Jennifer Lyon

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Wednesday Worthy

I just realized yesterday that Exposing the Heiress comes out NEXT TUESDAY (August 4th)!! I don’t know where time is going! So crazy! There’s been some good advance reviews and excitement, which is super cool. Entangled’s marketing department is also excited — which is a good sign too. But I have to laugh as both Anna and I were caught a little by surprise yesterday when we realized the release is one week away. Fortunately, most of what we need to do is done…so yay for being prepared!

On the Wing Slayer Hunter Series–Blood Magic is at an editor for an in-depth proofreading, and Anna and I spent some serious time looking at hunk photos to figure out what I wanted for the new covers of all four of the original books BLOOD MAGIC, SOUL MAGIC, NIGHT MAGIC & SINFUL MAGIC. We finally settled on the pics and I sent all that to the cover artist.

And now I’m working on getting the NIGHT MAGIC (Phoenix’s book) in shape for the editor.

Confused? Yeah, so am I. All this is taking way too much time that I wish was spent writing, but it’ll be worth it to get all the books re-issued for readers. Then I can get to the book I’m dying to write!

But for our Wednesday Worthy, since Phoenix from NIGHT MAGIC is on my mind as I clean up the scanned file of his book, I decided to pull out the older pic we used for him a few years ago (but not for the new cover as this image has been used a lot on covers lately):

Phoenix Torq  iStock_000016698054SmallSo what do you think? Is he worthy?

P.S. If you haven’t checked out the CAGED MAGIC blog tour, here’s the link.


6 comments to “Wednesday Worthy”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    July 29th, 2015 at 6:15 am · Link

    Yep. I’m confused. You had to scan in your books? Editing books that were already published? Clearly, there is still a lot I haven’t learned about the biz. I can’t wait to see your new covers – even though I totally love your old covers, too. YAY for ETH coming out! I can’t wait to read it – even if I might have to wait because I still haven’t finished editing, which means I haven’t started reading Caged Magic yet. Too much to do and too little gumption right now.

    I hope you’re selling a boatload of Caged Magic! Yay for a blog tour!

    Yep, he’s worthy.

  2. Jenn
    July 29th, 2015 at 11:49 am · Link

    B.e., I had to learn it too. Okay so, I don’t have the edited files from those books. All the copy editing and proof reading was done on hard copy (archaic, I know!), then type set. So I had to have the books scanned — and that software mixes up some things, for instance, Linc comes out Line, or I’m comes out Fm, weird stuff like that. It takes out scene breaks and does other odd stuff. I have to clean all that up which is time consuming, plus there’s a few spots that I tighten or clean up because I’m a nutjob.

    Then I’m having an editor familiar with scanning go over it too and clean up issues I miss. This process is taking for-freaking-ever. And yeah, editing might be overkill but I always feel I own readers the best version I can manage.

    The publisher probably has the clean files, BUT while I get the rights to the books back, I don’t get the rights to the publisher’s work on the book, which is actually very fair in a sense.

    I loved the old covers and the new ones should be somewhat reflective, but only with a male on them. That’s what sells, essentially.

    And this was a very long answer!!! Sorry :-)

    Hope you can get your editing done! Not to read my books, but for you to move forward. I know that feeling of getting bogged down and just not wanting to keep plugging away.

  3. B.E. Sanderson
    July 29th, 2015 at 2:31 pm · Link

    No need to apologize. I appreciate the time you took typing out the long answer. I hadn’t thought about the olden days when editing was on paper pages mailed back and forth. Seems like eons ago when it really isn’t. Time and technology flies. I totally get why you have to clean things up – scanned docs don’t translate 100% – as well as why you feel the need to re-edit. Books are never really perfect, even after they go out into the world. The work must be a killer and going too damn slow. :hugs:

    No worries. This editing is for the book I’m releasing in late fall, so it’s ahead of the game. I’m waiting on the final edit notes for next month’s book. Somewhere between, I’ll treat myself with reading awesomeness. ;o)

  4. Viki S.
    July 29th, 2015 at 3:30 pm · Link

    You’ve been so busy it isn’t surprising that time is getting away from you. Yes, next week is August 4th and we get another book :)!!!!

    Sorry, I know it’s tons of work for you and very stressful but we really appreciate all that you do.

    I too hadn’t thought about all the added work with the re-release. Wow, you are in need of one serious vacation. So, when are you and Wizard going to go some place and unwind?

    We got the tomato out after two go overs with the steam cleaner. Very happy. I can’t even imagine ironing any more let alone dropping it onto the carpet. You must have been in tears.

    I love this guy :).

    Have a great afternoon/evening.

  5. Jenn
    July 29th, 2015 at 6:34 pm · Link

    B.e, I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned, but I don’t want to bore people with lengthy explanations. I can get carried away sometimes :-)

    It is crazy that just a few short years ago they were still typesetting. It took a long time for the bigger pubs to retool their systems, which is understandable as it was a huge undertaking.

    Reading is always such a great reward!

  6. Jenn
    July 29th, 2015 at 6:40 pm · Link

    Viki, I’m probably a little more up front about all the behind the scenes work that most people want to know. I swear I’m not whining, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it!

    Great news on your carpet!! I’m so glad to hear that!

    The iron happened YEARS ago not long after we’d bought the house. I was upset but Wizard just rolled his eyes and said, “Only you.” I got over it.

    Wizard and I’ve been doing things to relax–like today we went to the movies. I’m doing much better than when he was working so it’s all okay. We’re still discussing possible vacation plans but time is just going so fast!

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