I have accomplished some things, though! For instance, I bought a pack of ten ISBN numbers, which I'll be using to self-publish my Empathy in the PPNW series, which starts with a little book you may have read a year and a half ago called Mixed Feelings!
I submitted Mixed Feelings to Candlemark & Gleam several years ago and at the start it was a great experience working with Kate. We were both so excited to get Gwen out there and to really show the world how enjoyable reading about a gluttonous, dimwitted empath could be! Unfortunately, personal life and business issues cropped up for Kate and in the end, when a few years had passed and I wasn't certain of the future of C&G, I asked for my rights back. She graciously forked them over, and so I've been working on getting Gwen's series out. I did submit Mixed and its upcoming sequel Business With Pleasure to a few other publishers, but ultimately didn't receive any interest, so I'm going it on my own!
I contacted the amazing cover designer Michelle Preast and we worked together to get a new look for Gwen that, whether I knew it or not, would end up being exactly what I'd wanted! PLEASE give Michelle a shot if you need a cover designer. She pulled what I wanted right out of my brain, which is MAGICAL in my book! (Ummm, no pun intended.)
I mean, LOOK AT THIS!
It's PERFECT! It's colorful, and simple, and gives such a great feel for how Gwen's books are to read! They're whimsical and sugary and fun, and I'm so excited to show you the cover for Business With Pleasure some time in the next few weeks!
I don't have a concrete release date for Mixed's shiny new edition, yet, but I'm hoping to have it out as early as next week. I've done a pass-through for typos (with some help from my friend Marika!), changed a few words here and there (what author could resist?), and I'm working on the complicated back-end sort of things, like ISBN, formatting, pricing, etc. There's even some talk that my friend over at Common Brimstone might run a little sale on the perfumes based on Mixed Feelings! SOON!