Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Five Days and Counting ...

© Marta Stephens 2008 all rights reserved

... to the launch.
November 3
Book two in the Sam Harper series

I don't know about you, but long after the novel is written, edited, and is put through a rigorous proofreading by several people including my trusted critiquers, my publisher and 2-3 editors, I worry and begin to second-guess myself. You know, What if I change that sentence to read like this? Does this chapter drag? Is the dialogue ... should I ... Maybe I could ... Eventually I stop, but the questions seem to go on and on. Please tell me I'm not alone!

I guess if asked what it feels like to pour my heart and soul into a manuscript and then wait for reader reaction I'd have to respond with this: Think back to your first school dance. Remember the butterflies and the pent up excitement knowing you were going to have the best time of your life, only to have the euphoric feeling shattered by the dreaded thought,

“What if no one asks me to dance?”

Okay, so maybe it's not that nerve-wracking, but I dare say that most authors do catch themselves holding their breath just bit until the reviews start flowing in. The magic in my neck of the woods started to happen over the past several days with this review written by Lynn Pritchett, Media Inc., Contributing Writer:

“Is it prophecy fulfilled or selfishness, greed, and bad choices? . . THE DEVIL CAN WAIT is a suspenseful freight train of action . . . Can the Devil really wait? . . . If you read one book this season make it THE DEVIL CAN WAIT . . . reminiscent of . . .”

Please do leave Lynn a comment!

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November 3, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-905202-86-7
Bewrite Books (UK)
Paperback: 316 pages

Marta Stephens writes crime mystery/suspense.
Pre-order an autographed copy of THE DEVIL CAN WAIT at

Honorable Mention, 2008 New York Book Festival
Top Ten, 2007 Preditors and Editors Reader Poll (mystery)

1 comment:

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Marta, I love that photo of you! LOL. And isn't it exciting, to finally be ALMOST there? Loved that review, it was a gem. Pretty soon I will be posting my review for The Devil Can Wait up here along with the others!