2 months into its debut and we’ve hit 70 reviews for WHEELMAN already!!
Give yourself a pat on the back if you assisted in the reading/reviewing of this first novel (early readers you know who you are). Let’s crank it to 100 reviews!
Believe it or not, work has kick-started on a 2nd novel already (Titles and plot are hush hush at this point).
The 1st draft of the manuscript is being looked at for the first time by my editor this week. Prayers are appreciated for Martin Jones as he reads.
Now we wait…and we work and work and work. Is it summer yet? Are you traveling anywhere fun? Are your taxes done? If you answered yes to all 3 of those questions, I appreciate your honesty. Enjoy the weekend!
Knowing there’s positive development in my hometown is a wonderful realization. It’s like Christmas but shared collectively rather than the recent American way (self-indulgent, greedy, Black Fridayed).
I found out the fine community of Wayne County is undergoing changes for a new public library!
I love knowing this is happening.
Books. Readers. Future pupils and stories to share amongst family members.
It gladdens a person’s spirits in September, especially when the school year is underway, and it’s easy to forget about anything but the task at-hand. But, this is future planning…and for good reasons!
Imagine: the next generation discovering their favorite authors on the Hwy 90 bypass in Monticello, KY. A middle school kid flipping through a copy of a YA novel (let’s say, The Hunger Games) and saying to themselves, “Hey, I can do this!” and by this they mean, writing a series of prose and sharing it with their family members.
What a cool NEW feature of town!
I’m glad to know this is coming (along with countless other avenues of business being added to town, plus, Lake Cumberland being voted 4th best spot to vacation in the U.S. this year). It takes time, but effort is always the first step.
With this new library going in, it’ll mean:
- programming via Wayne Co. schools
- access to titles (popular and obscure)
- story time for children, theatrical performances (possibly)
The Wayne County Outlook has the story here. Click. Read. Share.
5 PHASES OF WRITING (in summary):
Phase 1: The Excitement!
You shout, “This is the BEST thing since sliced bread! I LOVE YOU book! Go make it BIG.” (Click on picture for fun celebratory dance.)
Phase 2: Nervous Nelly.
Question you send to publisher, agent, editor: “Soooo did you love my book?” Followed by sweaty palms galore. (see, Chandler Bing)
Phase 3: Awkward Silence…
…Days, weeks, months.
You say to yourself, “Where is that darn reply?”
Phase 4: Rejection. Rejection. Rejection.
Publisher writes, “We’re sorry but this work just isn’t right for us at this time. We wish you the best with it elsewhere. Keep us in mind for future projects. Thanks.”
Phase 5: The Attempt To Stand Back Up.
Recover. Pick up the spilled milk. March on towards that next publisher, say, “Pick me!”
**All the while not walking with a limp.
May your encounters be sweet in the publishing world this week! Remember: they’re just words typed on a keyboard – somewhere. Nothing personal. Keep at it!