Ordering the Proof of Not Your Abuelita's Folktales #ThankGod #FormattingGodsAreCruel #ReadyfortheNextProject #barrioblues
I feel I should get a trophy: I just ordered the proof of Not Your Abuelita's Folktales. After inputting the feedback from my amazing editor, I finally got my manuscript formatted and ordered the proof.
Let's just say, in the end, I had to simplify the print design because my dream of having separate section headers for each story title did not work out. I don't suppose the reader will forget I wrote it and that the text contains four novelettes.
After messing around with the sections so much, it was just a battle to get the page numbers right and continuous. I had to move on before I got a damned stroke. Plus, I saw a young adult book with street cred that only had centered page numbers within the novel, only centered page numbers.
The great news: it's done. So, I am moving on. Moving on, I say!
The other awesome news is, I got a great editor/copy editor, Monique Landsberger. Monique is a former student of mine, who was extraordinarily talented in my creative writing class. She has been the best peer reviewer, and the feedback she gave me has moved miles from where she was at a few years ago. I gave her credit in the "Acknowledgements" and on Amazon. We are trading work for a great price. That is, I am hiring her, and helping her free of charge. She did such a great job, I decided to send her a copy of Mona's Return and asked her to raze the shit out of it. Then, I will re-craft it into something beautiful.
I really want to produce my absolute best work and get better.
The other bit of good news is that I am getting a micro fiction piece, "Three Penises", published in Blaze, a Clarendon House publication. My first fiction anthology submission. Of course, I am excited to work on the next submission which is a sci-fi piece titled "Pustules". (Actually, I have a number of sci-fi pieces to choose from, but right now, I am favoring that story.)
Happily, I have also started revising The Harvest and also putting it into Shunn formatting. I have a July deadline to send it to the editor. Then, I am pitching it to Pitch Wars and other agents after that because the chances of getting chosen are slim.
Well, I am off to edit Mona's Return and figure out how to do $0 pricing on Amazon for the e-book.
Finally, I want to invite you all, once again, to my first-ever book release party of Not Your Abuelita’s Folktales, June 15, 2109, 2:00 p.m. @ RYUU Asian BBQ 2766 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60647. I will be Live Streaming the reading on my Facebook Author Wall from 2:15p.m. to 2:45 p.m. central time. There will be wine and appetizers! Oh, and book drawings of some of my favorite folks!
Well, when writing or publishing throws mud in you face, remember, you're going to start a new project that will excite you and make you forget the pains of the previous project. Dust off and keep on. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,