July Writing Hangover, Next Live Reading Event, and My Second Book This Summer, Mona's Return #RevisionsDoNotHavetoSuck #SupportIndieAuthors #ReviewMyBooks #barriobooks
For many Americans, July is the summer of fireworks, picnics, and family outings. July has been all of these magical things, along with road trips and time with wonderful friends. This month has also been the perpetual writing hangover. Yes, folks, I'm 20% done revising The Harvest, and it has been incredibly hard to stay disciplined and not start any new writing projects. But, that is how the work has to be or else I won't reach my July deadline. I know, yes, I know the editor is going to ask me to make many changes. I also know I will have to rewrite this novel draft one or two times before the September Pitch Wars deadline. This is hard, but I can do it. Besides, I need to finish this novel, so I can move onto the next one. You can read the first chapter in The Harvest tab, but stay tuned because I plan on adding an epilogue. I wasn't going to, but I believe I am going to add some context in that epilogue. I am not sure yet, just that there will be one.
Secondly, I invite you to my next live event in Chicago Tuesday, July 16th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Uptown Branch Public Library @ 929 West Buena Avenue, near the Sheraton Red Line. There is free parking. See the Facebook events page for more details or post questions in the comments. This is a public event.
Fans of La Bruja in the Orchard will be pleased with my pre-sale of Mona's Return, available now in Kindle for only $.99. The hard copy will also be released August 1. I have also heard your demands, readers, and thus, I will make sure to have printed copies of all my books. Zona 5 in print is coming soon. I just have this ideal of not having anything shorter than 150 pages, so my readers can get their bang for their buck, but I respect your requests. Besides, La Bruja in the Orchard, which is my shortest pub has the most 5 star reviews.
Finally, the newsletter. It has been a great experiment, but I think that is going to change to an updates and occasional freebies for subscribers. The first of the month has been difficult for me to achieve this summer. However, I have events coming up that I could announce on a monthly basis. That's all part of the learning curve, and the point is to not drive myself insane. So, be patient. The next newsletter should come out tomorrow with a nice free story for subscribers as well as an events flyer.
Change is good, am I right? I hope you all are having a magnificent day, filled with creativity and new ideas! Maybe even the writing hangover, I dread, but am learning to appreciate. Bleh.
Keep dreaming and reaching your goals. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,