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Debut Novel Launch: An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

I’ve spent the last week SQUEEEEEEing to myself. Why? Because my first novel An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life has been published on Amazon and Smashwords (which means it’ll soon be available in all popular ebook stores). What’s it about? Here’s the back of the book blurb:

Usually Fairy Godmothers help out lost princesses, girls forced into family slavery, and wooden puppets wanting to be real boys. Gail McCain, however, is none of these things. She’s just a normal 18-year-old girl who likes to get up, go to work, eat sensibly and go to bed early. Okay, so maybe she’s not that normal. Enter Amanda, a fairy life-coach (godmothers are so last millennium) who informs her new client that she’s cursed to be boring–and it’s the fairy’s job to get Gail a life. Skeptical at first, Gail quickly adapts when she gets some new friends and even a boyfriend. But Amanda’s not done with her yet, insisting that the curse needs something powerful to break it. She makes Gail a famous celebrity blogger, tossing scandals, love triangles and bitchy starlets in her path. But can a teenager whose idea of excitement is her egg-one-a-week Sunday breakfast survive all this excitement?

You saw the cover last week, but it’s so awesome, I just have to post it again:

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

If you decide to check it out, I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear what you think! Connect with me over on GoodReads and we can talk about all sorts of books!

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

So, An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life is one step closer to getting published. I now have a cover for the ebook.

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

This time you can completely forget the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” because Blue Sun Studio has outdone itself with a cover that perfectly captures the feel of the book. “Bewitched meets Selena Gomez in Wonderland” is one reaction that I got and well, to be honest, that’s a mighty good description of the book itself.

Exactly one week from now you’ll be able to find it on Amazon and Smashwords, with it slowly working its way through the various e-channels.

How exciting is that?

 

Cheap is Expensive

One of the things I learned as a small business person is that it often costs more (in money, time and energy) to go with the least expensive option. Yet for some reason I ignored this lesson when deciding on a cover designer for the upcoming publication of An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life.

From my small business years I already had a graphic designer whose work I adore (take a look at my former site Someday Syndrome to see how awesome her work is). However, since An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life is my first publication, I wanted to limit the money on spent on the cover and I went with someone I didn’t know but came recommended and who knows how to make a professional-looking cover.

Silly me.

The deadline came and went and the designer vanished off the edge of the Earth. I had planned to publish the book at the end of April and now it’s going to happen the end of May.

The good news is that I’m going to have a kick-ass cover from someone I trust and before the end of the month An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life will be up for sale, plus since I was planning on going with this designer later, now all my books will have the same look and feel to them.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Indie Publishing