I'm not sure why, but I really like that number.
Probably the number of calories I consumed today. I think this has been a very productive weekend for me, and I'll tell you why.
1. I HAVE FINALIZED THE COVER. I went through 20+ cover designs and narrowed it down. It was hard because there was so much potential in each one; potential I may use in future covers, so nothing is wasted. The deciding factor was looking at each one for pros and cons. A couple of slut models ended up in the con pile, just so you know. I really hope that you like it, if anything for the fact that it took me a very long time to design and touch up, so I'm proud of it. :)
2. I HAVE DECIDED ON A TITLE. Woohoo! Too much emphasis was going into the name, and when I sat down and thought about all my favorite books, I didn't always remember them by title. Especially a series. Why? Because most series I read have "same word" usage. Dark, Night, Bite, Dead, etc. After the fifth book, you just start calling it "Book 5", because the titles run together. That's why I chose "Sterling". I wanted one word, and it had some meaning. But how do you "theme" that into a series? lol, you can't. Not without getting corny. Toil, toil, toil.
Yesterday, I was thinking of words that summarized book 2: characters, personality traits, plot, etc. I snapped my fingers with a particular word.
I set it as my wallpaper and looked at it off and on while editing. I've done this for the past week with other titles, but this one I put up on its own. Are you bored yet? Well, if you're read this far, maybe you're curious about the process. I looked up the definition of the word, and all the alternate uses, and it really fit. It was something I was happy with, and additionally not a word that you see as a stand alone word on books. Try searching amazon for words like, for instance, "Bound". That word is on a lot of titles.
And btw, no, I am not going to slap a word on the cover like "dubious" or "fastidious".
So here I am, settled on the title and the cover, and contemplating when to release the information. Shall I set a date for the cover release, just to make it fun? The book isn't ready yet, but maybe I can release the cover mid month and have a little countdown clock..lol Ok, am I being a bit of a dork?
Or, do you really even care? It's not like I'm JR Ward with a legion of fans chewing their nails for the next cover, professionally created, with well paid models. I'm a woman with limited resources, but a lot of passion in what I do.
So that's how I started 2012. I'm still editing, but I feel like I just skipped a rock over a pond and made ripples.