Over the year 2012 I published four novels. I have two more I am releasing. My plan was to release Joshua's Folly in March, and For Nick in June of 2013. Since I published Lancaster House and Sierra in June of 2012, that would be one book every three months!
I think I can give myself a break! What I'm trying to say is, unfortunately, Joshua's Folly is on hold. It was not released in March as planned.
The feedback for Joshua's Folly from early readers has been good. As a matter of fact, it has been fantastic!
So why am I waiting?
To be honest, I'm waiting on one person's opinion.
I know, crazy, right!
This one person is my daughter. She always reads my books prior to publication and I value her opinion. She's always spot on in her observations and she's never steered me wrong. She gives me the most constructive criticism of ANYONE. And you know what? Writers need someone who will tell it like it is. She's that person for me. Even my worst review isn't as tough on me as she is!
Already she caught one scene that needed MAJOR changes. No one else had caught the issue with the scene, except her! And she was RIGHT!
However, she's suffering from the effects of early pregnancy right now. She's a voracious reader and usually reads one of my books in one weekend. However, she feels so sick that reading makes her dizzy. Hence, she's making her way through Joshua's Folly at a snail's pace.
This is my daughter who lost a baby to Trisomy 18. The fact that she's pregnant again is extremely joyous news and I can't put any pressure on her! She's already experiencing major stress and worry, hoping that everything will be fine with this baby.You can read her heart-breaking story here. (Remembering Jerad) Be warned, it's a tear jerker.
In the meantime, I made the decision to go ahead and send Joshua's Folly to several more early readers. If my daughter isn't able to finish the book, then I'll at least have several more opinions.
BTW, of all of my books, Joshua's Folly has always been my daughter's personal favorite. It has changed drastically since she last read it, so I HAVE to know her opinion!
I don't like to publish a book without having several people read it and give me their feedback. It helps me to know that the book is ready to see the light of day. Having another set of eyes read my book is so very important. They see mistakes that I don't see because I'm too close to it. Unfortunately, Indie Writers can sometimes have a reputation for releasing work that isn't quite ready yet, and I don't want to do that.
So, please be patient and I apologize for the delay!
To those of you who have been asking about Joshua's Folly, THANK YOU! I love that you're excited about my next book!