Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ATHENA --submitted to publisher

By Heather Moore

Well, it's done. Officially. Athena is submitted to my publisher, Covenant Communications. The editors were excited to receive it and said they were just recently wondering when the manuscripts were coming in.

Annette and Josi will be submitting as well any day now. Julie is still finalizing her draft.

I posted my submission letter HERE if you are interested in some of the details of the process.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Finished reading PAIGE

by Heather Moore

I just finished reading PAIGE, by Annette. I loved the story because it focuses on relationships, and Paige is so different than DAISY that it was fun to see how both totally opposite women lived their lives and developed their friendships.

PAIGE has some heart-breaking moments in it, but it's so fulfilling in many many ways. I seriously want to go be a part of their book group!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


The final stretch of drafting PAIGE took much longer than anticipated. I had a lot little holes to fill, scenes I'd written notes for but hadn't written yet, and characters deciding to do different things at the last minute.

But it's DONE. At least, the drafting is. Now I get to send it out to my fellow Newport Ladies Book Club authors and let them do their editing magic.

I get to read ATHENA next, and then it's on to DAISY.

I haven't been this excited about a project in some time!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Editing . . .

by Heather Moore

Josi sent me back her edit on ATHENA. So . . . today I'll start that process and hope that the road is not too bumpy :-)

Last week I read Josi's DAISY. It was such a pleasure to read--Josi has a knack for drawing us into her characters and feeling like they are someone we know personally. I told her that the readers are going to want a DAISY--part 2.

We are getting close to submitting. Probably in the next week or two, then we'll put fate into our publishers' hands.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

ATHENA--ready to send to co-authors

By Heather Moore

I just finished the 2nd draft stage of ATHENA. Yes, I cried at some parts (think the opening scene in Romancing the Stone, well, maybe not that dramatic).

I can't wait to get the feedback from Josi, Annette, and Julie. They are not only great writers, but incredible editors as well. So, it's really a privilege to work with them on this series. They all bring something great to the table.

It's strange when you finish a book, then read through it, and realize that you really know the character. You really care about that character. Even though the characters aren't "real" they represent all of us--our defeats and our hopes--and most importantly friendship between women. There is nothing like it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Daisy--Final Draft Done

By Josi S. Kilpack

Wahooo! I'm the first to finish my personal revisions! Not that it's a contest but I totally smoked the team!

Ahem, anyway, we'll be trading manuscripts here in a few days and start editing each others stuff to make sure it's all coordinating, it's been a really fun process having other people write parts of the story that I then change to my character's POV. And, this is the first book I've ever written in first person. I had a really hard time with it at first, but then eventually got the hang of it, although in my revision I would find paragraphs here and there where I'd flipped back into third person.

Exciting stuff!

My official Pitch for DAISY:

Since becoming a mother at the age of 17, Daisy has looked forward to the day when she could check "motherhood" off her list of things to do. At the age of 46 everything seems to be right on track, until she suddenly finds herself facing a very different future then she planned on and an uncomfortable evaluation of the past she thought she understood.