The Latest (and final) Update on My Novel: Part III

Dear Supporters and Friends,

I’d like to announce today that the journey of self-publishing is all over, but there are a few more steps before it’s “official.” However, this is the last update I hope to offer you on the status of the book. Within days, I expect to actually announce that something is finally for sale.

I spent the entirety of my spring break last week putting all the finishing touches on my novel, proofing it fifty-million times, and reworking the cover to use an existing template because I was too nervous to try attempt fitting my own designs to the Create Space needs. I formatted the interior of the paperback version and a friend of a friend is typesetting the book for the eReader. Nevertheless, I am very happy with the outcome of the cover, and even more pleased for my friend, Jenny Bumgarner, because the cover shot she took for the paperback is even more prominent now. (It’s a pretty picture, and I’m so happy with the look of it! Thanks, Jenny!)

I ordered a paperback proof to be express delivered to my home so I can see, touch, and examine what the thing will look like if it makes its way into your hands. Having worked in publishing for years with the Orioles, it’s always a good idea to see what it will look like as opposed to imagining what it will look like.

And so there you have it. My last update on this monster of a project, this labor of love, this all-consuming endeavor whereby my two main characters are no longer mine, but will be yours. I’ll soon be sending them off into the world, and it will be interesting to see what happens to them.

To my biggest supporters of this project–my family and my friends–especially my Facebook friends, I appreciate your interest and kindness with regard to my book. I can’t thank you enough for continuing to follow this process and for your patience. It took a lot longer than I thought! I loved when you would ask me questions such as, “When is that book going to be done?” It pushed me to continue and not give up.

I hope I will soon be able to say these words: “It is over.”

My best with love,

Skeeter (Stephanie)


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