Entered my book into the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Although I didn’t win, I got some nice comments from the judges which I wanted to share with you. I copied and pasted the email body text here so you can read it. I’m happy with what the judges had to say. I know I did a good job in writing it. Continue reading
I’m excited to let you know that I’ve received the formatted pages for my book and am going over it, looking for errors. I’ve also gotten three sample cover images to look at. There is a clear winner that just needs a couple of tweaks.
It’s been a long process, but it looks like Diagnosed at Seventeen will be published soon.
I finished another step towards publishing my book this week. Over a month ago, I got back the manuscript from Lindsay, my editor. She had gone through it word-by-word, and line-by-line, editing grammer and punctuation. My task was to then go through and correct the errors. The work was exacting and eye-straining, but I finally finished it. I sent it back to Lindsay a couple of days ago. I’m eager to discover what the next step in the process is.
Learned that by sending my book, Diagnosed at Seventeen My Struggles and Triumphs Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, to the Reminisce magazine memoir contest, the winners won’t be announced until December. The book is required to stays unpublished until after that date. 🙁
Awesome news! I finished the last chapter in my book and sent it to my editor, Lindsay, today (July 30, 2014). I know, I know, I’ve said it was done in the past, well the manuscript truly is finished this time. When I get this section back from her, my book is ready for line editing. I don’t expect a lot of red ink to flow, though, because she did a lot of that during this development editing stage. (BTW: If you need a great editor, Lindsay at http://www.youhavemyword.net/ is fantastic!)
It’s now time for me to think about a cover. I suppose it should have my picture on it. 🙂 Oh, and the other things a book needs: dedication, author information, etc.
I decided that I’m going to enter the manuscript into a contest where first prize is a publishing contract. The deadline is August 30. Wish me luck.
The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book. I hope you enjoy reading it. If you want more, sign up to my mailing list. Not only will you get emails alerting you to new content on the site, you’ll also receive a copy of my ebook Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Life-Changing Disease. This ebook is the ‟appetizer” before the meal. It describes some of my experiences coping with RA.
I was listening to a podcast by Michael Hyatt called This Is Your Life Podcast. The topic was My Best Advice for First-Time Authors. (This subject was covered in two parts #21 and #22) Michael used to be a CEO at Thomas Nelson Publishing. He helped start WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. WestBow specialize in assisting the self-publishing author get their book ready for publication: designing, editing, marketing, etc.
The next day, I visited their site and filled out a form requesting more information. A representative called me and we chatted for a few minutes. I told him how I learned about the company, explained that I wasn’t quite ready to publish yet and was exploring my options. He was friendly and asked questions that I hadn’t considered. Before hanging up, he told me he would contact me again in a few weeks to see how my book is progressing.
I’m excited about the step I took. It makes the book more of a possibility and less of a dream.
I am trying to become more focused and disciplined in my blogging and writing. My intentions are to have the memoir published by the end of May. Can I do it? I don’t know, I sure hope so. I’m discovering there is much to do before publishing a book. Its a long complicated process, but I push on., knowing that after I’ve done it once, the next time will be easier.
A couple of posts ago I told you my book was finished and I wanted readers to preview it. Well, guess what; I’m not done writing!
I hired an editor who looked at it and suggested I expand on a few places. Yes, I know that’s what another editor said and I rejected her suggestion. However, this lady actually gave clear, sensible ideas and even pointed out where, and possibly what, to add.
Therefore…my book is still in the writing process. I promise next time to not “jump the gun” and tell you I’m finished before I’m actually done and ready to publish.
So, onward and upward. Keep reading and leaving comments. Your feedback keeps me encouraged.
I have written the introduction to my book Diagnosed at Seventeen.
I’m seventeen years old, enjoying my senior year of high school. I’m hanging out with my friends, going to football games, and having a good time. I like school, most of my classes anyway. Life is good. Suddenly I begin experiencing pain in my hands every morning. My fingers are stiff and swollen; they look like little, fat sausages. When I walk barefoot across the room, it feels like I’m stepping on sharp rocks. Constant pain puts a damper on my appetite and I begin to lose weight.