July 2019 – My excitement is growing as my agent and I are nearing the end of our extensive revisions. She’s already
planning how best to present it to publishers. Any last edits she needs me to do now I can get done within a few hours – we’re that close.
In fact, the last time I had the manuscript in my hands, my nervous excitement was growing so fast my stomach was clenching tighter and tighter while I was working on it. Thankfully, I was able to get past that and get back into my magical zen zone. I got it done and back to Natalie, and she has it now. I’m waiting any day for her email on the next step.
My Own Cover Art
How do you like my own designed and created cover art? This is just a
mock-up, of course, I have no idea what the published cover will be.
But please comment below your thoughts on and reactions to it – some reader feedback could make a difference in the final product, for all I know.
Here’s another picture collage I made using the phone app, Photofox (which I highly recommend). What do you think of this? It’s called Alpha Collage.
There are so many of you friends and readers I’ve met who are getting as excited about this book as I am. My initial group of Beta Readers formed very quickly, about seven readers varying in age from Middle School to adult. Thank you so much, all of you – it’s so motivating and
encouraging meeting future fans of this most unusual series. This is just the start of a great adventure we’re embarking on together. On this site you’ll find clues and giveaways related to the story, fun videos and other miscellany. The videos are in the works – top secret.
Magic happens when we tap into our creative spirits and let it flow naturally. This is what happened to me, and this book series is full of my pure creativity and very weird mind. I think and live out-of-the-box, as you will discover.
Also, magic is real.
Ongoing Timeline for Encyclopedeia Magica: Volume 1 – Alchemy:
- 2019: Continuing to polish and revise the ms with my agent – it’s a multi-layered never-been-done-before book made of three components – a novel, a real potions class textbook, and a puzzle workbook. 🙂
- 2018: August – I landed Natalie Lakosil as my agent. Honing it back and forth with her starting in September.
- 2018: June – a year and three months later (revisions – whew), I finally finished my novel. Sent the full ms to
Natalie, and queried many agents, both in person at the Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference, and online.. Received many rejections – this idea has never been done before.
- 2017: April – Attended BarCon at Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference. Met and got to pitch to my very first agent:
Natalie Lakosil with Bradford Literary Agency in CA. She immediately got the vision and asked for the full ms – even though I wasn’t finished with it yet. This was a miracle!
- 2016: February – GalaxyFest in Colorado Springs, where I attended a writer’s workshop and met full-time author Susan Lambdin. She became so excited over my novel idea (pun intended) that she offered to write the back cover blurb. Her enthusiasm acted as a catalyst and I started working seriously on my book. Joined a local writer’s group, started participating in NaNoWriMo events. Switched to another writing group whose focus is getting our novels finished.
- 2010-2016: Worked on my novel in starts and stops. I was also running two business startups and parenting four
teenagers. The Biggest struggle – finding the time and discipline to write consistently.
- 2010 or so: Asked Spirit for inspiration for my own unique novel idea – received it as I awoke next morning.