Oh my, I think I've published a book! Just in time for Halloween, Stalking Shadows is out for all you ghouls and goblins! Well, actually it's available for purchase only at Smashwords at this time. Amazon is still mulling it over, and Smashwords has to push it out to Barnes and Noble and the iBookstore, which may take more than three weeks. 10/31/11 ETA: Whoopie! Amazon has it available now!
As you can see, I went with the blue shadow hand cover. Thank you everyone for voting and commenting! I hope you like it. I'm thinking I may pay someone to design the cover for my next book. I know just enough about design to see that I am not the best person to be doing this. I've uploaded SS to Amazon, but it says it will be at least 24 hours before it is available. Once it is, I will supply links.
For posterity, here are the results from the cover poll:
Which Stalking Shadows book cover do you like best?
The orange one! 106 (46%)
The blue one! 111 (48%)
Neither. :-( 8 (3%)
Can't decide, they're both great! 9 (3%)
Total Votes: 230
So...I didn't bow to the majority...which says, I don't know. I really liked the way the blue shadow hand turned out, and I didn't know how much it would cost to get permission to use the photo hand. So the poll shows that I'm cheap, but I already knew that.
What really prompted me to finally publish Stalking Shadows was NaNoWriMo. I am all excited about participating this year. My local chapter is having a lot of events and get-togethers which I hope to attend. I've done Nano twice before, but it was on my own. I think being involved in a community will really help me to stay on task.
I plan to do something crazy for Nano. I plan to write a sequel to Unicorn Bait. Unicorn Bait was my Nano project the first time I participated in Nano. I wrote 50,000 words and then I wrote an additional 30,000. It went through heavy edits and eventually became the Unicorn Bait we all know and love.
I've been working on the plot for the sequel. Getting stuff figured out before the actual writing has to begin is kind of unusual for me. I think I've got a good idea for the story, but I won't know until I start actually writing. I hope to get at least 50,000 words written this November. My secret goal is 80,000, but I really don't know if I'll manage that.
I'll keep everyone updated on my progress once a week over the next month. Really! I promise! I can't promise the updates will be coherent. But I will update. ;-)