Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Little Engine That Could

Just like in "The Little Engine that Could", ever since I wrapped up my crowdfunding campaign last November, I've been chugging along steadily, working my way up the mountain, puffing, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."

So what have I been up to since my Pubslush campaign ended last fall? Lots!

I finished converting Elevator Girl from 1st person to 3rd person (quite an undertaking, but worth it!), Christmas, sent book to editor, New Year's, got book back from editor, developmental edits, went to Czech Republic, got to see Cheryl Strayed speak, copy edits, book cover design started, slashed word count by 4,300 words, sent "final" (is it ever?) off to proofreader, finalized book cover, spiffed up back cover and bio copy. Wrote the acknowledgments and dedication, and re-read the manuscript at least three more times. Plus lots of other little bits of life sandwiched in between all of these rocks of accomplishments.

Finally . . . "down in the valley lay the city . . ."

My book was sent to the printer!

It has been an exciting ride, working with the Wise Ink team. Isn't that cover art amazing? Wait until you see the interior design. I'm on track for my big general book launch, June 12th, 2014 at the Warroad Public Library.

And just like that little engine - as my family, friends, and crowdfunding supporters cheer like the children and all the dolls and toys, I can't help but to smile and think:

"I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could."

Looking forward to the next adventure!