I hope those of you who live in the USA (like me) all had a good Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed mine. Even got to sit by with Dan by his pool. Of course, it helped that it was 90 degrees (F) outside. Whew! Hot one! The way things are going, we might be able to use his pool a few more times before autumn hits.
Obviously, I have some happy news! The copies of The Great Central Fair manuscript have been sent to two other beta readers. When I get their input, the book will be published. I really believe it’s in good shape, having received corrections, comments, and the okay from two other beta readers. The latest readers to get it should firm things up for me and then we can go to publication.
The projected publication date is still September 15. To celebrate, I’ll be giving away 10 copies of the new novella on Kindle.
It’s simple to enter. Check into Facebook and query Squeaking Pips Press, Inc. Find the Free Copies post, which should be the first or second post on September 15. Reply to it by saying “me, me, me” or “yes, please,” or whatever you choose. The first 10 people to reply will be gifted with a free Kindle copy of The Great Central Fair.
I’m so excited to get this out. It’s a romance involving Maggie’s daughters from her first marriage, (Frankie and Lydia) and their beaus. “Wait,” you say. “Lydia doesn’t have a beau.” Well, you’ll get to find out how that happens in this story. I have to say that the situation is enough to give the girls’ stepfather Eli a bad case of indigestion, because – well, he thinks he’s their guardian. In addition, you get to go with the girls to the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair of 1864 – and you don’t even have to pay the admission fee!
Other news: in early 2019, I should be releasing a full-length Saint Maggie novel (number 5 in the series). Its name is The Good Community. As I've said before, I felt the need to pull the material that went into The Great Central Fair from it. I’ll write in more depth about my “what the heck am I doing with this thing” struggles tomorrow. It should give you some insight into what authors – or this author at least – go through when writing a longer piece.
Someone also planted the notion in my head that I should attempt a Young Adult novella in the fantasy or paranormal genres. And that idea then led to a story line, or at least to a setting and characters. I might be able to share this information in another day or two.
Looks like my writing projects for the next year are laid out for me. Fingers crossed that they’ll come to fruition. And you never know, I might cut something out of a full-length piece and use it as a short story around Christmas time. I’ve been known to do that before. Ha!
Janet Stafford, Squeaking Pips Founder