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Sorry! August Is Full!
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Sorry! August Is Full!

Heavens! It's the last week in July, and as I look at my desk calendar, I'm seeing that I'm already overbooked for August. What lies ahead? Here's a partial list:

1.  Coming up first -- our annual Auction and Dinner for Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service on August 8. I'm procrastinating this morning on this one. I have a buffet filled with items for our silent auction, which (somehow) have to be transported downtown to our main office. The biggest problem is (that) a couple of them are too big and/or too heavy for me to carry. Getting them from the dining room to my car involves going through a couple of doors, which I can't open or close while carrying said objects, and which can't be left open because the indoor Katzenhaus Kats will make a break for outside and cause even more problems.  And then cramming them into my (little )2-door coupe with its tiny trunk - - - ummm.  Waiting for a guardian angel to show himself!

2. I'm already editing the preliminary draft of "Yankee Reconstructed," which involves round after round of reading and searching for careless errors.  i have a bad habit of using meaningless words as transitions and fillers. So I have to search through the pages, looking for these gremlins: that, all of, absolutely, really, very, always, never, just, maybe, perhaps, stuff, things, quite, and got. I do them one at a time and usually find I can (just) do without them. It's a good way to tighten the prose, but also tedious and time-consuming. Deadline? I've promised the complete manuscript to my editor by the end of August.

3. I'm a judge for a (rather) large book contest -- a responsibility I take seriously because i know how important the results can be for new writers. I have six books sitting here, all waiting to be read and evaluated by August 24. I'm reading the first one in those periods when I can't bear looking at my own writing any more. I'm grateful (that) several on the list are short and quick reads. But there's also the 530-page one that weighs four pounds in paperback! (Just) holding it up will be a problem for my arthritic thumbs!

4. I'm working on a proposal for publishing a local history book for a nearby county museum. It would be lovely for Katzenhaus Books to add it to our catalog, but many unidentified minefields lie ahead.

5. Finally, rolling around (in the back of) my mind (and late at night) are ideas for the second edition of "The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese."  Self-publishing has changed drastically in (the past) five years, and a rewrite is (absolutely) necessary. The project in #4 above has suggested (that) the first step in that process needs to be a rigorous self-examination. So in the coming days, I plan to offer a series of questions directed at those who are still trying to answer the big question: How Do I Publish This Book?


I Hit the Mark at NaNoWriMo Summer Camp


Drumroll, Please!



May I  have a huge drumroll, please? As of 2:30 this afternoon I have finished the first draft of "Yankee Reconstructed."

I cannot tell you how relieved I am to know what happened to all those characters who have been giving me fits for months

The book, itself, of course, is just now starting its own long march to fame and fortune.  i will edit it at least once before the end of the month. Then off  the first half of it  will go to my editor, with questions about whether the story is working. Does the beginning make a reader want to keep reading? If not, the first half gets re-worked. If she wants to know more, I'll send her the second half. Then back and forth we'll go on corrections large and small.

During the next couple of months, a talented graphic artist will be working on a book cover and on a trailer to be used to promote the book before publication and after.  And then when all that work is done, we'll move to the layout phase, choosing book size, fonts, and other little niceties that make the book look professional. And THEN comes actual production of paper versions and digital editions.

So - - -  there's a long way to go! But the good news is still that we now have something to work on. So, start beating those drums, please.

Too Hot To Do Anything But Read

So here's a reminder for you. There is at least one book still available, but the Giveaway will end on Tuesday evening. Try your luck now!

Have you read "Damned Yankee"
Volume 1 of The Grenville Sagas
 and also Volume 5 of my series, The Civil War in South Carolina's Low Country?
If not, here's your chance to win a free copy of the first book  on this Amazon Giveaway.

Title:

Entry Message: Get ready for the release of "Yankee Reconstructed," Vol. 2 of the Grenville Sagas, on January 3, 2016.

Duration: Jul 14, 2015 4:23 PM PDT - Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT

Prize: Damned Yankee: The Story of a Marriage

Number of Prizes: 3

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules

Announcing a Great Giveway

Yesterday's big news was that I have a firm publication date for my new book,  "Yankee Reconstructed." We launch on January 3, 2016. But in the spirit of Christmas in July, Katzenhaus Books will be offering a series of activities leading up to the launch date.

The story of the Grenville family (he's from Boston; She's from Charleston)  begins with America's Civil War. "Damned Yankee" opens in 1860 and follows the family through the war, ending in 1867. The second book will take the family through the tumultuous years of Reconstruction.


But, first things first:
Have you read "Damned Yankee"
Volume 1 of The Grenville Sagas
 and also Volume 5 of my series, The Civil War in South Carolina's Low Country?

If not, here's your chance to win a free copy of the first book  on this Amazon Giveaway.



Entry Message: Get ready for the release of "Yankee Reconstructed," Vol. 2 of the Grenville Sagas, on January 3, 2016.

Duration: Jul 14, 2015 4:23 PM PDT - Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT

Prize: Damned Yankee: The Story of a Marriage

Number of Prizes: 3

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.