Monday, December 7, 2015

Tis the Season for Wishes

Are you keeping up with everything this season?

You'd think after so many Christmases I'd have this stuff down. But no, it always seems to creep up on me. But part of that is because I refuse to start doing most of my Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving. I rebel against trampling my November holiday! And I'm happy to say I finally got my decorations up this weekend - can you believe I was the last one on the block!

I also had a very festive event this weekend. The Hamilton Christmas Gift Show - it was a blast! I got to meet some very sweet people and I sold a bunch of books. But my favorite part was meeting a new fan. A girl from one of the other booths bought BBF for her twelve-year-old brother on Friday. Then on Saturday the boy and his dad came to the event and stopped by to tell me how much he was enjoying the book. And before we packed up, they came back and bought Pop Travel too! It was awesome! Such a warm fuzzy feeling!! I just wish I'd remembered to take some pics...

Now here's some more exciting news and A Writer's Wish List by Tyrean Martinson!

The Battle 
May Be Lost
Because of a Family Secret.

With distracting attention from a prince and her mentors both in harm's way, will Clara be able to trust her team with her family secret as they race to fight the Dark Sisterhood on their terms?

CHAMPION'S DESTINY is the third book in The Champion Trilogy by Tyrean Martinson, a Christian Fantasy series with a strong female heroine and an epic cast of allies and villains.

Clara’s destiny is more complicated than she imagined.


Author Links:
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And here is
A Writer’s Wish(ful Thinking) List by Tyrean Martinson

I wish:
  1. My friends and family network would have all I need for proofreaders, every time I need proofreaders.
  2. These teachers, semi-professional editors, and extremely dedicated family fans were readily available - but it doesn’t work when they are all busy, sick, or overwhelmed with other projects.
  3. My proofreading family and friends will work for gift cards, dinner, and a bottle of wine. Again, this worked the first few times around, but won’t work always, in all circumstances.
  4. My book would be so perfectly awesome after three content edits and a simple proofread that it wouldn’t need any more changes. You can laugh with me, now. I don’t think I’ve ever received this wish.
  5. One of my proofreaders would find any timeline issues between books 1, 2, and 3. SCORE! An unexpected proofreader - my dad who reads three to four books a week – found a timeline error. It didn’t feel like a score at the time. I mean, it was late in the game. I expected to have my book out soon. He found a timeline error that no one else saw. So, I delayed my release date to give my book a thorough run-through one more time.
  6. My book will be fun and meaningful to read. The referee is still out on this last wishful thinking wish, but I can still hope.
I think we're all with you on these, Tyrean! Beta readers, Critique Partners and Proofreaders are the best people in the world! Congrats to Tyrean - I hope her series reaches many young readers because I know they will love it!

What would you add to your publishing Wish List?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Tyrean! I didn't know it would be out so soon.
I'd work for wine, but I'm not a very good proofreader. Especially if I partake of the wine before I begin.
Awesome to hear about your new fan, Tyra.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

What a wonderful experience you had at the gift show!

And yeh for Tyrean!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Oops - whoa. It's actually just available for pre-order - I'm blushing big time right now. . . .
Soon, it will be here - soon.

Glad you had a good experience at the gift show!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Actually complete my MG WIP. I know I have it in me and I love the challenge of writing in a genre I usually avoid with concern I can't tone down enough for it. Upper MG here I come...eventually. That is a very good wish list Tara. Congrats Tyrean and all the nest with your series.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Tara, sounds like you had a wonderful day at The Hamilton Christmas Gift Show. Not only did you sell lots of books, but you met such nice fans!!!

Congratulations to Tyrean!!!! Thanks for the chuckle regarding your wish list!!! And wishing you great success with your new book!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara and Tyrean - oh proof reading is such a challenge ... and so easy to slip up - glad your Dad picked that major hiccup up - now it'll be ready and fine for a roar ahead. What fun the Gift show sounds .. and your new fan - will spread the word for you - that's great ... cheers and more happy build up for the Christmas run .. Hilary

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I wish my publisher's newest line editor would stop trying to insert semi-colons all through my book.
Kudos to your dad. Better late than never.

Crystal Collier said...

I love my readers. All of them. =)

Tara, I'm the woman who builds the list all year long and picks things up in January. By the time November rolls around, I've got 1/8 to 1/3 of my list least for my very hard to shop for husband. I really think that's the way to do it--rather than stuffing everything into a couple weeks.

Loni Townsend said...

I'm glad to hear the holidays are going well, Tara.

Fun list, Tyrean!

Carol Kilgore said...

You and I think alike about giving each holiday its own season. I have one more mega round of wrapping - today, in fact, and maybe carrying over until tomorrow - and some more things to put out inside the house, and I'm calling it done. Then the fun parts can begin :)

Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Yes, the holidays get completely crazy for me too. I understand that taken by surprise feeling. And I am so glad your event went well. That is such a great story about your fan, congrats!!! :)

cleemckenzie said...

Hurray for great book events and for the perfectly edited manuscript! May you always have both!

J.L. Campbell said...

Yes, Christmas does seem to creep up on me each year.

Tyrean has the same challenge many writers do. It's one of the hazards of the profession, I guess.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I also refuse to do anything Christmas related until after Thanksgiving. In fact, I won't do anything until December 1. On the other hand, my husband writes in "Christmas Decorations" on our calendar the day after Thanksgiving. We haven't decorated the tree yet, because we've been so busy, so that will be this week. But the outside of our house would be Clark Griswold's dream.

And totally agreed with Tyrean. I had a bunch of family offer to beta read, and then I got just compliments or nothing at all. Not what I need!

DMS said...

Congratulations to Tyrean! I know it must have been tough when his dad found the timeline error- but in the long run it is a good thing for sure! Wishing him all the best. :)

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