So I'm in a bit of a holding pattern right now. My publisher has my newest manuscript, my until now untitled fourth book that is due for publication late this coming spring. It's exciting. And nerve-wracking, too. I'm crazy about this book, but what if they're not? What if all the hard work and agony (the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears) is for naught? It's amazing how this process never gets old. I have a feeling I'll be biting my fingernails when (if?) my twentieth book ever sits on the desk of a publishing house editor. I suppose that's a good thing.
Anyway, I'm currently contract-less and ready to start a proposal for my fifth book. I've never done a full-blown proposal before... So I'm procrastinating. Of course. Or maybe it's not procrastination. Maybe it's just a matter of time, of chewing it over while I think and think and think... Does anyone else work this way?
In an effort to keep my churning mind busy, I'm going to share a bit with you about my fourth book. It gives me something to do, and (hopefully!) gives you something to look forward to. :)
- Remember the title I tossed around a few months ago? Sometimes Girl. Nah, nixed it. I finally came up with the perfect title for this book and have had great feedback from both agent and editor. My fourth book is titled: Sleeping in Eden. Do you like it?
- Sleeping in Eden is based on this true crime. Her cold case was reopened when I was in high school and the news stories stayed with me for years. It's funny how the mind warps things... Little details stuck with me, like the friendship ring she wore on her right hand. But my story has little to nothing in common with Wilma's sad tale--it was merely the launchpad.