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From Manuscript to Bookshelf – Part 3

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Books, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 3 comments

What’s the earliest you’ve ever pre-ordered a book? Would it surprise you to know that most books can be pre-ordered seven months before their release? As the author is still dealing with line edits, blurbs and descriptions are written, the cover finalized and the catalog is produced. If you could read the excerpt in this catalog you’d see that two of the characters mentioned don’t appear in the final version of Sixty Acres and a Bride. You won’t find Naomi and Augustus, but you will find Louise and Nicholas. Those names were changed during editing, but the catalog couldn’t wait for the final product before it needed to make the rounds. Approximately five months from the release the author receives the copy edits. Finally, we’re getting to the nitty-gritty. No more big changes, now we’re looking at grammar, fact checks...

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From Manuscript to Bookshelf – Part 2

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Books, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 0 comments

Why did it take a full year to get Sixty Acres and a Bride on the shelves? To see the first steps you can read Part 1.   Eye Candy – 9 Months from Release Date After the substantial edits were made and the title chosen, marketing really starts spinning. Have you ever picked up a book and after a few pages you flip to the front cover for a double take? Huh? That’s not how she’s supposed to look. And by the end you’re wondering when did he ride a stallion with his white shirt unbuttoned? I don’t remember that scene. That’s why it’s important to give marketing time to read the book.  It’s not enough to put a pretty lady and a beautiful gown on the cover (and if it’s Christian romance the lady will actually be wearing...

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From Manuscript to Bookshelf – Part 1

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Books, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 2 comments

Is it safe to assume you like books? I do. I’ve inhaled my share, marveling over the words, the characters, praising the author’s imagination and research. So many small miracles caught between cardstock covers. But what’s involved in getting those books onto your shelf? Why does it take forever to go from a manuscript to a product in your hands? The Obvious Someone has to write the book. You knew that. For my first book Sixty Acres and a Bride the process of writing and re-writing took about a year. This got the manuscript into the smoothest form that I and my critique partners could manage. When I mention my first draft, it’s this one, although it actually represents scores of rewrites and drafts. Sixty Acres was purchased at the end of 2010/beginning of 2011. (The story about getting the...

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On the Virtual Road This Week

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Book Reviews, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 1 comment

I’m guest blogging this week so I’ll keep this list updated as new interviews are posted. 2/14/12 – Historical Stories Close to Home – What’s the editorial process like? How many people does it take to fix my grammar? 2/13/12 – Valentine’s Meet and Greet – How did I meet my husband? I’m embarrassed to admit it. 2/10/12 – The Literary Mama – A guest post for Preslaysa Williams’ Fiction Friday. A Rosa is a Rosa is a Rosa – considerations to be made as you name your characters. 2/9/12 – FamilyFiction – This is an interview that my publisher passed on to me. I didn’t know where it would show up, or when. Thank you Family Fiction for sharing! 2/9/12 – Books by Sherri – Sherri Wilson Johnson is offering a FREE copy of Sixty Acres as well as...

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The Miracle – Publication Story, Part 7

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Publication Story | 20 comments

I love the people in my books. I really do. If they bore me I make them funnier. If they annoy me, I make something bad happen to them so they straighten up. If only the real world… But I digress. I had so much fun writing Sixty Acres and a Bride that I wanted to write more  and after the encouragement I’d received at conference, I had an excuse to do so. While in Africa, I’d sent Sixty Acres to a handful of friends to look over, so I had some great suggestions waiting on me when I got home. After working through them I was convinced it was as good as I could get it, so I attached the hefty file to an email and hit send. Now, as far as I was concerned I was finished...

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An Unexpected Request – Publication Story, Part 6

Posted by on Aug 20, 2011 in Africa, Missions, Publication Story | 3 comments

“Are there bathrooms where we’re going?” we asked our African host. “In Africa, there are bathrooms everywhere.” He motioned out the window of the jeep. Sure enough. I’d have to be careful where I looked. And stepped. Although my mind was still whirling from the ACFW conference, I was excited about this trip. My husband and I, along with three friends, were scouting out a ministry for a possible church partnership. Bathrooms might be plentiful, but bedrooms were hard to come by. Exhausted from our flights, we were discouraged that the rooms we’d leased were unsanitary, even by mission trip standards. They had had running water at one time because there was a toilet, but the water was cut off and the toilet was full. After a few more attempts at accommodations the decision was made that we would...

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