February Recap 2019 | RotS Rewrites Are DONE

February has been my most stressful month in a while, so I’m not overly sad to see it end. Bring on March–I am ready!

Here’s why it’s been so tiring:

Rise of the Sparrows

These rewrites have been kicking my butt. I didn’t get much done in December because I was still working at the library, and then in January I also got nothing done because I wanted to finish writing the Blood Wisp trilogy, plus I had a huge editing job I needed to wrap up.

So, when I sat down to pick up my rewrites this month, I still had most of the book to go. I believe Chapter 1 was staring back at me? Maybe I got lucky and it was Chapter 2. Either way, lots to do.

Believe me when I say I was tired* when I finally sent it back to my editor this Tuesday. I took the rest of the day off and then had the MOST amazing day on Wednesday looking at all the other projects I’ve neglected–not just this month, but in January too. Finishing Blood Vow‘s first draft and then doing these rewrites were my top priorities, and I’m honestly overjoyed to see them gone from my to-do list.

*read: I sent it to my editor, sat down on my sofa, and yawned non-stop until I went to bed.

What does this mean for the re-release of Rise of the Sparrows?

Well, it’s looking good. I’m not sure if I’ll get it done in April (because, let’s face it, that’s a month and a day away), but May should be possible. I’d kinda prefer May anyway, because I first published Sparrows in May. It’d be nice to have both releases in the same month, don’t you think? Has a nice ring to it.

(also a slightly depressing one, because I shouldn’t have had to re-publish it in the first place, but first-time indie authors are a special kind of naive and I simply didn’t know better. Hey-ho. Such is life, lesson learned and all that fuss.)

Blood of the Dragon & Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

Not quite as much to report here. I have started to copy my critique partners’ feedback and I have some ideas for expansion (BotD) and cuts (SiAS), but most of that will happen next month. Check back on Monday for more on that front.

Blood Wisp Trilogy

My star of a cover designer has completed the set! I’ve seen the mock last week and let me tell you, it’s quite something!

(Bless him, he’ll be pleased to get away from me for a bit. Who knew I set such a tough brief? I didn’t.)

I’ll be sharing them with my mailing list Bookish With Sarina next month, so be sure to sign up if you want to see them early.

And that’s it for this month! It’s been a busy one. I don’t know how it’s been for you, but I’m happy March is here and I’m thrilled to have some variety on my to-do list again. Make a tea and tell me how February has treated you <3


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