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The Next Big Thing

From Cathy

Well, it’s been quite a month.

So again, please bear with me while I gloat—just a wee bit.

In addition to the short story in American Fiction Volume 14, I recently found out that…drumroll please…

My book is getting published!

A Hundred Weddings will be released in early 2016 through Marching Ink, an independent company run by publisher Samantha March. I could not be more excited, and can’t wait to hold this novel, at last, in my sweaty little hands.

And it should only take about four months. Well, four months and about eight years to write and edit and at least a couple of years and many attempts to locate an agent or publisher. But hey, who’s counting?

I have a brand new website up (although it’s kind of pared down at the moment) and an author page on Facebook. Please stop by and “Like” if you would. I can use all the word of mouth I can get.

I have to say that both of these pieces weren’t written—but were very much worked on—during our Write Despite year-long challenge. If I hadn’t been trying (and very often succeeding) to meet that 20-minute-a-day goal, these and other manuscripts would be far less publication-ready.

So keep at it, everybody. I wish you much success with your writing goals and hope you’ll let us know what you’ve been able to accomplish!

And by the way, Karen’s Fall for the Book reading at George Mason University was a blast. We had time to catch up and roam around campus in the rain. Here’s the proof:

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Write well everybody!

―Cathy

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6 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. Ruth Boggs on said:

    So totally cool and so well-deserved. Congratulations — this is your year!

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Wow, so happy to read this. Amazing what perseverance and talent do when they come together.

  3. “Cathy is on a roll this year! Everybody, stand back. And it’s just the beginning. Couldn’t be happier for her”
    — Karen

  4. Thanks, Karen! Another early reader of this (and I think I forced you to look at some sections more than once). So grateful for your help and support!

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