My Projects News Page
July, almost August, 2013: The maelstrom of having The Loyalist’s Wife published in June has left me little time to update this page but, basically, that is the news. Guest posts on a lot of wonderful sites have been great fun. Thanks to all those who invited me and continue to invite me to their spaces.
I am working hard on The Loyalist’s Luck, the second book in The Loyalist Trilogy and hope to publish next June, if all goes well. So far getting time to write has been a challenge what with all the marketing a new book on the market entails. Oh, but I’m not complaining!
May, 2013: A minor blip in my personal health slowed me down this month but we’re back on track now. Sell sheets and bookmarks have been designed by my wonderful designer and the proof copy of The Loyalist’s Wife is corrected and making its way to the presses. We are on track for the e-book versions, Kindle and Kobo, to start and are working toward the June release date for both print and e-book versions to be available. Who knew there were so many little bits and pieces to squeeze together. I feel like I’m doing a giant mosaic!
April, 2013: The Loyalist’s Wife is moving ahead. Final cover is completed and I love it, the inside pages are being set up and I’ve begun the edits associated with that. The Loyalist’s Luck is back on track with the synopsis done and actual writing of the rough draft continuing at the breakneck pace of three pages a day. The third book in the series is tentatively entitled The Loyalist Legacy but that is not written in stone although I think it’s pretty accurate as to how the book will shape up.
January, February, March, 2013: I’ve been so focused on moving my writing ahead, I forgot to update this page. Took the leap to publish with Peache House Press, cover for The Loyalist’s Wife is almost done as are the extra pages before and after the actual novel. Publication date is May 1 for paper version and June 1 for electronic formats. The Loyalist’s Luck, book two in the series, is taking up my writing time these days with 25 pages done and work-shopped with Barbara Kyle and a very good start on a 20-page synopsis from which I will write the rest of the book. It’s hard going because I’ve never written this way before but it is definitely helping me get the story in my head. I’ve also got research started for book three, unnamed as yet, and the story arc floating around my brain, as well. An extra project that is stewing until I can find the time to do it is an anecdotal family-history-picture-book-lineage sort of album and I’m collecting material for that.
September, October, 2012: Rewrote opening 50 pages of The Loyalist’s Wife, going back to structuring the novel to suit myself. I also made strategic changes reflecting the useful things I’ve learned recently. Working on short stories after reading Joe Bunting’s excellent book. Got one published on Quick Brown Fox, Brian Henry’s far-reaching writing newsletter. Did my first guest post for Rita Kuehn on Writania.com, a wonderful learning experience which has boosted my online presence. Working through the rest of my novel for a final time. Writing queries for agents and editors but also investigating e-publishing and self-publishing. It’s an exciting time!
August, 2012: Took a marketing course with The Freddy Krueger of Blogging, Danny Iny, and learned a few tricks about guest posting and blog posting, in general.
June, July, 2012: Working hard on critique process with Author Salon and polishing The Loyalist’s Wife, for which there is agent and editor interest. This is a long process but worth it. I am improving daily!
February, March, 2012: Submitting query letters, synopses, and partials to agents and editors, as requested or required. Crossing all body parts!!! Also hard at research for book two in my historical trilogy. Love it!
January 2012: Working on a few things in my profile for authorsalon.com where I am listed with my historical, The Loyalist’s Wife. This is an idea whose time has come. Authors put up their bits according to a set profile system and agents and editors go scavenging for clients, a good system for all.
November, 2011: The Algonkian-Niagara Writers Conference was a major step in my journey to publication.
1. I learned how to do a pitch for agents and editors, met many unique and hard-working people, both writers and people in the writing business, and came away exhilarated.
2. The most exciting thing? I pitched an agent from a large agency in Toronto and a senior editor from a very large publisher in New York. Both have requested a partial submission of my novel, The Loyalist’s Wife.