Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Cover!!

Tonight (Oct 24th) I will post the 2 cover options for "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe". Here is the catch - ONLY those on my facebook fan page can vote. So, if you haven't done it already - run, don't walk - and click 'like' on Kathie Truitt Author Fan Page.

Designer Leah Flores has outdone herself again! They are both just adorable and I can't decide, so I really want your feedback.

See you at 9:00 EST at Kathie Truitt Author Fan Page!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Richmond, Indiana here I come!

I will be the guest speaker at at Genesis Annual Dinner held in Richmond, IN...

If you live in the area please see below for ticket information. This event benefits their local women's shelter.
 Y'all come! It's for a wonderful cause.

What: YWCA of Richmond, Indiana-Friends of Genesis annual dinner

• When: 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Friday

• Where: Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 S. 23rd St., Richmond

• Cost: $35 each. Reservations required.

• Reservations and info: (765) 966-0538 Friday night October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Editors - who needs 'em anyway...(I do!)

Edits are finished! Whew! This was a particularly stressful, intense time for me. I have never been so happy to wrap up a book as I was "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" and here's why.

You see, I was assigned a new editor with this book. I thought I recognized her name when she sent her introductory letter. Then it hit me. Right between the eyes. I know who this is! I opened up my computer and went to Goodreads and sure 'nuff, there it was: Her Name - with a 3 (out of 5) star rating.

Great. My new 'boss' thinks I am mediocre at best. Ugh. I stewed. I pouted. And I stewed some more.

Sure enough, when it came time for my first edits she was tough. There were things in the manuscript she insisted I take out. There were things that 'bored her to tears' and 'spaces missing' in parts of the storyline. Did I mention she was tough?

One thing I am not is a prima donna. You just can't be one in this business. For every two people that think you're talented there's three more that think you stink.

I know the importance of an editor.

So, I took a few days to just re-read my own story. Then I opened up my laptop, and because I'm not a prima donna I made every single change. I added parts and took away some - some that I really, really liked. One day before deadline I sent it back to her - and waited.

Fourteen days later I got it back. ''Looks good but I think you can do better. You have three weeks."

And I didn't take one day less than that. Three weeks of being homebound, dishes piling up, wearing my cleanest dirty shirt, and my poor family existing on pb&j and pizza. After making my last change, I pushed 'send'. Then I sat down and had a good cry.

Am I complaining? No. Okay, maybe a little, but I knew this editor would challenge me. I knew that she wouldn't quit until this book was as good as it could possibly be. Which is exactly what I owe you, dear reader.

 Reading is a treat for me. When I get the opportunity to actually devour a book rather than write one I go to the book store and go hog wild! Lately I have been so disappointed in my favorite author. The last couple of novels have been awful. I feel like she does the least amount she has to do just so she can get a book out every year. All I could think is, 'where the heck is her editor?'

That is such a disservice! If you are willing to spend money on our books then you deserve the best we can give you!

I have an acquaintance - a gentleman - that is absolutely brilliant. I am talking genius, here! He has several doctorates, well-spoken and an expert on several different subjects. He told me that he'd written a book and had publishers interested but he was afraid to proceed to the next level because, and I quote, "I am just afraid of some editor picking it apart." What?? This is a man whom people pay for advice, they listen with pens poised to document his every word, but yet he's afraid some lowly little editor is going to step on his ego. Sorry, I can not relate.

Writing is my passion, it's my life; it's who I am. And it's not for sissies. You have to be 'man enough' to accept the fact that you are not 'as good' as you think you are. I know I'm not. I need my editor.

And if we have done our job - my editor and I - and I think we have - then I think you will enjoy this novel.  It's good, clean, fun with characters you will fall in love with. I will leave you with the words of one of my endorsers. I believe he's summed it up best.

"The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" is a combination of "Fried Green Tomatoes" meets "Steel Magnolias" and "Mayberry RFD" with a bit of "My Name is Earl" sprinkled on top."

Wow, I'm not worthy! But I can't help but hope you think I am.

Til next time,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

News of my demise are highly exaggerated.....

I'm still here and I've missed you all terribly. Thanks for the sweet comments and e-mails. Please be patient a while longer. I'm in the second editing phase for 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe".  I have several posts in the works for next week.

And before I forget!!  Only those who are members of the "Kathie Truitt Author Fan Page" will get to review and vote on the book cover for "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" so if you're on facebook simply 'like' my fan page and voila - you're a member!!

Til next time (which will be sooner rather than later)