Dearly, Beloved – It’s Off!

Today I finished the first pass proofs (I still call them galleys, but I’m weird that way – I think I just prefer the vaguely piratical word), and tomorrow they’ll get a final once-over and then be conveyed via bike to the post office, because I’m thirty years old and I still don’t drive. (Ray Bradbury is my hero in more ways than one.) This is basically the last thing I have to do before the sequel to Dearly, Departed emerges on September 25th.

Sending off a book to be published is a little weird, for me. I’ve done it twice, now, and I can honestly say that my emotions have been the same both times. I’m afraid I just don’t get excited at this stage, all teary-eyed and eager to watch my little darling toddle off into the world. I don’t see my books as “my children,” and I’m afraid I don’t understand the sentiment. (It’s one of those things that works well for other people, but not for me.) At this stage, having been through upwards of six rounds of revisions, having devoted 12-hour days to copyedits and proofreading, all I can see are the book’s flaws. Because that’s all I’ve been looking for. It’s hard to describe just how much of writing involves tearing yourself apart, second-guessing yourself, scrutinizing even your most fundamental stores of knowledge – for instance, I routinely end up doing things like checking the definition of the word “crimson” to make sure it’s the right shade of red, when I know perfectly well any shade will do! It’s a bit like gaslighting yourself. I think you end up a little crazy by the end of it.

Does Beloved have awesome stuff in it? Absolutely! (Blood! Blood everywhere!) My judgment isn’t a true one, at this stage – it’s one born of exhaustion. I felt the same way about Departed for a while, and now I adore it again. And I’m very happy to finally be done with the main bout of work, able to turn my attention to continuing the series and writing other things. But I’m also a little sad to see the pages go, to know that’s the end of it. I hate that part, too. It’s the shutting of the door on book two, knowing that there are only so many more to go. The end of the process is always bittersweet.

In COVER NEWS, I’ve seen the final front cover, and it’s amazing! I like the turn the design took. I’m holding off on revealing it because we’re all waiting for the back cover, where a character other than Nora will lurk. Also, I’m told that when ARCS ARRIVE, I’ll be getting my own store, so we’ll start that process soon.

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  1. Brandi M Lynch
    May 15, 2012

    Yay! Sept. 25 isn’t that far! I absolutely loved D,D and your characters, and though I’m terrified to find out what happens to them, I can’t wait to read more. Right now, I’m pressuring my mom to finish the book she’s reading so she can read D,D. I’ve already infected one person, hehe!

  2. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 15, 2012

    Yay infection! :D Thanks so much!

  3. Dani @ Refracted Light
    May 15, 2012

    Can understand the bittersweet feelings. A project is truly never finished, is it? You just have to come to a decision that it’s as done as it’s going to be. So congratulations on sending DB off, and congratulations on getting to move on to the next project :)

    Cannot wait for more Bram, Nora & Pamela… though I gotta say, I’m a little nervous at the implied quantity of bloodshed. lol

  4. Courtney
    May 15, 2012

    I would maim, pillage, and murder for an ARC @______@ MURDDDDERRRRRRRRRRR

  5. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 15, 2012

    I do not approve of maiming or murder. If you pillage, be sure to get it on video and I’ll take it into consideration.

  6. Brandy Swain
    May 15, 2012

    Exciting! I loved Dearly Departed so much, can’t wait for Sept. 25th!

  7. R. Phillippi
    May 15, 2012

    I am, of course, desperately excited for D,B. I adored Departed, got my mom to read it (and she loved it), and am convincing my father to read it (and probably review it, as he does book reviews). We’ve discussed our difference in feelings on our books, so I shan’t say much on that, but I can certainly understand and empathize with only seeing the flaws. I’m sure I’ll be the same! ;)

    Can’t wait to see the cover – and then to read the book as soon as I possibly can!

  8. Lakeshia Artis
    May 15, 2012

    Whew!! Finally the book is complete. Congratulations. I can’t wait to see the cover or read the book. I’m sure both will be fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing the process with us. I’m sure in the following months, you will be a very busy girl. My ears perked up at the mention of ARCs. What’s a sister gotta do to get a hook up? LOL!

  9. Amber/aLmYbNeNr
    May 15, 2012

    I want to read Dearly, Beloved soooo badly. Congratulations!

  10. Darci Cole
    May 15, 2012

    Congratulations! So exciting! I can’t wait for September, it’s gonna be a great month in so many ways :-) Hurry up with the cover! I can’t wait to see it and read Beloved. Departed was seriously an amazing book, and I’m sure #2 will be also!

  11. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 15, 2012

    Yay, thanks for passing it along! :D And yeah, I think a certain amount of doom and gloom is a necessary part of the process.

  12. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 15, 2012

    Got your email, will save it!

  13. Lori T.
    May 15, 2012

    Eh, driving, it’s totally overrated (just an expensive nuisance). As for writing, I can’t imagine all the exhausting work you’ve had to do to finish D,B. But, it’ll all be worth it because I know it’ll be as insanely great at D,D. I cannot wait to read it (it seems so long to wait, though!) Excited to see the cover art soon :D

  14. Lia, I loved your first book so much and I have raved about it on the internet wherever possible. I’ve never specifically asked for an ARC or sent in a request to a publisher, but I’d love to get on a list for one of Dearly, Beloved if you have one.

  15. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 15, 2012

    Contact me through this site, and I’ll get you on the list! :D

  16. The Ravenous Reader
    May 16, 2012

    ZOMG!! I think my scream of joy just woke up the family cat. LOL! I am so very happy to hear this amazing news. I adored Dearly Departed to bits and cannot wait for it’s sequel.

    I Support Zombies :)

  17. I’m so excited for Dearly, Beloved ! I can’t wait to see the cover.

    Do you really bike everywhere ? What kind do you have ?

  18. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 16, 2012

    Just a town bike – I have no idea of the make or model, I’ll try to pay attention next time I use it. I mostly walk. XD

  19. Nicole
    May 16, 2012

    I can’t wait to read Dearly, Beloved! :D

  20. Kayla B.
    May 17, 2012

    Congrats on wrapping it up! I can’t wait to read Dearly, Beloved. :-D

  21. Marie
    May 17, 2012

    Eagerly awaiting for Dearly, Beloved!!! I have gotten 2 of my coworkers reading Dearly, Departed now!

    I definitely would love to get my name on the list for an ARC to review, what do I need to do to get on your list? :)


  22. Angela
    May 21, 2012

    Loved Dearly, Departed!!! I am really looking forward to Dearly, Beloved. The story was totally unique, and loved the characters. September is not too far off. Will definitely pre-order!!!! Thanks. :)

  23. The Ravenous Reader
    May 23, 2012

    So excited. I simply adored Dearly, Departed and cannot wait for the next zombie love installment.

  24. Layla Howard
    May 8, 2013

    Please write another book on Nora and Bram. I only read Dearly Beloved. Next I will read Dearly Departed please write another book. The sequel must continue. Your my favirite author you will be my most favorite author if you please write another book about Bram and Nora’s adveture and there love too. Also your a good author. Write another book about Bram and Nora please your fans need you to do this. I need you to do this.

  25. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    May 8, 2013

    Hey Layla! Thanks for the post, and the email! I definitely want to write more in the Dearly series–however, that might be a while in coming. There are some developments on that front, and I’ll talk about them online as soon as I’m able to. You can also find some info in this blog post, if you didn’t see it. Thank you again for reading–it means so much to me! :D

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