It seems like you wait for it forever and when it hits, you have almost forgotten about it - well, that's a joke. I get as nervous as though it was the birth of child, not just (and I will eat that word)another book. Fin, Fur and Fatal will hit the shelves tomorrow. I can't wait. The stress of getting this book to the shelves has been -- daunting. A near miss several times.
I am waiting to order bookmarks - Richard Stroud my cover artist (who by the way is phenomenal) is designing them...if you send me an email - or comment on the blog I'll send you one as soon as I get them -be sure to include your snail mail address- probably mid February now.
I'm having a contest too - details will be available on my website at http://www.billiewilliams.com Some cute, some great prizes...check it out Monday, February 1, 2010 Hints - a dog with a puppy in his mouth (stuffed toy of course)A doggy bookmark, a doggy pen, a cover flat - or poster autographed of course... and more.
Okay I've skipped a couple days - too many irons in the fire - I finished Zip - now renamed Cold Water and submitted it (it's a Young Adult Mystery/Suspense - the kid from Knapsack Secrets, now has his own book.) Had to send it to Wings for rights of first refusal - cause it's linked to the other book -- so we'll see what happens. (Just a query letter so far, we'll see if they even request the manuscript.) So okay
Today Promise yourself to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the great achievements of the future.
I believe in light of the New Year just breaking ground, this is very good advice. 2009 will never appear again, what can you do to make 2010 The Best Year of Your Life?
If you are looking forward and not backward, if you are living in the now--you already have a good start on great achievements. Remember when you drive at night you can only see as far as the headlights can shine, when you walk upstairs you can only do it one step at a time(unless your a kid taking as many as you can at once), but that is enough - all you need to do is keep doing it again, and again, and again until you REACH your goal.
You do have a goal don't you? (not a resolution, but a goal a target)Short and long term goals - you have to aim at something or you have no direction. If you don't plan your success, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". Make it a banner year. I'm looking forward to it.