I'm really enjoying writing Island Honeymoon and completing the story that I started a few years ago. So many times I have such great ideas for books and I start projects and then put them aside for a while to work on new projects and then it's a joy to come back to that first project and visit the characters again and see where they are going to lead me in completing their story.
I'm so excited where my life is at right now with my dream becoming a reality with another book soon to be published and that I'm able to continue working on new books. As you can see, I love to write and tell stories of faith and hope and new beginnings.
Thanks for your support and continuing to stop by and visiting with me. Talk to you soon!
Well, I shared the cover art for Mr. Shipley's Governess with all of my family and friends (online this weekend on facebook) and it got rave reviews. People seem to like the contemporary look and are very excited to buy the book. I can't wait until its release date.
In the meantime, I am on chapter 13 of Island Honeymoon and I am really enjoying writing in the mystery genre this time, while also combining a romance story throughout the book. This is only my first review of the book and I know I will be going over it several times again before I submit it to any publishers.
My publisher, Wild Horse Press just started a yahoo group for the authors this weekend. I'm excited about that as it is a great way for the authors and publisher to stay connected and to discuss good PR ideas and writing questions etc.
Well, it's almost time for lunch. Have a great day!
I just got the cover art for Mr. Shipley's Governess. I am very excited about it. Check it out on the books page on this site. I would love to hear your opinions on the cover. Well, I have to get some time in writing Island Honeymoon before I start dinner, so, I hope everyone has a great weekend!
I'm excited that I have a book contract, but now I know I need to move forward and look to the hard work still to come. I think sometimes people are under the false impression that once an author gets a book contract, the hard part is over. Well, it's only just begun.
Revisions may need to be done and you need to work with your publisher on different aspects of the pre-publication planning. You need to create a marketing plan for your book. You may have written the best novel ever written, but it won't sell itself. You really need to do some hard work.
Most of all, you need to believe in yourself and your book and know that if you work hard at marketing it, and have some Heavenly intervention (or if you'd rather, believe in luck), then your book will do well. You may not make it to the NY Times Best Seller list on your first or second or even third book, but if writing is your passion, then keep writing.
I already have a marketing plan and I am eagerly waiting to see the cover art for Mr. Shipley's Governess. I am blogging as much as I can every week and trying to keep up with my facebook and twitter pages. In the meantime, I am also starting to work on my next book, Island Honeymoon. Well, it's almost time for lunch. Have a great day!
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One of my favorite contemporary authors is Karen Kingsbury. I love her character development and awesome stories about real people struggling with faith and everyday relationships. She really knows how to tell a great story.
Where Yesterday LivesAuthor: Karen Kingsbury
When tragedy strikes with the death of her father, Ellen Barrett must face her past in order to save her future.She is a thirty-one year old Pulitzer prize winning journalist who is living in a shaky marriage, with a long forgotten faith.She goes back to her hometown for her father’s funeral and flies in early that week to assist her mother with the arrangements.During the trip back to her childhood home, she is faced with loving memories which do not quite align with the current state of family affairs; she is thrown into a situation where she needs to make peace with her siblings, her past, her faith and her future.In the end, she overcomes the ghosts of her past and reunites with her husband, for a future bright with promise; choosing to live life to the fullest, continuing in her father’s legacy.
I just got back in to my office. I was working on my laptop while my husband was at some doctor appointments. I heard today from Wild Horse Press that they should have the cover art in a few weeks for Mr. Shipley's Governess. I'm very excited to see the cover. As soon as I have access to it, I will post it on my website and facebook page.
I dusted off an incomplete manuscript I was writing and will start work on it again. The working title is Island Honeymoon and it is a mystery novel. I am looking forward to revisiting these characters and getting back to my love of mysteries; but for all of you romance fans, there will definitely be romance in this book as well.
Well, I'd better get back to work. Have a great day!
I just signed a contract for publication of Mr. Shipley's Governess with Wild Horse Press. I am very excited and will be sure to keep you updated on the pre-release date and actual release date; and of course, I will update the new cover art as soon as I receive that from Wild Horse Press. Thanks for the support!
I heard back from two publishers; one offered me a contract and I have until next week to accept it and the other one wants to review my complete manuscript. I have some decisions to make this week. I'll definitely be praying for direction. Well, I have to go make dinner now. I'll try to get back on to the site over the weekend. Hope everyone has a great Saturday and Sunday.
Well, so far I have sent my first three chapters of Mr. Shipley's Governess, or a query letter (depending on specific requirements) to 84 publishers in the last week. I have been getting some responses back that they are not interested and 6 publishers are currently reviewing my work and I have also sent a query letter to an agent in NYC. This agent does not take a retainer and only gets paid when I get paid. We'll see what happens. I am trusting God to open the door for the right publisher. I will keep you updated on the status and hope to have some good news soon.
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