A Book is Born…

Yesterday was a cool day…or should I say…date…7/6/13…Bertha…immediately saw that as…7+6=13…and told me that great things would happen…because it was…all lined up

And…as always…she was right…

I got an email from my publisher around noon…Becoming Bertha…would be live on Amazon within twelve hours…OMG…what to do…circle the wagons…boil water…what…

Well…of course I didn’t do either of those things…there wasn’t time…I had to…post it on Facebook…send out a Tweet…and…write the book description for Amazon…

Yeah…I know…I submitted the manuscript in February…I’ve been doing final edits all week…you would think…I would have thought about needing a book synopsis…before now…but…alas…

Bertha…says it reminds her of the birth of my first daughter…about a week before her due date…I developed an amniotic leak…the doctor told me to come to the hospital the next morning…and…we’d have a baby…leaving his office…it struck me…I was having a baby…now…you’d think that the 60 extra pounds I was carrying…might have clued me in before now…but it didn’t…suddenly…I realized…that by the next day…I would be a…mother…life as I knew it…would no longer exist…well…I didn’t have long to ponder that…because…she didn’t follow doctor’s orders…and arrived well before daylight…

And…yes…it was much the same feeling…of knowing something is going to happen…but not truly comprehending it…until…the last minute…and then…kind of panicking…

Well…Becoming Bertha…like my daughter…didn’t wait the full time…and…she went live after about six hours…the synopsis was written and posted…and…I was floating on cloud nine…

Like any proud Mama…I do want to say a little about…Becoming Bertha…here’s a descriptive blurb…

It’s truly a book of personal transformation of the narrator Honey. Spurred by the zany antics of Bertha, Honey is on a mission of sorts…to forget who she was and become who she is. Of course it’s filled with flashy wardrobes, flawless mani-pedis, a worrisome cat, and Bertha’s signature high-heels. A lot of fun and growth all rolled into one engaging read!

This book…is more autobiographical for me than…Bertha-Size Your Life!…when I wrote…Bertha-Size…people were always asking me…what would Bertha do about this…and…I’d write a story for that…as well as the lessons I was learning…

The stories in…Becoming Bertha…are mostly personal lessons…that took place over an eight year period…following the release of…Bertha-Size…I started writing immediately…thought I’d have a sequel within the year…but…I wasn’t ready…hadn’t learned the lessons…so…how could I write them…

Today…I hope that you will join me…in…Becoming Bertha

Jane

Getting Prepared…

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning…and…Bertha…is chomping at the bit…hmmm…I have to wonder…is she chomping at the bit…because she is such an old…nag

Okay…now she’s threatening me…to get on with the blog…before she shows me what a…nag…she can really be…

So…what has her so excited this morning…well…it’s the first truly beautiful spring day we’ve had…that I’ve been home…and…it’s perfect for a bike ride…

We haven’t been on one in a while…so I have to admit…I’m excited as well…I’m hopeful that my gym workouts are going to translate into strong riding legs…it will be fun to find out if they are actually making a difference…

But…Bertha…reminds me…before I can ride…there are things that need to be done…locate the water bottles from last summer…pack a snack…put on those lovely padded shorts and a brightly visible shirt…and…last but not least…pump up the tires that are essentially flat from sitting in the garage for months…tire pumping being the most challenging of my preparations…but…a great triceps workout

Of course…she relates this preparation to my life…this morning…it is to my writing in particular…as she reminds me…that there is preparation to be done…before my next book will be released…ahhh…she’s talking about…edits…that’s what I’m waiting on…edits from the publisher…

Maybe this means that they are coming soon…I hope so…although…I must admit…the editing process can be painful for me…my words are like my babies…and having them critiqued…cutting some of them out…rearranging them…can become a very personal process…but…it’s one that always makes a better book…so…bring on the edits…

But…not until after this bike ride…

Jane