30 November 2006

Major Book News!


Three exciting developments in the Dan Ward Publishing Empire:

1) I finished The Boomer Sisters Meet Champy. That's right, today is the final day of NaNoWriMo, and this morning at the breakfast table, I wrote those two magic words: The End. My second children's novel is now complete (at least the first draft). And since I did it by hand in a series of spiral notebooks, Dan's Novel Typing Month (DaNoTyMo) begins tomorrow. Not nearly as exciting, no doubt, but fun in its own way. My goal is to have it typed, edited and polished in time to upload it to Lulu and get some copies to put under the Christmas tree.

2) I finished the illustrated version of the first Boomer Sisters book, Meet The Boomer Sisters last night. It's got a new cover (shown here) and a series of amazing illustrations, compliments of the talented and generous Mandy Hoelmer.

3) The local toy shop called last night to say they were all sold out of Meet The Boomer Sisters, and could I please confirm my address so they can mail me a check, and could I please bring by some more copies soon. I told them I'd not only bring some by, but they would be the new, illustrated version. If all goes well, I might even be able to get some copies of Boomers #2 on their shelves before Christmas. We'll see...

So - exciting stuff. I wonder what's going to happen next.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW! Congrats on finishing both! Good luck getting the new one ready next month. Yep, Dec is my revising month to make sense of that SPoC (steaming pile of you know what) on my computer. Happy editing!

Deb said...

I am so excited for you!!! Can't wait to see if Santa has one (or two) under may tree ~ maybe an autograped one even??!!
Looking forward to seeing what it's all about!
XOXO, Me
I love the new cover for Boomer Sisters 1, by the way!!

Steve Sherlock said...

Congratulations! Good luck with DaNoTyMo. If you need a review/editing set of eyes. I know a pair, and they are reasonably priced (i.e. free).

Kim said...

This is all SUPER cool!

Mark said...

Actually, I think it is Super Very Much A Lot cool!

Dan said...

Thanks everyone! I'll keep you posted on DaNoTyMo - and thanks for the offer, Steve! I just might take you up on that!

Rosa Say said...

Ho‘omaika‘i ‘ana Dan - congratulations! Such deliciousness, to set your goal and nail it as you have! You've set a magnificent example for all of us, and I'm sure you'll be delighting your daughters this Christmas!

Dan said...

Thanks, Rosa!

I am particularly excited about the example it is for my girls - which is very much on my mind as I've been writing this thing. I'm glad they are growing up in a house where it seems perfectly normal for Daddy to wake up really early and write a book for them.

I started out writing for fun and to do something cool for them. I ended up writing to not only delight but also to instruct them, by example... and it turns out, that's still a lot of fun. :)

Dad said...

Hi Dan: great book, great cover, illustrations and great comments.....I appreciate that you 'emotionally support' a household where it's perfectly normal to your kids to know that their Dad gets up at 5am to write them a book......3pts for you! you are a better man than me...... Dad