Busy, Busy, Busy!

capture-the-moments-100-dpi-2Book 15 is nearly here! Have you signed up for the newsletter? If so, you’ll get the link in there around 6 am Sunday morning. I’ll wake myself up later in the morning and post the link here on the blog and on the FB Bellingwood page. Whee!

Oh, I’m liking this book. (Good thing, eh?)

The final edit arrived in my inbox this morning and it was awesome. I have to tell you – my editors / beta readers are pretty amazing people. Each one sees something different and makes these books better before you see them.

I was desperately out of clean clothes , so I packed things up and dashed out to deal with it this afternoon. Nothing more fun than sitting in a laundromat, right? Okay, there are always interesting people, but not when your mind is harassing you about all that needs to happen before midnight Saturday night.

So, ummm, yeah … took my little moleskin notebook in with me and wrote the vignette. I was proud of me.

Now it is time to format the book for paperback first … and then for Kindle. Why that way? Well, are you sure you want to know? Alright. You asked for it.

When you format for paperback, you need to be wary of widows and orphans. Pretty biblical, yes?


A reader’s eyes do not like a widow (single line at the bottom of a page), but even less, does the reader like an orphan (just a couple of words at the top of a page). So … I go through the book page by page and restructure things to eliminate as much of that as possible. The other thing that is generally considered unacceptable is leaving only a few lines at the end of a chapter.

I do that work first, because it often requires editing. Then I move the manuscript to Kindle so that they are identical. With the Kindle, page length doesn’t matter because you all use different fonts and font-sizes when you read. I can’t control what you do with those things, so I don’t even try. (Duh)

There are a lot of little processes involved in taking my story from manuscript to book. I have a checklist that I’ve created over the years to ensure that all of the parts and pieces happen. It’s so much fun, but it does take time. I’ll be up late tonight and work all day tomorrow and late into the evening tomorrow night, but I promise you’ll have a book on your Kindle on Sunday.

Back I go … love you all!

18 thoughts on “Busy, Busy, Busy!

  1. Julie Cirka

    I just love your stories. How can I get to be one of your beta readers? It would be such an honor.
    Thanks and God Bless,
    Julie Cirka

  2. Peg Adams

    You need a washer and dryer in your house! Having to go to the laundromat?? Ugh. I did it when I lived in an apartment in NY City but never since then. Make it easy on yourself! You work hard enough already, why make your life more complicated?? (Unless you are one of those strange people who actually enjoy doing laundry). 🙂

    1. nammynools Post author

      I don’t mind doing laundry – except that it takes time. And the incredible lime in the water here kills appliances. Kills ’em dead.

      1. Peg Adams

        We have super hard water here in Arizona–and a water softener in the garage. I put those large salt pellets in about every 3 weeks. We went without softened water here for a year because my husband didn’t want to pay to have the softener fixed when it needed parts…so we ended up with ruined clothing that faded and looked like it had been sanded! 12 pieces of clothing had to be thrown away–not even usable as rags. Some of it was his shorts and shirts–the water softener got fixed real quick when his clothes got ruined without it! Would a water softener help your situation?

        1. nammynools Post author

          Sure … but then we start walking into a whole lot of effort and cash when I can run to the laundromat. Haha. I’m adaptable.

  3. Chris Adam

    There’s lots of work that those of us lay people have no idea I guess!
    Thirty-one hours to go!!! If this artist’s math is correct. She you mentioned that you wrote a vignette, I got excited and scrolled down to … find… it… 🙁
    Yep, I’m looking forward to “Capture the Moments”!!!

    1. nammynools Post author

      Oh … the vignette. That’s for the newsletter Sunday morning. Sorry. (teehee, I’m so evil)

  4. Laura

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you do to get your fabulous books out to all your fans!!!
    Have a very happy day!!!

  5. Gloria

    Hope you get some well earned rest before starting next book….but not too much. As I always begin to look forward to the next book when I finish the last chapter in the current one.
    Polly is so interesting and I often wish I was included in her list of women friends. I would so love a girls night out with her!

  6. Kathy Duncan

    I only started reading the Bellingwood books in about April/May . I bought the first three and was hooked . I downloaded the next one every time I finished the previous one (sometimes 2 in the morning ). I downloaded the last 5 for my holidays in July that’s when I hit a problem ……… no more books . I have now downloaded 15. Thank you so much. The characters are so real I feel that I know them. Keep up the good work x x x

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