Sunday, February 26, 2012

Updates, Projects, and Einstein

For those that missed my post on Friday, the cover for PARADOX was revealed! It feels like the days and weeks are getting closer and closer 'till publication date. I am already getting emails and comments on Goodreads asking when the release date is. That's a great feeling and I appreciate all the readers that are excited to continue with the Travelers series.

I'm still at the point I was since I last updated on Wednesday. I got another 5k words in and I am now officially in the editing process. I hope to have PARADOX out to my beta readers within the next week or two and my editor has already been given the heads up. Yay! I probably sound like a broken record, but the last stretch is pretty repetitive until the final draft is finished.

So, to change things up a bit, here are some projects I worked on last night:

Business cards! For months I've wanted to get some simple calling cards done. I run into people all the time and I never have anything to offer them once I introduce myself. I am in the business of selling books, so I finally bit the bullet and purchased these on Zazzle.
Isn't is cute? And the back of the card is my favorite part. If you've ever received an email from me, you'll notice I use the same quote as in my signature, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales" - Albert Einstein. It only seems fitting that I would use a quote from Einstein. Being a physics teacher, my dad always referred to Einstein as "Tio Beto". I guess you can say that he was not only considered a member of the family, but a favorite uncle at that.
But I didn't stop there! I also created these great rack cards. I realized that every time I shipped a book out for a giveaway, I didn't have anything nice to accompany the book. Personally, I like receiving a little something extra, even if it is something as small as a bookmark. This is the design I cam up with:
I added the tag line from PARALLEL and some quotes from book blog reviews on the first side. For the second side, I included the cover of PARADOX and my contact info. I purposely left room to either sign or write a personal message (using white marker, of course).
The great thing about using Zazzle is their prices. For 100 business cards and 50 rack cards, I paid around $40. Not a huge business expense, considering how nice both products came out. So, don't be surprised if you end up seeing the final product if I ever send you a book!

OH, and last but not least, I FINALLY got myself an author page on Facebook. After a lot of internal kicking and screaming, I decided it was time to create yet another presence on a social media outlet. If you have the time, I'd love a LIKE!

Have a great week!


  1. Sounds like you've been busy - and I love your cover :) Great rack cards - looks professional and pretty. Stopped by your Facebook page and LIKED you - though I'm pretty sure I liked you before ;) lol.

    Enjoy your Sunday and I hope next week is full of creativity!

  2. Those business cards are lovely! And that is one of my favorite quotes. Hope it hold true, 'cause my son will be brilliant. I've had good luck with Zazzle in the past, but wondered about their cards. Good luck with your launch...I just signed on with goodreads last night, so I'm still feeling my way, but I'll be sure to look you up there, and I hit the FB page as well...

  3. Marie - Thanks for the LIKE! I'll try my best to keep it updated :)

    Lynnette - LOL. I'm sure he'll be super smart w/ all the books you read him! I hope the rack cards come out took me forever to come up with the right design. Don't forget to find me on GR so I can friend you!

  4. Love the cards and the rack cards - those are awesome! I need to look into business cards and possibly bookmarks. Congrats on another great week!

  5. Thanks Stacy. You should really check out Zazzle. Pretty decent prices!

  6. Great quote...and one I believe whole-heartedly in. The classical method of education, which I taught, repeats that mantra. Young minds love fantasy! There's another one I love, goes something like...,'The Smithsonian's recipe for genius ~ limit children's interaction with peers...' My dad always used that one...

    Best of luck as you edit this week!

    1. My dad would totally love that quote! Good luck to you this week! We've both got releases in March. Yay!

  7. The cards look fantastic, Claudia. Love the Einstein quote, completely true and now I know why my mom read us fairy tales all the time. Brave soul to take on Facebook - something I am still struggling with - yet somehow I know you'll do great with it - awesome attitude.

    Enjoy the edits and have a great week :)

  8. I love your cards, and the design of the bookmark! I'd never heard that quote from Einstein, but I'll remember it.

    Good luck with the editing phase!

  9. Your cards and bookmarks are awesome Claudia! I've never heard the quote by Einstein before, but I am so in love with it. So glad you finally joined the Facebook world, Yea!

  10. Thanks Guys! I hope they come out even better in person! As for FB, I am going to try to keep up with my status updates!!

  11. i cannot wait for PARADOX!!!!!


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