THE CATALYST Update, Plus a Giveaway

Lots of progress on THE CATALYST since the last post! Proofreading is complete on draft one of the paperback interior. The formatter is applying final changes now. Ebook formats are next but should be quick. I think we can measure the time in weeks now, and I’m feeling really good about this book. I think it will be worth the wait. :)

I feel like I should apologize, though, or warn readers… because it’s nonstop page-turning craziness. Trigger warning for one catastrophe after another and some serious bad behavior from one difficult hero. I can’t control him. I tried. It’s a lost cause. But makes for some good reading, I hope. :)

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete (102,494 words)
My revisions: Complete (103,808 words)
Professional editing: Complete
Proofreading: Complete
Formatting: First paperback draft complete
Final proofread: Paperback complete, ebook formats starting very soon
Cover art: Front complete, back and spine starting very soon

Paperback Giveaway!

There’s a paperback giveaway for THE ALIGNMENT going on December 6-27 on Goodreads. Tell your friends! Three winners can start this series for free.

The Alignment
by Kay Camden

I’m giving away 3 copies on Goodreads! Giveaway ends December 27. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

THE CATALYST Update – November 20

Editing and proofreading are behind us. I’d have a celebratory drink right now if I wasn’t headed to bed. I guess I shouldn’t really say proofreading is behind us, since the final, agonizing proofread of formatted paperback and two ebook formats is coming very soon.

The end of 2016 is near but I’m not worried. This book will be published this year. Yes. Yes it will. Do I sound convincing?

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete (102,494 words)
My revisions: Complete (103,808 words)
Professional editing: Complete
Proofreading: Complete
Formatting: Starting very soon
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Complete. And beautiful!! :)

THE CATALYST Update – October 19

Version #6 of the cover is here and I think it’s the one. It’s very similar to book two’s cover, and I think it’s that symmetry that makes it work. I’m having them tweak colors now because the colors they chose are so vibrant and powerful I want to save them for the final book. :)

Cover reveal soon!

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete (102,494 words)
My revisions: Complete (103,808 words)
Professional editing: Complete
Proofreading: Starts very soon
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Finalizing last changes

THE CATALYST Update – September 22

Happy Autumnal Equinox! A day of equal night and day, when the sun rises due east and sets due west…and when THE CATALYST has been sent off to my editor for round one.

I’ve also sent the book’s info to my cover artist to get the cover started. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. It’s a jaw-dropping surprise every single time.

There are only three months left in 2016. I’m not sure that’s enough time to get this book finished but I’m going to be as hard-headed as TB and as calmly optimistic as Liv and power ahead believing I can still get it published this year.

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete (102,494 words)
My revisions: Complete (103,808 words)
Professional editing: Starts Monday
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Started, first drafts due in 14 days

THE CATALYST Update – August 28

I’m almost finished with my revisions. Starting today I’m taking a break to get some distance from the book before I go back in for the final changes. I also started working on the back cover blurb. It’s coming together, one version morphing into another until I finally have a version I can work with. I have less than a month before the manuscript is due to my editor.

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete! (102,494 words)
My revisions: About 90% complete
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST – First Draft Complete

I wrote the final words to THE CATALYST’s first draft moments ago. This is mostly due to me writing over 1,900 words in one night which is crazy. I think I went through a time warp or something.

Revisions start immediately, from page one to the end, and will be completed by mid-September. That’s almost two months I have to really make this book shine! Then it goes to the editor so she can rip it to shreds. And set it on fire. Then throw it into a black hole. And when it comes out of that black hole I’ll be like, “What is this, a book? Oh, I’ve read this before but it was kind of crappy. Now it’s pretty darn good. Who wrote this? OMG I DID.”

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete! (102,494 words)
My revisions: Just started (0% complete)
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started