NEW LOGO, French publishing houses bailing on you, homeworking the whole week because of Corona virus. .. The Sunday Post 03/08/2020

Hi friends,

Today is Sunday, time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week in and out of the blog. As usual I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer .

 

In my private life first

As I mentioned last Sunday, this week I stayed the whole week homeworking per request of my employer. Everyone at our heaquarter was quarantined as people were back from holiday. They found it more practical with the Corona Virus than sort through who went abroad, who took the plane, train etc and who stayed home.

We managed splendidly, as I knew we would thanks to Skype fo Business. People who don’t blog (most of my colleagues) nor have relatives living abroad are not used to Skype and work on projects through Skype.

As a blogger I am used to collaborate with other bloggers around the world, be it to learn Photoshop (our teacher was in New York, a fellow Student in San Fancisco and me in little Belgium), to set up a Facebook group with my friend in Columbia etc. So using Skype and conference calls was cakewalk!

So I was as busy as when I was at the office and had sometimes five meetings a day, with eight people talking through Skype or even a phone conference with London!

Technology is magic (when it works).

What’s in store for the next weeks?

I’ve been asked to cut each of my teams in two. One half will go the whole week next week at the office while the other half will work from home. On the weekend, the office will be disinfected. And the second week, the teams will shift.

As the boss, I am leading by example and will be at the headquarter the whole week next week.

Needless to say that it was tricky cutting the teams while trying to consider family obligations (divorced parent who has the kid once every two weeks and must finish early), colleagues who went abroad and needed to be quarantined, colleagues who will go abroad this week etc.

But we did it!

I have no idea if this will do the trick to help contain the contagion but at least we are doing something.

Train filled with sick people here I come next week!

 

Now the other news in my title is about my friend who signed a contract with a French publishing house (that I won’t name) for her first book.

I told you I’ve been working with her for three years on and off helping with her book (mostly off these last years) but she told me she had found a publisher. I recommended that she ask if they would help her bettering her book as, in my opinion, it was not ready yet. They told her yes, that someone would help her so, she signed.

She sent them her seventh version and waited for their feedback. Well it seems that they won’t do anything!

What should she do? She is now calling in her mom’s help to spot any remaining mistake (grammar etc) and asked me if I could help again. As she has a time slot of ten days to send it back I could not go through 300 pages in ten days while working, blogging etc.  So we decided that she would send me passages she thought needed the most work and I would go through it!

This seems to work quite well but she made me write my first graphic sex scene ever!!!!

She had written it but she was “half in, half pussy footing” if you know what I mean. 

So I decided that either we go for “fade to black” and it had to be softened a lot but if she wanted to be explicit, she had to “go all in”  (it always feel better to go all in, pun intended 😀  ). Soooooooo I opened my computer and wrote something worth of romance stories with HAWT sex scenes LOL.

Now SHE will have to talk about it in interviews, not me *add manic laugh*

In all of these bailing from the publishing house and me helping her, be it to track inconsistencies (easy), or rewriting whole passages, spotting what was not working etc. I realized that I could work for a publishing house after helping many authors for years now.

So that’s very good for my ego .

 

Other information about this week: I have again tons of reviews to write because I did craft again! My latest creation is meant to be a gift for an author I am following for years now and inspired by her latest heroine: Andromeda from Reckless Times.

See the cover and now the pop! I made one for Michelle Hercules and one for me.

For that one I started from Dark Phoenix with a bobble head and had to figure something to fill the hole of the head and have it …not bobbing LOL

I ended up using clay to mold a form fitting the hole. I added a skirt, thought that adding some kind of legwarmer or big socks would make her look young and trendy cool. I had to find something for her weapon: a chain with kind of a spiked ball. So again I worked with clay. I am very happy with the end result. 

 

And last but most AMAZING news of the week: I’ve got a new logo!

This has been specifically designed by the very talented Allarica and she really outdid herself! I don’t regret any cent I paid for it as I am in love! Doesn’t she look kickass? And for those wondering what book she reads …it’s a book of spell of course! 😀

 

On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)

I have read four books but only reviewed two (hopefully I will have time to write both reviews today and schedule for next week AND write a March TBR). None were five stars as I seem to be in a bit of a funk these last weeks…

The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart was a 4 stars, entertaining and well written romance.

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott was an audiobook for my #AudiobookChallenge2020 and was kind of a let down. 3 stars.

As men (read Lashaan from Bookidote 😉  ) asked for a Let’s Meet your Next Book Girlfriend (and not only talk about book boyfriends) I wrote something about my favorite heroines!

And the Top 5 Tuesday was about authors with names beginning with A to E but I wanted to make it fun and created a battle of authors with some amazing teams! Next week if I have the time, I’ll try to add what kind of book each team would write .

 

On the blogosphere and in the literary world

On Epic Read you can test how long you would survive in the wilderness. Click on the graphic below.

My result?

“You’d survive for: 2 weeks. You tried so hard to survive, but an infection from that nasty fall really slowed you down and you perish just a few feet away from the trail. RIP.”

Let’s hope I’d be found within two weeks!

That’s it for this Sunday! How was your week? Anything interesting? I will now write these reviews and post before blog hopping to find you posts!

Thanks for reading.

 

Sophie

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26 Replies to “NEW LOGO, French publishing houses bailing on you, homeworking the whole week because of Corona virus. .. The Sunday Post 03/08/2020”

  1. Olivia-Savannah says: Reply

    It sounds like you have been quite busy with work even if you have been working from home! I am glad that working from home hasn’t been a problem for you at all though, and that you adapted with ease. Yay for making a new funko pop and I really do love the new blog and account graphic 😀

  2. Omg I need to read that sex scene!

    Your skill with funkos is amazing. You need to give up your job and make them full time!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha that sounds like a plan Caro!

  3. So kind of you for helping your friend out so much! Is there a reason why you’re so implicated in her novel’s publication? 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Ha Lashaan I recognize your inquisitive mind! Only you would see a hidden motive behind my help LOL You are in the right field! And no reason other than she is an old friend and also that I truly love helping people!

  4. Well, first, stay safe my friend…I hope no nasty bugs get through! Next, I’m buying your friends book JUST to read the salacious sex scene you wrote, LOL! Then, that Funko is so cool..love it! And of course, your new logo rocks! Have a fabulous week Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha thank you TRisy but she writes in French! And honestly it’s so weird for me to write in French!!!

  5. I’m sorry about your friends publishing house? Since they didn’t hold up their end can she back out? It seems super unfair that they did that to her!!!

    And your funko looks sooooo cool <3 <3 You can't even tell that the stuff you added is a different material or even not part of the original!! It looks really really good <3

  6. Like everyone else, I hope the pub house has editors to go over your friend’s work. I don’t have it in me to write a graphic sex scene – kudos to you, Sophie!

  7. Love the new logo, even if I do miss Red Sonja a bit 🙂 The new one is awesome, tho, seriously.

    I think we should all work by Skype now. I’d be down. 🙂

    You are now a writer of hawt sex scenes haha! Hey it’s a skill!

    Dark Phoenix! Get OUT!!!!

  8. Rachel @Waves of Fiction says: Reply

    Glad to hear you were able to self-quarantine and work thanks to technology. Stay safe on the trains next week!

  9. Haha, I love your sex puns. I used to work for a tiny publishing company, and we did pretty much everything over Skype. It’s way better than going to work.

  10. That is so neat you were able to work from home, I am one of the weirdos where I am not concerned that much about corona virus, well,,,,anymore than I have been over the past viruses. Just be cautious, do all the preventative measures and I am sure you will be fine. Hopefully it will die down soon and life can get back to normal.

    Great logo darling and hope you have a happy health filled week.

  11. You were killing me up there with all the sex puns. Hilarious! And, I am right there with you, appreciating how wonderful technology can be (when it works). Interesting approach they are taking at your job. They have these two women walking around my building ALL DAY with disinfecting wipes, wiping every surface one could touch. I just keep washing my hands and trying to get enough rest, so I am not as susceptible to any germs. I wish you well as you trek to the office, and once again, another fantastic Funko creation.

  12. I love the new logo! Congrats to your friend, I agree with Alex, the editors should definitely be going over it. She’s lucky to have you. I suggest gloves for your train trip- stay safe!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know Jacquie! The problem is that she always has to deal with an assistant who does not seem very capable!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Kim!!!

  13. Alex @bookblurbca says: Reply

    While that’s great news your friend has found a publisher, I’m sat here asking myself what kind of publisher is NOT interesting in polishing a manuscript before publication? Not a very good one, if you ask my professional opinion. But hey, way to go, Sophie, writing a sex scene, I can just imagine you enjoying doing that no end!!! ☺️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know Alex! That’s what I am thinking too!!!

  14. I noticed your new logo. It’s fantastic! And you are wonder woman. I don’t know how you do everything.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Honestly? Me neither Laura!

  15. Love the graphic!! Very cool! And thats awesome that you helped your friend with a sex scene. You have talent! Hope you have a great week!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Samantha!

  16. What a great week. I love that you wrote a sex scene for your friend to discuss!
    And that logo is awesome!!!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha thank you Nina!!!

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