Long time, no blog. I’m quickly learning that working on a contracted book plus day-jobbing plus parenting plus adulting plus having any kind of down time is hard.
That said, it’s been a really great, productive couple of months!
Where are you with IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE?
Well, I’ve just turned in the second round of developmental edits (plot and character changes) and the next step will hopefully be copy edits.
Me and the esteemed Lisa Maxwell, working hard.
Have you seen your cover yet?
YES! And it is beautiful, gorgeous, perfect, etc etc etc. The designers at Blink REALLY paid attention to my preferences and those of my editor, while also finding a way to work in some key elements from the story. It is a thousand times better than I ever imagined it could be and I’m so very grateful for it.
Well, when can we see it??
My cover reveal will be June 14 on YA Highway, so set your calendar!
Will there be ARCs?
Sometime over the summer! My editor is working on getting endorsements right now, which is both awesome and terrifying.
In fact, you can win a signed ARC if you make a donation to #YARunsA5k.
What are you working on now?
A bunch of things. BUT I’ve found that when I’m making revisions, it is very very difficult for me to get in the head space of another character, so writing new words has been sporadic. I’ve definitely been doing some plotting though.
What else have you been up to?
I’ve done a pitiful amount of reading in the last few months. This is in part due to revision brain and part because my husband and I binge-watched all 6 seasons of THE WALKING DEAD. I was pretty dead set against watching, even though he’s been a fan for a long time, but then we went to a panel with the show runners, plus also Andrew Lincoln, and I decided it was time to give it a try.
It was a solid life choice, except that now I have to wait months to find out who got Lucille’d.
I went to the Walter Award Ceremony at the Library of Congress with We Need Diverse Books.
I’ve done some fun beta reading for Heather Van Fleet and Kelly DeVos.
I read WILD SWANS by Jessica Spotswood, DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally, ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes, and THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner.
I listened to the audio of SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY MAYBE by Lauren Graham, BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler, and finally, FINALLY, I cracked and listened to PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen.
I’ve also been vacation planning. My husband and I are celebrating our 10 anniversary this summer and we’re going to Las Vegas, the first trip for both of us. (Any and all tips and recommendations are appreciated)
Annnnnnd, that’s about it for now. Hopefully I’ll have things to share before another 3 months passes!