November Newsletter

November 8, 2008

Dear Reader,

Do you ever wish life would slow down? It’s almost mid-November, and here I am working on my second newsletter already. What’s the status of Fatal Illusions? Kregel has said that the novel will be their “lead fiction title of the season,” so I’m getting excited. Right now, a copyeditor is fixing typos and other mistakes. I will have two more opportunities to read the novel: once after Thanksgiving (I can make minor changes) and around Christmastime (I’ll be checking page proofs only for mistakes). The novel goes to the printer at the end of January, and Kregel’s official release is sometime in March.

What else is there to do? I need to finish writing my dedication, acknowledgments, and the Reading Group Guide (discussion questions for reading groups). Several “endorsers” (established novelists) will read the novel and hopefully write positive reviews and recommendations. Review snippets of Kregel’s choosing will appear in promotional materials and somewhere in the novel. A Kregel publicist plans to discuss a marketing plan with me soon. Book signings? Radio interviews? Blog tours? I’m not exactly sure, but I guess I’ll find out.

Will the Novel Be Available at My Local Bookstore?

I get this question a lot. Kregel reps are currently pitching the novel to various booksellers, but I have no way of knowing which bookstores will carry it. You may always purchase the novel from online bookstores (see “Ways to Pre-order” at my Web site). Also, with the novel’s ISBN number (available at my Books page), you may order the book from any bookstore in the country. By the way, here’s a special thank you to those who have already pre-ordered a copy. Your vote of confidence is a big encouragement.

What Am I Working on Now?

I’m revising a young adult historical novel with the working title of Part the Waters. Based on a true story, the novel is about an American family trapped in Nazi Germany at the outbreak of World War II. After Part the Waters, I plan to write the sequel to Fatal Illusions.

Book Drawings

Congratulations to Joe and Norma Keys for winning October’s book drawing. They will receive a free copy of Shoofly Pie by Tim Downs. For November’s drawing, I will be giving away a copy of The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, this is one of the most powerful Christian novels I’ve ever read. Current and new subscribers to my mailing list will be entered in this free drawing. Please invite family and friends to sign up today.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement. May the Lord receive all the glory!

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