Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer Plans

"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats." ~Woody Allen

Ah, the first Monday morning I'm not up before dawn and rushing out the door to school...kind of a nice thing :)

Goals for today? First and most important, go through FLEs for One Night in Memphis and return them to my editor. FLE stands for Final Line Edits, and it's one of the last steps before your book gets sent to the printer (or the electronic-file world, in the case of ebooks, I suppose). It's basically the proofreading step - an editor other than your regular one goes through the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb to find any errors the two of you might have missed. My editor said there were only a couple (I haven't opened the file yet...), so I hope it will be a quick read-through. And she's so sweet: she added, "The FLE LOVED your story, by the way!"

After next Tuesday, it's out in the world...wonder how the reviews will be? (Note to self: remember to apply skin-toughening cream over the next few days...)

After that, I suppose I could tackle the list of summer chores and projects that's now hanging in the kitchen. Dru asked the other day if I had summer plans beyond book promotions - well, we're taking a week's vacation to the Outer Banks with a group of friends in August, and we're going to a couple of concerts at Bethel Woods, but other than that, no big plans. Price of gas is keeping us pretty close to home!

What about you?


Sarita Leone said...

Congrats on your upcoming release.

No big summer plans here. Just relaxing on the farm. :)

Happy Monday!

Dru said...

Good luck with the FLE. Don't you just love anagrams?

I think a lot of people are staying close to home during the summer months.

There's a man-made waterfalls exhibit that I want to see.

Have a good Monday.

Amy said...

Have fun with the FLE's. No big summer plans here, other than RWA and a couple of Scout Camps for the boys.

Marianne Arkins said...

No plans here... except weeding and enjoying the heat. Assuming it gets hot someday.

Diane Craver said...

Congrats on your new release - it's getting so close - how exciting!

Have fun when you go to Outer Banks. We've never gone there but have friends who do and they love it. We don't have any plans with gas so high plus hubby's surgery.

windycindy said...

I love the "Outer Banks!" My oldest son is their now with a friend and his family. My favorite is the little town called "Duck!" I hope your book goes through the process easily. Enjoy your summer. Cindi

The Blonde Duck said...

Would you mind stopping by my blog and reading my 3 "Missing Wings" entries? I'm trying to decide if it should be a children's book (middle grade) or I should keep doing it in short chunks on my blog. Right now the votes are tied. Help! I need another writer's viewpoint!

The Blonde Duck said...

Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it. It's just hard to judge your own work sometimes.

I didn't like Twilight either. My sister is obsessed with them and I got annoyed with the same things you did. The second one is even worse--she goes into a depression and mopes around for most of the book. I wanted to slap her.

Good luck with your agent search! I can't believe you haven't been picked up by now. And I hope you get something done with your new idea!

Have you ever thought of trying to round up some of your fellow romance writers and doing like a big group cross country tour?

Allie Boniface said...

Cindi, We stay about 5 miles south of Duck, in Southern Shores - but we always go to Duck for shopping and eating. It's a great little town!