Today’s the day! The last post in this series! And Mark’s book is for real! The past couple of weeks have been a blur. We ordered bookmarks, chose a printer, placed the print order, delivered press releases, confirmed a reading at Gibsons Public Library, hosted a small pre-launch party for Mark, and prepared Mark’s website and our
Ready for beta readers in August of 2014, Mark held his breath and pressed ‘send’ on what we felt must be the final draft, once again, save typos. One friend provided immediate feedback, bringing welcome relief. Then we waited. And waited. More feedback began to trickle in around October, and Mark was still collecting input in December.
Enter Richard Therrien. Sounded like a nice guy but I wouldn’t know for sure. I sought him out via the internet but he and Mark picked up the relationship quickly and I never made it to one of their chat-over-coffee sessions. Was I envious? A little bit. But not because someone else would be re-doing
After a California Christmas with Mark’s parents and his precious Uncle Tom — whom Goodnight Sunshine is dedicated to — we headed to Tucson, Arizona to connect with friends. It would be a working holiday because we had given ourselves a deadline for completing the book. Mark and I traded off day after day for the
My favourite part of editing is when I get hold of the manuscript and dive in to providing line-by-line feedback for the author. When I was through reading Mark’s first draft, I assumed I would get that opportunity. But after the most basic of comments about the manuscript, he was immediately game to do a
Mark was a racehorse let out of the gate — he wrote with determination, focus, speed, and joy. It was beautiful. We were living in Powell River and he had come home from a trip to the recycling bins, excited with inspiration about where his story would start. We had a busy family life but we planned for one full
Countdown to launch. This seven part writing series will reflect on what it’s like to be the wife of an author. Writing a book is a big project and it can take a toll on the writer and his or her family. Writing a book for the first time has extra challenges because the learning