The interior layout for King’s Warrior is finished and submitted!!!! Happy dancing ensues.
This is the culmination of nearly two year’s worth of re-writing and editing that this book, originally titled The Dragon’s Eye, has undergone. The re-write started in March of ’09 because 1) I got a lot of helpful feedback from other writer’s in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and 2) I had finally finished the 4th book in the series and realized that my writing style had improved immensely in 8 years, and that my first book was not at all up to the standard of the conclusion of the series.
All that is left is to get the final cover and upload it to CreateSpace, and 5 days from then I will have the proof copy IN HAND! How exciting!!! Yes, I’m overusing exclamation points, it’s ok, I mean them.
I know she’s going to be somewhat embarrassed (and not altogether unpleased) that I included her here, but considering that my mom is the one who taught me how to read and write in the first place, I thought it was important to feature her here in my Tuesday Team member posts. And, coincidentally enough… today’s post falls on her birthday. (I really didn’t realize until I finished writing and got to the scheduling part of this post that it would post on her birthday, but I think it’s cool).
At a young age, she instilled a love of the written word in me, both by reading out loud to me and by teaching me how to read for myself, as well as by praying that her children would love reading. Unfortunately for her, she made the mistake of telling me that she had prayed for this, and I definitely used it against her when I was a teenager and she was frustrated that all I wanted to do was read, or that I was staying up too late reading… I distinctly remember saying on more than one occasion, “You prayed for this, remember?”
However, despite having to raise me through my more trying years, she has always believed in me and encouraged me to do my best. Nothing less than my best was good enough, and I’m so thankful she and my dad never let me settle for mediocrity.
I know that the genre I write is not her favorite to read, but she reads them anyway, and tells me she loves them. She gets excited about my books when they are “finished” and in “real book” (i.e. bound) format. Her enthusiasm for my writing, even when it’s not the sort of thing she would voluntarily pick up and read if I hadn’t written it, means the world to me, and speaks her love in volumes.
Nothing new to report on the book front today… I am hoping that soon I will have an announcement about the book going to the printer for a proof-copy! And maybe I’ll post a preview of the new cover soon, would you like that? Or would you rather I wait until the book is available for purchase?
Anyway, I’ve been getting some pretty regular visitors to this blog, and analytics is showing that some of you are reading this from rather afar: Turkey, Australia, Brazil… all over the world – which is cool.
So I’m just curious: would you leave me a comment and tell me where you’re reading from? I think it would be interesting to know!
I don’t know if I’ll have a Featured Artist Friday this week… but I have my Meet the Team Tuesday post for next Tuesday all scheduled and ready to go!
Today’s team member is also related to me… because you couldn’t tell from the picture… Brittany is my sister, and perhaps the biggest fan I have. I know she has read all four of my books far more times than I have, and if she were to become a teacher and give a class on my books, I might possibly fail that class!
Besides being my number 1 reader Brittany is a super-talented artist in her own right as a musician. Together, we are teaming up to turn some of the poems that I have written within my books into actual songs. She has undertaken the task of putting the lyrics I have written to music, and I very much look forward to hearing what she comes up with!
One of the things that is so special about this team and family that God has blessed me with is that we all have particular talents, and it is really fun to see what happens when we weave all those talents together. My words; Angelina’s art; Brittany’s voice; Derek, Grant, and Evan’s business skills… this book is incorporating all of them and I can’t think of a project that I would rather work on, than one where not only my work is featured, but all of their talents are featured as well.