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Montagnard Release Update

I just got an amazing update from my editor!

And it made my entire year! I should have the edited copy back by the end of the week and will soon be able to schedule the release date. It is a struggle to be patient with this process. While I seem to have endless patience with other people, I have never been very patient with myself. I am learning, however.

My editor is Beth Kallman Werner, the Founder and President of Author Connections, and author of Real Women’s Stories 2018. Real Women’s Stories is a collection of stories written by strong, independent women. It tells the tales of mothers, daughters, women who survived violence and abuse, built empires, traded routine for adventures, honored their families, and share thought-provoking stories that give new meaning to the term “going home.”

About Montagnard …

It seems the whole world is on hold for a bit. Thankfully, books carry on! I’m finishing up the first round. The book is fantastic.

… I’m thankful that even in quarantine, I can be outdoors in a private space … Thank you for the distraction of MONTAGNARD. I’ll always remember what I worked on this year.

Beth Kallman Werner

So, thank you, Beth, for the great comment and encouragement. I can’t wait to get the book back and continue on with the publishing process. And for those who are willing to give Montagnard a read, I really think you will enjoy it.

I believe Montagnard will read well as a stand-alone novel; however, a few sections might make a bit more sense to the reader if they have first read the book, Serpents Underfoot. Granted, it was my first, and there are a few uneven spots early on, but it smooths out nicely and is still a great read.

Check it out here!

Editing Montagnard: The Beta Version

Have you ever used beta readers for a writing project?

For my first novel, Serpents Underfoot, I did not use beta readers. I did the editing myself with a great deal of help from my mother. Neither of us was a professional editor.

Needless to say, it took several content uploads before I had eliminated all of the typos, etc. And, I have to thank several of my early readers for pointing some of them out to me. I think Serpents Underfoot is in pretty good shape now, but you never know, there might be one more typo lurking in the shadows, ready to spring out on some poor unsuspecting reader!

Even as short as Adirondack Bear Tales is (only fifty pages or so), it took two rounds to get it to what I hope is now a typo-free state!

For Montagnard (the sequel), I am doing something new

I have read and re-read the draft of Montagnard several times. I have run through Microsoft Spellcheck and Grammarly several times as well. Unfortunately, I am sure there are still a few typos, punctuation errors, homonyms and homophones, and probably even too many adverbs.

So, sending a copy out to five beta readers is a bit intimidating. While these are readers whose opinions I respect, I certainly don’t want them to think, “Egad! How’d he miss this!”

On the bright side, I am hoping that if there are any plot holes, sections of the story that are confusing, or parts that simply suck, these five individuals will let me know. And the end result will be a much better novel … and a sequel to Serpents Underfoot.

Then the final step …

I figure that once I have gone through all the observations and edits suggested by my beta readers, I will be ready to send the manuscript to my editor for its final edit. When she is through with it, it will surely be ready to publish.

And, while all this work is being done, I should have time for some pre-release marketing, etc., as well as getting started on my next book project, a story of family, love, and sacrifice during World War II.

While you are here, check out a few of my other blog posts by clicking here!

Serpents Underfoot Update: Paperback Released & Kindle Updated

Serpents Underfoot Update: Paperback Available!

Serpents Underfoot UpdateA Serpents Underfoot Update! Well, it took a bit … but the paperback, along with the updated Kindle version, are both now available on Amazon.com. Looks like a few people have already ordered paperback copies and to those people I say, “Thank you very much!”  I hope anyone who reads this novel really  enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I think for a first crack at this author stuff, it went pretty well! And, if you do enjoy the book, please give it a positive review on Amazone.com.

Also, did you know that if you buy the paperback version, you can get the kindle version for only 99 cents!

Now, isn’t that just the most fantastic and amazing deal of a lifetime? I think so ….

I like the new cover, but did not have the option for the Red, White and Blue text with their cover designer. Guess sooner or later I will have to invest in Photoshop!  It is kind of fun doing this things yourself if you have the time and the means!

I will be scheduling book signings and other such events in the future. There is a mailing list sign-up on my Author’s Home Page. I do hate spam (not the kind in the can, I actually kind of like that), so I promise not to spam subscribers! However, I will let you know of upcoming events and new releases, etc. Also, I will try to figure out how to put some event calendar on my website as well.

Onward and upward!

This has been a real journey, a great deal of work, and I learned a great deal. I will finish the hardcover edition next! Then I will start on my next book project, but more about that later.