Talent, Research, and Betas! Oh, My!

Happy Friday all!  As my title might suggest, many exciting things are happening with regard to Author Roz.  I would like to share some of them with you today.

Before I get into today’s blog, I want to let everyone know that I finally finished reformatting the e-book.  For everyone who had a previous version, you should receive an update.  Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Talent

First of all, I am looking for the right male voice talent for The Wages or the Gift.  Yes, that’s right, my next step for the novel is to make it into an audio book.  I am super excited to get started, but first I need to find the right guy for the job.  I have invited numerous voice actors to audition, but the auditions are trickling in slowly.  At this point, I have no clear trajectory as to when audio book enthusiasts can expect to listen to The Wages or the Gift, but as soon as the voice has been chosen, I will update.

Research

I have started working on the next book in my Life Choices series: God or Mammon.  I am super excited because this book is going to be a medical thriller.  This is a fun genre that will require a lot of research.  I am studying everything from medical terminology to hospital administration.  Fun stuff!

Betas

Right now my second novel (completely unrelated to The Wages or the Gift) is with a wonderful group of people called Beta Readers!  My Beta readers include my publicist (Jen Thomas), my editor (Martha Lowe) and a group of around 7 or 8 random lovers/readers of Christian Fiction.  Most of them are still in the process of reading the book, but I have gotten a few of the results.  So far, the general consensus is that I am on the right track (ie. they already really like/love the book), which is good.  After I hear back from everyone, I will start working on draft two.

Oh, My!

I am super excited to draw your attention to  The Voice of Literature Ezine at www.voxlit.co.uk. It’s a great publication out of the United Kingdom that features book reviews, excerpts from novels, author articles, and a section called Writer’s Notes. I am excited to share that an article I wrote on the technique of zooming is featured in this month’s Writer’s Notes section! It’s the first one you’ll see.  Check it out!  If you are a writer, or a person who loves literature, this is a great e-zine to follow.

 

 

 

Why the Cover Change? Glad you asked.

Or maybe you didn’t, but I am excited to talk about it anyway.  First of all a quick announcement:  The Wages or the Gift is now available in print with a new cover and a new lower price!  Blurb / Barnes and Noble / Amazon.

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So why’d I do it?  Well, I have a couple of quick stories to tell about that.  My first hint that my original cover design (which I really liked, btw) was not the most successful choice I could make came when someone made a comment on Julia Wilson’s wonderful review  that said the book  looked like a non-fiction book to her.  I did not put too much stock in the comment, since it was the first one I had heard.  Most people were telling me they liked the cover. Still I would occasionally notice little things like people looking at the cover and saying, “Oh the Wage or the Gif” or something similar.  I would then explain that the it’s Wages and Gift, and the dollar sign and the present  (which I later discovered some people thought  was a cross with a bow on it)…you get the drift.

I guess these little isolated incidents were starting to get my attention because after the conversation I had with Delilah Cordova about the cover, I started to really question it.  A friend of mine came into town, and I asked her what she thought of the cover.  She was like, well I can tell it’s a religious book.  (Not necessarily a bad thing, I mean it is Christian Fiction)  She went on to say that it was a little confusing, etc. So I started working on changing it.  This time I posted it in a couple of Christian Fiction Readers/Writers groups to find out what kind of book people thought it might be.  Most of them said suspense or thriller.  A few said horror, but no one said non-fiction. And thus I had my new cover.

After I changed the cover, I got a lot more feedback on the first cover that definitely confirmed the necessity for the change.  My publicist, who liked the cover, but agreed that it could seem a bit “non-fiction adjacent” told me this story:  “I was reading your book in Missouri, and a girl looked at me and asked if I was trying to build a better financial future.”  That pretty much says it all.

One more thing, the new cover is up for cover of the month on Allauthor.com.  Please vote.

 

A Flashback Friday Video Review

Okay, granted Flashback Friday may not be an official thing, but it is for me on this particular Friday.  The following video review was one of my very first reviews.  When I offered a review copy to this lady, I had no idea what kind of books she read/published (she owns a small press as well as writes).  To both of our surprises, she writes erotica while I write Christian Fiction.  Still, she was very gracious and did the review anyway.  So I am posting it here today.  #FlashbackFriday #MayNotBeAThing #CreativeLicenseIsMySuperpower