I did my best over the last seven months to not get ahead of myself in preparing for my move to Italy. Thankfully, as I end my final stop before catching the plane to Italy, my plans are working out. On my birthday of all days, the last edits were completed to Luza. This blog serves as an announcement that the book has been published. Within the next few days it should be available in all major e-formats and paperback. If you can’t find a copy, please let me know and I will direct you to one.
For the first time I think I truly understand and appreciate how publishing this book has been a group effort. I reached out to some friends and family for the initial reading. That jumped to finding an editor or two. Finally, we finished off with more family and friends. Somewhere in between I hired a talented artist for the cover, and things began to take shape.
During this process, I really appreciated getting feedback at different stages to improve the overall product of the book. Let’s take for example the fact that many of my Facebook friends can state the number of book covers I posted before finally getting the proverbial thumbs up. Even the cover was an overly important fixture because for me this is a reboot.
I have been publishing books since 2006. That’s right for over ten years! That number is hard for me to believe. That’s when the hands go up and ask “Where are your other books?” They are on Amazon and if you do a little research you can figure out what they are called. But this isn’t about those books. Those were focused on adult fiction.
The Fox and the Girl series is something new. I wanted to start over and focus on a young adult series that I feel truly resonates with teens especially. I think after a teaching career that began in 2001, I might know a thing or two about how the teenage mind works. Getting into that psyche and that unique life perspective, combined with the crazy world we all live in; creates a perfect opportunity for writing a story that serves.
While I don’t know how the new series will be received, I am confident that it will find those eyes that need the story the most. As I prepare to board the plane for Europe, feel free to take a look at Luza and let me know what you think.