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Fox Valley Book Festival

So not long ago I was contacted by a woman named Aubrey, the head librarian at a local library. She asked if I’d be interested in participating in this year’s area book festival, which takes place this coming October. After going back and forth a bit to figure out specifics, I agreed to join as a presenter. Not that I expect anyone to be in the area, but here’s the info!

Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2019 @ 12:00pm

Location: Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI 54956

Presentation: From Writer to Author: A Journey

In a nutshell, I’ll be going over what’s involved with taking a manuscript from the first draft to a final, polished story that’s ready for submission. Then it’s onto everything that comes after:

  • Critique partners & beta readers
  • Preparing a query package
  • Researching agents and editors, including sources
  • Submission process–emphasis on guidelines
  • Pitch events
  • Dealing with rejection

I’ll also go over my own experience with receiving a full request, a contract offer, signing with a publisher, and the editing process. Basically everything from accepting an offer, up to release day. There will be a lot to go over! But I’m excited to see how it goes.

Wish me luck!

Rae

Review: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I don’t normally read sci-fi, but it sounded like an interesting premise. I’ve done the DNA test through Ancestry, so I was intrigued when I saw that was part of the story. Unfortunately, this book didn’t draw me into the genre any more than before. The beginning was slow for me, but it picked up after a few chapters. The world building and writing are both solid, but the characters all blended together for me. I think it would be a tricky feat for anyone, trying to portray what’s essentially the same character, but in four different ways that make each memorable. Overall I’m glad I gave the story a shot, but it just wasn’t for me.

2.5/5 stars

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Random Update

Hello again!

So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. Quite honestly, I don’t feel like my life or my thoughts are interesting enough to share. But for the one or two of you that may have the slightest interest, I suppose I can come up with a few things.

As some of you may know, I’m a crazy cat lady. My debut, Successor, is dedicated to my three furry beasts. Anyone who knows me personally wasn’t surprised by the dedication. They just shook their heads and laughed. Well within the last several months, tensions between my oldest (Isabeau, a.k.a. Bobo) and my youngest (Achilles) have rocketed. As anyone with male cats probably knows, boys tend to be rougher players than girls. Bobo has never been fond of Achilles and tends to growl and hiss at him most of the time. They’ve been together for about five years, and you would think she’d get over his presence by now. Nope! And it doesn’t help that he’s turned into a bit of a bully when it comes to her. He knows he can easily get a rise out of her and takes full advantage of chasing her when she runs from him. Then comes the growling, the hissing, the screaming. It hasn’t been a good situation, to say the least. A large part of it was due to the fact that I lived in an apartment the size of a closet.

efficiency

Tight quarters + agitated cats = STRESS!

The remedy? I moved!

Literally across the hall, no more than eight feet door-to-door. Easiest move in history! While my new apartment isn’t huge, it’s definitely more space than what I had before.

The cats still annoy each other, but at least here Achilles has a little more space to run and burn some energy. And some days, Bobo doesn’t totally despise his presence. I give you Exhibit A:

Bobo and Achilles

Before I forget…

I’m going to be narrating audiobooks! I’ve been in talks with the head of the audiobook department at my publisher, The Wild Rose Press. If you’re not familiar with them, they publish primarily romance novels and novels with strong romantic elements in them. I’ve recently started dabbling in voice-over work, and I’m still getting the hang of the equipment and software. But if all goes well, I’ll be getting added to their list of narrators for their audiobook line. It’s an exciting new venture, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

So that’s pretty much everything that’s been going on with me since my last update. On the writing front, things are slow going with Successor’s sequel and the other project I’m working on. But I’m making progress little by little. I’m definitely not one of those writers who can put out multiple books in a year! Just the thought is exhausting.

Speaking of writing, I should get back to it. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far.

Until next time!

Rae

Successor is OUT!

It’s finally happened! Successor, my debut YA fantasy novel, released last Wednesday, and I can now say, after all these years, that I am a published author. Publishing a book has been my top goal in life up to this point, and I can’t believe I’ve accomplished it. It really is a dream come true.

Now comes the tough part: not getting bummed when people say they don’t like it. It’s a hard, unavoidable truth to accept that not everyone will like what you create. Everyone’s tastes differ, and that’s perfectly okay! So I will just try my best to be happy they gave it a shot in the first place. Hopefully they’ll find at least a small bit they enjoyed. That’s the best I can hope for.

So with that being said, it’s time to focus on what’s next—the sequel! It’s still in the planning stage with bits and pieces of scenes written down, but it’s coming! There’s also another story I’m working on at the same time, so let’s see how I do writing two at once.

Have your copy of Successor? Already read it? Let me know what you think!

Happy reading!