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Another Monday, another snippet from The Reluctant Emissary! I hope you enjoy!
An hour later, Eshan found himself sitting in a drab cell, on a metal bench bolted to the floor, waiting to appear before a judge. He’d been questioned by the on-duty detective then photographed, fingerprinted and relieved of all of his possessions other than the clothes he was wearing. Hours drifted by and still Eshan sat, motionless, elbows on his knees, his hands knitted together and his head bent over as if he were praying. Silence his only companion.
I haven’t posted in a very long while. It’s not that I haven’t been busy. I got a bug in my bonnet to make myself write a book. And actually FINISH it this time.
A couple of days ago, I got the final rounds of edits back from my beloved developmental editor. And now it’s with the line editor. She’ll have it back to me around May 5th.
I have my cover done by the very talented Christian. (If you want to see my cover, it’s on my homepage. Right here.)
What’s left? Um…since this is my first rodeo with self-publishing, I’m going to shotgun here and list some of the things I think or know I still have to do:
- Write a blurb. I suck at these. Like “eighth grader oral book report” kinda suck.
- Formatting. I have no friggin idea at this point. I’m hoping the Scrivner gods will deliver me a perfectly formatted manuscript.
- Mailing List. After three hair-pulling days, I was finally able to get the newsletter sign-up thingy working on my website. Now I just have to find people and convince them they need it. (People like YOU! So get on it! Kidding, I’m not going to hunt you down and force you to sign up. Yet.)
- Newsletter content. If you think I suck at blog posts, wait ’til you see my newsletter. #cryinginmywhiskey
I think that’s enough pain and misery for one post. Happy Monday, everyone. Now, get out there and be the lion!
This week, I’m trying out something new. I meet a LOT of new writers. I also meet almost as many authors that have been around the block a few times. I thought it would be fun to interview writers in all stages of their writing career. Because you can learn something from each and every one of them.
I can’t remember exactly where I crossed paths with Shaunta Grimes, but we instantly hit it off. The more we talked, the more we realized we had a number of personal things in common. Including loving someone with autism. And, of course, writing. We spent a whole evening PMing each other, giddy as school girls talking about writing and her plans for the future. Continue reading
I sat down to write a blog post Thursday afternoon (2-11-2016) and was immediately distracted by an idea for my WIP. As I’m pretty scatterbrained, I dropped everything and dove into writing. I didn’t stop until it was time to go pick up the kiddo several hours later. This is a very good thing.
And then it was time for the after school chores: snack, homework, dishes, dinner, etc. Looking at the calendar, I realized that it was a four day weekend because the local high school was moving into their new digs and all the kids were off to give teachers the chance to pack and move. Not only were the high schoolers moving, half of the elementary classes were shuffling into the old high school. Yay. Thankfully, Little Man won’t have to worry about moving to a new building until next year. Continue reading