2011! How Is This Possible?
First, (as I wonder how we got to 2011 so quickly) let me deliver my sincere best wishes for the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilling New Year ever for each of you!
On this initial day of our fresh twelve months of 2011, I hope you have big dreams coupled with big plans to fulfill those dreams! I’m looking forward to hearing what you’re up to on your own publishing journeys and to offering you assistance along the way whenever I run across something I think might be useful to you, or whenever you have something you’d like to discuss. By this time next year, I hope a lot of big dreams are being realized (or close, at least) for everyone!
A Year in Brief Review …
Before starting to write this post, I reviewed the New Year’s post I wrote in 2010 on January 4. (Looking back at what you wrote a year ago sure does help you realize that you haven’t been standing still after all!) At that point, Separation of Faith was still very much a work in progress. I had just received the input from my six beta readers, which resulted in the writing of an additional chapter and the editing of the entire manuscript yet one more time (seemed like a zillion edits at that point), all of which added another two unanticipated months to my Journey’s plan for the year.
PageOneLit Interview & Video about Separation of Faith
Now, of course, Separation of Faith is a completed, beautifully edited, and increasingly acclaimed novel (goosebumps pop out on my arms whenever I say that). In fact, a hugely exciting development since I wrote my Christmas post is that my first official interview was just published by PageOneLit (an award-winning literary newsletter Web site–http://pageonelit.com/).
Currently, Separation of Faith is being featured as one of the books on PageOneLit’s home page–and you can find the complete interview, along with the embedded video book trailer/review also by PageOneLit, at http://www.pageonelit.com/interviews/CheriLaser.html. Next to the endorsement from Miss America (found in my pre-Christmas post at https://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/84-holiday-cheer-publishing-journey-update/), this PageOneLit interview and new video are absolutely the biggest things to happen yet, and I could not be more thrilled! You are invited to take a look at the interview and video and then let me know what you think.
You have no idea how much I learned from that interview. Answering those questions really made me think about the details of what we’re all trying to accomplish–and why. How would you answer those questions? Have you ever even thought about some of those things? I know I hadn’t, and finding the words to talk about myself in that light was a challenge.
A useful exercise might be to write out a few of your own answers for future reference. Someone at a writer’s conference might even ask one/some of those questions in casual conversation. Thinking a few of those answers out beforehand is not a bad idea. Sort of an interesting part of the process, isn’t it?
The Truth About Cinnamon–Update on 2nd Edition Availability!
Also, when I wrote that New Year’s post a year ago on January 4, 2010, I had only published two of the ten serialized chapters of my first novel The Truth About Cinnamon on Scribd (http://www.scribd.com/doc/24081497/Free-Cinnamon-Serialization-Issue-1). Now the first ten chapters of the original book are available for free reading/downloading on my Scribd site, along with a number of other things I’ve written (short stories and articles).
But the most important announcement regarding The Truth About Cinnamon is that the the re-edited and reprinted Second Edition version is now (finally … at last … never thought it would happen!) available on Amazon!! Yay!! The Second Edition version will not be on Kindle for a few more weeks, and the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon still reflects the original. But if you order a copy, you will get the new version, which will say “2010” on the copyright page. (Please let me know directly if you do not receive the new version, and I will personally make things right! But I’m assured by the publisher that the new edition is now what Amazon is shipping.)
If you’re one of the readers who loved Cinnamon before, you’ll love the new version even more now. And if you’ve yet to experience the story, I invite you to give this novel a chance, if you enjoy long, juicy sagas filled with mystery, love, and Irish-Italian immigrant history.
Writer’s Digest Conference
When I wrote the 2010 New Year’s post on January 4, I was still in the early stages of implementing the Journey-altering publishing plan borne out of the first annual Writer’s Digest Writer’s Conference held in New York City in September 2009. Now I’m not only fully entrenched in elements of the Journey that I hadn’t even thought about a year ago, but I’m also preparing to attend the second Writer’s Digest conference being held in New York again from January 21-23.
I’ve blogged several times about how important I personally believe this particular conference is for all of us, and I encourage you to check out the event while there’s still time to plan (http://www.writersdigest.com/conferences-events/). If you’re going to be there, please let me know so we can arrange to at least say hi!
If you won’t be able to get there, please know that I will be blogging about the event throughout the entire three days, highlighting those things I’m learning that might be of use/interest to you.
Health Update at the Start of 2011
First, I’m very blessed to be receiving the best care possible from some of the finest specialists in the country (if not the world), and I’m ever mindful of how many people are dealing with issues far more challenging than mine, many without access to the same care for one reason or another. So, no matter what’s going on with me, I’m constantly saying prayers of thanks that the situation isn’t any worse.
We remain one surgery away from having the whole breast cancer (discovered in April) reconstruction finished (surgery is scheduled for February 8, but we’re trying to get that moved up). And the surprise new issue (unrelated to the breast cancer) discovered in October is now being treated with a course of high-dose radiation (started last week, with two more weeks to go). So, most (or maybe all) of my body will be put back together by the time I arrive at the WD conference on the 21st. That will leave eleven months of 2011 fully available for the research and writing of novel #3 plus a short non-fiction book that tells the story about the 2010 health journey.
The goal: two manuscripts written and ready for editing by the time I write my Happy New Year post on January 1, 2012.
Happy dreaming, planning, writing, and accomplishing to each of you at the beginning of this brilliant, hope-filled New Year! Talk to you soon!