M. Ravenel
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Moving Forward

This blog post is a participant of The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news. This post recaps the past week, showcases books and things I have received, and shares news about what is coming up for the week on my blog.

This was a week of de-stressing after the tumulus US election/inauguration season. Now that the past is behind us, we can move forward with the future. I feel a great weight lifted off my chest. The anxiety has been crazy these past few weeks. What’s happened this week is only the first step to progress. Now, we have to keep moving forward.

In my writing adventures, I submitted my application to join the Private Eye Writers of America. I’ve been considering it for a while, and finally made the big leap. It seemed like a fun little organization to join.

The audiobook production for Tootsie’s story is already underway! I’m stoked to be able to hear her story come to life.

I’ve sent my manuscript to the printers, and I will be getting the final version done through Ingram. The book will be mass-market paperback size. I’m really excited to see how it looks with it printed on the groundwood paper. The paper is very soft to the touch, and feels identical to a traditionally-published mass-market paperback. Once I am satisfied with things, I will be getting more printed to be sent out as ARCs.

Everything is slowly coming together, and I can’t wait to share Tootsie’s story with the world.

This Week’s Movies

Kiss Me Deadly movie poster
Murder is my Beat movie poster
Tight Spot movie poster

20 comments on “Moving Forward

  • Ruby Jo says:

    Congratulations on sending your manuscript!! It must be so exciting! I hope you get news on a release date soon. It does feel like a huge weight getting off everyone’s hearts, but I imagine for US folks it feels even better. I wish you a fantastic week <3

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thank you! Yes, I will be announcing an official release date once the audiobook and print versions are completed.

      Yes, it’s been a stressful time for all of us. I hope things will get better everywhere around the world!

  • Iza says:

    Congratulations,it must feel great to see something you imagined turning into something you can touch and share 🙂 Enjoy your week !

  • Tessa says:

    Congratulations! That is so exciting 🎉. I have a rough draft of a fantasy novel that I will probably sit on forever but I’m okay with that. And if/when I’m not, I can always take the next steps. Have a wonderful week!

  • Oh, yes, I am also happy to put the last four years in my rear view mirror.

    Congrats on your book!

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  • Congrats on getting your book published! How awesome is that! Must be a great feeling.

    Love your classic movie posters, they don’t come like that anymore.

    Hope you will have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thanks! I appreciate it. It’s a great feeling to see my stories come to life.
      Yes, the movies were great. So many gems out there.
      Enjoy the rest of your week!

  • Katherine says:

    I always love looking at movie posters and I’m intrigued by Tight Spot. I love Ginger Rogers and Edward G Robinson but wasn’t aware of this one. Adding to my To Watch list! Hope you have a great week!

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I enjoyed “Tight Spot.” Edward Robinson was awesome in the movie. Definitely thumbs up! It’s been a real joy discovering these gems.

      Enjoy the rest of your week!

  • It’s a relief to move forward instead of being sucked down.
    Congratulations on the progress towards publication

    Wishing you a great reading week

  • Congrats on your book being sent to the printers! And an audiobook coming soon! Exciting times!

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thank you! Yes, it’s exciting. And the audiobook narrator is stoked about being able to work on the book. I can’t wait see what magic she does with it.

  • Congratulations on getting your book to the printers. You are that much closer! I hope the Private Eye Writers of America accepts your application to join.

    It is a relief to have the election and Inauguration behind us. Although, we aren’t quite done with the fall out. Hopefully things will remain calm in the coming weeks and beyond.

    I hope you have a great week! Good luck with your book!

  • I’m so glad that week is over and done with. What a relief!

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