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The Satisfaction From Finishing a First Draft

Broken Melody Draft

Yes, you read that right. I finished the first draft of my next book, Broken Melody.

We can all agree that the world is horrible right now, right? It’s been nearly impossible for me to come up with something positive to write about, but I’ll allow myself to be proud of my productivity while everything around us went crazy.

This book was written at record speeds for me. Both Quiet Whisper and Ghostly Scream, the previous books in the series, took embarrassingly long to finish, so when I started Broken Melody in November last year, I honestly hadn’t expected it to be done in 2020, much less in the first half of the year.

Of course I still have a lot of revising and editing to be done, but if I get off my ass we’re looking at a summer 2020 release, and at the very latest it should be out in autumn.

But I’m not sitting idle. I’m already hard at work on the sixth book in the series, which will be called Eerie Song. I’m not letting this sudden writing spree go to waste, so hopefully I can crack out several chapters before I run out of steam. It’s weird writing this book at this time, though, seeing as one of the main plots revolve around a contagious disease… I tend to use fiction to escape reality, but right now it feels like I should be taking notes while watching the news…?

But let’s forget about Corona for a while.

(But do still wash your hands!)

I’m planning to reveal the cover of Broken Melody next week and hopefully share some excerpts as I make my way through the first round of editing.

Unless, of course, I hate everything. In which case you will just hear the sound of distant screaming.

 

Broken Melody Draft

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My Next Book Will Be Called “Broken Melody”

Book cover question mark

Book cover question mark

I finally solved my title problem!

After months of asking on Twitter as well as on this blog, I eventually confided in a friend about my growing frustration.

15 minutes of brainstorming later and I had not only the title for this book, but for the rest of the planned books in the Angel’s Voice series.

It’s the same friend who helped me fix some typography issues when I was redesigning covers for the series. I might just have to start paying her…

Of course we’re continuing the ‘sound’-theme from the earlier books and naming the fifth book ‘Broken Melody’. Let’s hope I don’t jinx the book by naming it. The writing has been going remarkably well and I would love to break my habit of taking years to finish books.

And yes, I know some of you will be disappointed that the book won’t be called ‘CSI: Var’nori’, but it’s very important to remember that I’m often quite sleep-deprived when I write blog posts and that I never should have shared my weird working title with you to begin with. It’s bad enough that it’s still kind of stuck in my own head…

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Paperbacks, Oh Paperbacks

Paperbacks Michelle Louring

Yesterday, I received the first paperback copies of the new editions of my books.

I picked up the package at the post office.

I got home.

I put the package on the table.

Then I proceeded to circle said package for half an hour, acting like it might go off and kill everyone (everyone being  me and my owl) if I were to open it.

Amazon package

I then opened the package because I was running late for an appointment and I didn’t have time to be scared of inanimate objects.

Somewhat anticlimatically, nothing blew up.

Paperbacks Michelle LouringTitle page Resounding Echo

While not as bright as their digital counterparts (as expected, since ink has its limitations), the covers were still beautiful. The interior was gorgeous, with the choice of fonts and text size having hit the mark, and the title page I spent 3 hours obsessing over being worth every minute even though no one besides me is going to care.

But don’t worry: I hate the spines. They got a good talking to where I explained to them that their clashing colors were unacceptable and changes would have to be made.

I haven’t turned lenient all of a sudden.

Paperback spines Michelle Louring

 

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I Need a Book Title. Hit Me!

Help me graphic

Seeing as Ghostly Scream will soon be published, I have run into a recurring problem in what I need something to write underneath the sentence “Next Book in the Angel’s Voice Series” on the last page.

Yep. I need a title for book 5.

Like I have taken to doing with character names, I’m just gonna crowd source ideas before I drive myself insane.

Good thing about this series is that you don’t need to know anything about the content of the books to help out! The theme is pretty simple, seeing as none of the titles have much to do with the plot in the individual books. They just have to relate to the sound of a voice.

(If it includes some kind of redundancy or other things that make it sound slightly silly, that’s just a plus.)

Examples:
Book 1 – Resounding Echo
Book 2 – Silent Sound
Book 3 – Quiet Whisper
Book 4 – Ghostly Scream (never really liked this one…)
Book 5 – ??? (Help me!)

 

So! Help me brainstorm, will ya?
Any ideas are welcome. Even if it’s just separate words, we might be able to Frankenstein a title out of it in the end.

(Also, if your help has a price, name it. Whether you want to be a character in the book or want the soul of my firstborn, I’m open for negotiations…)

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So… How’s the Writing Going?

Angel's Voice books

Angel's Voice books
After redoing my website earlier this year, I have made an effort to keep the blog updated. But you might have noticed that it has included very few writing-related posts, so I thought I would give you all a little update on what I’m doing lately.

I’m proud to say that I finished Ghostly Scream, the fourth book in the Angel’s Voice series, last fall. However, I’m not quite ready to send it off for editing, and I can’t give you a final release date yet.

But I’m working on it!

One of the reason it’s taking me so long is because I’m also working on revising the old books in the series. It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time, and I finally got around to it. I won’t be doing any major rewriting, but the writing will get a round of polishing, so hopefully it will match the shiny new covers all the books are getting. Can’t wait till I get to show those to you!

The work is going slower than I’d have liked, but it’s steadily coming along.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying my weird, random and geeky posts on this blog, even if they’re short on book news these days.

Trust me, when I finally have news, I’m going to have so, so many of them!