For any of you keeping up with this Not So Secret Project, I thought you would all like to know, I'm half-way through writing it. I propose it to have 10 chapters, some short, some long (the first chapter alone is 10 pages) and hoping to have the total come in around 40-50K words. At least that's what I'm hoping for. We'll see how that works out.
Also, I found a title (YAY! You can't even begin to know how much it drove me crazy NOT to have a title before I started writing). And if I do say so myself, it's a very fine title for a book such as this.
Because, if you haven't heard, this is NOT my usual Regency romance. Let's get that out of the way right now. This story is about the enduring friendship between two women teachers. As I've mentioned before, this story is a prize for the winners of an auction held at my daugher's school in April. Yes, it does have a romantic storyline that runs through it, but it is not primarily a romance.
Also, there's a lot of religious history embedded in the pages, (as the winners are teachers at a Catholic school). I try to maintain a little bit of factual history in all my books, so this one is no different. My views on the Catholic faith are not relevent, but the characters, (who are based on REAL ACTUAL LIVE people) are. I don't jam them down your throat, there's no preaching, and there's no "inspirational" theme (not my genre folks) it's more or less a commonality of the characters that binds them together.
And I have a cover. But alas, I'm not revealing that or the title until I get the okay from the women I'm writing it for. But let me tell you what, it's a great cover if I do say so myself. A little different from my usual Regencies, but with the same theme, if you know what I mean.
I'm gearing up for a publication date for October 1, 2013. Why so long if I propose to have the book all wrapped up and ready to go by the end of August? Well, this book is also part of a fundraising project for said school, and part of the royalties will go to help the new media center. So I'm going to be promoting it for a few weeks before hand.
I'm also planning on doing a paperback version for it (as I said, fundraising project) which should come in under $10-. I also plan on having a book signing at some point, so that should be fun if I can get my ducks in a row.
And I think that's it.
Hope you're having a terrific summer, and I'll see you next week.
Anne Gallagher (c) 2013