#Self-Published to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey: New Cover In!


Soooo—I haven’t written in a couple of weeks because nothing new was happening and I didn’t want to waste your time. But now things are heating up and I am getting excited—which means I need to blog to you.

As you see above, we have finalized the new cover for Replacement Child. I hope you like it! Also this week I got word that my publicist is on board and we are working on the plans going forward.

 New Release Date!

Also, the release date for #Replacement Child has been moved up to March 2013—so that is big news too.

A New To-Do List

My to-do list now includes setting up a new Facebook page for the book, customizing my Twitter account and creating a new book trailer video.  I’ll be blogging all the while of course.

 Help Me Decide: Launch Party?

One of my decisions is whether to have a physical launch party for the book when it is released in March. If I decide to do that, where to have it? I have so many new friends in New York City that I would want to invite, but also my local pals.

What do you think? Launch party? Where?

It’s Just a Cover! #Self-Published to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey blog

Well, it’s really not just a cover. The cover is the first impression your book makes on a reader. And we all know what they say about first impressions. For a book, it can mean the difference between being picked up and read or being left on the shelf. No one wants that. Not you. Not your publisher. Surely not your agent. So I can justify all the angst I feel about working on iterations of my new cover with my publisher.

Of course, the cover also has to reflect the content and feel of the book. You don’t want someone picking up your book expecting steamy sex scenes because of the naked man and woman on the cover only to be disappointed with, say, a deep dive into the relationship of a man with his dog. That would be wrong. So, truth is important to consider in the process.

All this to preface that I am happy to report a near final cover for the new edition of Replacement Child being published by Seal Press in April 2013. And it is a beautiful cover incorporating a very truthful reflection of my story. We went around a bit about colors, fonts and styling details, but all for the benefit of the result. I’m pretty sure I have been more of a pain than some other authors on this point because of my background in marketing. And I’m told that previously self-published authors tend to have more of an issue with ownership and control of their books. Me? Control issues? Ha!

I give a great deal of credit to my editor and the creative team at Seal Press in working closely with me and responding to my concerns by addressing substantive changes that we agreed on. Now I can truthfully say I love the new cover!

#Copyedit: #Self-Published to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey (3)


Oh my! How quickly I forgot the torture of re-reading my manuscript. That might be an exaggeration, but getting back the copyedit from my publisher was like déjà vu all over again.  In all honesty, she did a fabulous job copyediting my book and had some very good catches.  We have a few minor disagreements in places, but nothing major.  It was, as the copyeditor said, “a light edit.” Our most substantial discussion is about commas.  But writers know that commas are the bane of our existence.  There are so many conflicting rules regarding simple series lists, complex listings and commas before conjunctions.  You can see from this last sentence where I stand on the issue. I’m still waiting for word on this one.  Either including or excluding the comma before a conjunction in a simple listed series is correct.  It comes down to a matter of style.  I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m pretty sure some of those same commas have been added and deleted several times by the first editors of the book.

It never gets easy seeing that someone has changed a word, a sentence structure or a tense in your work.  But as William Faulkner said, “In writing, you must kill your darlings.” After looking at the copyedit dispassionately, I realized that there were still some darlings left to be slaughtered in my work and went at it. Then I saw a few things I had written that I didn’t like and made some changes of my own.  Now I’m hoping that the editors agree with those changes.

We’ll go through the manuscript once more to make some decisions on changes, and then we’ll be looking at the photos to include.

Let me know if you use a comma in a listed series before a conjunction or not.

Would you write:

. . . Tom, Dick or Harry?


. . . Tom, Dick, or Harry?