Launch Day Gratitude
My new novel, Simple Truth, launches today, and gratitude tops the list of emotions I’m feeling as I celebrate bringing my third book to readers. A writer doesn’t travel the often rocky road to publication without the help of a great many people. So, I take this post to say thanks.
I’m grateful for:
Getting the story on track. Kelly Dwyer offered constructive feedback and encouragement in her Plotting the Novel workshop at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. I’m also grateful for the other students in the workshop who were the earliest beta readers of my story.
Encouragement in the face of adversity. I’d hoped Lake Union Publishing would pick up this novel and they didn’t. Nonetheless, my Lake Union editor Jodi Warshaw directed me to a number of agents she thought might be a good fit for this story. It was a compliment that she’d open her rolodex on my behalf.
Good editors worth their weight in gold. When I made the decision to indie publish, I sought out talented editors Amara Holstein at Girl Friday Productions and Kirsten Colton at The Friendly Red Pen to help me make sure the story was as tight, the characters as real, and the reader appeal as great as it could be. Becky Gjendem provided the final proofreading eyes.
Writing partners in the trenches. Mary Gottschalk – My writing partner of many years read every rough draft and every re-write as many times as it took, offering insight and honest feedback.
Willing experts. This novel took me into new territory, delving deep into immigration law and requiring fluency in Spanish. Lawyers Lori Chesser, Ann Naffier, and April Palma graciously shared their expertise, answering my countless questions. My sister-in-law Francisca Bodensteiner and Dinora Amaya reviewed and offered suggestions on the Spanish. Beta readers Diane Glass and Denise Essman shared public relations, professional, and personal feedback.
An eye-catching cover designer. Readers do judge a book by the cover, so I returned to Jenny Quinlan at Historical Editorial. Jenny designed the original cover for Go Away Home and she delivered a spot-on design for Simple Truth. The multi-talented Jenny also provided initial story development help.
All who offer encouragement and support. A multitude of others helped me along the way. At the risk of getting pulled off the Oscar stage by music or cane crook, here are even more: Sheryl DeMouth, Clay Showalter, Shirley Showalter, my book clubs, and my son and husband for talking me through my mercurial writing emotions. And finally . . .
Readers who make writing worthwhile. Readers who tell me what they think via emails and phone calls. Readers who show up at book talks and signings. Readers who tell their friends about a good story they read. Readers who post reviews. As I stand here on launch day, I know it’s all in reader hands now.
You all have my undying gratitude. Thank you.