The release date for Wilder Mage, book one of The Magic Withheld is August 30, a three-year project that is finally coming to fruition.
After finishing the easy stage (little did I know that writing the manuscript was the *easy* part), I followed the traditional route of agents and queries.
Last year, when I heard that Musa Publishing was taking submissions, I shot them a query also. A request for the full manuscript followed and then a contract. People tell you how thrilling it is but words cannot come close to my elation.
It has been one heckuva ride since then with many a loop-de-loop.
But now, Doubt has made an appearance. You know the one I’m talking about. He’s the fellow rolling his eyes and whispering, “You aren't good enough to join the Published Author club.”
I attempt to ignore my inner monster but Doubt is the roach that slithers into every thought.
I want Wilder Mage to be the book people read until 2 am because they can’t put it down. In my dreams, they arrive at work the next day bleary-eyed and still thinking about the main character Justus and the magic he fights to contain.
Doubt says, “Don’t kid yourself.”
I hope for a loyal readership and fan mail. People tell me they like the first drafts. And heaven knows, my fantabulous editor, Angela Kelly says she loves it.
“They are only being kind,” Doubt says.
Maybe all I should hope for is to arrive on the other side without becoming a total fruitcake.