Firstly, I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway. It has, of course, closed and I will be announcing the winner on the 7th, so follow my Facebook page and keep an eye out to see if you’ve won this awesome book bundle!
So, how did you go with the giveaway? Were you able to name all the books?
You may have noticed that most of these books are on my review scale.
A weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I submitted Eleanor to an agent yesterday! Eeee! I’m both relieved and scared, but finally letting Eleanor go means that I can begin focusing on my next project — my entry for this year’s National Novel Writing Month competition — a novel on the Marquis de Sade.
It will be a while before I hear back from the agent, in fact I may not hear back at all. I’m not too familiar with the process, but I know that the odds are against me — I have a greater chance of being passed on.
Regardless, I’m just so happy to have finally reached this stage. It’s been a long road, certainly. I’ve heard it said that writing the book is the easiest part. I knew it to be true (as an editor and proofreader, I knew I’d be killing myself trying to reach perfection), but it wasn’t until I went through it all that I realised just how hard it was. Of course, it hasn’t really ended — not until Eleanor is published!
I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way. Thank you to my partner, Simon. I honestly don’t know how to thank you for everything you’ve done for me ❤
Thank you to my wonderful friend, Phoenix (of Phoenix Johnson Graphic Design), for designing the mock-up cover for Eleanor for last year’s NaNoWriMo. It certainly helped me stay motivated and committed to the project. And, the cover looks damn amazing — I can’t stop looking at it!
Thank you to Amanda J Spedding (of Phoenix Editing and Proofreading) for the copyedit and manuscript assessment. I was simply blown away. Honestly, I’ve been reduced to an inarticulate mass of… of… of something. The advice, suggestions, detailed report on concerns with the manuscript — it was everything I needed to help perfect Eleanor.
And, of course, thank you to family, friends, and fans!
Mental Health Month
October is Mental Health Month, and if you’ve been following me on Facebook you would have noticed all my posts. There’s so much you can do to get involved, and I’ve got a bunch of ideas how — not only in how to raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental illness, but in how to fight the stigma!
This month, you can make a #MentalHealthPromise to help share a positive light on mental health. You can make a promise here.
Be sure to share your promise (you’re welcome to share yours here, or on my Facebook page) and invite your friends to make their own.
Hyperbole and a Half
Ever heard of Hyperbole and a Half?
This blog (and book) is a must read for everyone, but for those living with a mental illness, Hyperbole and a Half is a little gem to brighten their day ❤
If you or someone you know is living with a mental illness, I highly recommend you check out the book. It is a fun, honest, and hilarious read, and one that would make a wonderful present for a loved one.
I have my own copy, and I just love it!
That’s it for this week! But, I’ll be sure to fill you guys in with all my happenings and shenanigans.