Every time I have been derailed by life stuff, I have had to start over with my WIP. That means I have read the first 14 chapters about a million times now.
Seriously…this is a tough gig for a mom over the summer. I’m not saying that as a cry for pity or anything. This is my life and I embrace it, the challenges as well as the successes.
I think that with each pass, the book improves–but I will be grateful when I’ve finished editing the final 50k words of the book and can send it off to betas and for another set of professional eyes.
If you know a mom writing full-length novels with small children underfoot, give her a hug today. Tell her you’ll be patient while she works. Tell her you admire her resolve to do a good job creating a story that you can enjoy. The fact is, she really needs your support. The market is filling more and more every day with quality fiction finished rapidly by people with more time than her. That mom is trying.
THIS mom is trying. I will get there, but you won’t see the book until I know it’s ready.
I just hope that’s soon. I don’t think I can take reading those first 14 chapters another time.
Note: heretofore, I have kept LesleaTash.com almost exclusively promotional. I’ve decided to try something new and post more personal blog stuff here for now. If you have thoughts or comments, I would love to hear from you.
P.S. The book I’m talking about in this post is Troll Or Park, by Red Tash. The sequel to Troll Or Derby. It’s a labor of love.
I changed my cover again.
Guess I’m just an impatient girl.
If you’ve read the reviews of Bird After Bird, doubtlessly you got the point that there are a lot of birds in the book. Birds are part of nature and nature is the spiritual home for the two main characters.
For some folks, that was a turn off. For others, it was a delight. To each his own, right?
And since I’d like for more birds of my particular feather to flock together and give Bird After Bird a try, I’ve been asking myself for months what I might do differently to package this story in a way that gets it in front of the right readers.
To that end, I rewrote the blurb this week. Today I had another idea: why not make a new cover?
In truth, I LOVE the original cover. I really do. I did a little more homework, though, and realized that it’s totally possible a different look would appeal to a better audience for the book. So…I’m nervous to reveal it, but here it is…
It may not be the final version. I haven’t decided. It’s such a different direction, I reserve the right to change my mind as often as I’d like. Why be your own publisher if you don’t exercise all those rights and privileges, right?
At any rate, I thought this could be the dock where Laurie writes and sketches. It could be a spot on the lake where Wren birds. It could be where Billy fishes. It’s my hope, as well, that the new cover appeals to lovers of the outdoors, and evokes that “field guide” look, at least in part.
What do you think? If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear your opinion.
A copy of each up for grabs.
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Bird After Bird is for sale at four online retailers. Two have it at regular price of $5.99, the other two have it for $.99 for a limited time. That price could fly back up any minute.
Bookworm Brandee says:
I adore this story. It’s told in dual POV and having a front row seat to both Wren’s and Laurie’s journeys was fascinating. Ms. Tash clearly loves these characters and shares their story with such emotion and tenderness, it made me love them all the more. The fact that Wren and Laurie both have ‘bird’ names that correlate to the title was clever. There are many references to this throughout the story and Ms. Tash tied it all together with the birds brilliantly.
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For fans of the first book…
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As I type this, I’m watching my little farm wench chase birds around the back yard. Chickens and guineas, to be precise.
We named this chicken after my friend Amy Harmon. If you haven’t read her work, you really owe it to yourself to give one of her books a try.
It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Southern Indiana–hopefully these cool/sunny temps will hold for Saturday morning at Plum Creek, where I’ll be signing books, enjoying the farmer’s market, and the ukelele band that will be performing! If you’re in Louisville or Southern Indiana, come on out! I will have all my Leslea Tash books, Red Tash books, and a few I have edited or been published in (anthos and some other–steamy–stuff!)
In other bird/book news, Bird After Bird is now out on all the non-Amazon ebook stores. For a limited time, it’s only $.99.
So, I reckon you want links. Okay:
If you’ve already read the book and loved it, naturally I would appreciate reviews on those websites to encourage new readers to give the book a try.
I’m also still campaigning for 500 likes on my Facebook page, and one lucky winner is going to get a huge box of signed paperbacks when I hit that magic #!
Go like the page and share it with your friends, please!
Stay tuned for more updates. Planning on a cover reveal for tomorrow!