April 24, 2008
I have some fun news today. The second book in The Accidental Demon Slayer series is finished! It was a kick to write, especially at the end when it was time to pull everything together. In fact, I found myself moping around this afternoon simply because it feels strange *not* to be working on that book.
But the moping won’t last long because – as anyone in the publishing industry will tell you – this isn’t the end. It’s only the beginning. A book goes through several steps after an author types The End on a first draft.
For me, the next step involves my agent. I was really lucky to sign with Jessica Faust at BookEnds. She not only excels at the business side of things, but she’s also a former editor. How great is that? A lot of her authors, even the bestsellers, run their manuscripts past Jessica for tweaks and ideas. Do you think this debut author is going to pass up that kind of opportunity? No-sir-ee-Bob.
So I emailed the book off to Jessica and in the mean time, have been busy cleaning the house (my family will be thrilled). I clean whenever I’m restless, which can be a very good thing – especially when the laundry stacks are taller than my one-year-old son. And they are right now. I worry about avalanches of socks and T-shirts.
And I’m also going to be doing some celebrating. Jimmy Buffett is in St. Louis tonight for the first time in eight years. It got to the point where I thought he’d never come back. Parrot Heads across the bi-state area are celebrating and my friends and I are no exception. I even bought my husband a grass hula skirt to wear to the concert because with his legs, well, how could I resist? Can’t wait to blog about it tomorrow.