Finished…..and waiting…..

After a long conversation on the phone with my wonderful senior editor, Carolyn Jackson, my part in the creation of The Color of Silence is done.  Now it ‘s completely in the hands of the ladies at Second Story Press who will finish off the proofreading and then send it off to be printed.   And then I just wait until I receive my copies and wait until I start to hear how it is being received by the readers.  Oh, wait a minute, there is one more thing.   I don’t know for sure if the new cover design has arrived yet….I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I might be judged just a little if my book arrives on the shelves without one!

Waiting, waiting, waiting….

Well, it’s waiting time again.  There is a surprising amount of it in the book business.  While the end result is certainly worth the wait, patience is definitely a must!  And I have to admit that I am not the world’s most patient person.  Far from it!  I am anxiously waiting for the final draft of Color of Silence to come back to me so I can read it one last time before it goes to print.  I’m a mixed up mess of excitement and nerves as I  prepare to let go of the manuscript.  It’s a strange feeling to realize that I can’t change any more words after this last read through.   I’ve rewritten it so many times that I’ve truly lost count.   I should have it tomorrow to reread for the umpteenth time and then I’ll have to send it off and then…..just wait……

Open Book Ontario

I’ve been asked to provide a piece for the site “Open Book Ontario”, a web site that  “celebrates Ontario’s vibrant literary scene”.   I’ve been asked to describe my writing “desk” in 1000 words or less….which shouldn’t be hard because I don’t have a desk!  I’m a laptop writer, sitting comfortably on my couch.  However, I do have an interesting writing room that might take a few words to describe.  I’ve done a practice run in my writer’s journal on this site.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

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I’m Back!

I haven’t been here writing for a while.    Life has been on hold while I have been dealing with  my husband’s recovery from a serious illness.  He’s finally on the mend, and so I have a bit of time for some updating.   The Color of Silence is fast approaching completion, with only copy-editing and proof reading left.  Allison Kooistra did her usual fabulous job of the substantive edit and we’re both really happy with the end result.  I’m extremely curious to see what kind of cover the production team will come up with….Seeing the cover for the first time is almost like finding out whether you’re having a boy or a girl….almost!


Almost Done

This round of editing for The Color of Silence is almost done.  I always feel nervous when we’re getting closer to completion date.  I don’t want to let go and have the book move on and out of my hands!  It’s hard to ever feel like I’m finished…in a strange way it’s a little like having a child leave home for the first time…you want to grab her back and finish the job before letting her go…

The Color of Silence

Editing for The Color of Silence has begun.  I’m very excited to have Allison Kooistra back as my substantive editor.   Writing a novel is so much more of a collaboration than I ever imagined and a good editor is so incredibly important.   This is my favourite part of the process and I can’t wait until my meeting at Second Story Press later this month to hear everyone’s first impressions…although I have to admit that I’ve been working on this manuscript, or different versions of it, for so many years that I almost feel a little bit nervous at the same time!

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!

I am very excited to announce that my contract for novel #3 has been signed and sent back to Second Story press!  I’m not sure when it’s coming out just yet, but I am greatly looking forward to starting the editing process.  Publishing a book is a multi-step, team effort and I’ll keep you posted along the way to give a sense of what’s involved.  So far it’s been: 1. write it, 2 . edit it over and over and over again, 3. send it, 4 . wait anxiously to see if they want it, 5. breathe a huge sigh of relief and joy and

6. sign the contract……