I hope you are having a wonderful summer. Mine has been eventful, to say the least!
I have brief news regarding Curio Citizen--my previous editor is no longer with the company, so my manuscript is now in the hands of a new editor, Sarah Nivala. I am excited to receive their feedback and will keep you all informed as the editing process goes on.
In other news, my family and I made a big change this summer. We moved halfway across the country! I am now a resident of Kansas City and loving it. After three weeks, I’m finally feeling settled, and I’ve managed to make time to write in spite of the busy move.
I’m now in the process of preparing a fresh novel manuscript for a Twitter pitch event in September. These pitch events invite authors to write a short description of their novel within Twitter’s 280-character limit (quite the challenge!). If an agent or publisher likes the pitch, they’ll click that little heart button in the tweet to request more material. I’ve had moderate success with these sorts of events in the past, so I’m hoping this one will bear fruit. Wish me luck! As always, thank you for your interest and support of my writerly aspirations!
I’ve been told that ebooks will be released on July 23rd. Physical books will following in the ensuing weeks. The reason? Because there are just so many bloody copies of my book that the printer needs more time. Thank you for making that the case. Thank you for making this box on my living room floor a possibility.
Thank you for everything.
Dear Followers and Supporters -
I have been radio silent for quite some time, but I do have news to announce regarding the status of Fae Child.
Since the book funded in March 2017, I finished the first draft in July of that year. After that my family and I had several life changes that stole my energy and attention, including becoming small business owners and having a fourth child. The THIRD draft of the book is now underway with a few small tweaks to accomplish before I send the manuscript in to Inkshares.
At that point I will find out when they anticipate the book being published - there would be a copy edit to do and a few other miscellaneous things.
I have a cover for the book well underway with a talented artist, Aliana Wong ( www.alianawong.com ) and I have updated the cover on the Inkshares site to reflect the in progress work. I am in love with it already.
I also have had a short story accepted into an anthology which should be published later this year. Here is the link to the announcement: https://writingbloc.com/announcement-of-the-stories-and-authors-for-the-upcoming-deception-anthology/
That is all for now! I will send out another update when I am sending it off to Inkshares.
Thank you all for your support and your patience,
Happy Canada Day, everyone. 2019 is half over, and there’ve been a number of developments since my last update.
First of all, I’m pleased to report that A Gentleman’s Murder won the silver for Mystery in the 2018 Foreword Indies. This makes a neat little hat trick for Inkshares, with Jacqui Castle’s The Seclusion and Juliet McDaniel’s Mr. and Mrs. American Pie also winning silver in their respective categories.
A German edition of A Gentleman’s Murder is also in the works and set to come out in December this year.
Some long-overdue paperwork was finally completed with respect to the option for the TV rights, so I think I can more comfortably say now that that’s in the works, too.
The most significant update I have to share, however, is that I have since relocated from Montreal to Calgary, a move that takes me to the other side of the continent. I’m writing this from what should be my study for the foreseeable future, once the movers deliver all my stuff.
It’s a new life. Perhaps there will be Bovril.
Until next time!
Good evening everyone!
I know that it’s been a while since my last update, so I thought I’d post some news for everyone that pre-ordered The House that fell from the Sky. Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to my editor on the phone to go over the editorial letter that I received. While I was initially dreading this letter (as well as being excited as hell), I was thrilled to review her incredibly detailed notes on the intricacies of the story. Having an objective set of eyes to give an unbiased take on the plot and the nuances of the manuscript is welcomed, and I couldn’t be happier with her thoughts. She pointed out some interesting things, and also gave me some feedback on some weaker areas that could use some strengthening. The majority of the work entails adding to or refining what’s already there, and I only see exciting things happening at this point. I am happy to finally be moving forward, and can’t wait to implement said changes in the second draft. Thank you for your infinite patience, I hope that when this novel finally makes its way to your hands in 2020, you’ll find it was worth the wait.
Meghan, what in the world have you been up to?
I’m a glad you asked! At the end of December ( and I mean the VERY end) I submitted a second draft to my friends at Inkshares. Then, the next 4 months I was engulfed in all things tax. I don’t know what you personally think about the new tax law, but I can tell you for all of us in the tax preparation industry this year was a doozy. A "maybe we should get a different job" kind of doozy. Which is probably why I can’t remember May, my recovery month.
But, here we are nearly at the end of June. I have regained my zest and vigor for life. I have new notes and suggestions on that second draft I wrote. So my course is clear: I will be re-writing for the next several months.
What can I say? Writing is hard. But, as my husband says, "Meghan, you do the hard things." Or maybe I just work harder, not smarter...
I hope you have a lovely summer. I will be tinkering away with the earnest hope that I will have more to tell you sooner rather than later.
And, as always, thank you so much,