NEWS & UPDATES
Star Spangled Cowboy is now available from Evernight Publishing! You can find it on their site, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Bookstrand as of July 25th. Other retailers may be coming soon, such as Barnes & Noble.
I have a few other stories in various stages of completion and hope to have another story finished before end of August or September. I know it's been a while since I had anything new come out. What most people don't know is that my husband was battling cancer in 2015. The mass was discovered in January and things went downhill rapidly after that, but the mass was removed and chemo is finished, and his oncologist said he's doing really well. Not completely in the clear (not for another 4-5 years), but we'll take any bit of good news right now. Since he's back (mostly) to normal, I'm back to writing! My goal is to have two stories release in 2016, and hopefully there will be more in 2017.
BEHIND THE SCENES
As someone who started out as a reader, long before I decided to submit my first book, I know that what happens behind the scenes can be a little confusing. Most people don't realize everything that happens from start to finish on a book, and why it sometimes will be six months or more between releases for authors. So, I thought I'd take a moment and tell you how things look from my end.
Not only do I have to write the book, which can take four months or more, depending on the length, but some publishers have a twelve week (or more) waiting period before they get back to you on whether or not they want to publish your book. And if they say no, then you start over again while you wait for another publisher to respond. I'm not saying all publishers take that long. Some may only take a week or two. But there are those who receive so many submissions that you have a long wait.
So, even if I finish a book in January, it might be April or later before I know if it's going to be published. Then the publisher has to work their magic (edits, cover art, formatting), which can take several more months before it releases. Could I have a quicker turnaround if I self-published? Yes, and I'd keep more of the profits, but I'd also have all of the upfront cost (around $100-300 for a cover, another $200+ for editing, $100 for formatting). I just don't have $500 for upfront costs, and truly, I love working with the publishers I've selected so far. They've been friendly, professional, and prompt with royalty payments.
So, that's what happens from the time I sit down and start my book until it reaches your hands...
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