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LOOK AT THIS AWESOME THING! Ft. Proof Copy and A Giveaway

Guys, look what my mum made me!!

the cover of The Rose and the Mask, as interpreted through the medium of quilting

It’s even prettier than it looks in this crappy phone photo, believe it or not.

This counts as fanart, right? Either way, this is some HIGH QUALITY MOTHERING. Thanks, Mum! ūüėÄ ‚̧

Speaking of¬†The Rose and the Mask, as if I’m ever not, Things have been Happening.



I am nowhere near as invested in my skill as a cover designer as I am in my skill as a writer…


…so I’m therefore approximately 1,000,000,000% less self-critical about it….


… but… I dunno, I think this actually looks pretty good?

I can neither confirm nor deny rumours that I’ve been periodically stroking it and murmuring “my preciousssss” since it arrived.

I can, however, confirm that I found about twenty mistakes in it that were completely invisible on both my computer and my Kindle. Siiiiiiigh. Still, now is the time to find them, I guess!

And, if you like the cut of its papery jib, but also like not paying for things, you may be interested in the Goodreads giveaway I’m running:

The Rose and the Mask by Victoria Leybourne

The Rose and the Mask

by Victoria Leybourne

Giveaway ends March 03, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

As I write this, exactly 500 people have entered. Looking at how well other giveaways are doing, I think that’s… not bad? Not necessarily anything to write home about, but not bad. And it means that at least 500 people have now¬†heard¬†of it. Given how hard it is to get a self-published book noticed at all, I’m pretty happy with that. It’s giving me a very cautious sense that people might find something (the cover? the¬†Beauty and the Beast link? the title? lol, definitely not the title) about it appealing, which is heartening. I’m still keeping my expectations extremely low about how well it will actually¬†sell, but I’m starting to feel that I’ve at least done¬†something right.

I’ll be back soon with more updates. In the meantime, if you missed it,¬†check out my last post where I announce the release date (MARCH 3! IT’S MARCH 3! …Welp, ruined that surprise) and talk about how you can help with the launch if you’d like to.


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2016 Week Forty-Five: *flailing*

If you thought I’d be relaxing this week after sending my manuscript to my editor a week ago, you have no idea how my brain works. That’s okay: neither do I.

Anyway, it turns out that what I do after finishing – or at least reaching a built-in pause in – a big project is… everything. This week I’ve had a huge ridiculous burst of productivity, of the type that I could have used a week or two ago when I was, like, face-down on my sofa trying to coax myself into at least turning the computer on. Here are some things I have done:

Discovered felting

I impulse-bought a kit in Hobbycraft and made this little dude.

a felt polar bear with a knitted scarf

Quick question: WHY DID NONE OF YOU TELL ME THERE’S A CRAFT BASED SOLELY ON REPEATEDLY STABBING THINGS?? I can channel my rage into something cute! …Wait, never mind, I think I get it.

Redesigned the cover for Venetian Masks, again

Okay, look, I had to remake it, because I needed a design that included a spine and back cover, and all I made last time was the front cover. But I will admit to getting carried away:

a water colour mask on a background of a watercolour painting of a galaxy, with gold text

the galaxy continues over the spine and back cover, where there is also a gold swirl above the blurb

I’m pleased with it, though I’m sure I’ll fuss over it some more before publication! (And replace the Lorem Ipsum blurb with actual words, of course!)

More website stuff

I told you guys a couple of weeks ago that I bought At the same time, I also bought¬†– basically because I get a ton of hits from people searching “opposite of popular”, since this site is, and I wanted to see if that would work for something I’d actually like to get search results for! The site has an “Under Construction” page covering it at the moment, while I work on it, but here’s a little preview:

screenshot showing the layout of my new website - the header says

I’ve learned a lot about WordPress and GIMP this week.

Plus, I also wrote this epic blog post about the new¬†Beauty and the Beast trailer and this one about Wattpad futures. And, you know, went to work. It’s amazing how much the aspiring writer can get done if writing is removed from the equation.