Cinderella, Edits and Assassins

So what do Cinderella, edits and assassins have in common? It’s not a riddle, I promise 🙂 They’re all the things that have been driving me bonkers lately, that’s what! (Don’t worry – the assassin isn’t after me…)

CINDERELLA

I have been working on several things. First and foremost has been the Cinderella retelling I’ve been chattering on about glass-slipperfor the past several weeks. Yes, I realize I promised a cover reveal quite soon for this story (the cover is finished and absolutely beautiful!!) – and I’m still planning on that. I’ll be putting out a request for anyone wanting to be involved with the reveal through my newsletter, probably within the next week or so. So be on the lookout!

EDITS

At the behest of my agent, I officially hired a professional editor who will be giving my story the finishing polish it needs. This was a first for me, and rather exciting. Can’t wait (i.e. panicked/scared) to see what she’s got to say. I am confident she’ll help me make this story the best it can be.

After the edit is finished, I estimate that it will be approximately 6-8 weeks until I release the novella. That will put the release date somewhere in July. We’ll see. Again, as a first-timer I’m very unsure of an exact date at this point, so I’m making no promises! I’ll keep updating you with my progress, of course 🙂

ASSASSINS

When I get moments between preparing for publication of my Cinderella story, I’ve been working on my novel (the one with daggerdragons and assassins and mysterious identities, among other things). After hearing from my beta readers, I’ve decided this story needs a couple of scene rewrites. A simple thing – that is, if these scenes were simple scenes…which they’re decidedly not. Try climax scene and ending scene. Yikes. Daunting. Lots of prayer will be happening, let’s put it that way.

SUMMERTIME

My son will be out of school in 6 days. Mini-vacations and friend play-dates and lots of tree-climbing and swimming are planned for this summer, too. We’ve already caught a dozen toads and two turtles – talk about starting the summer right! Having my Bug’s sweet little face to look at every day and spending time playing with him will help make the writing and editing less intense and stressful – at least, that’s my hope! Either way, I’m looking forward to summertime.

What does your summer look like?

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About bookishashlee

Ashlee is the author of The Word Changers, a Christian YA fantasy that released June 2014.

Posted on May 7, 2015, in fairy tales, fantasy, Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Glad to hear your life is going well! I hope your rewrites go smoothly too. 🙂
    My summer, at the moment, looks like books- lots of them, mostly Discworld and Diana Wynn Jones and rereads, but also some Sanderson I hope. 😀

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  2. I know your struggle with the stress of rewriting key scenes. I had to do that a lot for my second book, and though it is hard…it is so worth it! Keep up the great work, Ashlee. 🙂 Also, I can’t WAIT to see your cover for your novella!!

    -Tialla

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  3. Good luck on the editing!

    Not really sure yet what my summer looks like. We have some travel plans, my oldest is signed up for a camp the first week of June and then we’re all participating in our church’s VBS the next week… but mostly I think we’ll spend the summer visiting the pool and running through the sprinkler and having popsicle juice drip down our chins. 🙂 And lots of reading!

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