M. Ravenel
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Sunday Update – 2021.08.01

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 week, I attended a virtual librarian’s conference. It was really informative, and I got to connect with many librarians who were interested in my Tootsie series. I didn’t know what to expect, but I came away with a broader mindset of the librarian community. Now, more than ever, I want to connect my books with as many libraries as I can!

I can’t believe it’s August already! It’s my birthday month! The dog days of summer. I spent a lot of time this week working on promotional items for librarians, as well as finalizing the last chapter of The Blackmail. I’m already scheduled to submit it to the editor by the 20th of this month. I’m planning on releasing book 2 early next year, but I will be putting up a preorder for the book very soon. Next on my list is working on the cover!

I went out to the horse park on Saturday to watch some show jumping. It was really cool. That entire place is amazing. Everything is so pristine, right down to the hotel’s polished marble floors. There were a bunch of outdoor seating areas, and it made for a perfect place to get some writing done while the show jumping was going on. Overall, it was a great and productive Saturday.

Next week, I’ll be attending a reader conference in Savannah, and I’m excited. I’ll be taking extra safety precautions, of course, but I look forward to connecting with new readers who might be interested in the Tootsie series!

So, I finally got my story subscription up and running. It’s called From the Desk of Tootsie Carter (a.k.a. The Adventures of Tootsie Carter, Ace Detective) The process is very similar to Patreon. I’m going through Gumroad, because there are no excessive fees (other than the payment processing fee) taken out of each transaction, and I feel I have more control over my content. I’m excited and can’t wait to get my first subscriber. Each month, subscribers will get a brand new short story featuring young Tootsie and her friends. The stories take place about 19 years before the novels. There will also be special goodies and surprises included with the stories. Higher-tiered subscribers will have the opportunity to do an author Q&A with me, and they will also get to see excerpts of the next Tootsie book work-in-progress before anyone else. I’ve never done this sort of thing before, and I’m nervous to see where it goes. I have so many stories of young Tootsie that I can’t wait to share with my readers!

This Week’s Movies

Johnny Stool Pigeon movie poster
Inside the Mafia movie poster
The Woman in the Window movie poster

6 comments on “Sunday Update – 2021.08.01

  • Greg says:

    Happy birthday month! And the horse jumping sounds fun. I love going to equestrian events like that, but I don’t make it to many. We did discover a place on vacation a few years ago, and that was nice…

    That last movie reminds me of the recent thriller book of the same name.

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thank you! My town is known for all things equestrian, so this is an everyday thing around here. I just never made time to actually go out and check some events out. Best of all, a lot of these events are free to the public.

      Yes, “The Woman in the Window” is also a horror/thriller title that is coming out on Netflix. I don’t know if it’s a remake, though.

  • Happy birthday 🎈

    Congrats on finding ways to connect your books with readers!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  • Sounds like a really fun week! I would love to see some horse show jumping and spend more time outside. That’s a great way to spend some writing time.

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