I humbly apologise for neglecting you guys visiting my website for a few weeks…

In my defence I’ve been CRAZY BUSY and I have amazing and wonderous news!  🙂

First up, the bif news about…

BOOM!

It. Is. Done.

Officially.

I’ve edited it to the best of my ability.
My Wifey has read it twice and given her edits and feedback.
Andy read it twice and gave his edits and feedback.
Chell read it and gave her edits and feedback.
And poor Nikki has read it at least twice and edited it to within an inch of it’s life.
It’s also been through the crucible of the anonymous Beta-Reader (as you would have seen in the last News post!)

The Ballad of the Songbird Book 1 HUNTERS is now as close to done as it’s ever going to be, and I’m SUPER happy with it.

So, now we’re in the home stretch. We’re aiming for a March release now, the 17th hopefully. (St Patricks Day!!)
Preparation work is now underway for that date, and it’s a big list of things still to tackle…

The next steps to sort out:
ISBN numbers for all the variations of the book (Hardback, Paperback, Kindle etc).
Finalising the cover layout.
Cover blurb.
All the stuff that goes inside like the Authors bio, the acknowledgements etc

Phew!

And then there’s the whole matter of marketing the book… Where admittedly I’ve no clue what I’m doing.

But then, that’s been the journey I’ve been on. If I can’t figure it out myself, then I find someone who can help. I couldn’t have got this far without the help of Nikki (and her editing magic!), Marlena (and her artistic talents!) and now… KATIE!

For my marketing campaign moving forward I needed a trailer for the book. Enter Katie Hagaman. (click the link to find her on Twitter!)

This weekend I will unleash her amazing trailer for Hunters on Twitter and other social media. Here it is for your viewing pleasure…

I especially LOVE the tendrils on the back cover, and the embers floating aroung. When you read Hunters and experience GAyle Knightley, you’ll understand…

You may recognise these as the front and back of the cover I shared last week…

Which I STILL adore and you can find more details about it, on my blog post…

Be Honest… We DO Judge A Book By It’s Cover!

But that’s not all! I have HUGE new regarding the sequel too…


LOOK at that pie chart! LOOK AT IT!!!!

Blood to Earth has now passed into the Edit Stage in it’s totality. This is where I now pass it off to all those people I talked about above and get their feedback and edits.

Next step…the dark green circle of FINAL DRAFT! EEEEEKK!

I’m REALLY loving where B2E takes the characters coming out of Hunters. It has the characters dealing with the fall out of the events of Hunters in some pretty emotional ways. It also throws in some new mysteries, new characters, and brings back some characters from Hunters you may not expect… hehe!

I’ve also had a rough sketch from Marlena for the cover art, and thus far I’m LOVING it. I can’t wait to see the final thing and share it with you all. 😀

Stay tuned for that!


Only a quick on to report on Book 3… PLOTTING IS UNDER WAY!!

EEEK! I’m populating the Spreadsheet of Doom™ and have about a third of the Chapter Synopses in place now. It’s really quite exciting rounding out the story for the next book in line and I’m VERY excited by where it’s going so far.

Hopefully I’ll have more information on this on a future update.


That’s all for this week. Until next time folks…

Love & Books

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9 Comments

  1. Wabi_Sabi

    Reply

    Great video, Jon. Your level of “I can’t believe this is happening” must be pretty darn high right now, especially after seeing your book on YouTube, smartphone and tablet screens!

    • Jon Ford

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      Oh my, God, you have no idea! LOL
      Seeing this REALLY makes it seem so much more real. To actually have the cover and the trailer and a release date… Phew!
      It’s like it’s all ACTUALLY going to happen now! LOL
      Thanks for your support Wabi!

  2. Amilia

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    Oh my! What a great update! Fantastic news all around. I loved the trailer! Katie is amazing as is Marlene! You’re working with some very talented people! I can’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day!
    Yahoo on the progress of book 2!!!

    • Jon Ford

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      LOL I was talking to Nikki about it the other day, and I said I have all kinds of beings from myth and folklore, but no Leprechauns, which might have been a great tie in for St Patrick’s Day!
      Seriously though, I’m really looking forward to it too.

      • Amilia

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        Well Jon I am almost 100% Irish so that would be cool (leprechaun). Somehow if you put that into a book, ha! Good luck with that.
        I read your comment about a new book every 5 months. That’s impressive! I sure hope you can do it.

  3. Suese

    Reply

    Wow, book three is already hitting the spreadsheet of doom! That’s impressive. You are really pushing through. That is good though, wouldn’t want to make your fans wait too long in between books! Great job Jon!

    • Jon Ford

      Reply

      That’s the plan. I want all 7 books out there to be read as soon as possible. The current plan is no more than 5 months or so between books. Which is CRAZY ambitious, but that’s what I’m shooting for!
      Thanks, Suese. 🙂

  4. Flashyf

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    Wow!! That YouTube video is amazing! How did you do it? I would love to know.
    It certainly gets viewers wanting to know more.
    The graphics are stunning. Did you get a professional in to create it?

  5. Demelza

    Reply

    I agree, Flashy, that YouTube video is amazing.
    If you read the comments in red above it, you will find that it was done by Katie Hagaman.
    She is obviously a VERY talented designer!

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