This morning while I listened to the radio in bed I scanned my FB page, I read a heartening message.

 

Picture in your mind, if you can, the buzz of excited writers echoing in a lobby and carrying over into a sitting area and tall stools around a few tall tables. Excited voices ringing. It is a break from many workshops at the RWA 2017 conference. I’m with another Soul Mate author and two authors I’ve just met. Of course we are all checking our social media.

I see an email from my editor and publisher. I’m excited because I submitted my first three chapters of my fourth novel along with my synopsis.

Me: “Wait, I think I just have an acceptance for my new novel.” I quickly scan the email and it is not an acceptance. It isn’t quite a total rejection but . . . I am devastated and embarrassed.

Me to expectant faces: “No, it isn’t an acceptance, it isn’t a total rejection, she will consider a resubmission. She likes the premise.”

They stare down into their drinks. I put on a strong face. I continue through the conference. I see the Soul Mate author who was there when I blurted out my news, I meet up with the two new friends. I cry in my room. I blubber to my husband. I cry in a workshop when we are paired up and have to describe an embarrassing moment in our lives.

I come home and look at the manuscript occasionally.  I’m paralyzed. Do I want to revisit this manuscript? Almost a month has passed. I should be looking forward to rewrites.

This morning a friend on Facebook shared this link:

The Book He Wasn’t Supposed to Write

A best-selling author submits a draft to his editor. Hijinks ensue.

This is a writer’s response to his editor’s rejection. Please take time to read this article if you have received your rejection, if you are stuck, or if you are a reader wondering when the author’s next book will be published.

It’s time for me to look at my manuscript and rewrite and let the embarrassment go.

Wish me luck.

It isn’t luck, it is determination to tell the best story I can

But I’ll take a little luck along with BICFOKB (Bum in chair and fingers on keyboard)

 

Print copies of my books are only available through Amazon sellers rather than directly from Amazon.

 

Am I powerless when this is on my print copy purchase, See All Buying Options?

 

Recently, I updated my file for my novel, Woman of Substance. It had errors. Mostly words out of place or misspelled words. I hadn’t realized the number of errors until last fall a friend’s husband began to say something and she kicked him under the table.

I said, “What, tell me.”

He said, “They were surprised how the book was allowed to go to publication with the errors.”

This book was e published in 2012 around Christmas and then in print in 2013. The responsibility is ultimately with me, the author. I had the opportunity to re read the book and send in any corrections before it went to print. I did this but obviously not nearly enough.

I have and always will have both spelling and grammar challenges. These two necessary tools for a writer throw stumbling blocks across my path in every sentence I write.

I asked a reader to go through a print copy and mark errors. I submitted them to my publisher, Debby Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing. Debby graciously agreed to correct my errors after all this time. I have received a corrected secure pdf from the publisher and the copy looks fantastic.

I had hoped that all of the readers who had purchased an e copy of Woman of Substance would receive a “push” notification of the changes. Alas, there are channels according to Amazon staff through which this may be possible but in reality not probable.

I can’t even order a new corrected e copy of Woman of Substance and pay for it again, because as  Amazon staff explained, the computer knows I own a copy and would send me the old file, regardless, unless the “push” happened.

I have print copies with these errors but I wanted to gift a clean copy to the reader who painstakingly went over the novel line by line and another to the couple who pointed out the errors.

I ordered Woman of Substance from Amazon.ca. I paid $24.38 for the print book including shipping. I anxiously awaited the arrival. Today it came in the mail all the way from the UK. It wasn’t sold by Amazon, but an Ingram distributor. It is in new condition and it isn’t the corrected copy. I’m so disappointed. Our son, a business man, pointed out that these sellers probably have old stock.

disappointed

I checked Moving On and Fearless Destiny  alas they are only available in e copies directly from Amazon but  print copies are not available on Amazon except through a third party seller at various prices.

My publisher has confirmed I will receive royalties from the book I purchased. I’m glad. I was concerned that I actually had purchased a second hand book by error.

Print copies are available at Barnes and Noble:

Moving On

Fearless Destiny

And Chapters/Indigo.

Fearless Destiny

Moving On

I have ordered new copies from Soul Mate publishing of Woman of Substance. You can order a corrected print copy from me, if you like, in about two weeks.

Please check out my home page for more places to purchase my print books.

2017 Winner Uncaged Book Review Raven Award Favorite Contemporary is Fearless Destiny

 

An award

I asked Cyrene Olson what was behind the RAVEN Award. She told me that “Uncaged Book Reviews is a labor of love. I [she] wanted to find a way to continue working with authors and helping to promote them. Being a designer, and a book lover, Uncaged was born. This new take on a book review magazine, is to give more space, give the reader a bit more to read, to get a better feel for the author, to help them find “their next favorite author.” There are so many terrific authors, that need more recognition for the wonderful work they do, and Uncaged will do it’s best to help.”

The name came from the idea that I [she] wasn’t going to limit authors or reviewers, the limits were lifted, so Uncaged was a fitting name.

The Raven is Uncaged Mascot.

 

My certificate

 

 

Uncaged Book Review of Fearless Destiny by Cyrene Olson  

“This is a sweet love story, and a story with a powerful message, that if you don’t give up, you can find a way to accomplish anything. Will and Tiffany’s story is filled with humor and a nice plot. ” 4 star (February 28, 2017)

To be eligible for the RAVEN Award, the book had to have been reviewed by, or featured by Uncaged in the past year, July 2016 – June 2017.

All books were entered automatically. (I voted for someone else before I realized that Fearless Destiny was also nominated.)

And this is how Fearless Destiny entered into the Semi-final round for RAVEN Award in contemporary fiction. Each author then canvassed the public for votes.

This was one of the easier voting procedures as there wasn’t the need to register. Cyrene said she was not collecting email addresses and only one vote per person.

The top five books in each category moved into the Final round. Each author canvassed for more votes.

My family, friends and fans. Thank you so much for taking time and voting for Fearless Destiny.

The complete list of all of the winners and runner ups are on page 10 in the above Magazine.

On more lovely photo. I paid for an advertisement in the August Issue of Uncaged.

Cyrene designed it for me. It is on page 22.

If you go through the magazine you will be able to click through to the Fearless Destiny trailer.

I had been part of a group advertisement with Soul Mate Publishing authors in Uncaged but somehow in my life I missed the  aspirations of the publisher, Cyrene Olson and the goals of Uncaged Book Reviews.

I’m glad I’m finally in the loop and I have a badge and certificate to prove it.

Big kiss from me to you as a thank you for your support.

 

Free, Free Moving On is Free on Kindle.

Free, Free Download on Kindle

Moving On, my sweet contemporary romance novel set in the Town of Regina Beach, SK is free to download from July 14-July 18, 2017.

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A five star reviewer, “I loved this book.It was a lovely, sweet, romantic read. I don’t consider myself a small town girl, but I fell in love with Regina Beach and its residents.”

A five star reviewer: “This novel is beautifully written and captured the essence of being a stranger in a small town. Herman and Margaret, the elderly couple next door, gave the story a realistic feel few authors can achieve.”

A four star reviewer: “This was one of the best books in this genre I have read in a while.”

Take a chance and join Anna and Nick as they journey toward love while becoming friends and learning to trust again.

Download today until July 18, 2017 at midnight.

Thank you.

What has this author been up to since April 23?

Leaving on a jet plane

I did a bit of travelling at the end of April and visited with my sister and her family in British Columbia. Even though we are in the same country, Canada is so very different from Europe with countries near each other. I left Regina at 6:10 one morning and flew to Edmonton.  I was to catch my connecting flight in Edmonton and then  arrive at my destination at 9:30 am. However, the plane circled Edmonton and couldn’t land because of fog, so we flew to Fort McMurray, topped up the fuel and flew back to Edmonton where I was booked on a later flight to Calgary and then to my destination in BC. I arrived safely but a little tired at 4:30 pm. My destination was the sixth city I had visited that day. Regina, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary, and finally BC. I read Doctoring the Single Dad by one of my favourite authors, Marie Ferrarella. I have to admit I purchased this book used at a church book sale. The author doesn’t benefit but the church does.

 

I love riding my bicycle.

While in BC, I received an early birthday present from my niece. I love bags to carry many things. This one held my printer which I had to take to the store for repair. The life of a writer!

 

 

 

 

 

I gave myself a birthday present and advertised in the May 10 issue of RWA e notes.

The short story collection Wanderlust, Stories on the Move was launched in McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon to about forty people. I have two short stories in this collection, Beating the Devil and Hello in There. Byrna Barclay wrote a script which dramatized a story by each contributor. The seven of us hired a director, Julianna Barclay, to help us perfect our performance presentation.

Reading from my story,
Beating the Devil

Anthology Contributors:
Byrna Barclay
Brenda Niskala
Linda Biasotto
James Trettwer
Shelley Banks
Kelly-Anne Riess
Annette Bower

 

 

 

Fearless Destiny was a nominee in the Contemporary: Sweet category in the In D’Tale Magazine RONE Awards.  I advertised and garnered votes from May 15-21 as this is the

The badge for Nominee

fans’ opportunity to vote and support their book and help it move into the finals. And my fans, family and friends voted. I crossed my fingers and toes that I worked hard enough to garner votes. It can be intimidating for people not familiar with online requirements to go through the registration process and vote. I thank each and everyone who took the time and assisted Fearless Destiny.

 

 

Wanderlust: Stories on the Move, was launched at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival on May 25, 2017 in the Artesian to a full house. Missing Byrna Barclay.

Six of the seven contributors performed their script to a full house.

On May 27, 2017 I went to Coles Bookstore in Brandon to sell and sign books.

I was captivated by the number of people who browsed in the bookstore. So very many customers purchase gifts.

I was invited and honored to be part Chapters/Indigo Regina to celebrate Canada’s 150 celebration.

A fantastic opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 with Regina authors.

My station to meet and greet customers was near the journals, notebooks and lovely writing paper and pens. I wanted to be the recipient of so many thoughtful gifts purchased by customers for those they held special in their lives.

On June 5, 2017, I discovered that Fearless Destiny did indeed final.

I’m so excited to have this opportunity.

I received this opening in my email letter: “CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your book is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards and has moved on to the final judging round. It is in the process of being read and rated by a panel of professional judges which will determine the winner of the “Best Indie or Small Published book of 2016”.

“Winners will be announced and presented at the RONE awards ceremony and gala on October 14th, 2017 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in conjunction with the InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival (http://www.indscribe.com).  We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend this informative and fun conference, and the amazing RONE Gala Event Ceremony! It will be an exciting time for one and all, and we would love to see each and every one of you there!”

I also had an opportunity to visit a grain farm on the coldest day in May. I’m researching for my new novel.

I didn’t get too far away from the ladder that could take me down again.

 

And to bring this right up to date.

Karyn Good and I read at the Glenavon, SK Library Tea.

I’m reading from Fearless Destiny. Karyn Good read from Exposed.

And this is almost exactly how and what happened and I’m sticking to it.

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