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Happy July! I hope everyone had a lovely Fourth🎆

The husband and I didn’t do anything. We worked on finishing our bathroom renovation and watched Stranger Things. Super fun.

Actually, it’s what we prefer to do. My father-in-law passed away right before the 4th a few years ago, so Matt (the hubs) is just not interested in celebrating. Now that I think about it, we don’t really celebrate any holidays. Or we’d prefer not to, anyway. Halloween is our favorite, but the most we do is decorate our house and give out candy to the kids. Are we lame? Maybe. But to be fair, I did most of my partying and going out in my 20s. I’m not burned out, but being around people is less exciting these days than being home writing or reading a good book. Or any book.

Speaking of writing, the re-vamp of Turning Grace is getting closer and closer to release! My manuscript made it out of the editing phase with less bruising than I’d thought. My editor was pretty great, and I was extremely impressed by the feedback I’d gotten back from her (first time ever having a professional editor). Not that I was expecting her to be harsh or anything. But her critique and notes were so helpful! I learned quite a bit from just this first book, so I can imagine what the other two books will teach me.

She also offered some great insight on the actual content of the story. One of the issues the original Turning Grace had was Tristen, Grace’s love interest. He did not receive very good praise from readers. As a matter of fact, a lot of you guys felt he was unbelievable. That the way he liked Grace wasn’t real. I saw that. I got it. And I completely agreed. It was something that had always bugged me about the story since I published the first time. I just never really knew how to make his character arc better.

My editor brought up some great points and really made me see him from a different angle. Through a different set of eyes. And, thankfully, I was able to change a few things here and there that will make people view Tristen differently. Hopefully. If not, well…I don’t know what to tell ya.

So the editing phase is all done and at the moment, I’m working with my cover designer. Who, by the way, happens to be the sister of a well-known indie author. I’m super excited about working with her because she has done covers for some other very successful indie authors as well. I also just sent my manuscript off to my formatter.

As you can tell, things are moving along. The new and improved Turning Grace is going to be awesome! I’ve worked really, really hard on rewrites. And not only have I been busting my ass on my writing, but on my research for publishing, too. I’m reading more often and taking the time to pay attention to the small details that other authors make in their books, such as formatting and things like that.

I’m really trying here, guys. This is really want I want to do with my life. I love writing. And I want other people to like what I write, too. I mean, I completely understand that not everyone will appreciate my books. And I love writing because it truly makes me happy to create. But it would just be so rewarding to send my work out in the world and receive positive responses. Don’t get me wrong, I really did have some very nice reviews the first time around. But I would love it if there could be…more🤩

Now that the manuscript for Turning Grace is underway, I’ve been doing my editing and rewrites for book 2, Escaping Grace. Sooner or later, I’m going to have a series and shit!

I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the release date for Turning Grace. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

Thanks for reading, lovelies!

🖤, Jo

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