I just got my final proof back from CreateSpace today and it’s phenomenal! I can’t wait to reveal it to the world! I am a week or so away from the book, That Kiss, going live on Amazon! In honor of this momentous occasion, I will be posting a brief synopsis of it on this website. Keep checking back here for updates!
I finally decided to bite the bullet and get professional pictures taken for my author bio page and social media in general. Even though I don’t like being photographed, Dale McDonald Photography did an amazing job of making me look presentable. I highly recommend him if you ever find yourself in Ohio. His website is: www.DaleMcDonaldPhotographer.com Thanks again, Dale!
I am almost ready to officially publish That Kiss. I am basically waiting on a day that’s not rainy to have my picture taken for the Author bio page. It may have to be done inside, which is fine too. As I contemplate the thought of the public being able to purchase copies of my book, it occurs to me that I am a little nervous. Not because I don’t think it’s a good story, I know you’ll love it, but because my heart and soul went into writing my “baby” and after it’s out, it’s no longer just mine to read. It’s almost like sending your first born off to college. (Not that I know that feeling yet, kindergarten, yes) Is it weird to be in love with a man you’ve created yourself, out of nothing more than romantic ideas and vague fantasies? (Probably) I rather like controlling what he says and does, unlike most relationships in real life. I remember when I first started the book. I was taking Matt and Chloe in a direction that I didn’t really like when the thought occurred to me; they don’t have to do these things, they can do what ever I want them too. And so the story evolved, sort of on it’s own. I had little control of my over-exuberant fingers tapping away on the keyboard for hours and hours as I shaped one of the best things I’ve ever accomplished in my life. (Besides my kids) I will keep you informed as to the date That Kiss becomes available. Until then, keep dreaming of things you think are out of your reach. You just might find that they’re not so impossible to catch.
Well, I finally got up the courage to open my manuscript after my editor got a hold of it. Even though they said is was in “overall excellent shape”, I was concerned with how bruised my ego would be afterward. It turned out to be an enlightening experience. I agreed with almost every comment and correction they gave me. In the right margin there were comment bubbles that explained what the correction was all about and you know, they really made sense! Most of my errors had to do with commas, mostly adding them. They suggested rewording a few things too, although, I didn’t accept all of those changes. I laughed at myself at some of the things I missed after self-editing the darn thing about a million times. I also didn’t realize how many times I changed tense. Overall, it was a positive experience and well worth the money I paid. So, Carmen, whoever you are, thank you for teaching me a thing or two!
As I sit down at my laptop to do my final edits on That Kiss, I am excited yet apprehensive about the next steps on my journey to get my story out…marketing it. It seems as though spreading the word about the story I have created will be a more daunting task than actually composing the manuscript. The “What if’s” can bring you down sometimes. I know my book is excellent, my editor said so and I’ve always believed it but no matter how great the book, if no one hears about it, then it doesn’t really matter. I am hoping my blog readers, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram followers will be willing to spread the word for me. I will be doing a cover reveal as soon as I get the finished version back and that alone could start a buzz about it. So please, if you hear about That Kiss and soon after, That Promise, could you just give me a little shout out? This starving artist would be eternally grateful.
I just received my first manuscript back from the editor. I was nearly sick to my stomach with the thought of opening the document. Ultimately, I had to look. As I clicked on the link, I was covering my face. I didn’t want to see what they had to say. I peeked at it and one of the first sentences said that my manuscript was excellent overall!!! I am so relieved, excited, shocked, elated, and almost in disbelief, but very happy to hear this from a professional!! I am looking forward to revealing my “baby” to the world now that I know it really is as good as I though it was!!