Canva Update

I like this but I wish I could delete the punctuation. I did it for an Insta post and I’m still unsure about sizing. Like can I just make it fit Twitter, too? And Facebook? Pinterest? I’m sure the tools are there, just not of my ability to use them. This is not an intuitive process for me, I’m not patient enough to work through small details. Except on my books, and even there, I have an editor. Thus, creating images takes a lot of time, but I think in the end it will be worth it.

In other news I am also am working on a sell sheet, now that my publisher has distribution through Lightening Source. The PR person helps as much as my editor. She has given me a template on what to include and Canva should be helpful for that, too. Distribution is a huge thing. Before it was all e-sales or hand sell print books. Now I can send a book to the local St. Pete bookstores and hope they order some!

Everything Changes

Had to update my status, as we say on Facebook. After a two day pity party, I’m writing again. And no sugar today. Yet.

Recently received my publishing contract for Blue Heaven. Same publisher, different contract. Not many changes, but the ones I noted were important enough for me to do some negotiating. I’m happy with the way things went and sent the new signed contract in today. Which means, I will be getting edits soon.

I love working with editors. Almost everything they suggest makes my books better and my characters stronger. I’m even starting to think a little bit like an editor. That’s good. The less editing my editor has to do, the better writer I am becoming.

There’s another big change in my life these days: after 27 years in the same house, my husband and I are moving. We’re going from a house to a condo. We’re going from no basement tri-level, to split ranch with a basement. (But also with a first floor laundry.) We’re going from a well-used and much loved home to a brand new (even a little bit bigger) place that we can button up with confidence and leave for extended travel.

My plan is to keep writing through the move. I’ve got a deadline and the clock starts ticking soon.