My Awesome Cover

Here it is! The awesome cover for my book which should be available for purchase in about 2-3 weeks. It captures the tone of my novel perfectly! 

I had a contest on Facebook for friends and family to see if they could guess what my cover would look like (a good marketing strategy and thanks to a friend someone I am not acquainted with has won an autographed 18X24 poster of the cover itself).

If you want to replicate my contest here’s what I did (you can always adjust the details).

CONTEST TIME!!!!

OK, the first person to collect the most points or the first person to correctly guess (or come close to guessing) the cover for my book will receive a FREE SIGNED 18X24 POSTER of the actual cover for my book!!!!!


Here are the guidelines:


5 points if you answer the following questions correctly…


1. The colour of the font…


2. Position of the title: top, middle, bottom, centred, justified, etc. 

3. My name: did I use my full name? Initials? A pseudonym? Where is it on the cover?

4. Who or what is on the cover itself? Details please…

5. Colours used overall?

10 BONUS points if you correctly guess parts of the cover (but not all of it)…


AUTOMATIC WIN if you guess the ENTIRE COVER correctly, and I mean everything from the position of the title, the images used and their correct placements, the location of my name (if used at all), the colour of the font, etc.


Please post your guesses in the comment section of this post. 


The contest will run from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22. I will post the winner at 6:00pm Friday evening. 


GOOD LUCK!!!!


To give you an idea of what my book is about read the excerpt below. Keep in mind this is written for Young Adults and it is a Horror/Sci-Fi novel. 


“Over a hundred years into the future, humanity has reached the point where it would rather eliminate itself into extinction than risk becoming infected by what they think is a virus. Mutated creatures, born from the virus and human blood, roam the Earth in search of food – human food. When it seems all hope of saving the human race is lost, rumours circulate about a New Government who claim to have found a “cure”. 


A young woman named Margot, armed with only a samurai sword, enters the woods alone knowing she may never come out again. In a sudden face to face battle with a man she followed in the hopes she could steal his food, Margot realizes she’s too weak to fight back and waits for him to kill her with his deadly crossbow. 


Three days after her capture, the man offers Margot food and water after forcing her to promise she won’t run or try to kill him. Suspicious of his sudden gesture of kindness, Margot resolves to run at the first opportunity. However, the more time she spends with him the less she wants to run away, regardless of the many secrets he is hiding from her. She begins to trust him, something she’ll have to learn to do all over again after being alone for so long.


It’s not until they come across an abandoned house surrounded by huge a metal wall does Margot start to suspect she’s put her trust in the wrong person. A scientists journal is found and the horrible truth behind the virus is revealed. Margot has to figure out exactly who her mysterious companion really is before it’s too late.”

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Officially Official

Just wanted to share this awesome little thing that was sent to me on Friday from my publisher!


It’s my typeset for my book. Once I go through it to check for any mistakes and to make sure everything is perfect then it goes back to the publisher to be printed. Oh happy day!

Also received my cover photo Friday as well and it captures the tone of my novel very well. There’s a couple things I suggested to the publisher to change, mostly for consistency between cover and text, and once those changes have been made, and once I approve the final typeset, then I will reveal my cover to the public. 

The ball is officially rolling on my book and I couldn’t be happier!

Be sure to check my book once it’s printed: Existence – The World of the Undead by Megan Hood soon to be released in 2016! Links for purchasing to be posted once I have access to them. 

Until next time. Happy reading and writing!

MH

​The Financial Reality of Being a Writer

I follow a lot (I mean A LOT) of author’s, literary agents, publishers, and the like on Twitter and here on WordPress. My dream job/career would be a full-time writer, but it’s not all rainbows and sunshine and unicorns. I follow these people because it gives me glimpses into the reality of what being an author/writer really means (a lot of tears, hard work, mistakes, marketing, and small, but not insignificant, moments of success). 

I recently came across an article detailing how much an author (in the US) earns. The results may surprise you (it surprised me).

You can find the article here: http://authorearnings.com/report/may-2016-report/?utm_content=buffer12f7e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The article was posted by Gwyn GarfieldBennett and you can follow her on Twitter: @GwynGB

A writer can only dream of earning six figures for their work, but I’m sure with practice, hard work, and a clear marketing plan of making your book available on as many mediums as possible you just might be able to achieve that dream.

There’s money in writing, this article proves that, but you have to be realistic on how much your book will flourish in an age where 2 million plus books are being put out every day. But don’t lose hope: it’s possible. You just have to ask yourself:

HOW HARD ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM?
Until next time.

Happy Reading and Writing!

MH

REJECTED

No one likes being rejected, especially for something they believe they’re good at (like writing) or for being themselves. I don’t. I hate being rejected. It makes me wonder what’s wrong with me, why don’t they like me, am I not good enough, etc. 

Every now and then I face those thoughts and feelings, but I’m able to process and handle them a lot better than I had before. I used to let it bother me to the point where I wondered what is the point. 

Now I take it as a challenge to do better. 

Give yourself permission to fail. Everyone fails, some a lot more than others. It’s what you do after you fail that matters.

Mistakes happen. As long as you recognize that you made a mistake, and accept responsibility for that mistake, you can do better. You can learn from mistakes. If you continue doing the same thing with the same negative result, then you haven’t learned from your mistake.

Talk to other people. You’ll find that someone you thought was perfect or had their life “together” has made tons of mistakes. They have failed many times before they accepted themselves and their mistakes and moved on, most often to something better.

Shit happens. Deal with it and move on. 

One thing to remember is that “life goes on” whether you want it to or not. Don’t fall behind. 

I never thought I would get published. I write well, but I didn’t think my writing was good enough for publishing. It took me 15 years before I finally wrote something from start to finish. I thought this book will never be published. It’s not good enough. I queried anyway. I sent my baby to 11 different publishers and literary agents. I heard back from 8 of them (it takes a while and the rest might slowly trickle their responses into my inbox). One accepted my manuscript.

Here’s what some of them had to say (I could only find three of their responses and I’ve removed the names and personal emails to protect their privacy):

Dear Ms. Hood,

Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to read your submission. We appreciate your considering (Publisher) for publishing your manuscript.

Unfortunately, after careful review, we have decided that we might not be the right publisher for your work. However, we hope that you are not disheartened. The publishing industry is incredibly subjective, and there are many companies out there with many different tastes. We strongly encourage you to keep submitting elsewhere, to publishers as well as agents, until you find a good fit.

We wish you the very best of luck and success with your work, and urge you to keep on writing!

Dear Author,

 Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials, and please forgive me for responding with a form letter.  The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally. Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time.  We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work, and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.

Dear Megan,

 Thanks for letting me take a look at your query, and thanks for your patience. I’m afraid this is not a good fit for me. I’m going to pass.

 Thanks so much for thinking of me. I wish you success with your future writing.
And the one who said YES:

Dear Megan,

Thank you for the excellent submission. It’s great to receive something worth reading.

I am interested in Decadence, but I have to warn you, I take on maybe one book a year because my commitments are many and authors have to be able to work independently, which seems to be a tough ask these days.

What I need from you, as well as the full submission is a marketing plan. I don’t expect you to be an expert but I need you to be VERY aware of the hard work involved in being an author. Writing the book is the easy bit!

If you’re still interested send me the full manuscript and the marketing ideas you have, then I can have a think about if I’m able to help you.

(and the follow up e-mail):

Can’t believe I’ve managed to keep to the schedule but I have and I have reviewed the book. 

I’m going to have to admit to something here so please be patient and have a think before making a decision. I liked the story and it has marketing potential, however, I cannot take on a personal mission at this point! I wish I could but I have too many commitments.
That being said I’ve spoken to one of my colleagues who is the commissioning editor for our fantasy/scifi/horror/thriller lists and she’s happy to work with the book. I hope this comes as good news.
I oversee them but don’t get involved personally unless necessary or I find something through Glastonbury that I think would do well with Netherworld, who are also a traditional publisher. We are all part of the same team along with Mirador Publishing, which is my main job.
So, take a look at Netherworld, see if you’re happy and if you are here is Claire’s email address so you pick up with her. The book is already in her system so the transition will be easy, we just need you to say ‘yes’.
I hope that’s okay and I’ve been really impressed with your work so far which is why I’m trying to push you in a better direction than working with a harried, drowning, publisher. I think Netherworld would give you a much better shot at success.

I’ve seen writers who have been rejected over 1,000 times. Some more, others less. I was lucky. 

I didn’t submit to big publishers. I started small. I’m unknown so I needed to build up my writer profile. And I needed someone, just one, to take a chance on me.

One did and here I am. I can’t believe it. 

I’m being published (date to be announced). The publisher is still working on my cover.

So don’t give up. If you feel that you are destined to be someone or that you belong somewhere then fight for it. Learn from your mistakes and grow from them. You never know where you might end up.

Until next time. Happy Reading and Writing!

MH