I've been busy editing my proof copy of The Middle Aisle, the sequel to Lancaster House. See all those little orange post it note markers? All edits!!
For some reason there are little mistakes that I don't see when I'm reading my manuscript on the computer screen. They jump out at me when I'm reading my manuscript in actual book form. That's why I ALWAYS order a physical proof copy and read it from cover to cover. I can also digitally proof my manuscript online, but it's just not the same.
I was really worried about this book. I felt like no matter what I wrote, it would never live up to its predecessor. So much pressure! I decided to send a proof copy to my daughter, who loved Lancaster House. She wouldn't let me tell her a single thing about the book, so she could read it and have everything be a surprise. Even though she's my daughter and loves my books because she loves me, she always gives me constructive criticism that is very helpful. She doesn't hold back, she tells me everything she loves and everything she hates!
Her opinion: The Middle Aisle is just as good as Lancaster House. She loved it! She said the ending left her shaking and reading just as fast as she possibly could, just like in Lancaster House.
I can't tell you how happy that made me feel! When I read a manuscript over and over and over while editing, I lose the ability to see things clearly. I begin to wonder if my story is good or not. I question myself. This is why you need people you can trust to read your book and give you their opinions! Sometimes I'm just too darn close to my book. Sometimes I need to put it away for a week or so and go back to it, then I can see mistakes or inconsistencies that I didn't notice before.
That being said: The Middle Aisle is ready to see the light of day! The manuscript is ready to be sent off for ebook formatting!
Release date: December 1st!