Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Done! The Beauty Is Finished!

When I finished The Beast, I think I expected everything to fall perfectly into place. I'd quit my day job and had thrown myself full into being an author-- a dream that I'd worked very hard to achieve. In my mind, I had it all figured out. Ya know, I'd written and published a book. I was no longer a newb! But, what I soon learned was that the plan is not always so easily executed.

I wrote The Beauty in record time (Record time for me, that is). A matter of months perhaps. But, it's really the editing that I've been working on for the last year.

First, I was tearing the words apart. Over analyzing every inch of it, and making myself miserable. When I realized what I was doing, I tried pulling back some. I still wanted to clean the book up as much as I could, but I didn't want to it to push the book's release back so far that it actually hurt the book. And that still may have happened. I won't know until the book releases.

Even after recognizing that I was overdoing the editing, it was still a roller coaster. I flew through some chapters, while others took me days to get through. On top of all that, life events kept getting in the way. When I'm stressed or depressed, it's really hard to get work done.

But I trudged on. And at times, it really felt like trudging lol. Get this, I finished The Beauty (edits and all) exactly one year after I finished editing the first chapter. Is that some crazy symmetry or what? I mean, I never want to take that long to edit a book again but wow, symmetry.

So the book is done. I love it sooooo much! It turned out a thousand times better than I ever imagined. No matter how many bad reviews I may get, it will not diminish how proud I am of this book.

Now, I know what you're wondering...Lindsay? Are you going to take a year to edit all of your books? Answer: God, I hope not. That would sooo not be good for my career. Readers are far too hungry and there is far too much competition in the self-publishing world for me to take that long. With each book, I get better at writing and, therefore, editing should get easier. I do have some plans on how I can change up my publishing strategy that could assist in this problem, but I'll talk more on that in another post.

So, that's it for now. I will be posting updates far more often in the coming weeks. Those updates will include a release and some "Behind The Scenes" where I'd like to discuss scenes from The Beast. I'm hoping those'll be something fun where I can share my thoughts behind those scenes and maybe my readers will pop in a comment or two. Till then, happy reading! -Lindsay Mead


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Beauty

Are you all ready for this very long overdue cover reveal? Me too. I also have a synopsis to share! Keep scrolling to see both.

Tune into my livestream later today at 5pm EST so we can discuss the new cover and what I'm working on for NaNoWriMo.


If anyone reading this has a blog and would like to share the new cover on their blog, please do! And make sure you let me know, so I can link to your blog in the description of the reveal video.



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The Beauty's description:

Can love thrive in a kingdom of secrets?

Rumors of King Aleksander abound, sowing seeds of fear and doubt among the populace. Worse, there’s only so much Belle can do to repair the damage caused by the former Bishop’s fear-mongering. With challenges and new enemies threatening, the couple will have to prove the strength of their love.

Of course, a cure for the king and his cursed people could solve everything. It may be as simple as reaching out to the right scientists, or maybe it’s all beyond the ingenuity of man. Tensions mount as old foes refuse to stay dead and unexpected revelations leave the future uncertain. But ultimately, it’s the half-truths that could lead to heartbreak.

The Beauty is the second book in The Hunter Legends, a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

How To Finish A Novel

I've published 1 book, am editing a 2nd, and I'm writing 2 more-- Right now I feel like an expert on the art of finishing a novel. Though, to be clear, I am not. HOWEVER, I have learned a lot of tips and tricks that will help get you to the finish line.

For me, it's all about the numbers. Don't worry, no heavy math required. One of the first things I do when I start a novel is get certain number goals established. This is key in helping me get to the finish line.

So in this week's topic video, I lay it all out for you. Every number from how long your novel should be, to what you should be writing every day. I really hope this helps some of the buddy authors out there. -Lindsay

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LAST CHANCE!

Just popping in super quick to let everyone know that my campaign to publish The Beauty is ending tonight at 2am EST. It's currently at $323, which is 40% of the goal. Just a little more and I'll have enough to pay for both the ebook cover AND the ebook formatting! If the campaign reaches around 50% - 60% of the goal, than I'll be able to have everything done with the ebook that I want-- fancy formatting and all! Woohoo!

Naturally the ending of the campaign has me really thinking about seeing The Beauty in print. Hence the picture in this post. I took the early font sketches for The Beauty and spent a little time with the filters in instagram. This one I thought looked like it could have been a photo of a title page in a book. Sigh. I can't wait to hold this book in my hands.

Editing is finally coming along at a good speed. I hope I can keep it up and in a few weeks I'll be ready for betas. Yes, I'm behind schedule. But I'm learning and finding a groove with my edits. This is a bigger deal than it sounds. Grooves are good; grooves equal consistency and consistency is how one finishes a book.

SO with that said, please check out my campaign. Share! Contribute! Be Awesome! -Lindsay Mead

CAMPAIGN TO PUBLISH THE BEAUTYhttps://igg.me/at/thebeauty/x/7583467