Today I finished the first draft of Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan. I expected the book to be 50,000 words, but it went a few thousand over that number. I’m going to let it sit for a couple of days, then I’ll start in on the edits this weekend. After I finish them, I’ll be sending the book off for professional edits and formatting. I hope to have it out by the end of this month, but in all likelihood it’ll probably be the first week of November. (I’m going to a wedding, then Disneyworld. YAY!)
I also have something I’d like to say to wannabe writers and new writers. Actually, it’s more of a heartfelt plea. Writers, please, Please, PLEASE GOOGLE your name before you publish a book. I know self-publishing has become super, super easy, but it shouldn’t replace common courtesy or commonsense. Whether you’re looking into pen names or you’re thinking about using your legal name, please Google your name first. It’s bad form to use a name that’s already taken. (Doesn’t matter if it’s your real name. It’s still bad form.) All you’re going to do is confuse YOUR readers (I’m assuming you do want your own readers.) and the other writer’s readers (say that five times fast ;). It also makes you look unprofessional or worse yet, like you’re trying to pull a fast one to gain readers. I know a couple of years ago some authors were sticking bestselling authors’ names in with their names (i.e. Nora Ann Roberts, Stephen Wiley King, etc.). It wasn’t cool then and it’s not cool now. It creates a lot of unnecessary animosity. Writers work VERY hard to build an audience and to build a brand. When someone comes in with a similar name or a play on a name, it erodes everything. So please, think carefully about your name before you publish that book. Thank you!