As a new author I'm continually learning about the publishing process and how it works. A lot of thought is given to when books release within a publishing house even a year or two ahead of schedule, at least for my publisher which is a large, traditional house. I think the turnaround time is shorter for smaller houses. Anyway, it's fun to see just who you're releasing with as there is so much variety. Since my world is made up of historicals, I always gravitate toward those. In this case, you have three Kentucky books on tap any day now. And I'm thrilled Morrow is in such fine company:)
I think Jan's cover is so lovely. I met her at the Kentucky Book Fair a few months ago. She's so easy to talk to and brings her Copper Brown series to life in wonderful ways. She won the Writing for the Soul contest a few years ago and is with Tyndale. Aside from writing, she's a nurse and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Then you have Ann, my dear friend and mentor. Early on in my publishing journey, I wrote Ann and introduced myself as we write for the same publisher. Everyone needs a sounding block and she is such a gem! She was my first writing friend. If I have questions about the process, I go to Ann. I try not to bother her too much but she is so easygoing and patient and knowledgeable. She's been writing a long time, since childhood. And she manages to pace herself and stay active with her many grandkids and a husband who's in a gospel quartet and travels all over. All this with her bestselling Shaker books! I was thrilled when she asked me to endorse The Seeker. I practically had to stand in line as there were several other authors who wanted to do it!
Just received word this morning that Morrow has arrived in the Baker warehouse. Hope that raspberry silk gown of hers didn't get dirty:) This really is a very exciting time. Yesterday was an amazing day as I heard from my agent, my editor, and my publisher. Another blessing was finding a copy of RT Book Reviews magazine in my mailbox and stumbling upon a beautiful full page ad for Morrow in the inspirational section. Unexpected things like that mean so much. I'm so thankful. Anyway, I plan to take Keli Gwyn's advice and post a pic of me with my author copies when they arrive. If you see Morrow anywhere, I'd love to know!
Verse of the Moment: Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17