Poetry Book Delay, But…

Happy Saturday!

I hope you are all doing well today. I haven’t had the easiest weekend thus far (read: sick kiddo), but I’ve got two batches of macarons ready to go in the oven, and it’s sunny, and I have at least ten minutes here to write a post while my littlest naps. So, that’s good!

I wanted to share an update on my poetry collection Like Waves, and just give you a heads up (in case anyone is waited with baited breath for it) that the book is going to be out later than expected. First off, because it just needs a lot more work than I thought. And secondly, because I *really* want to get at least one, but ideally more, accepted into some literary magazines/journals. Why? Well, blame it on my need for approval, acceptance, and validation. I guess I just feel it’s not quite good enough. Out of the dozens (err…hundreds?) of times I’ve submitted poems to places, only ONE has been accepted. Granted, I’ve had a lot of “almosts” with some really fabulous places. But, still. I just want at least one more to make it out there, before I release the whole thing. I’m still worried I’m just not a good enough poet, I suppose. Sigh.

However, I am feeling generally confident with Beach Glass & Other Broken Things (my Women’s Fiction short story collection). It needs some editing, sure. But overall, it’s where I want it to be. So, I’m doing a kind of publishing swap. Beach Glass will be released on April 26th, 2017 instead of Like Waves. Then, I’ll be looking at a late summer release for the poetry book.

So, that’s it. That’s pretty much my news. And if I don’t seem excited, don’t worry—because I am! I am thrilled that April isn’t that far off, that I’ve had some good reviews (keep ‘em comin, guys!) for the short stories that have been released individually, and my favorite stories haven’t even been published yet! I can’t wait to publish this collection, and I thank you for your support and patience as I’ve been dangling stories in front of you for a while hinting for some time about the bigger collection. Soon, it will be here soon. By the time the holidays are over and we start the New Year, I should be getting cover art ready (it’s going to be GORGEOUS, ya’ll), and sending it off for editing. Look for a cover reveal come February and a mini blog tour at some point around then, as well.

Readers—who is interested in an advance review copy? I’m looking for at least ten bloggers/reviewers to read the collection before the release and post their honest reviews on at least two places, such as Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, their website, etc. Please get in touch with me to let me know if that’s something you’re up for! Keep in mind that advance reviews can be pre-editing, so sometimes there’s typos and such.

And thanks again guys, for following. I couldn’t be an author without readers.

Now, I’m off to go take care of those delectable French cookies, and then later, send some more agent queries for my novel manuscript. Au revoir!

 

Amanda

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