Today marks completion of the second round of edits with my publisher for my debut historical fiction, Apricots and Wolfsbane. This round concentrated on “line edits” which focus on word choice, sentence and paragraph structure, voice and style. I am so proud of how this manuscript has evolved and appreciate the efforts of my fantastic editor, Myra Fiacco. One of Filles Vertes Publishing interns, Cimone Watson, also provided comments as a beta reader. The novel has matured since the last time I convinced friends and family beta read the thing, way before I ever signed a publishing contract. A fresh perspective is so critical during this process. Thank you to Cimone for your insights!
Next the manuscript goes to a copy editor (God bless them) and then text will be done! The thought both brings relief and dread. While I can read several chapters of the novel before changing words, I still find myself “tinkering.” Slowly I am losing the ability to change the words I have stressed over for months and like Lavinia, I prefer control.
At the same time, I can’t wait to release my labor of love.
So when can you get your hands on my novel?
I’m excited to announce Apricots and Wolfsbane will be released on Friday, October 13. It’s the perfect date to introduce my vicious poison assassin to the world!
But isn’t Friday the 13th unlucky? Nope! Our daughter was born April 13 on Palm Sunday a few years ago, so the 13th is dear to my heart.
I want to express my appreciation to everyone who is cheering me on! I cherish all the tweets and comments from those who have expressed interest in my novel. I cannot wait to put Lavinia’s story into the world and invite you to stay tuned for future updates!