Monday, March 11, 2019

Annnd It's OFF - To the Editor

Are you reeling from the time change? Me too. The U.S. simply must discontinue this archaic practice and stop messing with people's bodies and minds. But that's a whole nuther post.

Yesterday, after several weeks of tying up loose ends and threads, I emailed Awen Rising to my editor, Charlie Knight. Yeehaaa!

My New Journal - A Gentle Reminder
It was a beautiful pre-spring day. Sunny. 50ish. Light wind. After a long winter, even 50F is most welcome. I opened the window for Bugsy to join me (the dogs control the doors) and we sat in the glorious sun. Me, with my boots off, toes wiggling in the grass. Bugsy, on his cushions on the table beneath the window.

As the sun worked its magic, my muscles relaxed, my breathing deepened, and I remembered something I'd forgotten to do—I'd not tied the bow on the last loose thread. A biggie.

My first thought was, "Crap. Now I have to do more work and resend the manuscript. She's gonna think I'm a goof. Wah, wah, wah."

But as I sat and relished the evening sun, the final twist unraveled in my head. THAT, my friend, is one of the best feelings in the world.

I eventually came inside, tied the thread and resent the email. I answered with love the congratulatory comments on Facebook and Twitter. Then watched Mark Harmon and NCIS on Netflix until bed.

Now it's Monday morning and I'm reeling still. Yes, a major step along the road to "published" is complete. But the gritty truth is—my mind and my life is a mess at the moment. In fact, it looks a lot like this:

Exploding Brain - photo taken at Messengers Pizza in Nampa, ID

You know that old saying "A mother's work is never done"? Well, neither is a writer's.

Yes, it will be a few weeks (April 1st-ish) before I get notes back from Charlie—hopefully, between beta readers and critique partners, I've ironed out its substantive issues and her edits will be minimal. But there are many other tasks to be completed before release. Like the actual nuts and bolts of publishing.

While I wait for the editor's notes, I will write a bio. An acknowledgment page. A glossary. A dedication page. A contact page. And dig through beta notes for publishable reviews for Awen Rising's back cover.

I will also finish entering the hand-edits for Awen Storm. And complete the beta-read of Loving Holly, my friend, Debra Holm's memoir.
Bugsy the Harlequin Kitty - He's Lost 3 Pounds

As for Bugsy kitty, he's hanging on, though he doesn't feel well. He had a brief episode of motor-control loss a couple weeks ago. Bouts of diarrhea. Some vomiting.

Sometimes he eats more, others less. The last couple of days, he has taken to sleeping in the guestroom. And not sitting on my lap as much. He had a bad day on Friday and I had to work. But thank God for my sister's loving care. I'm grateful she can be here for him when I can't.

So, YAY! Another box is checked for Awen Rising. In addition to the cover art being complete, my manuscript is now in the editor's hands. Yeehaaa!

That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré

O.J. Barré is author of the Awen trilogy, a druid sci-fi fantasy set in 2042 in Atlanta, Georgia. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising, will be released August 1, 2019. Book Two, Awen Storm, will be released in 2020. And Book Three, Awen Tide, in 2021.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Back Cover Blurb - AWEN RISING

"Blurbs are those few paragraphs that tell you what the book’s about and give you a compelling reason to buy." ~ excerpt from article by Ian Chandler

Howdy Rebels! I've written a new back cover blurb for Awen Rising. After my last attempt, my cover artist (and author), Lauren Willmore, gave me some excellent feedback and took a stab at the blurb. I've shaped and polished, and like it better than the one I posted earlier. Thank you, Lauren!

According to my research, a good book cover blurb should present the situation, the problem, the hopeful possibility, and set the mood for the book*. I think this encompasses all four points without giving away too much. What do you think? 

Unbeknown to humanity, evil reptilians scheme to conquer planet EarthFor eons, the druids and their dragon keepers have secretly squelched such threats. Now it’s 2042 and Emily, the druid heiress, is missing.

In her Venice Beach hideout, everything is going wrong for Emily. She’s lost her fiancé, her nerve, and her job as disaster specialist. Now she’s stalked by an omnisexual shaman sorceress and needs a new identity and somewhere to run.

A registered letter arrives from Atlanta, prompting dreams of an ancient past. Emily is the druid priestess Awen and must save the planet—by snatching a young William the Conqueror from death.

Could the druids be the answer to Emily’s plight? Or would Awen’s destiny mean 
Emily's demise?

What do you think, dear rebels? Please give me a shoutout in the comment section below, or on Facebook or Twitter if that works better for you.

That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré

O.J. Barré is author of the Awen trilogy, an urban druid sci-fi fantasy set in 2042, steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists. Book One, Awen Rising, is to be released October 1, 2019. Book Two, Awen Storm, will be released in 2020. And the first draft of Book Three, Awen Tide, is in process.


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