Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Milestone Monday and a Blog Move...

It was a Monday--February 17, 2014 to be exact. I will remember the day as one of the most exciting of my life--right up there with my wedding. For over twenty years I have been trying to become a published author (through a traditional publisher, mind you), and this marked the day. Many of you already heard about this on Facebook, and you know the joy and gratitude I have for this moment in my life.

Many of you have asked questions about the nature of this book, so I do want to clarify. Yes, it is a novel. Yes, it is a Christian (or inspirational, as they like to call them now) novel. No, it not the same as the previously self-published novel, All That is Right and Holy. This story involves a love-triangle and is based on Edith Wharton's classic novel The Age of Innocence. Funnily enough, I really didn't think it was my best writing, but maybe that's why God chose this as my debut. Sometimes small, simple stories speak volumes, and that is my hope for this story.

When the man from eLectio Publishers called me about the book, I was so taken aback someone was actually interested in publishing it, that I wouldn't return his call until I researched and made sure they weren't some scammers or something. After talking with them for an hour, I was convinced (and very humbled) that they really did want to publish it!

At the moment, the working title is Song From the Ashes. The publisher has not said they will change it, but it's possible. The release date is scheduled for August 1, 2014.

I'm also excited about this story's setting in my hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee. I was able to discuss localities, restaurants, subdivisions, and other familiarities that have long been a part of my life. Other settings include Johnson City, Blountville, Knoxville, and the United Kingdom. I plan to market and publicize in as many of these locations as possible.

Finally, my new website will be up and running in a couple of weeks. After that, all of my blogs will be from that new site. I will announce on Facebook once it's up and running.

Thank you all for your steadfast support all of these years (especially when I wanted to just hang up my quill pen). Bethany Harar--my work colleague, friend, and fellow author--thank you for encouraging me to forego the agents and just submit to small publishing houses. I will be forever grateful. I also look forward to reading your book and helping to promote it!

See you all again after the website move!