Ketchup ~ Novellas, Cover Art, Edits, Oh My!

My dear Gentle Reader, hope all is well with you. Yesterday was national tea day (I drank a great deal of it, as per usual). Other than that, it’s all novellas all the time here in the den of the writerbeast.

Serenity, or should I say: sereni-tea?


Developmental edit of Poison or Protect

I’m working hard on the developmental edit of Poison or Protect. I had a slight hiccough in the process to do with Word vrs track changes. The details are sublimely dull, basically I lost about a day’s worth of work, which was disheartening. (Nothing to do with not backing up. I always backup.) I’m running an updated version yet it will keep crashing (and don’t you dare mention .odt, it’s even worse). Unfortunately, Scrivener is not a solution at the track changes stage of manuscript preparation. So I spent some time figuring out the bugs, and now I must train myself to avoid the triggers. Should be smooth sailing from here on out.

1866-1868  The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Poison or Protect takes place during this time period.


Do we have a release date?

Argh! I’m trying to settle on a release date but since this is the first novella, I kind of don’t know until I actually do it. And I can’t actually do it until I’m at least at the copy edit stage. A few horror stories from behind the scenes have made me wary of putting up a preorder with anything less than a penultimate draft. Plus I don’t want to lock myself into a release date only to have something go horribly, horribly wrong. So I want everything ready to go before I commit. I’d rather have people dangling wild with anticipation than disappointed. Sorry, that’s my nature.

Do we have cover art?

Why yes, yes we do! And I am so delighted with it. But you’ll have to be patent a little longer while I figure out this preorder thing.

Ask me questions!

However, I’m getting ready to do some posts about this first novella, its cover, how its cover happened, and what you might expect. If you have any questions about it, now would be a great time to ask. I will try to write some posts with your answer for you soon.

You can leave a comment below (blogspot, goodreads) or drop me a calling card if you’d like to remain discrete.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Follet Monday, April 1, 1867 Item ID-  v. 46, plate 39

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hair Care
Headdresses and Hairstyles (1811-1820)
Victorian Cosmetics: Red Lip Rouge and Lip Salve for 19th Century Ladies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: Working developmental edit. Cover art reveal to come. Release date to come.
    Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art photo.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


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 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

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  1. Robert Dix said:

    Just curious why you chose Preshea for your first indie, rather than a more "fan-favorite" character. (And am patiently waiting for it).

  2. Unknown said:

    I'd be very interested in what inspired the self publishing approach for the novellas, and how that differs from the "mainstream" publishing approach for the book series. Also all about the cover! I love knowing how books get their covers!

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