by Monica Stoner, Member at Large
My book releases May 25. The original release date was planned for May 17, until my editor asked if it could be delayed a week. Since I wasnâ€™t married to any particular date, I thought why not? It was only a few more days. Only a few. Well, okay, eight more days. I could handle an extra week.
Seems I forgot what it was like to sit through that last week of school before summer vacation. Actually, itâ€™s more like the last week before a litter is due to whelp. The mama dog gets bigger and bigger, and you rush around setting up whelping boxes, sterilizing equipment, putting everyone on warning. Then you wait. And wait. Eventually the future hopefuls come squirming out and you can waste the next nine weeks cooing over them.
Doesnâ€™t quite work that way with a book, of course. First thereâ€™s the contract to review, then the edits. You find out your deathless prose isnâ€™t quite as perfect as you thought, and that a misplaced comma really can make a difference. Not to mention youâ€™ve bounced point of view around so much your paragraphs have whiplash.
If youâ€™re fortunate enough to have cover input, thatâ€™s one more detail to consider. Then thereâ€™s the blurb, the cover copy and donâ€™t forget the dedication. These days you also have to have a web presence and be ready to go on a blog tour introducing yourself and your book to the literary world. All this while going about your mundane life of job, housework, family.
I havenâ€™t had so much fun in years.
It helps to have an editor who listens when I explain why my people did what they did. The amazing support of other writers lights up the gloomiest of days. And then, of course, the reviews. I have to share my first reviews (click here) since they had me grinning like a loon for days.
In the midst of this whirlwind of fun, Iâ€™m working on a new story. Hereâ€™s where raising dogs and writing part ways. You whelp a litter, and you can spend the next year or so raising it out. You have a book published, you better be working on another one while youâ€™re basking in the glow and doing the â€œfun stuffâ€ or you might have a long time between glows. So Iâ€™m typing away, in between sneaking pictures at my cover.
Wow, Iâ€™m a writer.
Writing as Mona Karel, Monica’s first book, MY KILLER MY LOVE, will be released on May 25, 2011 from Black Opal Books.