It seems like a very long time since Book 1, Fool Me Once, was finished and the full manuscript was requested based on a query letter to publishers. Contract offers from two publishers were tendered at almost the same time and I signed with The Wild Rose Press because I liked the tone of the emails from the editor who did the initial reading.
That’s a decision I haven’t regretted because, as time goes by, I am awed and grateful for her talent in streamlining the book and “moving the story forward.” What is disappointing to me is the length of time it takes to get a manuscript through the process from the first round of editing to ebook, print and audio. The last year has dragged interminably for me but, in the publishing world, I see now that three weeks or three months is just a blip in time.
Imagine my surprise last week when I received the FIRST round of edits for Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, and this week the THIRD round of edits for Book 1, Fool Me Once. At last, there’s light at the end of the proverbial tunnel!
Book 3, Signs of Life, shouldn’t be far behind because it, too, has been completed and submitted. The current work in progress is Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse, and I’ll be working on that throughout the summer, when it’s too hot to want to ride any horse for real.
All four books are set in horse country and feature characters who have horses and who ride.