1) The copyedits on Book 2 are done and sent off! You know, it doesn’t sound like that big of a deal. But copyedits are a pain in the butt, especially the way I do them. I am not comfortable unless I go through the book at least twice, and then (before sending it back) I incorporate all the material edits into the e-File on my computer. I do the same thing before sending back page proofs. It ensures that I always have a clean electronic file of the manuscript. But again, a pain in the butt.
2) The aforementioned Book 2, which has long languished untitled, now has a title: THE HIDDEN GODDESS. One day I will relate the Sisyphean labors my editor Anne Groell and I went through to finally arrive at that title. But that day is not today. Today is for celebrating!
3) My weekend at the beach rapidly approacheth! Next Friday, I’m heading to the Oregon Coast with my family and we’re going to relax, roast weenies, and generally enjoy some late summer fun.
So, how do I intend to celebrate all of these delicious joys? With a book giveaway, of course!
I’ll be giving away 10 total copies of THE NATIVE STAR … 5 copies at Goodreads and 5 copies at Library Thing. The giveaways are scheduled to start on MONDAY, AUG. 9 (the due-date of my copy edits) and end on FRIDAY, AUG. 13 (the day I leave for the beach … see how neat I packaged that up?)
Nota Bene: If you go over to either site looking for the giveaway, they’re probably not up yet. I just entered them, but once they show up I’ll post links here and on Facebook & Twitter. The Goodreads giveaway is up, but it’s still “pending” on LibraryThing. more details as they become available.
Enter early! Enter often!
And now, I’m going to go take a brief celebratory nap.