Light at Sensorio, Paso Robles by Heidi Eliason I’m three weeks past shoulder surgery and I’m pleased with my progress. I’m only taking ibuprofen occasionally as needed, and I can sleep lying down now. It’s slowly getting better. I start physical therapy in another three weeks. Like many others, I’m busy with holiday preparations. This … Continue reading One-Armed Christmas Preparations and My Next Book
As you can see from the invitation, my book launch party is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Orinda Books! There will be champagne and snacks and a prize drawing for those that attend. Orinda Books is a great independent bookstore and they host a number of cool author events. If you … Continue reading Book Launch Party!
Hey Everyone, the eBook version of my book is now available for pre-order! The book won't be published and delivered until May 4th, but if you pre-order it now, you will receive a free bonus. Email me (HeidiLEliason at gmail.com) your order confirmation number and I will send you companion photos taken during my travels … Continue reading eBook Ready for Pre-Order!
I'm getting ready for blast-off! My book has been proofread and the last few errors (I hope) are being tidied up. Soon I'll set up a pre-order campaign, when I'll be offering a free bonus gift to everyone who pre-orders my book: a collection of photos that illustrate the journey I write about in Confessions … Continue reading Preparing for Book Launch
I have a book cover! Thanks to the talented folks at ebooklaunch.com, I have beautifully illustrated cover art. I was really impressed with how fast my designer worked and what a great job he did. I have read many times the importance of the cover and wanted to make sure I had a good one. … Continue reading A Not-So-Sneaky Peek at My Cover
I took the scary and exciting step of sending my manuscript off to a professional editor! I have requested a modified copy-edit, which will also include pacing recommendations. It's scary because I wonder if my book will be slashed to bits by the red pen, and it's exciting because this brings me one step closer … Continue reading Off to the Red Pen!
Work, commute, family responsibilities, exercise, chores, errands--oh, and don't forget having fun and maintaining relationships and friends. When do I find time to write? I've been struggling with this for a long time. Usually I end up squeezing in little bits of writing in the evenings and on the weekend, in between other things, and … Continue reading Revision Sprint
Many new writers ask, "How many drafts does it take to write a good book that is ready for publication?" The frustrating answer is, "As many drafts as it takes to write a good book ready for publication." Some writers can create beautiful, publication-ready prose right out of the gate that only requires minor tweaking … Continue reading How Many Drafts?
What determines whether someone--whether they are an athlete, artist, musician, or in any other profession--is successful? It turns out it's not natural talent, or even intelligence. It's grit. At least, that's what Angela Duckworth says in Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. I've been listening to this book on Audible, and have been greatly … Continue reading Grit
In my book-in-progress, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway, I have a chapter describing the thrill of seeing hundreds of hot air balloons taking flight outside my motorhome at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, as shown in the photos above and below. My new life was also taking flight at the same time. I had just sold … Continue reading Taking Flight