I feel as though I’ve lost a year of writing, and here it’s only been a month—the month of December! It hasn’t been just the holidays or even the trip to Albuquerque to spend Christmas with my son and daughter-in-law. It’s been my own inner struggle with the final stages of launching The Sound of Caissons, and trying to sell it by sticking my foot in the muddy waters of social media, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc. Oh my, what a conundrum that presents to the aspiring author. At least to this author of serious historical fiction. It doesn’t seem fair that one must not only come up with the story, write it, and find a way to get it in print, but must then soldier on into the tricky ups and downs of marketing the thing!
While all this has been going on I’ve been forced to set aside my third novel, Turn on No Bridge Road, just when the first draft was nearing completion. I know I can re-immerse myself in the story, re-connect with the characters, and move on, but oh what a disruption December has been! However, January and the new year are around the corner, and I am ready for both. One exciting note is that while in Albuquerque my son Michael and I worked out a plan for the cover. He’s an artist and has agreed to do a sketch for me. We had to find a photo of an old house that would be suitable and managed to do that. In an earlier post I talked about covers. They are so important. I am happy to have settled on a plan for this novel’s cover.
I close today with a wish to all who read this blog. May the new year bring you some happy days, satisfaction in whatever you do, and a feeling of peace. Please leave a comment so I know you’re out there!
P.S. Never did get a reply from Holt Publishers! See previous post re-permissions. Nuff said about that.