Linemates Release Date

I have a release date for Linemates. You can get the book in paperback or electronically on May 18th.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6405

I’m both nervous and excited for the release. I’ve written and edited this book for over a year. Now it’s out of my hands and will be out there for everyone to read. Scary.

In some ways this still doesn’t feel real to me. I think once I get a printed copy of the book it will finally sink in.

My Detroit Red Wings play Game 7 tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They’ve been making me crazy during the playoffs. Some games they look awesome and others horrible. It’s been an odd series. Neither team has won two games in a row. Tomorrow night is the Red Wings turn to win.

You hear that, hockey gods?

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Moving Right Along

I’ve been terrible about updating my blog.  I would like to do it at least once a week or every other.

It’s a nasty day in the Mitten state.  The morning started with snow which has turned to freezing rain.  I’m lucky I was able to work from home today so I don’t have to venture out onto the roads.  I hope this is our last bout with severe winter weather for the season.  We haven’t gotten as much snow as we did last year, but it’s been very cold.  The one good thing about this winter is the sunshine.  We’ve had a lot of it!  This is rare for a Midwest winter.  Usually it’s gray skies day after day.  I’ll take what I can get at this point.

The past month was a busy one on the book front.  At the end of January, I received the first round of edits for “Linemates” – my debut novel.  The first round of edits were intense. I wasn’t expecting so many changes.  I added a new scene to the book and reworked a couple of others. Round two was much easier with a few changes. Now I’m waiting for my round three edits.  I’ve learned a lot during this process.  I’m more aware of my weak points and some common mistakes I’ve made so I can hopefully avoid them in the future.

I also approved my blurb for the book as well as the cover art.  This process was much easier than the editing.  I only made a couple of changes to each.

I’m also counting down the days until my trip to Las Vegas.  I’m at eight!  I can’t wait!  I’m going there for the “Supernatural” convention.  I’ll write more about it in the future.

Until next time…

 

 

 

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Dreams do come true – sometimes it just takes a little longer than planned

My New Years resolution for 2013 was to write a novel and get it published. I started writing my original novel in earnest, making pretty good progress during the first couple of months but then I lost my focus and let it fall by the wayside.

By the beginning of November of 2013 I had roughly 14,000 words, which was a far cry from the 60,000 words I needed in order for my work to be considered a novel, so I signed up to do NaNoWriMo. This was exactly the kick in the pants that I needed. By the end of the month, I had 45,014 words.

When 2013 drew to a close I didn’t have the rough draft finished, but I was pretty close so my New Years resolution was carried over into 2014. By the end of February, I had my rough draft completed, but I still had a long way to go.

I sent my novel to some friends, who helped me with the editing process. There was a lot of back and forth until I finally decided that I had a finished product that was good enough to submit. Hitting the send button was difficult, but I knew that I’d done everything I could on my end so it was time to let it go.

Seven weeks later I got the news – Dreamspinner Press was going to publish my novel “Linemates”!! Getting the contract offer was a dream come true for me. Linemates will be published May/June of 2015. I’m looking forward to the process that will lead up to publication. I still have a hard time believing this is actually happening.

This year I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo, because November is typically a very busy month at work. I have been thinking about my next novel, which will be a M/M young adult romance. I just need to get my butt in gear and get working on it!

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