February 2013 Update

The three Brock Ford paperbacks continue to inch along toward publication. Just this week I’ve seen the rough sketches for the interior illustrations, and I am so excited! My illustrator just continues to wow me. I know choosing Brian for the work was the best decision I could have made. Not only do I have professional covers, but the chapter headings will make the books come alive like never before. I’m still looking at a late spring release date (and hopefully more school visits!), so watch here for more details.

My latest book is currently with beta readers. I don’t even have a final title yet, so I’m hoping one of my betas comes up with something great. (Ryan, are you listening?) I’m eager to get the book edited and out, and that should be a release in the summer. Again, stay tuned to the blog for more info.

The first draft for the current work-in-progress, a contemporary middle-grade, is about 2/3 finished. I’m thinking of going the traditional route with this manuscript and submitting to agents. Why, I don’t know. I guess I feel this latest effort has the potential to catch the eye of one of the Big 6. It’s certainly a story written from personal experience. I’ve taken agent Mary Kole’s advice to “dig deep and tell the truth.” We’ll see what happens.

I’m also toying with the idea of putting out a short story collection. I’ve got several shorts and even a bit of poetry lying around. The time just seems right to put it out there and see what happens. That’s a project for when I finish the first draft of the current WIP, while it mellows for a bit.

So… lot of things going on, yet the wheels turn slowly. Stay tuned!