After several false starts borne out of amateurism, failing health, demanding work schedules, writer’s block and a whole lot of other craziness I had no control over, I finally have a finished product for Exit Strategy. This weekend it will be placed into the hands of a select few pre-readers (I’m only limiting the number so much because I won’t have time to compile all the feedback for the group I have, so please don’t be offended if I can’t let you pre-read this time around), then if what they say is mostly good, my goal is to have a product in retail outlets by October 29th! The pre-readers for me, are like a focus group for books, for wont of a better way to describe them. I’m going to take what they say to heart and if they’re not telling me to write 90% of the book over, you’ll see the next book at the end of this month.
I was ruminating over the journey I’ve taken as a published writer and realized that it was exactly one year ago, October 31, that Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever hit the virtual shelves. I was very nervous because I knew the story would be loved or hated, and there was a contingent of folks on GoodReads who spewed the hate before the book actually became available which led me to wonder, “what the hell have I gotten myself into?” However, shortly after that, the book was embraced by several book clubs and the rest, as they say, is history. Since last October, Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever has continued to be enthusiastically purchased by readers who are discovering it slowly by word-of-mouth. I have not discovered the magic bullet for becoming a bestseller, yet, but I’m very appreciative to all my readers who took a chance on a poorly named book and series that they have grown to love.
Exit Strategy, Book 2 of the Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy has been a true labor, as well as a labor of love. It has taken the better part of a year to get here, primarily because I am a laboriously slow writer, and secondarily for all the reasons I named at the beginning of this post. The creative process is not always my friend, and probably for six of the eleven months it has taken to get this book completed, I experienced the worst writer’s block known to man.
If I were one who gives up easily, I would’ve canned this project a long time ago, but failure is not an option for me. I had to move in the direction of getting this book to you, even though I embarrassed myself several times by setting release dates that were unachievable for various reasons. So, when I finally wrote the words THE END on my manuscript, I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. As I promised you when the book was not completed in the summer, I said I would not give you another date unless I was sure the book would be imminently published. We have reached that point, ladies and gentlemen, and I’m very pleased and proud to be on the precipice of bringing you EXIT STRATEGY!!!! If you want to be among the first to know when the book is live on the various platforms (Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, iTunes, ARe), please sign up to be notified via my Mailing List.
Now, to those bloggers, authors, readers, and Facebookers who have signed up to participate in my cover reveal and book release, I will be contacting you via email with the information you will need to share these occasions for me. The following is the contact form where you may sign up if you haven’t already: LV Lewis’s Mailing List.
Readers, if you have Facebook and/or Twitter, even GoodReads, you can help me in this by getting the word out to your friends and family who are readers. So, please don’t hesitate to sign up to participate in either the cover reveal, the book release, or both. You all know what the old cover looks like, so I’m going to post it here just for kicks and giggles. However, the masses will get to see the new cover created by the gorgeous and talented Ms. Kristy Charbonneau, at Covermecreative.com, on Tuesday, October 22nd.
There is also a GiveAway that I have neglected horribly, and the numbers were not reached in order for me to award prizes. That giveaway is here: LV Lewis’s Giveaway, and if you still want to participate, there are fourteen days still left for us to meet the numbers, but you’ll have to sign up for my Mailing List and/or purchase the Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever audiobook, which is FREE on Audible.com with a 30-Day trial.
If you love Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, now is the time to purchase the audiobook, featuring the incomparable Ms. Marie Hélène, whom many of you have met on The Block or around Facebook, then when Exit Strategy is recorded, you’ll already have an Audible account to purchase it, as well.