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Friday, August 19, 2011

This is IT, kids

The announcement. The one I've been waiting for make for a long time now.

I got the latest final copy via UPS last night around 6:30. Once again, I delayed a while in opening it, because after all the snags, I was afraid of what I might see. But finally I did, and looked at the front.

It was perfect. No more cut-off fingertips.

Then I flipped to the back. Yup, they moved up all the copy, and it was no longer sitting on top of the bottom edge. However, for inexplicable reasons, they also moved the ISBN box up, so that the copy that wraps above it now still too close. But it clears it.

You know what? I don't care. I'm done. It's the back cover, and it's 99% perfect. Enough is enough.

Soooooo... this is it.


At the moment, it's only in paperback, although I will have a Kindle version soon. You can buy it at the CreateSpace e-store, or on Amazon. It's $12.99 at both sites (but FYI; if you buy it at the CreateSpace site, I get a bigger cut). :-D

I honestly don't know what to do first, after I send this blog. I guess I'll compose a tweet. Update my FetLife profile. Give it the weekend to sink in, and then think about how I'll go about marketing this book and spreading the word. But the one thing they recommend over and over at CS is having a blog and keeping people apprised of all the book info from there, and that I have.

Still can't believe this is happening. I started this book in January 2010. I reread over 50 paper journals and countless online posts and blogs, collecting history. I edited and re-edited and re-edited. I envisioned a cover... and ended up going with something completely different from what I'd first imagined, but I love it. And now, Friday, August 19, 2011, I'm finally announcing that it's done.

I sincerely hope people will like it. I hope, if you do, you'll talk about it, recommend it, help me get it out there more. What Happens to Naughty Girls, at this time, has sold 200 copies. I want this one to do better. It's much more personal. It's me.

I'm so excited, I don't even mind (too much) that I wasn't Chrossed today.

Thank you, everyone, for following along with my process. Have a great weekend, y'all.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS, ERICA!!! I am so happy for you! And looking forward to reading your book :)

  2. WOO-frikkin-HOO!!

    (damned ISBN!! .. Why raise that stupid thing? Why not leave it where it was? Doofus people. (! sighs!)

    I figure.. (heehee!) that you're probably gonna send me a copy you've autographed - that says stuff like "The cover you did is gonna make this a best seller" (roflmao!) ... but I bought one anyhow (order number is #18506331!!!) .. so I have one to share with a friend!


    I BELIEVE NOW.. I CAN POST A PIC OF THE COVER AND A LINK TO CREATE-SPACE on my Fetlife profile to get that marketing ball rolling!

    TODAY.. in between helping Mom.. I'll do a blog on it too!

    I'm so proud to call such an intelligent, beautiful, loving, and compassionate woman my friend! You simply.. ROCK!


  3. Katerina -- thank you, sweetie! I hope you will like it.

    Zelle -- LOL! You bought one already? Girl, I love you. Of course I'm sending you an autographed copy, as soon as I get my new and improved giveaway copies (should be getting them Monday).

    Takes one to know one, y'know. :-)

  4. Of course I bought a copy (grins!) .. I always like to have one to share with someone that I think is worthy!

    And yeah.. disregard all you've heard .. cause believe it or not... LOL .. I do know people that actually read real books.. hahahahhahhhahaa!!!

  5. Congratulations Erica, on your book called 'Late Bloomer'. Now bend over, and let me take your bloomer's down and give you a rating of 'six of the best'. Hopefully it will one day be translated into all the languagues of this big wide world, including 'Yiddish'. Would'nt that be something.

  6. Yeah. I will buy a copy immediately.

  7. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. :)

  8. six -- let's see if the English version sells first. :-)

    joey -- thank you!

    Kat -- it hasn't sunk in yet. I think I will have a delayed reaction!

  9. YAY CONGRATS ERICA, I am so VERY Happy for you this is WONDERFUL and AWESOME news :-)I am VERY proud of you my dear friend, I can't wait to buy your book so i can read it this is so EXCITING,Wishing you and John a FABULOUS and fun weekend of you celebrating your book :-)Love you bunches and big hugs ALWAYS From your naughty girl Jade XOXO

  10. Jade -- you're so sweet. :-) I hope you will like it.

    Sarah -- finally, finally, yes! :-D

  11. Bravo, Erica! Just bought my copy at CreateSpace (of course)!

  12. Maggie -- Wow! Thank you so much. ♥

  13. I can only imagine how relieved and proud you must feel about your baby!

    I will definitely be purchasing a copy as soon as you post instructions for doing so. I'm feeling very low-tech these days.


  14. Woohoo! *throws confetti* Congratulations! I'll be ordering one right away. I love your first one and am sure I'll enjoy reading this one as well. But the question is, how does the spine of it look? I need to have it placed discreetly amongst my other books on the shelf. ;-)

  15. Great news. I'm so pleased for you Erica. Many congratulations. Looking forward to reading it.

    FYI - As of Saturday 9.20 am - Amazon is showing your book at a price of £33.65. There is a kindle version.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  16. I just checked on Amazon and didn't see a Kindle version in the U.S. Is there going to be one? I love my Kindle and would prefer to download the book if possible.

  17. Our copy is ordered. We look forward to reading it. and congratulations.

  18. Congratulations, Erica. I'm ordering my copy right now. I hope it's not sold out; I want a first edition!



    You can be sure, Erica, that I will be getting a copy asap! I sure do look forward to reading it. And I like books! Just keep me away from a book store or I will come out with at least three or four sometimes more. LOL

    I'm happy for you!!!!

  20. Dana -- thanks! there should be a U.S. kindle version up soon, if not already. I'll look into it when I get home from John's, and as soon as I have a link, I'll post it.

    Juju -- thanks, girlfriend. :-)

    Lea -- Ha! Not to worry, the spine is quite discreet, just name and title. :-D

    Ronnie -- good to know! Thank you.

    OBB -- I hope you will like it!

    Hermione -- well, it's POD (print on demand) so each printing is its own edition, I guess!

    Bobbie Jo -- better go to those bookstores while you can. Borders has already closed... (sigh)

  21. For those of you looking for a Kindle edition has it here:

  22. Anonymous -- thanks. I'm going to post a blog about that, so everyone will see. :-)

  23. I ordered it on my Kindle! Now that I'm back, I can't wait to read!

  24. Craig -- Yay! You're mentioned in the penultimate chapter, you know. :-)