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Those who have grown up in the Space Age are familiar, of course, with countdowns leading to the launch of a high-powered rocket. It’s always a thrill to hear those words — always spoken in such somber tones — “We have lift-off.”
A rocket launch is a momentous event. By comparison, the “launch” of a new romance title probably seems small and insignificant, but for an author, few things offer more excitement.
For months, we work more or less alone, sitting at our desks, staring at a computer screen, talking to the voices in our head. From time to time, we might share a bit of our story with family or friends, or maybe we’ll even share a snippet or two online in a workshop or on a blog. But quick little excerpts can convey only bits and pieces of a story. Even the best snippet can’t fully reveal character, or express the theme we hope to share.
In time, the story is read by others. First, perhaps, by an acquisitions editor, later by other editors and proofreaders. We hear their comments — they assure us they love the story — and we read through it again, ready to give our final approval on the formatted copy. We click. We send. It’s done.
Then, we hold our breath. I find myself glancing often toward the calendar, looking at the date I have circled.
As the date approaches, my excitement mounts. Will readers enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it? Will it get good reviews? Will anyone even notice? Will anyone even care?
Maybe that’s the greatest fear we have as authors…that unsettling feeling that maybe no one cares about our story or about the characters we’ve worked so long and so hard to bring to life.
Or, then again, maybe it’s just because nobody knows about our story. In today’s fast-paced, online, technological madhouse, there are dozens of new books published every day. My book, I know, will be only one of many new romances vying for a reader’s attention.
Marketing gurus teach that if we want results, we have to ask. Authors today can’t sit back and wait for the world to come knocking at their door. It’s up to us to go knock on a few doors of our own.
So, I’m knocking on your door now and handing you an invitation to the exciting Release Day Launch Party for “Not the Marrying Kind”, the first book of “The Sunset Series” — love stories of the old west, set in the fictional little town of Sunset, Colorado.
February 1 – Facebook
I’d like to thank Lady Amber from Lady Amber’s Launch Party for putting the event together and setting things up on Facebook. During the 5-hour event, we’ll be giving away lots of prizes — twenty different prizes, in fact.
I’d also like to thank authors Tricia Anderson, Tamara Hoffa, and Sandy Lea Sullivan for their prize donations. These great ladies will be giving away copies of several of their ebooks. I’ll be giving away books, too, and my dear new friend, Shauna Aura Knight, will be offering a free Tarot reading to one lucky guest.
And now, the countdown continues…
I look forward to seeing you at the big event!
Not the Marrying Kind will be available from Secret Cravings Publishing on January 23. It will be Christina’s fifth historical romance published with SCP. Two of her books — Happily Ever After and The Wrong Woman — are currently ranked as the Number 1 and Number 2 “best-sellers” in the Historical Category for “sweet” romance.