Saturday, December 5, 2009

Holidays and Steps Down the Road

It's that time of year again and may I just say: Bah HUMBUG!

I really hate the crass commercialism that has attached itself to the holidays, especially the part about shopping for presents. However, I do love holiday get togethers, and today my local RWA chapter had ours.

We had lots of yummy goodies (including gluten-free gingerbread) and a silent auction of gift baskets and other items. The proceeds from the auction went to a local literacy program. But best of all was the chance to just spend some face time with other writers!

Nobody truly understands the ups and downs of this crazy preoccupation like another writer. Other writers "get it" when you talk about your characters. They can truly empathize about your writing, revisions, and submission woes. They've been there and done that, and have the same scars and war stories. It's really nice to know that I'm not the only one stumbling along this long and rocky road to publication.

And of course, writers are readers too, yet another bonus! In addition to the sympathy, I always get plenty of good book recommendations.

But back to the long and winding road to publication...

I've taken a couple more steps with my third release The Wild Irish Sea. I'm in the midst of reviewing my copyedits even as I type this post, always an exciting step for me! Plus, I just learned that I have a release date: July 6, 2010!

HOORAY!

I also finally got my website updated to include a blurb and excerpt (among other things) of The Wild Irish Sea, and was surprised to learn that it is already available for pre-order on Amazon and Books-A-Million! No cover image yet, but I'm still excited to see the listing.
http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Irish-Sea-Windswept-Magic/

Oh, and please check out my updated website when you get the chance:
http://www.loucindamcgary.com/

Now back to those copyedits...

6 comments:

TerriOsburn said...

Congrats on the copy edits and the excerpt paints a definite picture. Next July sounds like light years away, but the way time flies these days, it'll be here before you know it!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey TerriO!
Nice to "see" you! Yes, considering how fast this year has flown by, July will be here SOON! :-P

Copyedits are almost done and I've even started packing for the cruise! Can't wait to get into the warm sunshine!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
AC

Jane said...

Good luck finishing the copyedits. What, another cruise? You really must take me with you. It's cold here, but maybe we'll have a white Christmas.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Jane,
I'd LOVE to take you along! We'd really have a blast down in sunny Mexico. We actually had SNOW here today (3rd time in 30 years)! Actually, it didn't snow at my house, but my son lives 10 miles away and he said there was snow on the roof of the car and the house. My CP Jo-Mama lives 13 miles away (all UPHILL!) and they got 3 inches of snow!

AC
looking forward to WARM SUN

Helen said...

Hi Aunty Cindy

Congrats on those copy edits I am so looking forward to reading this new book.

Have a great cruise and birthday catch ya when you get back.

I have been so busy lately what with Christmas and I am now on the committee of The Australian Romance Readers Association loving it but keeps me busy LOL

have Fun
Helen

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Helen!
Thanx for the bday greetings! I´m in Mexico right now and LOVING it!

I can´t think of a better person than you to be on the Australian Romance Readers Association! You are one of the best supporters of romance I know and you will be TERRIFIC on the committee!

HUGS,
AC