Estelle Van de Velde

Author's journal

This is the archive of my Now Page's 2020 Year. Check out the current year for the most updated news.

29 December 2020

We're on the verge of the new year, and I haven't updated this page in a while. As I started a new full-time job mid-September, it slowed down my book work a little. I had to get acquainted with a few things, learn other things, so it took time. But I'm now on holidays, which means I can work on the release of The Londoners full-time for like two weeks. I'm so happy to get back to it. At the time I'm writing this, I'm organising the preorder campaign, as well as writing and scheduling the newsletters for my subscribers. There's still a lot to do before the big cover reveal and release date reveal though. Hope you're as excited as I am!

26 September 2020

This month was THE month of all the firsts. It's the first time I hired a copyeditor, the first time I formatted a paperback and... the first time I ordered a proof copy of my book. Because yes, I am about to hold my book baby in my hands for the first time in a couple of weeks, the time it's printed and shipped by KDP. I'm so excited by all this new things, so excited to see what I've been working on in a paperback format. I can't wait for you to discover The Londoners. You'll just have to wait a little bit longer, but the wait is almost over, I promise.

12 August 2020

Guess what? My self-edits on The Londoners are done o/ It's not done yet though, it still have to go through a copyeditor. Then it will be completed :)

7 July 2020

The cover design by Asya Blue is done :) I'm really happy how it turned out, and I hope you'll like it when I'll show it to you. I've got a release date for The Londoners and I'm fully working on the last edits (thought I heard that already...). When the edits are done, I'll pass it on to my beta readers and hire a proofreader. Hopefully, the manuscript will turn into a book by the end of the summer. But there will still be a way to go before the release ;)

23 May 2020

I'm collaborating with Asya Blue on the book cover design. We had our first meeting last Tuesday, and I'm super excited to discover the first drafts of the cover.

27 April 2020

It's been almost one month and a half that Belgium is on lockdown. They're thinking about opening the shops again next week, but I'm not really sure that's a good idea. On the author's side, I've started a Youtube channel on which I'm posting vlogs on what I'm working on. I believe that it's friendlier if you actually see and hear me. I've only posted 2-3 videos so far, so let's see if I'm keeping the pace up.

An update on my nonfiction project, The Londoners:

And a smaller update on my fiction project, Once Upon A Sky: It's been over a year since I've actually worked on this novel. So I'm reading through it, taking notes on what have been the main actions until now. Then I'll outline the second half of the story and write it.

15 March 2020

This era is really weird. I had thought 2020 would be better than 2019. Yet, here we are: in lockdown because of a virus. Whoever you are: stay safe. We're all in this together.

22 February 2020

The second draft of my nonfiction project has been completed! Auto-celebration

Two beta readers read it and gave me amazing feedback. Still have a couple of things to do on the manuscript but I might consider sending it to literary agents… Let’s see what I decide to do after the rework, but sounds exciting!