Before and After the Storm

Per request, here’s an update on my works-in-progress.
Some great news, first of all, on the trade publication of THE SECRET LIFE OF CEECEE WILKES. CEECEE will be out in trade paperback right after Christmas, which is good news, but the great news is that Levy Home Entertainment, one of the largest book distributors in the country, has selected CEECEE for its February Need to Read program.  Levy supplies books to Target, Kmart, grocery chains, BJ’s, etc, and CEECEE should be prominently featured in participating stores. I’m thrilled!
Update on BEFORE THE STORM–I just received the “line edits” today. Although I haven’t yet opened the package, I’m quite sure the manuscript will be covered with questions, comments and suggestions from both my editor and copy editor. My task will be to go through the manuscript once again, looking for mistakes that haven’t yet been caught and responding to the editors’ various concerns. Then I’ll send the changes back to my editor and my role in the creation of the book will be complete.
Update on AFTER THE STORM–I was really cranking on this book before the computer crash/holidays/new computer fiasco. I’ve lost a bit of steam this week, though. My due date is March 1 and I have plenty of work to do before then. Although the book is well outlined, I only have about 100-150 very rough pages so far. Fortunately, my writing friends and I are returning to the Weymouth Center for the Arts for a week of serious work in early January, and I know that will get me back on track. 
In other news: I have my first Ipod–a nano. It’s adorable. I bought it to listen to audio books. Now if I could only figure out how it works. . .
The best news of all: I have a new granddaughter!


  1. Julie on December 11, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Wow, all kinds of good news! Congratulations on the new baby in the family. What a great present for the holidays. 🙂
    Hope you can get back into the WIP and get some steam going. I am within maybe 25 pages of finishing mine, but lost some steam after November, when I was doing my own version of NaNo. It’s really hard to keep it going during December with all the holiday hoopla, isn’t it?

  2. Diane Chamberlain on December 12, 2007 at 8:58 am

    VERY hard, Julie. The problem, as I’m sure you know, is that once you’re away from it for a day or two, you can’t quite remember where you were and have to reread a lot of it to get centered again. Ugh. Good luck with that 25 pages.

  3. brenda on December 12, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    Congrats…what is the baby’s name?
    New everything for you right now…
    Great news on the book-it will do well in those stores…
    That’s where people go. Thanks for the update…
    My semester at college is finished exc. for grades. One more week at the high school before heading south to my son’s…I am eager to get a week or so of rest…all shopping done and distributed except for his, and I will do it down there in Florida…
    Have a good next few weeks all of you…

  4. Diane Chamberlain on December 12, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Hope you get some well-deserved rest and family time, Brenda.

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