Okay, so it's been a while but life happens and here I am. I spent a few days preparing my manuscript for publication with my final, final edits. Meanwhile I was also mulling over publishers, weighing the pros and cons, and decided on Regal Crest. I loved their website. It was written honestly, clearly, and included a slew of useful information. That said, some of the information included the fact that your manuscript can not have any hard tabs. Therefore I had to find out how to remove mine. Patty Schramm was extremely helpful with that. She sent me information regarding how to set your tabs before you begin writing, and how to remove hard tabs, if needed, and I needed--I really, really needed--info. on how to remove hard tabs. Thanks Patty!

After preparing my manuscript according to Regal Crest requirements I sent it along via email with a cover letter and whatever other information they ask authors to include. That was on May 5th, three weeks ago. I know, I know, I'm bad. It's been a while and I'm just updating my blog. I immediately received an email from Regal Crest stating that they received my submission and I can expect a reply in 6-8 weeks, so I figured I had time, haha. Just an FYI, the 2013 GCLS Conference will be taking place the 7th week from my submission date. It would be super if I heard before that, but one must be patient. So now I wait and keep my fingers crossed.

In the meantime I'm working on two more books. One is an idea I recently came up with, the other is a previous book I wrote years ago, a Young Adult mystery. I suppose I can keep you posted on those as well! TTFN! (I borrowed that phrase from my friend Jane C. whom I met at last years GCLS. Hope she doesn't mind!).
Cindy Rizzo
6/7/2013 11:01:42 pm

Even without a lot of the details of info you learned, these blog posts have been incredibly helpful. So thank you. One question: how did you find the beta reader?

6/15/2013 12:40:48 pm

Hi Cindy,

My first beta reader was someone I met at my first GCLS conference. We kept in touch and began beta reading eachother's books. When her interest fizzled I began asking people I know that I trust. My second beta reader was very encouraging but it took her a long time to reply. My present beta reader is excellent. She is very dependable bc she LOVES to read. She is interested in beta reading for other ppl, too. There are message boards online that you can post on, too.

Cindy Rizzo
6/16/2013 04:24:08 am

Thanks Riley. Very helpful. I recently reconnected with an old friend from a former writing group I was in when I lived in Boston. My friend is an excellent writer who I really respect. She agreed to be a beta reader for me, though she's unfamiliar with the lesfic romance genre. She's more of a literary fiction person.

I trust her though, so I'm sure I'll get good feedback from her.

What message boards can I connect to that would put me in touch with other beta readers?


6/21/2013 09:09:22 am


Here are two: www.absolutewrite.com and goodreads.com, however, I do not know how good they are because I have not used them. Good luck!

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