20 March 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

Release Day



As the day winds to an end I’m filled with the profound sense of relief.  Release day is over.  The stress of getting it right, of participating blogs in the blog tour is over.

Do I have any sales? No.  

Does that discourage me? Not at all.

Instead I’m thankful.  I’m thankful for all the people that supported this endeavor.  I’m thankful for all the blogs participating in the blog tour in this coming week.  I’m thankful because I made it to today. 

I will be frank.  I wanted to give up.  There were moments when there was nothing I wanted to do more than give up, trash the entire manuscript and go about my life as if I wasn’t plagued with visions of a story that wouldn’t type out correctly.  

Instead I had friends that threatened me in all manners of ways if I gave up.  Friends that believed even when I didn’t.  Friends that didn’t call me crazy, but instead called me well crazy. Lol. 

Even with the way things stand at the end of today I feel successful.  I am successful.  I am successful because I finished.  I am successful because I never gave up.  Even if I make nothing from this, I’ve learned so much from this experience there is no way for me to feel anything other than successful.  

It’s time to start on the second book, and hopefully not make the mistakes that I made for the first one again.  I’m hoping to make new mistakes, so I can learn from those as well.  A lessoned learned is always an accomplishment in my book. 

I’ve even posted a cute little status bar thingy in the margin.  To keep track of progress.  For myself and for anyone that wants to see.  Each word is progress.  And progress is, well, always an accomplishment.  

What I’m trying to say is thank you, I’m not giving up and I’m moving forward.  For everyone that made this the best day of my life. (To date).  You are great, awesome, wonderful people and you mean a lot to me. 

And as Confucius would say (or maybe it’s Aristotle) “The only way to fail is not to get up when you fall.” Or something close to that. (I’m not looking it up.).  To everyone that’s struggling and thinking about giving up don’t.  Keep going.  You’ll make it.  I’m sure of it. 
P.S. For those that want it - You can make purchase on Amazon for both Ebook or Paperback HERE.
13 March 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

Indie Life: Winding Down

The Indelibles

Hosted by the Indelibles, Indie Life is a monthly feature on the second Wednesday of the month.  This is a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.
 
Before I began I would like to make note that moving day is in two days.  At this time I’m packing, getting everything ready for release day in seven days and making sure I remember to eat, since that’s not very high on priorities at the moment.  With that being said
 
I AM CRAZY. 

I really shouldn’t complain.  The book is done and ready to go.  I’ve got a giveaway up on Goodreads and got my bookmarks swag in the mail.  I want to get more swag, like pins or something.  What other kind of swag can/should I get? Where should I go for it?

Being a debut Indie author is hard.  Lol.  I’ve learned a lot from this process.  I’ve made a bunch of mistakes that I won’t make again as well.  But overall, it’s a learning process, and there’s a learning curve.  I’m happy to say I don’t think I’ve made the same mistake twice at least. 

The most important thing I’ve learned so far is expect rough water.  This is not a smooth sailing process.  There are going to be hitches.  It’s my reaction to them that is going to make it a huge deal or a small one. 

I’m thrilled I hired a cover artist.  While, I am exceptional skilled in Photoshop, I’m just too close to the story to create a cover objectively.  I found an awesome artist relayed my vision and poof  - beautiful cover.  All with minimum fuss.  It gave me the time to focus on what was really important: telling my story. 

Beta readers are super important.  I don’t think I would have all the detail I do without my betas.  I’m really pleased with how that turned out and look forward to using them again.  Though, I did find this service called “Fresh Eyes Critique” that I may add in after the Beta process just for an additional pair of unclouded eyes. (I read this one at least a dozen times trying to get it right.  I’m hoping with the next to only have to read it half of that.)

I’ve also learned that while I love writing I hate editing.  I’m currently conversing with several people for editing purposes.  I can tell a story, but don’t ask me if the grammar is right because I honestly couldn’t tell you. Even now, after all is said and done, I’m still not sure if some of the grammar is correct. >_<

Overall, though, it’s definitely something I’ve learned from and hope to apply in the future to the sequel.  It’s been really fun, even with the chaos, and the glitches and the setbacks.  But that’s to be expected I think with any Virgin run. I’m still not sure if all my “T”s are crossed or not but I’m okay with that.  I’ll deal with situations as they come up and hope for the best. ^_^

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07 March 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

GIVEAWAY!



Goodreads giveaway is finally up! ^_^ PLEASE share with friends!





Goodreads Book Giveaway

Of Gaea by Victoria Escobar

Of Gaea

by Victoria Escobar

Giveaway ends March 20, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win



I'm so excited! Who doesn't love a FREE AUTOGRAPHED book? ^_^ Please enter.


06 March 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

Chaos Ensues...

I'm truly very sorry I haven't been around. As D-Day approaches I feel myself stretching thinner and thinner... I'm excited to announce Of Gaea is in the final stages of prep. We will be go for launch in T minus Fifteen days. Just seeing it typed on the screen like that makes me giddy and anxious.

However, since I've been pulling excerpts for the blog tour with Girls Heart Books Blog Tours, I thought I should give you one, as an apology for my absence. It's bound to happen again...

At the end of the hall, Leonidas pushed on a tile in the wall. The panel slid open to reveal an elevator. It was just as brightly lit as the main gallery which made the ride down a little more tolerable. Ari had no idea how far down they went before the elevator dinged to a stop.

When the doors opened there were books as far as the eyes could see. They disappeared into the shadows. There were no windows and the lights were dim. Several of them flickered, dangerously close to blowing out. It made the entire room look like something out of a horror movie.

“Charming.” Sasha quipped. “Do you keep your coffin down here, too?”


^_^ That's all I'm going to tease you with tonight. I give love to you all and be safe.

01 March 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

Cover Reveal!

It’s that time!  I’m so very happy to FINALLY be able to share this with you! It came out so beautifully! 

Thank you so much, Girls Heart Books Tours for hosting the cover reveal!  I absolutely love these girls! You should too! (And isn't the banner just precious?)

And another thank you to Art is Life: Cover and ArtDesign for such wonderful work.  She definitely knows how to make a dream a reality!  It was an awesomely hassle free and painless experience.  ^_^

So now that I’m done raving about all the FANTASTIC women in my life I guess I should show you the cover huh? Lol.  Well here it is!



And the Synopsis (why are they so hard to write?):

Her choice will change the world.

She hated the wheelchair. Hated the way it made her feel less than what she was. Most of all she hated not being able to do all the things she used to. Ari had been a track and field star, an archery champion and an Eskrima pro. Now she was confined to a wheelchair slowly dying inside from its restraints.

Medical science wasn’t working. The tests, the drugs, the therapies were all useless and a waste of time. She was tired of wasting her time; she was tired of failure. It was time to look away from the obvious and try something unconventional.

Nothing was ever free and that included miracles. Abruptly, Ari finds herself tangled in a web of lies, questioning everything she’s ever known as truth. Never had she believed she’d be thrown headfirst into a world of good and evil, magic and Gods.

Trapped in the middle of a war she had never known existed both parties demanded her allegiance. Ari was a catalyst that could change all the rules of the Earth. But when the time comes to make a choice will she be strong enough to know right from wrong?

Expected release date is March 20th, 2013 through Amazon.  For those that do not have a kindle worry not, I am in the process of trying to figure out the coding so that you may purchase it directly from me in Epub format.  

What did I tell you? Gorgeous, no? And just to make things official you can find it here on Goodreads too!  

Nineteen days until release! *collapses into a nervous puddle*