This week, our winners are: Donna Morrow and Eugenia Riddick. Each of you will receive an autographed book. As usual, there is a new contest underway right now–to enter, you simply need to comment, and you’re in. Two winners will be selected at random, notified, and announced on the blog.
I’m putting some finishing touches on the book I call “North of Eden”–and expect to finish the first draft tomorrow. My publisher informs me that the title will change, but don’t worry. I’ll post it here as soon as it’s definite.
Recently, several of you asked why a book takes so long to come out, once it’s written. This book, for instance, is currently scheduled for May of 2018. What’s the deal? Well, there is a great deal to be done, in order to get book out there in the marketplace. After the writing, there are revisions–my editor and I will discuss loose ends, things that ought to be added or deleted, etc., and I will make the changes. Then my editor will read it again, to be sure we’ve got all our ducks in a row. Then, there will be many, many meetings within the publishing house, a sales plan will be hammered out, and the publicity people will do their thing, arranging tours and interviews and such, and the art department will design several potential covers. Meanwhile, a copy editor will proof read the manuscript, and I will make more changes, though sometimes we don’t catch everything, and wind up with a character drinking coffee on one page and tea on the next, etc. Embarrassing, but true. Once the copy edits have been addressed, the book will be set in type, and copies will be sent out to reviewers and other writers, so that there will be quotes to put on the cover. Finally, the book will be printed, packed and shipped and, hopefully, purchased.
Phew. I got tired just writing all that!
It’s late now, for me, anyway, so I’m off to read or listen to a book, snuggle up with two dogs and one kitty, and get some shut-eye. And I’ll be thinking up more stories to tell you about my occasionally eventful but mainly ordinary life. Be well, be happy, and be kind. We’re all in this together.