It’s been a while since I posted anything personal. Things were crazy for me in October. For one thing, I had a five-stop author tour. It was a lot of fun, and I’ve had a great time hanging with the other members of the group in person. As a result of this tour, Stacey Wallace Benefiel launched Pacific Northwest YA Authors, an organization that helps writers connect for moral support, technical assistance, and the opportunity to make appearances at schools and libraries. If you’re a published YA or MG author (traditional or indie) living in the Pacific Northwest, please feel free to join by visiting our website. If you’re a teacher or librarian and you’d like to schedule us to speak at your facility, please send us an email.
The success of this tour is direct evidence of the value of social networking. I met Stacey and Angela through Facebook. It’s so nice to get together and chat with people who know what you mean about the trials of converting a Word document to Mobi and ePub.
Live appearances are just one of the things that have been keeping me busy. With the leaves about the rain down on the streets of Portland with a vengeance, I realized I had to finish Getting Sideways, or I wouldn’t be able to release it before Christmas. I found out my editor had a slot available at the beginning of November, so I gave myself a deadline of completing my revisions by the end of the month, and I only missed it by a couple of days. It seems insane to me that edits should take so long, but it was all I could do to get through a chapter a day. I should have the manuscript back by the end of next week, then after making last minute tweaks (I hope that’s all it will need) I’ll send it to my copy editors and then start the formatting. It will be out in time for the holiday season, but I’m not sure yet whether that will be the end or November of the beginning of December. I should have a better idea in a week or so. The paperback will be a few weeks later than the ebook.
Another thing that kept me busy in October was that I had to make arrangements to get my cover designed, and since it’s difficult to find the stock photos I need, that meant taking some of my own. I was fortunate enough to get my 14-year-old nephew, Collin, to pose for the cover. He did an awesome job! My sister tells me he’ll probably sell books to all the girls in his class, since he’s on the cover. I guess he’s quite the freshman ladies man. Here’s the cover for Getting Sideways. I just love the colors. I think Robin Ludwig did an awesome job.
This month I’ll be featuring several YA authors on my blog as they release their books just in time for the holiday season. Stay tuned to be introduced to some great fiction!