Friday, February 19, 2016

Cover Reveal — A Vampire Wedding

I’m thinking my newsletter bombed. Not many people opened it (only 22.5%), so not many people saw my awesome cover. I really must work on those subject lines. Apparently mine aren’t exciting enough (cause if they were, people would have opened my newsletter, right?). But is it possible to make them exciting without sounding spammy? Hmmm…

Anyway, hopefully I’ll get a better response here (and on Facebook and Google +) regarding my cover reveal. So are you ready? Really? Then scroll down…

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Here it is!

 

Isn’t it awesome? When I found the picture I knew right away it was perfect. However, the shape wasn’t right for a cover. J Mick Consulting (a friend of hubby’s) did a wonderful job in making it work.

I’ve received the edits back from my editor (first round, anyway) and I’m currently making the necessary changes. I would really like to have this novella available by June 1st, but I’m afraid to put it out there for pre-sale. What if I screw up? What if it’s not ready? I really don’t think I need to add more pressure on myself. If it goes to my formatter (hubby) before then, then I might reconsider the pre-sale thing. I hear it helps to gain interest. How? I have no idea. I personally don’t pre-order much. Probably because I’m afraid if I pre-ordered it, then I’d go and order it again when it released. Because I’m dumb like that.

Good news! Big Red is home. Dell replaced the hard drive, wireless card, heatsink (whatever the heck that is) and reinstalled the operating system (which means, yeah, I have to add all my software—again!). I sure hope that fixed it. I’ll find out once I can actually start using it again. Hubby has to add Word & Excel (Big Red doesn’t have a CD/DVD and I’m not techy enough to figure out how to install it otherwise).

But it’s back. It’s back! It’s BACK!! I’m really happy. This past week I remembered why I wanted to replace the HP. Ugh.

Here’s a honey funny to end the week. I keep a grocery list by the toaster for anyone to add what they need from the store (when I get around to actually shop, that is). The other day I had opened my last bottle of iron tablets so I wrote the following on the list: Iron, 65 mg. The next day I noticed a new entry: Gold, 1.3 lbs.

Yeah, I laughed.

So… Do you live with a cut up, too? Sometimes I can only shake my head.

Have a great weekend! It’s Hubby’s birthday on Sunday. Columbus friend is coming over on Saturday to cook lasagna. I’m making a cake. Should be fun!!!

Stacy

15 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

Yeah, not sure what's up with newsletters. I thought I'd signed up for yours, but I didn't get a copy, so I must've brainfarted somewhere along the way. I signed up now and I'm just waiting for my confirmation email.

Ooo, pretty cover! We need to splash that sucker everywhere - when it gets closer to being available. Let me know and I'll do what I can. LOL, I put my books up for pre-order, but only because it's the only way I can be 100% certain they'll be available on the day I want them to be available. I guess we have the same fears presenting themselves in different ways. I don't personally pre-order much either. There's conflicting opinions as to how much help (or harm) that really is. :shrug:

Yay for having your 'puter back! And yay for having a fun hubby. I hope he has a nice birthday. =o)

Stacy McKitrick said...

B.E. - Hope you're not having problems with my newsletter sign up form. That would suck (and make me wonder how many other people are having problems, too). As for pre-orders, I suppose I could put it up a week ahead of time. Just to make sure it goes on sale the same day everywhere. Not sure how well Smashwords handles pre-orders, though. I don't have to worry about print (can't do pre-orders through CreateSpace), since that'll come out later anyway.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I got the confirmation, so I probably just meant to sign up before and didn't actually do it. (Sometimes when I mean to do something hard enough, I think I actually did it. Derp.)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

congrats

best of luck with it :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Mac! :)

Janie Mason said...

Great cover!
BTW, I don't preorder either. Not sure why...

Stacy McKitrick said...

Janie - Thanks! Yeah, I don't really get pre-orders. It's not like they're cheaper. In fact, I've seen the price go DOWN after it releases. I got burned like that once. Won't do it again.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

That is actually not a bad open rate for newsletters. Also, people who just read it in their email program's preview pane don't register as having opened it. Just an FYI!

Glad the computer's back, and love the cover!

Oh, and my husband used to write "Nookie" on the grocery list back when I shopped, until I pointed out that he'd probably not be too pleased if I got that at the grocery store! LOL!

Bonnie said...

Love the cover!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I've had better open rates, so I was hoping for more. I know, greedy!

Bonnie - Thank you!!

Stephanie Faris said...

So nice you get your computer back and LOVE your cover! That's why I've worn myself out with this blog tour for my cover reveal. Nobody really gets it like your fellow blogger/authors will! But writing 15-20 guest posts has been very tiring. I probably should have done like other authors and just had everyone post the cover and a blurb. If you ever need help with a cover reveal/release blog tour, let me know. I'd be happy to help out!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Stephanie - I didn't do any tours for this reveal. I doubt I do anything for the release, either, but thanks for the offer. I really need to hire a PR company some day. Some day when I have money, that is. :)

Erin Fanning said...

The cover is an attention-grabber! Great job!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Erin - Thanks. I just found the photo, though. So glad I did! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Nice cover. I didn't see it because I stopped blogging for awhile and when I did, I got a new email and unsubscribed to alllll newsletters, comments and blogs.

It wasn't personal. Just that I'm knee-deep in projects.