What do you say, Ruthie? Are we ready for this?

There are an infinite amount of last minute decisions that need to be made about my almost finished Scandinavian Romance, Until We Lay, about American supermodel Lainey and Danish sociology student Palle, but they won’t be made any time soon because I can’t stop tinkering with the cover. Sure, it still leaves a lot to be desired, aesthetically, I realize that, but I think it does a pretty good job at signaling genre and what the story is about. I’ll try it, and if people absolutely hate it, I’ll slap on a pretty pre-made cover for when the series is complete and I start promoting it properly.
No, it is the title font that keeps me up at night! This one here is called Ruthie, and I think I might like her, but I’m not sure. I want something a bit cursive (it is romance, after all) but not totally illegible (it’s not that romantic …) and I sort of like the extra lines, every other time I look at it, at least. Other times, they kind of bug me. Sigh!
I’ve got just a few more days of day job left before I can start my vacation, and I don’t know how restful this year’s vacation is going to be with books to release, promote and write, but oh, how I look forward to spending some quality time with my much-neglected family! Starting a writing career on top of a regular day job is madness, plain and simple.
Last summer I discovered KDP and self-publishing but I was still stuck in the ‘submitting to publishers and collecting rejection letters’-phase of being an author. So much has changed this last year, it’s just unbelievable. I’ve started my own company and launched not one but two author careers (I write children’s books under a different pen name). The workload has been ridiculous, and will stay that way until I’ve got some more books out and can start cutting back on the day job.
This is my first summer as a self-published author and it is up to me to manage the workload. The self-imposed deadlines are a lot more flexible than the external ones, and I’ve already accepted the fact that I won’t be able to do everything I had planned, unless I want to start work again in a few weeks even more stressed than I am now. And we don’t want that, no, we do not!
But I do want to get this book out there, and get started on book 2. Lasse (a k a Lynxx) and Susan have waited long enough!

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