Book Map

Originally posted by liz_dejesus at Book Map
This year I put together a workshop for authors titled 'Social Media and Technology for Authors'. And one of the slides in my power point presentation is called A Book Map. I got it from facebook so I honestly don't know the original source of this image.

But one of the things I tell people is that this is basically your book on steroids.


The first time I saw this it felt as though a light bulb turned on inside my head...or that could've been a bunch of fireworks for all I know. Even I don't know what goes on inside my head all the time. Anyway, what I'm trying to get to is that it's work. It takes time, and effort and just when you think your arms are going to pop off and quit...there's even more work. Why? Because I have to write new stories while I'm doing all of this promotional/marketing stuff.

So just for fun, I created a book map with the cover of First Frost. So far these are some of the things that I've applied into my personal marketing and promotional stuff.

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Hopefully some of you will find it helpful.

If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm always happy to help. :)

Ruby Frost

So happy to finally be able to dive in to the magical world of Everafter. I missed Bianca and her friends. I can't wait to find out what she's been up to. It was really hard to ignore her loud voice for almost a year but I really needed to sit down and finish Mugshots otherwise I never would've finished writing that book. And also I didn't want to get stuck writing only for Bianca. No matter how amazing of a character she is, I don't want to be known just for one thing. I have so many stories inside of me that I want to give all of my characters the chance to shine.

There are a few fairy tales that are going to be thrown into the mix in book #4. The main one is Aladdin or specifically the genie of the ring, I always felt that he was an important character that probably had something to say. Hopefully I give him the voice he deserves. I will also feature Baba Yaga (must be a popular character because I've seen her popping up in a few other stories) but I'm going to move forward and find a way to make her my own. I will also feature a descendant of Mulan. And we will also see more of the fairy queens. This is going to be on jammed packed book. Hopefully it's worth the wait. All I ever wanted to do was tell stories and entertain people with my work.

I will leave you with my inspiration for the genie of the ring. He has no name at the moment but that will change really soon. Some of you know how much I love the TV show Faerie Tale Theater. This is how I see my genie of the ring. Except instead of green imagine him in citrine/orange hues. ;)


Mugshots Cover

After years of tossing and turning over this idea I finally sat on my ass and started working on the book. I still have a long way to go before it's officially finished. But I'm currently on the third draft of the book. And to add a little extra inspiration I decided to hire my good friend Kelly Shorten (who used to designed the covers for First Frost and Glass Frost while I was still at Musa Publishing) and she designed the cover for Mugshots.

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Doesn't it look amazing?!

Let me know what you think. :)

Pros and Cons of Being a Teenage Fairy excerpt

Hey everyone! Here's a sneak peek at what I've been working on for the past few weeks. I hope you like it.

I hope Mom didn’t get into poison ivy again, Jules thought as she checked her reflection in the mirror. She hissed at the sight of her bright pink shoulders.

“What is that?” She angled her left shoulder toward the medicine cabinet mirror. It looked like someone had drawn swirls and daisies on her skin with a dark pink marker. She shook her head and told herself that it was a trick of the light or something she did to herself due to her vigorous scratching.

Jules shook her head and refocused on more important things, like what she was going to wear for school. She had a few outfits in mind but none that screamed ‘Day Before My Birthday.’ She’d have to give it a little more thought.

© Liz DeJesus 2015