Book Launch/Authors for Indies

Have to thank Mary and Terry at Mill Street Books in Almonte for hosting my very first book launch….yes, I know, it’s my fifth book and shouldn’t really be my first launch!    Anyway, it turned out to be a great time with family and friends and an extremely special cake compliments of everyone’s favourite baker, Baker Bob!   It was so pretty I didn’t want them to cut it!

New Bookshelf

IMG_8481So, I took a break from editing today and decided to get creative.  I found an old gate from our farm and persuaded my husband to try to attach it to our kitchen wall…far enough away that I could put books on it but close enough that the books wouldn’t all fall off!   So, this is the result.   You’ll notice I put my two favourite female Canadian authors on the top! (well, one favourite and one dreamer anyway!)

First Cover design

So, most of the editing is done and the novel is being sent to the book sellers next week in ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) form.  Here is an early version of the cover that I actually quite like.  I hope the final version is very similar!  don't tell cover



Waiting to hear from my wonderful editor, Carolyn Jackson of Second Story Press.  I always love this part, where my strange and private ideas about my story go from a singular effort to a collaboration.  It’s so exciting to read comments from someone else who starts to speak of my characters as if they are as real to her as they are to me.   I think this is my favorite part of the entire publishing process!book_PNG2111

Book #5!

I am hard at work editing my new novel, Don’t tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell.    I am particularly excited to have the wonderful Carolyn Jackson, senior editor for Second Story Press, as my substantive editor once again.   I’m back in the world of YA with this book which is due to come out next March.  I love this part…having someone’s opinion on my work and having the chance to collaborate with an expert to bring out the best in my own words!