The Story Behind the Story…Behind the Story: Publishing My First Middle-Grade Fairy Tale

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What constitutes a successful book launch?

How does one write a compelling story that readers will fall in love and read over and over again?

What type of discipline is involved in writing a book of any length?

Why did you write what you wrote in the first place?

How long does it take to write a book?

There are so many questions to how a book is written, drafted, produced, and published. But, one needs to go back to the root of why a writer writes in the first place.

Today marks the launch of my very first middle-grade fairy tale: Petrella, the Gillian Princess. A story about a courageous young princess who defies rank and authority to follow her heart. Click here for full synopsis.

This short story was written in the fall of 2012 with the intention of it being part of an anthology. It never made the cut. Placed in a drawer, it sat patiently, waiting. I didn’t find it until the fall of 2014 while rummaging through old paperwork. After rereading it several times to myself and then to my daughters, I decided to bring the magic and imagination of Petrella, the Gillian Princess back to life. I spent the better part of 2015 and 2016 enhancing and streamlining the story, which I now have 47 versions of the tale.

NOTE: So, to answer the question on how long does it take to write a book? Well, as long as it takes to make it right in the writer’s mind.

Recently, I sat down with Michelle Rene Goodhew from Mundus Media Ink. We worked together on creating the paperback and ebook format for the book.

Click here for the interview.

Until next time…

Be well. Be safe. Be happy.

 

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