketing, things they will be doing (and they will do some marketing), and what I can expect when. One of the things that kind of surprised me was a page that invited me to give them my idea of what the cover might look like. Granted, they have final say-so, but that they asked was kind of special I thought.  I had always heard that authors have no input on cover art. I'm getting anxious to see what they come up with, and you will be some of the first people to see it.

They also asked for my photo jpeg. I guess I could use the one I have here on Lyrical Pens, but I think I'll try for an updated version. That will be a BIG deal because I don't, as my photographer says, have enough "planes/angles" in my face to be interesting. Ha. (Little does he know how interesting I can be when I want to  be.)

I'm waiting for the publisher's edits to come my way. I think that might be sooner than later, since DEADLY STAR is slotted for release in February 2013.  Yay, wow, etc.

On another note, I am covering the last few weeks of Mahala's writing class on Wednesday nights, and that's a kick. These teenagers are fun to be around, and they really want to learn about crafting a story. Hopefully, I can keep ahead of them.

Talk to you again soon.

You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I'll try to do the same.

cj  (note: no capitals, no periods, and no spaces between cj -- that's what I needed to tell the publisher.)

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