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The Curse Giver’s Status Report

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

The Curse Giver Status Report

It’s been a few busy months since The Curse Giver was accepted for publication. Since then, much has happened. So here’s the quick recap version:

The last few months have been a blur. My publisher, Twilight Times Books, assigned me an incredible editor, Barb Caffrey, a veteran of the genre with eighteen years of editorial experience. I love the editing process. I think that it always provides awesome learning opportunities. Barb impressed me with her knowledge of the genre, her sense of storytelling, and her attention to detail. Her comments were helpful, insightful and full of wisdom. Her suggestions were spot on. It was truly a joy to work with Barb.

At the same time, I’ve been working with Lida Quillen, the publisher at Twilight Times Books, formulating ideas for the book cover and addressing the myriad of details associated with the novel’s publication. It’s always a pleasure to work with publishers who elicit and appreciate an author’s input. I hear a lot of horror stories from my fellow writers when it comes to their publishers, big and small. But I must say that so far my experience with TTB has been first class. Professionalism and efficiency come through in every contact. I feel very blessed to be working with such a quality-oriented publisher.

Just last week I received The Curse Giver‘s advance review copy (ARC). I always get a little giddy when I first see the ARC. It’s always exciting to see a manuscript firmly on the way to its final form. As the name suggests, the ARC is the barebones version of the novel that goes out to reviewers three to four months prior to publication. I always like to take a good look at the ARC to make sure that everything looks right.

So after months of polishing, editing and reviewing, we’re getting close, folks. The next few months promise to be hectic as the pub date draws near. Needless to say, I can’t wait!