Nine Weeks Until Publication



With the release of WINGBOUND becoming more and more public, friends (new and old) are asking how things are going with the publishing process, being a mom, wife, ministry, and writing book two. It takes more than a Facebook post to really share that bulky answer. So here it is!

EDITING PROCESS

As you may already know, I am publishing my first novel. WINGBOUND has been edited to within an inch of its life by a professional editor. In December 2017 sent it to a proofreader for an estimate on how much it would cost to do "one last" proofread. In her reply she said that she usually takes two excerpts and edits those for a sample of her skills and sends it back with the cost. Well, apparently, she didn't find anything to edit. How awesome is that?! WINGBOUND is clean and ready. (Although, I did read it aloud one more time to catch any last details... but there wasn't much. Maybe 8 in all 73,000 words.) So I swear... I'm DONE editing!

FORMATTING

WINGBOUND was finished with formatting by the end of the second week of January. Now it is presentable as an ebook, softcover, and hardcover book. Apparently you have to format for each type book you'd like to create. If you're in my Book Launch Team, you know the ebook is being read by my faithful Team. (Join here to read it free before release.) It looks so pretty on my Kindle!!

BOOK COVER

I've had the book cover design for quite sometime, now it is being laid out for a softcover and hardcover. At this point it feels like I'm seven months pregnant. There are only two months to go, and I can't WAIT to hold my beautiful baby in my hands!

BOOK LAUNCH

All the plans are coming together for launching the book. I have a mountain of ideas for the next nine weeks. I've hired a publicist to help me promote it to the world and book reviewers (and a whole lot more.) I'm creating fan merchandise. (T-shirts should be ready next month.) I'm mailing bookmarks to the Book Launch Team, so they can leave them around their cities in coffee shops and places I'd never be able to reach on my own.

The biggest and best plan is launch weekend: I have two parties planned! On Friday, March 23, 2018 we will have an online launch party for all my friends and fans to log on and win prizes. THEN on Saturday, I'll be at Books-A-Million for an in-real-life book launch party hosted by two of the awesomest people: Kevin (my handsome hubby) and Pam (my schnazzy sister.) I can't even begin to imagine the cool things our combined efforts will conjure up. I'm pretty sure I'm coming in costume!

WRITING

So that is where I am. Seven months pregnant with a book that you guys will love. And I know when you finish it, you will need book two ASAP. I've written about 1/3 of book two and plan to release it in the Fall of 2018 because waiting an entire year to release seems like torture (for you and for me!) Meanwhile, between ministry and family, things are quite busy around here. My 2018 resolution is to start my day reading in my pajamas and sipping coffee. (Currently reading an author friend's novel... it's sooooo good so far!)

Happy January!


Review: WONDER by R.J. Palacio


TITLE: Wonder
AUTHOR: R.J. Palacio
AUTHOR WEBSITE:
GENRE: Young Adult, realistic fiction
PUBLISHED: February 14th 2012 by Knopf
MY RATING: 5


SYNOPSIS:

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I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Review: GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard

TITLE: Glass Sword
AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.victoriaaveyard.com
GENRE: Young Adult, fantasy, dystopia, romance
PUBLISHED: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
MY RATING: 4


SYNOPSIS:

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.  The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.  But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.  Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Review: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

TITLE: Red Queen
AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.victoriaaveyard.com
GENRE: Young Adult, fantasy, dystopia, romance
PUBLISHED: February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
MY RATING: 3

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads)
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Review: BEHIND THE MASK by Dana Ridenour

TITLE: Behind the Mask
AUTHOR: Dana Ridenour
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.danaridenour.net
GENRE: Suspense, Thriller (Adult)
PUBLISHED: WiseInk (April 5, 2016)
MY RATING: 4

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads)

That is the motto for the FBI's undercover program, and special agent Lexie Montgomery is just beginning to understand what that means. Lexie's first assignment is infiltrating a radical cell of the Animal Liberation Front. Underground and operating in splinter groups throughout Los Angeles, the only way in is through Savannah Riley, a new recruit.

Savannah left the safety of her small southern town for the bright lights of the city. Pulled into the animal rights movement by her college roommate and a gorgeous anarchist, she sinks deeper and deeper into the dark, paranoid world of ALF extremists.

As the actions of her cell escalate beyond simple demonstrations and graffiti, Savannah turns to Lexie to keep her grounded. But as the two women grow closer and the FBI's case builds, Lexie is forced to decide what betrayal really means.

Editing Ain't For Sissies



EDITING is like cutting Rapunzel's hair. My manuscript really needed a trim... for a long time. But I just couldn't get myself to do it. I sent it to the editor as a big hairy mess. She combed it here and there, but I knew it had to be trimmed and styled. It was at 86,000 words. Now it is at 78,000 words. I also cut SO many words that apparently are just filler words.  (Haha, I used 2 in that sentence!)

On The Right Path



Returning to the Southeastern Writers Workshop was delightful especially because I attended with my 16 year old daughter, Daisy. I was much more relaxed this year than the last because I knew what to expect. SWA is a welcoming group of writers. Their motto is "Writers helping writers."

Review: CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

TITLE: Caraval
AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
PUBLISHED: January 31st, 2017 by Flatiron Books
MY RATING: 5

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.