My title is the same subject line I had in my e-mail to family members and close friends last Monday evening. I wanted to let them know that I had received and accepted a publishing contract for my second novel, ‘Sins of the Fathers’. They were very generous with their congratulations and best wishes, as they always are. The next day, many of them followed up with questions about the book, the publishing company and the process, so I’ve decided to try to answer some of those questions now and I’ll take care of others as the process evolves.
The book: It’s set mostly in Montréal, but it does cross the ocean to Dublin for a period of time. It’s a suspense novel with a touch of romance. The main character is a pub owner by the name of Charlie (a female), and there are a couple of secondary male characters named… That’s as much as I’m going to give away for now. I haven’t written my blurb yet, but when I do, I’ll share it with you.
The Publisher: It’s an independant publishing company based in Texas by the name of Black Rose Writing. So far, I’m impressed with the enthusiasm and dynamism of the other authors that I’ve seen on the BRW Facebook author page. I look forward to learning a lot from them.
The process: There’s a lot to be done between now and release day (which is projected to be December 2017). I have obligations to fulfill involving editing and polishing the manuscript before they will then edit it again and suggest corrections. I’ll give my input for the cover art, and I have to submit blurbs about the book and myself. Then there will be the all-important task of promotion and marketing, of which I’ll have the lion’s share, but from what I’ve seen, I’ll be supported and encouraged by my Publisher.
This weekend, we made a quick trip to Montreal to take some photos and double-check some of my settings. My head is full of new ideas for my edits.
For me, there are three stages of writing that I love the most: 1) coming up with an idea that has meat on it, 2) finding someone who thinks it has potential and 3) preparing it for its release into the world. ‘Sins of the Fathers’ has now entered stage 3, and I’m very excited about the next several months.
More to follow…