Friday, August 29, 2008

Holding Rain Song

Yesterday, the UPS man left my new baby on my doorstep.
Rain Song looks beautiful. Holding my first copy of the
novel was exhilarating. My editor says Rain Song will
be lining bookstore shelves soon.

Benjamin (age 12) held the book and said it was "inviting."
The cover and back copy are both appealing. Yahoo!

I never thought I'd live to see this day.

Daniel would have been 16 on the 25th of this month.
I feel this whole experience is even more enhanced
by receiving the novel right around his birthday.

Cheers in Heaven, Daniel! Rain Song is dedicated to
you, and all your siblings here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Daniel: Birthday Eve

Years don't matter
even after eleven
I still miss
what we had and
what we could
have been

Monday, August 11, 2008

AuthorsDen is Truly Beautiful

Authors Den has to be one of the best friends an author can have.
I just joined, posted a biography, a few pictures, wrote some blogs,
and uploaded an article about my novel. Unless you want more bells
and whistles, the site is free for authors. What a nice one it is
and a popular way to promote a novel. Visit my pages there ---

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The newsletter, Literary Lyrics

Yesterday, I sent the second issue of my novel-related newsletter, Literary Lyrics to the masses. In it, I asked readers for a family reunion recipe and some lines about a favorite pet. In Rain Song,
pets are important and the book is based on preparing for a family reunion.

Less than two months until pub date. The excitement, the anticipation, the thrill, the worry---don't let any author kid you---all of those components are there. I reread Anne Lamott's chapter on publication in her lovely and funny book, Bird by Bird. For the first time, I understood how she felt as her pub date approached. It takes a lot of courage to let the world see what you have to offer.

Meanwhile, I continue to find reviews posted on the Internet and wait for my publisher to create a wonderfully beautiful press release for sending. It's like Christmas, only I have no idea which day this month or next it will be available.