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I'm Back and Boy It Feels Good



Hello All,

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It seems hard to believe that four months have passed since my last post. I have always been a supporter of the ISWG, but my life came to a point where I just  needed a break from the world of writing.

As many of you know, I had completed my novel and was in the middle of the querying process. A couple of agents showed interest in the project, and so did  an editor with one of the publishing houses.  That sounds great right--a new author getting that kind of attention? Well, as it turned out, it wasn't quite the attention I had hoped for. One of the agents and the editor suggested I make major changes to my project--cut whole sections, etc, and then send it back to them. It would have taken months, maybe a year to complete the work. I wasn't opposed to the rewrite, but the problem was neither one made any promises of publication. Nor did they even hint at it.

After five years of working on the book, I just didn't have anything left to give. Disillusioned and disappointed, I set the project aside. A large part of me wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue the craft anymore. If felt as if I'd lost my passion.

Then, one day while cleaning my office, I came across my ideas book.  As I thumbed through the pages, I suddenly realized just how much I'd missed writing. I seized the moment and began outlining my next novel.  Three weeks later, I'm finally on ACT III.  I  haven't felt this excited about a project in months. It's a YA Fantasy set in Montana.  I was a little concerned it might be derivative--share comment elements with another story--- a young girl moves to an Indian reservation. However, the plot is so different,  I decided, what the hell--write the book I want to write and let the chips fall where they will. Soooo, l guess what I'm trying to say here is, I'm back and boy it feels good. Until next month. Happy writing. 

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I've posted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout, a publishing program ran by Amazon. It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days. During that time, readers log on, read the excerpt (or not) and if they like what they see, they nominate the author for publication. At the end of the campaign, the nominations are tallied and the board votes on which books to publish. 

PAWN OF THE GODS has been up for a little over a week.  It was on the Hot and Trending list for nineteen hours, and more than one thousand seven-hundred visitors have viewed my excerpt.  All good stuff right? If that's true, why the hell am I so insecure? I suppose it's because I'm putting myself out there. It's tough to do, especially with such stiff competition. 

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Andrea Franco-Cook's New Release PAWN OF THE GODS

Hello all,
I just wanted to announce the launch of my debut novel PAWN OF THE GODS. It's published for free on Amazon Kindle until May 22.  After that, it will go on sale for $3.99. PAWN OF THE GODS




Book Summary
According to Mayan prophecy the gods of the underworld will declare war on man. Their undoing however, lies hidden deep in the Yucatan in 1572, when a winged entrusted a celestial weapon to a Spanish Conquistador for safe keeping.
Five hundred years later, the winged god reveals himself to Soledad Mendoza, detailing how she is tied to the conquistador, and the impending war. But the young English professor is unsure of herself. Out of shape and a lonely widow at thirty, her predilection for scotch makes her more suited to join a twelve-step program, than become a hero.
Unfortunately, Soledad is forced into action when she learns her family friend, Senator Earl Edmondson has ties to the conquistador and the weapon, ties that could either harm or help her.
A pawn caught in a dan…