Yes, friends and readers, I spent most of last night and this morning putting the finishing touches on La Bruja in the Orchard. For some reason, that took longer than the last book, probably because I was going for "perfect," which is not necessarily a bad thing, except that I didn't spend any time working on my novel The Harvest.
La Bruja in the Orchard is a real beauty. I learned a lot since the one I put out over the weekend, mostly that my books sell on Amazon, which is better known than Smashwords.
In terms of my ongoing novel, I decided to start sending query letters in October or earlier, but I definitely want to finish the full draft this month and start revising immediately afterwards. That story needs to get out and done because other stories are competing for attention and waking me up at odd hours. I am thinking of spreading my wings to a Murder on the Strike Line series and donating a good portion of those profits toward a strike fund in my union chapter because, we may very well be on strike over this contract.
This week, I also reached out a to a graphic designer to see if he would be willing to design my next two book covers since those will require a spine. (He just responded, and turns out he does more photography, which is fine. I need a good head shot.) If not, I am using fiverr after all, which offers a range of prices. I don't want to needlessly invest money on design aspects I can do myself. In fact, I am growing more confident in my book production abilities, and my editing skills. I had agonized for so long that I needed an idea reader, and I don't think I do anymore, at least not for these shorts. Watch, I'll end up finding one after all.
Well, I'm off to union meetings! Solidarity all.
Grow, grow, grow and produce beautiful books! #Resist!
Dr. Jesú Estrada,