Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Trying to schedule my time

Breaking down my work schedule is not an easy thing to do. As mentioned before, I have a regular day job that is stress induced. So writing time is shaved down to the hours after work and weekends. Right now, I'm in one of those zones that allows me to do more things because the betas are reviewing the book.

So during this time, I'm doing the following:
1. Reading
2. Dabbling with my Novella
3. Light editing on Impulse
4. Cover art
5. Blog tours

So, the cover are is something that I really need to just finish. I decided this weekend I'm going to FINISH IT. Or try. Don't you dare hold me to that. ;-)  Reason being, the betas are due to return their comments by August 8th. At this time, I'll have one month to do my last edit before the book goes to the editor.

By then, I should have released the cover art.

While its with the editor, I'm going to work on my novella more seriously. All aspects. This includes the cover, and I've already come up with two title ideas. It will still need to get it's own edit, and I may have to try to schedule this with someone else. My goal is to try to have two book releases this year.

Once I hit that publish button on Impulse, I'm going back to reading for a little while before starting up book four. I seriously need these breaks, no matter how quickly I want to publish my own books, I'm an avid reader and I have to get in my reading time. Usually I do it at work or in the car, but I prefer to sit down for hours at a time and devour a book.

Be sure to check out the BLOG TOUR link. I'll be adding events as they are scheduled. Support those websites because they support indies. Plus, some of them have some great reviews and giveaways.

I'm really anxious to get the books out on paperback, so that is going to be something I want to tackle for next year. I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of paperback publishing, although I'm sure it will take time (which isn't something I have at the moment to carve out)

The pic above is one I designed the other night when I was thinking about how many books chop the heads off of their male cover models and slap a torso on the cover. I get irritated with that because I think there are ways you can make your male model mysterious and hidden without decapitation. I have some fun things in store when I release my other book series. I can't wait to tackle a new genre of cover art.

All stock purchased.


  1. Hi Dannika,

    I like this cover a lot, although I'm
    conflicted as to whom to attribute the image.. Justus, or Adam. He's got Adam's "need a shave" look, but Justus' blue eyes. I am more inclined to say Justus only because the eyes is the most prominent feature but if the eyes were brown I would definitely say Adam!

    I agree with your take on "torso" covers. It always gives me the impression that the book sacrifices the story and is more about sex encounters than the story itself. DOn't give me wrong, I do love some steam in a good story well told but if it's all it is about I will read erotica instead! Maybe I am wrong and might be missing out on some good books out there but sometimes is very difficult to not judge a book by its cover when you are faced with just a torso. To me it is saying "we are making up for the lack of interesting story by giving you lots of sexy/ sex encounters".

    It seems like you got a lot on your plate at the moment.. Which is why I commend you and am glad to hear that you do spend sometime reading for pleasure, because even though it might be fun for you to write books it IS still work and the mind needs to have a break in pattern in order to nurture creativity and allow you to produce the great novels you put out. I am super excited to get my hands on Impulse and the new Novella you are working on though :) so I am going cra-zy waiting for a date release.. Fall is very very long!

    I've been following the blog tours and I think it is so great that there are people out there supporting Indie writers and helping to spread the work of talented authors like you. So I put in my two cents and support them, too.

    Don't know if you ever heard of, I find it's a great alternative for paperback publishing. It is on demand printing and it might be more cost effective than "contract printing".. check it out and see what you think :)

    Also on the line of excitment, I am on standby for Simon's interview, when is that coming out?

    1. Hi Nina,

      Since I had no one in mind making this pic, maybe he's a little bit of all of them rolled into one? lol

      There are actually some good PNR books out there and I think that I'm a bit of a cover snob, because I often avoid the headless torso ones. I love a good face, or at least an obscured face that leaves a lot of mystery to the reader's imagination. It's so hard not to follow the cliche, but the cover often stamps what the book is about and I think a lot of cover artists try to make it less confusing for someone who is browsing soley based on the cover. Headless torso = romance. The romance books that show fully clothed individuals might be easier for the romance shoppers to overlook. I can see their point; I just prefer my men with their heads firmly attached.

      I'm a good plate spinner. Keeps things interesting, but it's also good to let readers know that I'm also trying to juggle life. Having the books stretched apart 5 months seems like a lifetime, but compared to the one year wait of most tradpubbed authors, it's not that much time. I just hope that whatever the wait is with my books, that it's worth it.

      Simon's interview is on the blog tour link, scheduled for Friday :)

  2. I adore you.. and the wait for your books is definitely worth it.. I'm sure you know by now I am a big fan!

    1. Thanks for your love and support (and patience!) xoxo

  3. With that tribal tattoo I thought instantly of Justus. Wouldn't mind that being the book's cover. ;-) Very intense, mysterious, magnetic. I know I certainly would stop to peek at a book with that kind of cover art and that title, even without knowing about any other work the author has done. Gotta admit, though, not crazy about the beard. A good, strong jawline is sexier.

    Are you planning on putting Silver on the cover? Or her with Logan? I like the placeholder, but the black-and-white picture with the gold eyes it looks a bit "Edward-ish". I know, you can't dish too much, but I have one of those minds and imaginations that gallops right along, not minding my "whoa!" command one whit. Especially when I'm in bed, but not tired, and the little "movies" and stories in my head start up. My own movie theater in my head... my Craini-theater! LOL
    Have a great week, Dannika!

    1. This is a pic of no character in particular; just me getting some practice in. I do have a PNR series planned in the future and would love to have men on the cover. I think I seem to have more creativity with that than with women, oddly enough. :) Because this is a UF series, I will have Silver on the cover. The placeholder was just something fun to do something dramatically different than the actual cover. So much work goes into these images, so I hope that everyone will be able to appreciate that even if they don't love the cover. We all have different tastes, and that's okay! Hopefully, it's what's inside that counts. :)

      I'm the same way; I also see images in my head rolling like a movie.

      I didn't relate the image to Twilight because to be honest, I don't recall that many details of the series. I read it so long ago (and only watched the first movie). I do know the general storyline and remember the It being such a huge part of pop culture, I guess that makes me a bit weird, but it's not really in my preferred genre.

      Craini-theater. Love it!