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The Last Friend Gets a Deal!

MeetAfter thirty sleepless nights, The Last Friend ended up earning a spot as one of the Kindle Press’s publication choices for 2017. For me, this is a huge achievement. Between convincing current and potential readers to nominate my novel for publication, and then, finally, to receive notification from Kindle Press that my novel will be published…it’s all be a dream come true for me.

Here are some items that have me extremely excited about The Last Friend.

Editing: FINISHED

Tonight (October 28, 2017), I’ve finished my addressing all of the editing comments. This brings The Last Friend one step closer to its publication date, and I’m super excited about that.

Meeting my Amazon Guardian Angels

But let’s take a step back a few weeks when I met a couple of amazing and enthusiastic product managers, straight from the Amazon imprint. These young ladies were extremely encouraging, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about making a big impact on the publishing industry. Not with my novel in particular, but with all of the novels Kindle Press publishes. It was very good for me to have this meeting, and I left it feeling like there was no better place for The Last Friend.

More About The Editing

Over the last couple of weeks since that meeting, I’ve received my manuscript back from a Kirkus editor who had approximately 300 points for me to consider in the novel. I’ve found the editing extremely valuable. I’ve learned a lot about grammar, my own writing flaws, and how the pickiest of readers might interpret the words I put on my pages. I hate to be sneaky, but I’ve stalked my editor, found him on LinkedIn, and he’ll be getting a connection request because I don’t think I can publish another novel without his keen eye to detail!

New Cover

Right around the time that the manuscript came back, the Kindle Press team contacted me to say they wanted to create a cover that would better position The Last Friend for success. I haven’t seen anything yet, but I’m anxious to see what they come up with. (Yes, I’ve been scanning some Thomas & Mercer covers to see what they might come up with!).

An Insight

This has come up a few times in conversations with various people — bloggers, the Kindle Press ladies, and others — so I need to (finally) make it official. And what better place than right here. This novel wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t read Sarah Denzil’s Silent Child. I’m often inspired by other novels, and the inspiration I felt after reading Sarah’s novel was tremendous. Our novels are incredibly different, but I worked very hard to try and capture the feelings and emotions I experienced while reading her novel. I owe a lot of gratitude to Sarah for publishing Silent Child. If you haven’t read it, check it out.

In Conclusion…

Looking at The Last Friend, I have to say that I’m beyond excited about getting this novel on the Amazon shelf for you to read and tell all of your friends. I still remember writing the final pages of this novel, seated at my desk and swearing at myself to hold my s–t together and finish this before I ruin the moment.

I hope you get the same satisfaction from The Last Friend. If the attention it’s garnered so far is any indication, I think you will.

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