Paranormal Patience: The Nature of Publishing

Yes, I have finally broken down and decided to try out this whole blogging thing. The past six months have been incredibly busy, between doing work that I actually get paid for, and wrapping up the manuscript for Haunted Georgia. I got the bulk of the manuscript finished in only six months, including all of the pictures I had to take to accompany the stories, and I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders the day I took everything in to the UPS Store and shipped it all to my editor Dinah at Schiffer Publishing.

Haunted Georgia will be my debut book, and I’ll finally get to call myself an author! Needless to say, I can’t wait for my collection of Georgia ghost stories to hit the shelves. But, of course, waiting is exactly what I have to do. An editor at Schiffer will go over my manuscript, we’ll do several rounds of copy editing, the text and photos have to be laid out, the cover has to be designed… you get the picture. I won’t be able to sign my first copy until sometime in the early fall of 2009. The good news is that my book will be out before Halloween of next year, so I can do some great promotions leading up to my favorite holiday.

Now that the book is done, I’ll have extra time to work on my latest manuscript, which is a work of fiction. I’m not sure what category it falls into, but if I had to guess I’d call it paranormal fantasy, or possibly paranormal romance. I haven’t even considered trying to find a publisher yet – right now, just the fact that I’m working on the manuscript is enough to keep me happy. It also helps with the long wait between now and the debut of Haunted Georgia… if you want to wait with me, check back for my updates, adventures, short stories, and maybe even some ghost stories that didn’t make it into the book.

Beth Dolgner

Beth Dolgner is a freelance writer and editor whose work encompasses everything from motorcycles to ghost stories. She is a devoted Boba Fett fan and a member of the 501st Legion.

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