Update: The winners of an ARC of Touch of a Scoundrel are Tin and Sandy S. Thanks to everyone who dropped by and left a comment. If you didn’t win this time, don’t despair. I’ll have another giveaway next Monday!
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a small army of folks to bring a book to market. It starts with the initial kernel of a idea from the author. She puts together a proposal. How detailed that needs to be depends on her relationship with her publisher. For the Royal Rakes series, Connie Mason and I submitted a short overview of the series and a paragraph each for the 3 books to our agent who sold it to our editor and hammered out the deal with our publisher.
Then the first story, Waking Up with a Rake had to be written. That involved our critique partner, Ashlyn Chase, as we fleshed out the manuscript. While we were doing that, the cover artists at Sourcebooks put together this wonderful cover. After multiple passes, the manuscript went to our beta-reader, then finally to our editor (on time!). As a railroader’s daughter I’m a stickler for punctuality.
After several months, requests for a few revisions came back and we finished those up just before I ran off to Hawaii in May. Now the manuscript is back in my hands for one last look-through to approve or disapprove the copy editor’s changes. By this time, it’s looking much more like a real book. The appearance of a galley, even an electronic one, is much more like it will be in print next January. Someone has taken great care with my words and this is my last chance to make this story the best it can be.
And frankly it’s been long enough since I looked at it (and my attention has been on other manuscripts since then!) that the writing and the story feels delightfully fresh to me. I love it when a book finally comes together and I’m so appreciative of all the many people who’ve had a hand in it.
A bit of housekeeping for my blog now…
Congratulations to Fiona Marsden and Librarypat! You’re the winners from Bronwen Evan’s visit to my blog last Monday. They’ll be receiving either INVITATION TO RUIN or INVITATION TO SCANDAL. She’ll be emailing you soon. That same day I was guesting on her blog and my winners are Annfes and Jen Rescigno, so they’ll be hearing from me.
You didn’t win? Don’t despair. I’m offering 2 ARCs of Touch of a Scoundrel to 2 winners here. All you have to do is leave a comment or question for me. It can be about anything–even how you spent your weekend! I’ll be announcing the winners here later this week.