5.23.2016

I Printed My Book + Snippets + Book Blurbs

I stole the idea from the wonderful Katie Grace and printed draft 2 of The Clockshifter.  2 weekends ago I spent all day working on the cover.  *sigh* It would not have taken as long if my computer would have cooperated.
I'm warning you, computer of mine... (Source)

BUT THE BOOK CAME TODAY!!!

(I promise, my hands aren't weirdly disfigured 
like they appear in the photo.  I'm just trying to hold
 the book open for you to see.)

ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL?!


Here's a small snippet from the third draft.  (Click photo to enlarge)
*sigh* That awful moment when you make up a word and Word doesn't recognize it.

As the people who graciously beta read probably see, this little book of mine has changed a lot.  Most things in the story have changed, actually.  For example, The Building has a more original name AND is in space.

Characters have been added.  Characters have been deleted.  Plots have changed.  The order of remaining events have changed.  And there's a psychopathic secret agent with amnesia.  Like I said, this new draft is very different.

So...here's my attempt at a book blurb.  (It's still a major work in progress, so read at your own risk.)

The Clockshifter doesn't remember his name or where he came from.  He knows only his mission: change time.  After traveling back to the time of knights, fair maidens, and chivalry, he poses as a soldier named Theo.  While undercover, he strategically befriends Lyric Holloway, the girl at the center of a prophecy he told.  This marks the beginning of the end of primitive civilization.  But can events of time be rewritten to suit the needs of a single man?

35 comments:

  1. Wow, that's so exciting! Congrats! :)

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  2. sounds exciting! I have been wanting to print my book with Lulu as well ;)
    -Mic

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    1. You should! It is so exciting to have a physical book to look at and read. :D

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  3. Woah! That looks like it's changed MASSIVELY since I beta-read it! I was just reading the snippet, trying to recognise what part it was in and was just like 'huh? What's going on? I thought I'd read this book before?' But it sounds great! I love the blurb, by the looks of it you've been doing some humongous edits! Great job! :)

    Jane Maree // Maiden of the Misty Mountains

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    1. Yes, it has changed quite a bit. :) The snippet is a new part with a new character. I hope you like him as much as I do! Thank you for your encouragement, Jane!

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    2. That's pretty cool! I'd love a chance to beta for it again if there's any chance? :D

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    3. I'm not sure if I will have beta readers again, as I have a tight deadline for it. If I can recruit a few brave souls willing to read it very quickly, I might. ;)

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    4. *whispers* I'm brave... :) And I can read fast. (Only if you need me though)

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    5. I'll definitely keep you in mind, Jane. :)

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    6. *whispers as well* I'm brave too...

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  4. that book looks beautiful!

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  5. That cover is so epic! Your book sounds great!!! Congrats and good luck! :D

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  6. That is amazing, Alea!!!!! Will you have Beta readers a second time or not??? =) I would love to help!!

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    1. Thanks, Hosanna. :) I'm not sure yet. I am going to have it totally finished before Realm Makers at the end of July, and I don't think beta readers will have enough time to read it. Maybe I can recruit some awesome people who are willing to read it really fast and give me feedback. :)

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    2. LOL...sounds good! =) It will be amazing for you to have professionals at Realm Makers read your manuscript. It's amazing! God has given you a talent!

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    3. Aww. :) Thanks for your encouragement!

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  7. Ooh! This new version sounds really exciting! And who doesn't love a good psychopathic secret agent with amnesia? ;)

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    1. Thank you, Claire! I'm really excited about it. :) Hopefully everyone will like it as much as I do!

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  8. AWESOME! I agree, mine changed a lot too.

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    1. That's what makes our books better! Michael Crichton said, "Books aren't written - they're rewritten."

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  9. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL WUT EVEN. Alea Harper, that is an AMAZING cover. It's really mysterious. o.o

    I hope I will one day get to read this book! Did you print it through Lulu like Katie did?

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    1. Thank you so much, Emily! You are so sweet!

      I hope you can read it someday too! I would love for it to be published sometime in the future. :)

      Yes, I printed it through Lulu. With a coupon code it was like $4 including shipping.

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    2. WAHT. THAT CHEAP?!? Oh my goodness. o.o

      You designed the cover through Photoshop, right? I'm thinking about taking an online Photoshop how-to class as a fun little part of school. :)

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    3. Yup. :) Without the coupon code it would have been about $8 shipping included.

      Yes, I did use Photoshop. :)

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  10. ALEA HARPER, your book is GORGEOUS!! How did you even create such an incredible cover?! I loveth it so much!!! I sure hope I get to read it someday!

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    1. Awwwwww, Savannah. Your comment makes me so happy! :D The most helpful thing I do when I make a cover is to experiment and not be afraid to try something. On a computer, you can always hit "undo". :) Oh, and the text is super important.

      Maybe when it is published... ;)

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  11. Exciting. It looks like you've made massive changes. My offer of editing still stand when you need it though.

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    1. Yes. And there are more changes I am writing right now. :)

      Thank you so much for your offer, Anna!

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  12. Amazing! Can't wait to read it when you finish!

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    1. Thank you! I hope one day you get to read it!

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  13. I need to print my books. Looks like fun :)

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    1. You should print them! It is so much fun to be able to hold it. :D

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