A funny thing happened on the way to a book review...

First of all, sorry I haven't blogged in a while.  I've been doing final proofs on my novel.  CreateSpace sent me the 265 pages of my novel, fully designed and formatted, for me to proof.  That comes to about 65,000 words or over a quarter of a million characters, punctuation marks and spaces to eyeball!  In four days, I went through it all and made 80 text corrections.  Sent that off and will see the next digital proof in a week.

Secondly, take a look at my beautiful bookmarks above that I designed and had printed.  Kudos to NextDayFlyers.com for the excellent bookmark software and printing!  I bought 1000 of them and had then shrink wrapped in packs of 100.

Thirdly, here's what I mean about the funny thing on the way to a book review.  So about 2.5 weeks ago I approached an alternative Chicago newspaper to see if they'd review my book.  I was thrilled to hear that they would.  They didn't hold my self pubber status against me.  So they asked for me to send a PDF of the Word document which I did.  But yesterday as I was browsing through versions of my documents -- my heart sank.  I got the gnawing feeling that I'd sent an old version of my book.  I contacted the critic and sure enough she confirmed it was the old version.  She said not to worry, that her review was in more "broad strokes."  Didn't know exactly what that meant.  She also said she saw I was doing a book signing at a local bookstore and she hoped to attend and say hi.  So that's got to be a good sign that she didn't have my book, right?  If she panned it, she wouldn't want to come to the reading.  Stay tuned.  I'll let you guys know what where review says when it comes out in September.

I'm still trying to figure out this blogger world.  How to grow my audience.  So let me ask you all, are you getting something of value from this blog?  Is there something more you'd like that I'm not giving you?  Would love to hear from you.


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