Terribly sad news for indie publishers and authors. Where are we to go for book signings and placing our books in the local author section? Libraries are great venues, but they are only ONE venue. Our physical marketing world is getting smaller by the minute. It is necessary to put your book on amazon now to move sales. However, what about the people who walk past a bookstore and see the book in the window? What about those purchases that are last-minute just because they were in line and saw your book there? Impulse buys are part of every author's sales, traditionally published or indie published. How do the big 5 publishing houses feel about the closing of all these bookstores? Where are we headed now? What will things look like in 5 years? As a publisher, author, and individual, I love going into bookstores. It is now possible that one day, they will be a thing of the past and my granddaughter's children will never be able to walk into one because they will be a thing of the past.😔
After a year of writing, planning, researching, and editing, The Mida Book Four has been released. I've had nothing but trouble with Amazon as usual. They always seem to mess something up and try to blame it on me. This time they took the e-book I added last week and then changed it to a paperback today. I was on hold a half an hour as they tried to figure out why it did that. They could see I added the info right, but it wasn't labeled right. I ended up having to delete it and start over tomorrow.
There's always something.
The book launch went well and people seemed anxious to get book four which is always gratifying. I have book five rolling around in my head, but I need to write a short play for Christmas for a theater group I belong to. I will probably start the next book in the series as it gets colder and I an sequestered in my warm, toasty office staring out the window and the snow covered streets.
In the meantime, fall is my favorite time of year and I got a chance to play with the grandkids yesterday for a few hours. Watching them rolling around in the sand box and flying down the slide, I was reminded of how much time I do NOT spend just sitting around being grandma.
Take some time to breathe in the crisp, autumn air, bite into some crunchy apples, walk a corn maze or two, and just enjoy the weather as our part of the earth prepares for winter.
The Mida Book Four has been formatted and the cover has been designed. It will go to the printer this week and I should get a proof shortly. We are on track for the Saturday, September 30 book launch.
If anyone is interested in pre-ordering the book, let me know. How this works is, you pay for the book in advance, and when the book is released, I send you a signed copy and nice gift. The books are $15, and I will ship it to you for free.
This book has been a journey to write. I have had to adjust my thoughts and push my sadness away for the moment at Lyle's passing. But I m proud of the work and I think Lyle would like the story line.
I plan to spend the next couple of weeks outside with my grandkids, Aria and Ronin, and make a few fires in the fire pit. I like to BBQ, so I'm sure I will throw a few meals on there as well. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the smells and nice weather.
Having allergies is not good this time of year. But I took Aria and Ronin to the apple orchard yesterday anyway. (I'm paying for it today, though.) We sat outside and ate apple cider donuts and apple juice slushies. A good time was had by all.
It's a good time to reflect on the year so far and where I want to be by the end of the year. What do I want to start or finish?
The Mida Book Four is with the beta readers at the moment and the cover design info with the cover designer. I am in the process of setting up book signings for the book as well as planning on a book launch party. This will be a special party as it will be a celebration of the last book writing partner Lyle Ernst helped write while he was still physically here. However, I think he stands over my shoulder once in a while to see where I'm at with things on the series.
I still miss him terribly, but onward and upward (Lyle hated that saying).
Next month is the 1st anniversary of Lyle's death. I can hardly believe it has been a whole year already. I have been told last year was a year of endings according to the metaphysical world. This is the year of new beginnings and that ended up being spot on as far as I'm concerned. I have a new project in the works and I actually am thinking about The Mida Book 5 already.
In the meantime, I am taking some time out for myself and I suggest everyone do that for themselves. Sometimes we are pulled in too many directions and we get lost in the shuffle.
Be safe and well.
with The Mida Book Four.
It's called, "Perilous Choices." I am in the wonderful stages of editing at the moment. Here's how that goes for me:
1) I have Natural Reader which is a program that reads back to me what I have written. I load the book in there and it reads it back to me while I have Word pulled up with the manuscript on it. I edit as I listen. This is what I am doing now.
2) I send the book to Beta readers who have already been chosen. These patient people (they have been waiting an extra month to get the book as I had to extend my deadline due to illness), read through the book and do their editing. When I get that back, I incorporate the edits I need to change. into the book.
3) I send the book to my friend Jill who takes a look at it. She may have to format it as well. Lyle did that usually. I have no idea how that works. When she's done, I incorporate into the book what she feels is needed.
4) I read the book one final time before it gets sent to the printer for a proof.
5) When I receive the proof, I look it over carefully. Then I approve it.
6) The books will arrive 7-10 business days from that approval.
It's a good feeling to be this far with the book. I am grateful for all the help both along the way and from the series readers whose comments I always keep in mind as I'm writing.
UHG! I'm writing away trying to finish Mida Four but life keeps getting in the way. I wondered if the big-name authors had this problem and came across a quote from J.K. Rowlings in which she expressed dismay at how her publishers kept pushing her to finish her books but then they kept her so busy with press she hardly had time to write. While I wouldn't mind that problem, I have similar issues with spring planting of flowers, visiting grand kids, and spring house cleaning. My deadline for this book keeps getting pushed back farther into summer, but I don't want to put a book out there that I'm not proud of.
I know many authors who have been on deadline and feel the same way I do about it. Is it better to get two books (or more) a year out there possibly sacrificing good writing, or to get one really good book out there? I give kudos to those writers who can get more than one book out there a year and the books are spectacular.
I am starting to look at covers and names for the book. Usually by now I have both...sigh. Too much happened within the last year to put me into any sort of routine at this point. Hopefully I will find my groove and get going.
I am moving methodically through the book, making changes as I go along. This is a careful process as there are a lot of twists and turns in this one. I have made copious notes on my conversations with Lyle. I am the queen of the sticky notes!
I have just completed a Masterclass with James Patterson, which was absolutely wonderful. He has made me a believer in outlines, and I have started one for the remainder of this book. There's a lot going on even for me to keep track of.
The book should be complete in June and sent to the beta readers at that time. They will have two weeks to review it and edit, and then I will get it back for my review. I will make changes and will read thru it one more time before sending it to my editor for last minutes edits. Then I will have to read it again and then let it go.
Many people think you just write the book, do some edits, and then get it published. It is so much more than that and takes a lot of time to get it just right and as polished as possible.
In the meantime, I will keep plugging away. I hope you like the finished product.
I am constantly amazed at how much life twists and turns throughout the year. I never would have guessed last year that Lyle would be gone, and my writing would quite possibly be taking me in another direction.
I have plans in the works to start a cookbook featuring Native American food and recipes. I will be moving the food from the pit fire in the ground to the kitchen. It's a huge undertaking for me as I work with many of my Native friends to put together traditional recipes for the book.
Of course, I am still finishing up The Mida Book 4, but it will be released a little late this year as it took me a bit to get moving on it this time. Grief tends to slow me down some, and getting going on a series I am now writing alone took a little getting used to.
I'll keep you all updated on Mida 4 and the cookbook as it gets nearer to completion. In the meantime, have a happy day!
The new year has begun and my writing goals are a little bit different this year. Of course I will be working on the fourth book in The Mida series, but I have some new things on my plate as well.
I have been selected for the 2017 Illinois Road Scholar Speaker Bureau and will be travling all over the state doing Native American presentations. Hopefully this will open up venues where I will be able to reach out to new readers for The Mida series. While I am proud of all my other books, this series is my favorite thing to write. The characters have become my friends and I look forward to seeing where they go next and what they will do there.
I also plan to start a book on the effects of desegregation in the 60's. This will include what it was like to grow up "white" for lack of a better term here, and be around when desegregation ended. My husband is of Scottish heritgae and was living in Richmond, VA. when desegregation ended in schools and he was sent by his parents to a predominantly black childen school. We always here about how it was for black people in a white world, so I thought it would be interesting to look at things from a different perspective. He has interesting stories and is a clear voice on what was happening, at least in his school, during that time.
The Mida Book Four will be out by April of this year; the other book will probably be released in 2018.
In the meantime, I will keep on trudging on.
How do you watch someone you love leave and not ask them to stay…no matter how selfish, self-centered, and greedy it is? When you’re asking them to suffer a little while longer so you can look at them, hold their hand, and see their smile.
Does time really heal broken hearts or does it just move you farther away from your pain? All those I have loved and lost are standing on the other side of a chasm I can see but not cross right now.
I am not losing someone; I know where they are and where they are going. The problem is, I’m going to be left behind once again. The space where they smiled next to me will be empty. I’m not alone; there are others who will miss that smile. We are all standing together watching love leave.
How that smile touched each and every one of us will forever be imprinted in our mind’s eye. I look forward to the time when the memory of love will bring a smile and not a tear.
But for now I will stand in silence and wait
Words cannot express my sorrow at the passing of my writing partner, Lyle Ernst. He was my best friend and we have been writing together for 15 years. I can't imagine plotting out The Mida books without his help in research, editing, and great chapter work.
As it is with everyone, he was here one day and gone the next. No goodbye, no warning, we thought he'd have more time. But Cancer can take us whether we are ready or not I guess. I miss him with every breath I take and can't figure out how to get by every day without hearing his wonderful laugh.
He would want our work to go on, so I will keep writing The Mida series. We had originally planned out eight books and thank goodness we had them somewhat figured out.
The world is a little less bright for me now. But I have great memories of my friend Lyle, and I will continue our work as he would wish.
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