he proof arrived yesterday afternoon, almost a week ahead of schedule. It wasn’t expected until the 18th of the month so you could imagine my excitement to find the book on my doorstep yesterday. I tore it open almost instantly and upon further inspection I realized that the mockup cover I’d created so the proof cover wouldn’t be blank was more horrendous than I’d even imagined. I took a picture to send to my mother who was extremely excited (and no, I have no intention of showing it here.) It’s a cover that will never see the light of day again. But the important part of all of this is that, after a lengthy debate as to whether or not I would wait until Monday to give my editor the book or give it to her today I decided that as I was taking it with me, I would give it to her today. She was super excited that it had finally arrived and that she was featured in the acknowledgements page. I have absolutely no idea when it will be finished (and I’m not going to be to OCD about that fact) according to my cover artist I finally get to see the cover at long last on Monday! It won’t be in full color just yet (and something tells me she won’t want me posting it just yet) But I’m incredibly excited to see the progress thus far. So far everything looks perfectly on track for my original projected publication date, but as Murphy’s Law will tell you, if something bad can happen it probably will so I’m not going to say the official date is the same until I’m 100% sure.
Meanwhile, in between finally receiving my proof, creating the official A.J.Race Facebook page. And the official Google+page I’ve also been managing to work on the sequel as often as possible. So far I’m still on the first chapter but it’s actually very exciting and it’s really great to finally be writing something new again. Plus it’s a very good way to take my mind off of the editing and cover so I don’t drive people crazy.