Yesterday was a gray, rainy day and there wasn’t much going on at the RV park except for people walking their dogs. I have owned a dog most of my life and I love them, but every time I see people out in the rain with a dog sniffing every blade of grass deciding where to do its business I’m glad I don’t share our motorhome with one. I’ll just be content to love up all the loaner dogs I have around the country, and let somebody else feed and walk them. And clean up after them.
My cousin Beverly sent me a message yesterday morning that she had finished the second proofreading of my new novel, Big Lake Brewpub. It took about an hour to make all of the changes that she noted, and then I got to work formatting the e-book version of it.
I uploaded it to Amazon about 2:30 in the afternoon and sat back to wait. Amazon says it can take up to 12 hours for a book to go live, but past experiences have taught me that it can sometimes be as much as three days. So I was very surprised to learn that at 4:30 the book was live. Two hours has to be a new record!
One of my author friends asked me how I was able to turn out a book so fast once the first draft was done, since it takes him anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to get it edited and proofed, corrections made, formatting done, and all the other chores that go into putting out an e-book. I guess my background in the newspaper business, as well as having an excellent editor and first proofreader, backed up by a second quick and accurate proofreader, is the secret. Of course, all of you loyal readers nagging me to get it done helps, too!
Apparently everybody at Amazon is working hard, because as I wrote in yesterday’s blog, on Friday I uploaded the print versions of Big Lake Honeymoon, Big Lake Reckoning, and Black Friday to Create Space, Amazon’s print book division. When I checked my email yesterday morning they already had the proofs ready for me to review online. You should be able to order them any day now.
Since I was on a roll and things seemed to be going so well, I also formatted and uploaded the print version of Big Lake Brewpub to Create Space, and then finished uploading the e-book to iTunes, Barnes & Noble for Nook readers, and several other online venues. It’s live on most of them now. or will be by Monday.
While I was doing all that, Miss Terry made delicious banana pecan pancakes for breakfast, then finished weaving her latest creation on her loom and cut it off. And when that was done, she made dinner. That girl never stops moving!
She still has the finish work to do on this latest scarf of hers, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful things she’s made yet. I’ll try to get some pictures of it in Monday’s blog, once she’s done with it.
Before I close I want to make a comment about the Escapees Escapade Rally in Essex Junction, Vermont July 24 – 29. A couple of blog readers have asked me if you have to be members of the Escapees RV Club to attend. No you don’t, Escapade is open to everyone. But if you’re an RVer, I cannot understand why you would not want to be a member of the Escapees. We are lifetime members, and in our opinion it is head and shoulders above any other RV organization out there. We always tell people that we have belonged to the FMCA, Good Sam, Bus Nuts, and other RV groups, but we are Escapees!
Today is your last day to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my buddy George Wier’s excellent small town mystery, Murder In Elysium. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – Every man dies, but not every man really lives.