Final Revisions

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This week my publisher sent me a review copy of my book. My job is to review and approve it. Once I do that it is off to the printers! I am so close to having this dream become a reality. It has involved a lot of work and time to get to this point. There has been ups and downs with this particular MS but it has been worth it. I am hoping, and feel free to cross your fingers for me, I find nothing out of whack that will delay the process. But I did have to go in the oh my gosh don’t screw this up mode. It is only natural, I feel, to have a little bit of anxiety.

I had a few goals when I started this project a few years ago.

-To get a book traditional published

-Hold in my hands a copy of a book I wrote

-For me to see it on a shelf in a bookstore

Each step of the way will be surreal as it occurs. I am still in lala land when I sit down and truly think about how far this book and I have come from the very first draft. It is not just my book it is my baby. One that has seen a lot of changes and has weathered them all. There has been a lot of obstacles that have tried to deter me. That’s what happens when we want something badly. It is not sweet if it was easy. So I am reading the book while trying to contain my giddiness knowing that in a few short weeks two of my goals will be accomplished.

The work doesn’t stop there. It be nice if it did so I could start on my next project. What comes next is letting the world know about Jasper and his adventures with his friend Charlie. Hopefully they will enjoy it as much as I had writing it.

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STOP THE PRESSES: My MS has found a home

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I have been sitting on some news for a small bit now. I wanted to make sure every thing was done right. But I been told I can announce it. My book Jasper,Amazon Parrot:A Rainforest Adventure has been picked up by a publishing house out of San Francisco

Let me tell you about how it went down. I came across the company off a contact in Linkedin. Sending an email to see if they were open for submissions I received the reply that they were. That same day I sent a query letter with the first three chapters attached. I was told that the publisher and her business manager cleared the afternoon. They wondered if I could send them the rest of the MS. I happily did.

Soon I received word they were interested in publishing my book. My first reaction was sitting back in my chair at my desk and going numb. This is what I been working for. This was my end point. I had not once for a minute thought of self publishing this book. I believed in it so strongly, whether that belief was correct or not, that I kept at it.

I will over the next few weeks post on the aspect of this. There are a few levels. But I just wanted to let you all know that I have found a home for Jasper. This is still surreal to me even though I have known for short period of time. Maybe when I see the book in the stores it will hit me. It has been a journey for Jasper and me.

Links Links Links

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I love links. It is to the point I have to write them down due to my bookmark list is so long that it just scrolls and scrolls endlessly. But there is so much great information out there it is hard for me to read the article and move on. Here are ten links that I wanted to share with fellow writers and bloggers. Maybe one or two below will be of benefit to you.

10 Signs That You Are Not Ready To Self-Publish

http://ht.ly/ej5is

Premature Publication

http://marlamiller.com/?p=375

4 Lessons Running Can Teach You About Writing

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/4-lessons-running-can-teach-you-about-writing?et_mid=588465&rid=3095949

7 Important Awards For Writing Every Writer Should Know

http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2012/10/important-awards-for-writing/

Writers Got Talent Contest

http://writersgottalent.com/

Choosing How To Publish

http://www.examiner.com/article/choosing-how-to-publish

How To Plan Your Blog Posts for a Year in Advance

http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2012/05/how-to-plan-your-posts-in-advance/

Three links about query letters

http://lynnettelabelle.com/blog/perfecting-the-query-letter-part-1/

http://lynnettelabelle.com/blog/perfecting-the-query-letter-part-2/

http://blog.writersmarket.com/whats-new/query-letters-101-how-to-write-a-query-letter-and-get-published?et_mid=563566&rid=3095949