THE EXCITEMENT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN
KEEPING FAITH – Book 2 of “The Sunset Series”
will be released by Secret Cravings Publishing on July 1
The release of a new romance novel is always an exciting time for an author. No matter how many stories we write, the thrill of seeing our characters come to life in the hearts and minds of readers never fades. In fact, it grows only stronger with each new book release. Here’s what will be happening over the next few weeks:
- I’ll be hearing first from my fantastic editor, Julie Reilly. She’ll let me know what she thinks of “Keeping Faith”, and more specifically, what she thinks will make it better. We have lots of, well, uh, interesting conversations about each manuscript. Remind me sometime to tell you about the list of euphemisms she once sent me for a particular part of the male anatomy.
- Cover art! Getting cover art is much like a birthday and Christmas holiday all wrapped up in one. First, of course, there’s the anticipation. I got word from my publisher yesterday that the cover art information for Keeping Faith has gone to the artist. Dawne Dominique has done the covers for each of my romance novels. She’ll look at my garbled thoughts for the cover of “Keeping Faith” and then use her own creative abilities and imagination to design one that’s just right. Soon, I’ll receive an email. That’s like getting a present. It’s wrapped and tied with a beautiful bow, and I can’t wait to open it!
- Next, of course, there’s proofreading. Once I’ve completed the edits and returned the manuscript to Julie, she’ll pass it on to the proofreader. Renee Waring is my favorite proofreader. She doesn’t miss much! Plus, she’s a great lady, and I enjoy working with her.
- So, it’s written, edited, I’ve got cover art, and it’s proofread. Is that all? Nope. Not yet. The proofed copy comes back to me for my final review. You’d think at this point, it would be a “done deal”, but errors do slip past writers, editors, and proofreaders. Imagine my horror when reviewing one “final” — and discovering that a character’s eyes had changed from teal blue on one page to a chocolate brown on another. Oops! I’m a perfectionist, but I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as a perfect book. You’ll find an occasional little “boo boo”, but hopefully no glaring errors. I spend hours — days, actually — going over the final proof. This step in the process is one of the most important for any author. We’ve written our story, and this is the moment when we say “Yes, it’s done, and yes, I’m satisfied with the result. It’s ready to go.” But wait! There’s still a little work to be done.
- Time to say thanks! At the end of our writing project –which is the beginning of a new book’s life on the shelves, as either an ebook, a paperback, or both — we send the work out into the world with a heartfelt blessing and a few words of thanks for those special people in our lives. My dedications always include my husband. I’m grateful for his love and for the countless ways he helps me in my writing career. In different books, I’ve also included other family members and friends in my dedications. Once, I even included our parrot.
- Who am I? That’s one of the toughest questions I have to answer each time a new story is published. A writer’s bio should be short, but also witty and entertaining, right? I keep my author bio updated with pertinent facts, and, of course, a list of the books I’ve written.
Is that it?
Yes, at last, the completed manuscript is sent back to the publisher for final formatting. It’s then made available at the Secret Cravings Publishing website for pre-order, and on release day, it’s time to celebrate and do the happy dance.
The publisher will also send me an ARC — which means “Advance Review Copy” — which I will, in turn, share with book review sites which feature western historical romances. Reviews are one of the ways in which authors are able to get word out about a new release.
With the book completed and available for sale, it’s time for the real fun to begin! Like every author, I want to share my excitement with as many readers as possible. I’ll be making the rounds of blog sites, doing guest interviews, and chatting live with readers in different forums.
For “Keeping Faith”, the most exciting event will be the “Book Release” party. The incredible Lady Amber of Lady Amber’s Launch Parties has put together a wonderful Facebook event. Thousands of invitations are going out, and responses are coming in. During the three-hour event — July 10, 2014 — we’ll be playing games, I’ll be sharing a few excerpts and bits of trivia about the story, and we’ll be giving away dozens of prizes.
You’ll have chances to win ebooks, paperbacks, and other gifts from me and from many other western romance authors. The list of authors donating prizes includes: Tabitha Shay, Leslea Tash, Kirsten Osbourne, Patty Norman Jager, Kathleen Tighe, Ball, Robyn Corum, Amy Jambor, Julie Cerniglia Lence, Caroline Fyffe, Shanna Hatfield, Davee Jones, Wilhemina Stollen, Penny Brown Estelle, Carre White, Beth Williamson, Pamela Kelley, and Lola Grace Stevens.
Click the link above for the Facebook event page. Once on the page, please click that you will be “Going” to the event.
You’re welcome to leave comments on the event page.
The party will be Thursday evening, July 10, 2014
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time