Happy Holidays to one and all! I can hardly believe it’s December, and the end of 2019 is just around the corner.
When I rang in the new year 335 days ago, I was looking forward to querying my novel THE RESCUER and had no idea where that would lead. Eleven months later, the countdown to my launch date is officially on. I will be a published author NEXT MONTH! It’s so exciting and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped get my book to where it is today.
I wrapped up my edits mid-November. Later than I wanted, but I’m satisfied with the twists the story took and the developments that came from that. Drafting the final four chapters took so much out of me; it was such a relief to be done—and just in time for the holidays too. The manuscript is with my editors now.
In between Christmas parties, holiday shopping, and baking dozens and dozens of cookies with my kiddos, I’m working closely with my marketing director to get my media kit in order before launch day. It’s time to plan my launch party and start working on press releases. It’s all new to me and a little overwhelming, but I’m doing my best to enjoy the holidays despite the looming excitement and pressure. I’ll also be drafting some guest blog posts for my publisher which will feature on their website. I’m excited about the topics I’ve chosen, and am looking forward to sharing those pieces with you.
Things are moving forward at INtense Publications. In the last two week, two of my fellow authors saw their Young Adult debuts launch. If you’re interested in fantasy and romance, you can check those out here. On Dec 19, the incredible E.M. Lunsford’s Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It will be out in the world. I’m so excited for this book. It’s a fantastic Middle Grade adventure told with amazing voice.
On the reading front, I have five books left to read before hitting my Goodreads Annual Reading Goal. Right now I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s one of my favorite Middle Grade novels, although this time I’m reading it with my “writer’s glasses” on, studying what makes that book tick. I’m also looking forward to diving into the Josephine Tey novels. They’re oldies, but I’ve heard good things about them.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’ll see you here in January.