Sixth Free Issue of Cinnamon Now Available for Downloading
Good morning on another Monday–and on the first day of another month already in 2010. Those of us with time-specific objectives sure can’t dawdle around, with the calendar flipping away so fast! (And speaking of fast, on a personal note, we celebrated on Saturday my daughter’s 40th birthday. Good grief! I’d like to tell you that I gave birth to her when I was a mere child myself … 🙂 … At any rate, each new day is certainly one to be treasured and made to last as long as possible!)
On schedule again, the 6th issue of Cinnamon is now available for your downloading pleasure. You can find the newest issue at http://www.filedby.com/author/cheri_laser/2721580/documents/26206047/.
Originally, I was only going to offer to the first seven chapters. But I think I’ll keep going while the other parts of my plan are in-process. There are enough chapters in the book to extend this for awhile.
Please let me know if you’re giving the series a try. I’d love to hear from you.
Hip-hip-hurray! On Wednesday of last week (January 27), I submitted the manuscript for Separation of Faith to the publisher. What a feeling that was–and a great big checkmark was added to the plan list!
Now there will be about two or three weeks of “interim” space while the book undergoes yet another edit–this time by an editor at the publisher. This is such an important lesson for all aspiring novelists (and all aspiring writers, actually), because no matter how many times we put our work through our own editing cycles, there will always be more work to come, after the manuscript is released into the hands of a publishing professional.
No author–regardless of how famous–ever submits the final version of a book. At least two more edit cycles (and maybe more) will be required, once an editor completes his or his review of our work. This is why we need to practice by getting input from others prior to submitting anything in the first place. We need to become very accomplished at receiving and responding to constructive suggestions.
As you know, the input from my beta readers resulted in the writing of a whole new chapter and the revision of several other areas in the book. Believe me when I say that my first reaction wasn’t one of unbridled joy. “You have to be kidding!” was more like it.
But when I began to internalize all of their suggestions, the value of what they were telling me became immeasurably clear. And even though the subsequent work took more than a month to complete, that effort filled in holes that someone would have pointed out to me eventually. In this case, however, those holes weren’t there when I submitted the manuscript to the publisher.
A note to all aspiring writers who are fearful of releasing their work into the hands of others: Remember that the majority of readers and editors who are giving us input are not also authors themselves. Their role is to help us understand how to make our books the most fulfilling reading experiences possible. They are not our competition. But they do know a good read (or a not-so-good read) when they see one. And we need to listen to what they are saying. We won’t agree with and incorporate every single one of their suggestions. But they will help us see major areas in our books that need to be fixed.
So, now I await the input from the editor who’s been assigned my project at my publisher. There is, to be sure, a sense of trepidation. After all, what if he/she totally hates the story? But I have to maintain some belief in myself and my work as I wait. I know I’ve done the best job possible up to this point, and we’ll just have to see what more is left to be done. As soon as I know, you’ll know too.
Reduction Edit of Cinnamon
While I’m waiting for the results of the edit, I’ll be working on the part of the plan that reduces the length of The Truth About Cinnamon, in preparation for the second edition printing.
For those of you who are following this aspect of the Journey, remember that as soon as the newly edited version goes into production, you won’t be able to buy the original anymore. And the original will become a first edition. If you’re interested, check out the free serialization. And if you’d like to secure a copy of the original novel, the easiest and least expensive way is through www.TheTruthAboutCinnamon.com. Books purchased through that website come directly from me, and you can customize your autograph.
As a result of my tag surfing, I learned about a contest that Amazon is sponsoring: the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This contest is for books that are either unpublished or self-published, and the deadline for submissions is February 7. Since this is free, and since there didn’t seem to be any downside, I submitted Separation of Faith. After all, you can’t win if you don’t play. Right? So, we’ll see what happens.
If you’d like to explore the details of this contest, check things out at http://www.amazon.com/b?node=332264011.
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All the best to you out there who are plugging away at your own Journeys. I’m looking forward to talking with you through your comments on this blog and through my tag surfing. Have a great week!