I hope your weather is as nice as mine. Warm sunbeam, breeze through the pines, gorgeous day!
I wanted to update you on the final edit and publication of Cowabandon and to let you know what I’m not working on 🤣. The publisher, of course, has been shut down for CoVid reasons and since this one is the first, and last, to be coming in print, I’m stuck. Contractually I can’t go ahead and release an ebook version, so we wait.
And that’s okay for several reasons. At the publisher’s suggestion I submitted my books to a professional writers panel for their review. They were not complimentary. Unfortunately, I agree with them. My books are not well written. I carefully considered each of their critiques and found them all to be accurate. I read A LOT. I know good writing when I read it and mine comes nowhere close in comparison.
I was favorably mentioned in dialogue, character relation, even storyline. I received very low scores in development, description, continuity – the things that “flesh” a book out. I write the basic story and my characters are likable enough, but the books are skeletons.
Their overall take on my writing career is that I “ghost” write for seasoned authors, i.e. make storyline suggestions, write scenes and dialogue – maybe even the occasional short story, but not books of my own.
I’ve been pondering this for weeks. I reread my books and I agree with the experts. I’m not sure where or if I’ll go from here. I’ve enjoyed living in fictional Evansville and I like the people. I might continue on with a short story here every so often.
Anyway, that’s where I’m at and as always, I appreciate how supportive you’ve been. Like with CoVid, we’ll just have to see where the future takes us.
Cowabandon is in final edit and will be available soon in paperback AND as an ebook.
Teasers? Well let’s see. John Jr.’s widow and young son are in town and Luther seems to be getting pretty chummy. Pastor Tim meets and marries Miss Jane. Katie gives birth to Paul Anderson Price. The impending wedding of the century of Young and Lacey hits a few roadblocks. Outlaw Annie is working at the children’s ranch. Haruto the Bull is in the middle of an international smuggling ring with Ophelia Evans pulling some strings and Deputy Carl is laid up with a broken leg. Who’s got Truett’s back? Hmm…sounds pretty good.
I hope all of you are managing the difficulties of these challenging days well. I pray you are healthy and safe.
This is a great time to be a writer! I’m working on Cowabandon and as it is in its’ fifth incarnation, it’s coming along well. I’m happy I haven’t rushed to publish. Most writers produce one maybe two books a year. I published three in four months and numerous short stories, so I’m not apologizing that this is taking awhile.
When Cowabandon is published it will be in print and ebook formats. It will be the next book in the series BUT it will also bring readers up to date with the various characters and storylines in the previous books. This is because it is just too cost prohibitive for me to republish the earlier books in print. IF you would like a printed version of Cowgirl Up, Cowbabies or the Christmas Story, we can provide ones we’ve printed ourselves and they will soon be available in Lacey’s Gift Shop here.
Lacey’s Gift Shop is our next big project. Melody has been diligently gathering and making Cowgirl (and Cowboy!) merchandise to stock the online store and it will be available whenever we have a book signing or booth at a craft or publishing show.
I’m sure you’re feeling neglected but I haven’t totally abandoned the good friends of Evansville, Texas. There is a new update to Bullnapped today and a new recipe at the diner.
I’m committed to the LAST (oh please let it be the last) rewrite of Cowabandon and God-willing I’ll get it on Amazon by the end of the month.
I’m struggling with formats and templates converting the ebooks that are already published into paperbacks. Cowabandon will be released in both ebook and print media from the very beginning. Live and learn!
We are still working on stocking Lacey’s store with Cowgirl Up merchandise but it’s coming and we will also have a booth at some upcoming trade shows, so marketing is moving forward.
As always your reviews, shares and recommendations are the best advertising possible. Thank you so much for your loyalty to these stories and characters!