This school year I said yes to too many things. I know better. I've done this before and it doesn't go well. But I did it anyway. So I haven't updated this blog in nearly a month. A lot's happened.
First, there will be a delay in publishing. Although the manuscript should be ready in the next month or so, I decided to submit it for a contest for unpublished writers. The stipulation, of course, is that it can't be published while under consideration for the prize, which will be no earlier than mid-December. The good news about delaying publication of Book 1 is that Book 2 will come out much closer to Book 1's release date.
First edits are done on Book 1 and the manuscript is back to the editor. I am about halfway through Book 2. It's been...interesting. I set myself up for a particularly challenging sequel. Right now, I am merely pouring sand into the box. The castles will come later (not my quote - that's paraphrasing Shannon Hale).
What I plan to do is release snippets of Book 1 on Facebook (deleted scenes for now). I hope to put longer excerpts excerpts here from the edited manuscript, but need to make sure that doesn't count as "publishing", thus ruining my chances in the contest. I'm gonna try something fun on Twitter. I'll try telling parts of the story using emojis. Let's see how frustrating/funny those turn out. Instagram will be quiet until I have a book cover to advertise. Until then, I will post Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday pics - usually of my cats (past and present) and travels. I had a lovely one last week of a hot air balloon in the wee hours of the morning. Find me on social media @EmiMiwriter