Good Sunday evening!

I just settled in at my desk this fine Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and my bullet journal. It’s that time of the weekend when I like to look at the items on last week’s to-do list that didn’t get done and either cross the items out or move them forward to this week. Unfortunately, most of what I didn’t get done is still a priority, so the upcoming week is pretty full.

A blog post where I plan my upcoming week of February 25 through March 3. We talk about my new thriller, Death is in the Details, and about Nora Roberts and plagiarism.

I did, however, finish my latest novel, and in case you missed it, I announced the title in a Facebook Live last week on my Facebook page. In case you missed the video and want to see me stumble over my words live and in person, you can go watch. (Be sure to “like” and “follow” my page for future notifications.) But the title of my latest thriller is…

Death is in the Details

Cover and blurb and all the juicy details of when and how you can get your hands on this new standalone thriller are forthcoming. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to give readers details about a book.

What’s Next in the Process to Put Death is in the Details in Your Hands?

In addition to starting the plotting and writing process on a new book (A Thief Obsessed) this week, I will be working on all the packaging and items that need to be complete in order to get this book up on retailers.

Cover for Death is in the Details

I’ve had an idea for the cover of this book for a couple of months now, but my cover artist (the talented Jessica Bell) has been booked and busy. She has me scheduled for March, so I will be sending her my ideas and concepts and asking her to come up with three options for me. Usually, this process doesn’t take long once it starts. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with.

Blurb for Death is in the Details

I’ve been working on the blurb off and on all week and today. Believe it or not, it takes hours, days, weeks to come up with 150 to 200 amazing words to describe an 80,000-word novel. It really is headache-inducing torture to boil a long novel into only a few words that will make every thriller reader in the world want to pick up the book immediately.

Editing of Death is in the Details

All we can do, here, my friends, is wait. Death is in the Details is in the hands of the amazing editor David Gatewood. As much as I am in love with this story, I know that David will take it and help me turn it into an even better one.

Formatting a Novel, Website Update, Uploading a Novel to Retailers

After the cover is finalized, the blurb is written, and the book is edited and polished, Death is in the Details must be formatted for ebook and paperback, uploaded to retailers, priced, and links added to the website.

I’ve done a few things in a different order for this book because, quite frankly, I hadn’t planned on this book. This is a bonus thriller that has been added to my catalog of books written. It was a story that’s been bouncing around in my head like an out of control pinball for almost a year.

Marketing a Novel

I can’t say a lot about the marketing of this novel just yet because I’m not sure of my plans with this book. I am thinking about offering an incentive for purchasing this novel early, so the best thing you can do is make sure you’re signing up for and opening my newsletters. All of the details will be in the newsletter.

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That’s about all I have from my Sunday afternoon planning session. But now that you know that another novel is coming your way, I’d love to know if there’s anything you’re dying to know about this book or my writing process or even my process of getting a book into the world. A lot goes into writing and publishing a book, but I’d be happy to share what I can. Feel free to leave your questions about Death is in the Details or about my processes in the comments.

Until next time…

Heather

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