The publication process

The cover of Impending Love and War

The cover of Impending Love and War

Impending Love and War is my first novel and is available at  It is a historical romance with a suspense subplot published by The Wild Rose Press.  For authors who wonder how long it takes for a novel to go from submission to publication, I’ve created a timeline.  Every book is different but the steps are similar.

My timeline for Impending Love and War:

Dec. 8, 2013: I submitted my manuscript to The Wild Rose Press.

Dec. 20, 2013: My manuscript was returned with edits for the first three chapters, and I was given the option to correct the errors throughout the manuscript and resubmit it.  This was the first time an editor wrote more than a couple lines about my manuscript, and I was thrilled to make the changes.

Feb. 8, 2014: I resubmitted the corrected manuscript and hoped for the best.

April 6, 2104: I signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press.

April 6, 2014 – I began making edits my editor suggested to my manuscript using the edit option.  Correspondence was done through email.  This was the time for any serious rewrites.  We went back and forth four times before all major edits were completed in June.

April 29, 2014: I submitted a blurb, which is the paragraph on the back of the book that introduces the characters, plot and problem to be solved to entice a reader to buy the book.  I also submitted a biography for the book and chose the most alluring scene of 100 words for the front of the book.  It’s the passage people read to decide if they like your writing style.

May 5, 2014: The official blurb for my book is finalized after being reviewed by a committee.

May 5, 2014:  I sent cover art suggestions on a form asking for descriptions of the characters, setting, clothing, etc.  I also chose an artist to design the cover and a list of several book covers I liked so she would know my preference.

June 2, 2104: The cover art was sent to me for review and approval.

June 8, 2014 – Galleys were sent to me for editing minor changes using editing sheets instead of directly on the manuscript, which is now in a different format.  This continued five times.

Jun 25, 2014 – I sent approval for the manuscript to go to production.

July 23, 2014 – A copy of the final manuscript was emailed to me.

Sept. 2, 2014 – I sent marketing suggestions for Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Oct. 1, 2014 – My book was ready for pre-order and sent to reviewers.

Oct. 8, 2014 – My official release date of publication.

Interview with characters

In my day job I am a journalist, and my column name is Freeman of the Press.  I interviewed the two main characters of Impending Love and War, Cory Beecher and Tyler Montgomery.

On-Sale Oct. 8, 2014 through The Wild Rose Press


The cover of Impending Love and War

The cover of Impending Love and War

Press:  This is Courtney Beecher, known to her family as Cory.  She is the heroine in “Impending Love and War.” How old are you, Cory, and where are you from?

Cory:  I’m twenty, and I live in Darrow Falls, Ohio.

Press:  What is Darrow Falls like?

Cory:  We have a downtown with shops surrounding a town square but most people live on farms.  I’m staying with a widow, Adelaide Thomas, for the summer before I return to teaching.

Press:  “The Beecher name goes back to early settlers in America.  Tell us a little bit about the first Beecher in America.

Cory:  John Beecher arrived in 1637 and traveled with a group of men to settle what is now New Haven, Connecticut.  He died during the winter; the first white man to die in Connecticut.

Press:  Another descendent of John Beecher is Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Do you know her?

Cory:  We’ve never met, but I’ve read her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  It’s popular with abolitionists.

Press:  Are you an abolitionist?

Cory:  With a name like Beecher, I have no choice.  I never had to defend my beliefs until now.

Press:  Why is that?”

Cory:  Miss Adelaide’s home, Glen Knolls, is a station on the Underground Railroad which helps slaves reach freedom in Canada.”

Press:  What about Tyler Montgomery.  I hear he’s a slave owner.

Cory:  Yes, he came to Glen Knolls looking for a runaway named Noah.

Press:  What happened?

Cory:  I shot him.

Press:  Did you kill him?

Cory:  Oh, no.  It was only a flesh wound, but I was obligated to care for him.

Press:  Was that difficult?

Cory:  My father is a doctor, and I’ve helped him with patients, but Tyler almost discovered Noah hiding in the barn.

Press:  What did you do?

Cory:  I kissed him.  Only to distract him.

Press:  Did it work?
Cory:  He didn’t find the slave.


Press:  You are Tyler Montgomery from Virginia.

Tyler:  Yes, I’m a lawyer.  I graduated from Harvard law school.

Press:  What firm do you work for?

Tyler:  Currently I’m unemployed.

Press:  Is that why you were at the Glen Knolls farm?

Tyler:  I was looking for a friend.

Press:  That’s not what Cory Beecher said.  You were looking for a runaway slave.

Tyler:  Miss Beecher is mistaken.

Press:   She said she had to shoot you.

Tyler:   Did she claim it was accidental?

Press:  You believe she shot you intentionally.

Tyler:  She said she should have taken better aim.  Does that sound accidental?

Press:  No, it doesn’t.  She said she kissed you in the barn.  How did that make you feel?

Tyler:  Feel?  The kiss or the pitchfork she stuck in my midsection?  The woman is looking for a husband.  Douglas Raymond can have her.

Press:  Who is Douglas?

Tyler:  He’s a math instructor at Western Reserve College, a gentleman with good prospects.  She doesn’t object to Douglas kissing her.

Press:  That seems to make you angry.
Tyler:  I have nothing to offer.  If she wants to marry Douglas, who am I to stand in the way?