Today’s post is not what I’d originally planned to share, but after contemplation and prayer, I know it’s needed. To put it simply, I’m taking a break from blogging for a little bit!
Some of you have been reading my blog from the very beginning (over two years ago now!), and you’ve been so patient and encouraging as I’ve talked about my journey with Cabin Girl. I originally wanted to publish it long before now, but obviously, that hasn’t happened yet.
Thankfully, the book has improved greatly thanks to the delay. I’ve learned quite a bit about storytelling and publishing in general over the past couple of years, and feel much better about where Cabin Girl is at as a story now. But now it’s time to get it out into the world!
I do have a publishing date set now, and while I’m waiting to share specific dates until after I’ve organized everything with my street team (soon!), I’ll say that it’s January of 2023!
With where Cabin Girl is at, this should be plenty doable, and I’m getting very close to the final publishing stages, such as formatting the ebook and paperback, finalizing the paperback cover, setting up a blog tour, and even organizing my first fun giveaway! I’m really looking forward to it all. And for now, I just need to set aside some dedicated time to get it done.
I have a habit of overcommitting (another thing regular readers of this blog know, haha), and when I planned my fall writing goals, I planned a full blogging schedule, as well as a few other writing projects on top of finishing Cabin Girl. But life has been extra crazy this month, and I’m behind on everything, not just publishing prep.
Lately, when I have time to write, instead of working on Cabin Girl, I find myself so overwhelmed by everything I feel like I should be doing, that I end up not doing any of it. And the cycle only continues as I get farther and farther behind. So this is me choosing priorities and putting Cabin Girl first this fall!
I only have four and a half more chapters to finish going over, a re-read of the entire manuscript, and then I’ll be sending out some emails to my email list and street team with updates, and to gauge interest in some fun extras, like the blog tour, giveaway, and final ARC copies. If you’re interested in taking part in any of those, please feel free to let me know!
I don’t know how long this hiatus will be, but it definitely shouldn’t be any longer than a month. And there will probably be a few exceptions, such as the second post of the Know the Novel blog link-up, and an October wrap-up. But overall, you shouldn’t expect to see many posts from me until I come back with an announcement that Cabin Girl is done! (I’ll still be responding to comments, emails, and messages though.)
I can’t wait to finally share this story, and your encouragement, support, and patience means so much. Thank you so much for continuing to read my rambling thoughts and updates! Have a wonderful rest of your October!
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.
(Ephesians 1:16 NIV)