What I’m Working On This Month

Hello! I’ll update this page every month to let you know what I’m working on.

April-May 2020

Okay, so I’m getting better at remembering. :)

My writing news is that The Promise is moving along. I’m doing my 2nd first draft. Yes, that’s right. I’m re-organizing a number of scenes and chapters which means I’m smack into drafting again.

Fortunately, I’ve learned to work from detailed charts and outlines, so the time spent is not on the actually words but in designing the scenes, scene goals, and turning points. Which probably isn’t interesting to you, but does tell you what I’m doing with my current project.

I’m also splitting my time with my editing clients since my editing calendar remains booked. Soon, and I mean my soon, I’ll post with my editing services website. I haven’t figured out if I want that site to be separate from Piney Woods Publishing or not.

In Burnt Book Creek news, I’ve had an uptick of sales from around China. I found out a year or so ago that illustrated chapter books like mine are popular for those who are learning how to read English and so I’ve tried to publicize the book in those channels as much as possible. Not sure if those two actions are connected because I’m lousy at tracking these things, but I’d like to think so.

Burnt Boot Creek is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited I’d love it if you downloaded a copy and let me know about the reading experience. Also, if you’ve liked Burnt Boot Creek then please share let me know by leaving a review. I’d love to know it.

March 2020

Ack! That’s an even more embarrassing gap between updates.

I’ve had quite a few emails asking for an update on the next book in the Burnt Boot Creek chapter book series. The good news is that the next few books are written and are in different stages of publication but the bad news is I’m still saving money to pay for the illustrator. Indie publishing!

While I wait for the funds for the chapter book series, I have been developing a YA series which I hope to introduce to you in the next month or so.

Thanks for your interest in my books and the lovely reviews and comments on Burnt Boot Creek.

June 2018 – March 2019

Ack! That’s an embarrassing gap between updates.

I wish the reason for my 10-month silence was because I’ve been publishing so many new books that I just haven’t carved out the time to update my site, but. . . no. Unfortunately, a family illness diverted my attention for months from many of my day-to-day tasks and my writing business took the hit.

That’s not to say I haven’t been busy writing. My time has gone into developing a YA series, but it is still months from a publishing date. Once I have a release date and a cover to show, I’ll share.

I do have book 2 for Tales from Burnt Boot Creek waiting to be illustrated. However, my timing is off since I have focused my attention on the YA series so I haven’t scheduled (or budgeted for) the illustrator. That project will probably stay on the back burner for the rest of 2019.

Until next time!

May 2018

Hands down I have the cutest readers!

Revisions for Book #2 of the Tales from Burnt Boot Creek are almost finished! I’d give a “woo-hoo!” except I’m NOT finished. So, it’s more of a woooooo. :)

I’ve joined TWO summer book promotions that will start in July. They are filled with children’s books. As soon as I have the links for those I’ll post them. (Or, you can send me a note at bbooth {at} bridgettebooth {dot} com for the links.)

This month I also crossed over into Double Digit Land for the number of issues I’ve sent of my email newsletter. The reason this is a big deal for me is that I started the newsletter at the beginning of 2018 and set a goal to email out an issue every two weeks. Hitting double digits means I’ve consistently made that goal for five months. Now that is a woo-hoo!

If you’re interested in getting reading tips to help improve your children’s reading experience, then sign up here or you can sign up AND get a free short story here. My last issue focused on creating reading spaces for children, and they’re short and not at all sales-y.

April 2018

A good feeling when your book is the “treasure.”

Revisions for Book #2 of the Tales from Burnt Boot Creek are underway. My fabulous critique group gave the first chapters an enthusiastic thumbs up, which, in turn, gave me the focus to knuckle down and finish revising the rest of the manuscript. My plan is to have BBC #2 to my editor in May and to my illustrator this summer. (Even though my illustrator’s schedule is full until fall, she hinted she may be willing to look at the manuscript earlier. :D )

What else? I’m in the middle of a large non-writing project which means creatively squeezing as many writing hours out of my daily schedule as possible. This way my adult historical fiction project is making some progress, while also I’m able to set up interviews for the upcoming article series I’m developing for indie children’s writers. Lastly, I picked up the Short Story Bundle project I mentioned a few months ago and am brainstorming the theme I want to see threaded through the collection.

While all of these projects needed my full attention this month, you’ll never guess what I decided to do. Ready? I reduced my caffeine intake. How crazy was that? For the better part of a week, I battled fatigue, lethargy, and headaches. It was NOT fun.  You’d think I’d know better, right?

March 2018

Signing books!

Well, my first school visit was a huge success. Yay! The book club which sponsored me created a full day of events to surround the book, which meant a treasure hunt, a visit from a cowboy, and each student received a copy of the book. The event was even featured in the local newspaper. A happy surprise!

February 2018

Critique group advice

I finished what I call a “fat outline” of Burnt Boot Creek #2 and handed it over to my wonderful critique group. (My fat outline is a 50-page plot summary  – including bits and pieces of dialogue – of the manuscript.)

My fellow critique group members are gifted writers, and they pointed out potential plot problems (say that 3 times!) while also sharing what they enjoyed. As soon as I finish resolving some story issues, I’ll start my first draft.

Also this month I returned to my writing roots with a historical fiction project. Over the years I’ve started at least a dozen HF manuscript, but finished none of them. This time – fingers crossed – I’ll conquer this genre.

Lastly, this was a month for turning in receipts and invoices for my tax records. That’s always a full weekend chore for me, so one of my 2018 goals is to do a better job of bookkeeping.

January 2018

I’m enjoying some great “first” book moments in January – my first book signing, reading my first

She won’t stop reading!

review, and then this, getting my first, “She won’t stop reading!” photo. This is a sentiment near and dear to my heart since I was (and am) a hard-core bookworm and have said those words plenty of times. Just knowing I created a book worth shutting out the world for a wee bit was a magical moment.

On that note, I’ve been busy re-plotting Burnt Boot Creek #2. I’m tentatively titling #2 The Pirate’s Emerald Ring but I have no idea if that title will stick. (I am NOT good at titling.) Burnt Boot Creek #2 focuses a bit more on Tayte and Mae as they search for a certain parrot and its emerald ring.

What else? I’m also busy reading and suggesting books for kiddos 5-10 through my email newsletter. (You can sign up and get the free short story The Pirate’s Treasure by clicking HERE.) For the website, I have an interview series planned which I hope will be useful for other children’s authors. Last but not least, I’m developing an adult series in another genre. I’ve just finished the series outline and now am outlining book 1. More info about that series in future updates.

December 2017

#1 New Release

Yay! The Cowboy’s Golden Cup, my first book in the Burnt Boot Creek series, was published in December and immediately jumped to the category’s top new release which means the book earned that nifty little gold Amazon banner.

What else? December was full of day-job deadlines, visiting family, and food. Lots of food. :) But in between nibbles and sharing family stories, I did get some work done on Book 2 of the series, which I plan to get to an editor in late winter.

November 2017

Welcome to Burnt Boot Creek!

It’s been a whirlwind month of writing. I finally completed all the revisions for The Pirate’s Treasure but also started rewriting Book 2  of the Burnt Boot Creek series. Those projects, along with putting the finishing touches on The Cowboy’s Golden Cup with illustrator/designer Kim Fleming, kept me hopping. (Super glad my family was willing to take over all the holiday meal preparations. I peeled potatoes. That’s it! I really have a sweet family.)

The progress on this month’s projects was so slow that I think a quill pen would have been a step up.

October 2017

Good gracious, October was a two-steps-forward and six-steps-back kind of month. I finished another revision of The Pirate’s Treasure, which has morphed multiple times from its original outline.

I have no idea how or when I lost control, but most assuredly, I have lost control. And, in a not so subtle way of art imitating life, my main character also loses control of his project. In the story, Doyle Reed is thwarted in his plan to steal back his treasure chest by a bossy parrot, Miss Thelma Lou, who repeatedly tells Doyle, “Miss Thelma is NOT happy!”

So, while I haven’t enjoyed the backstepping and rewriting and r-e-w-r-i-t-i-n-g I’ve done on this project, I have enjoyed creating Miss Thelma Lou. She grumbles in a much more humorous way than I do. :)

The other news is that my short story No Problem! which is about hopscotch, field days, and courage was sadly not picked as a finalist for a recent competition. Wah, Wah. Wah.

But, it is a story I think others would like, so I’m planning to bundle No Problem!  as well as other stories into a collection for kids who like their stories in bite-sized pieces.

No details right now, but publication should happen in Summer 2018.

Illustrations for The Cowboy’s Golden Cup, book 1 in the Tales of Burnt Boot Creek series, is coming along wonderfully. I cannot wait to share some with you. The illustrator – Kim Fleming – is a super talented artist who captures the characters’ essence, and I just cannot wait for you to see the Burnt Boot Creek foursome – Mae, Tayte, Nathan, and Regan.

So, back to work for me!

Coming Soon! The free short story when you sign up for my book club. Details coming soon also!!

September 2017 

Finished and submitted a short story for a magazine contest, but won’t know anything on its status until November. Also started a new short story called The Pirate’s Treasure which I plan to give away to those of you who sign up for my book club. The story has been fun and challenging to write! It’s a caper with a befuddled pirate who just can’t rid himself of his captain’s stolen treasure, no matter how hard he tries! I’m looking forward to having that ready for you to download for FREE in October.

What I like to imagine my editor’s face looked like when she read The Cowboy’s Golden Cup.

August 2017

Handed off the first book – The Cowboy’s Golden Cup  – from my new chapter book series to my editor. Once the edits and revisions are finished with those, I’ll turn the manuscript over a proofreader and then, finally, the book designer and illustrator. Tales From Burnt Boot Creek is a chapter book series that follows the adventures of four friends who live, play and explore east Texas.

The Cowboy’s Golden Cup was a HUGE success with my kid beta readers!!!

July 2017 

Working hard making revisions after my beta readers finished the manuscript for The Cowboy’s Golden Cup, book 1 for the Tales From Burnt Boot Creek chapter book series. Although I love hearing what adult readers have to say about the manuscript, the very best part is having kid readers!! My kid readers gave the manuscript rave reviews and kept asking their parents for book 2. This is the kind of praise every children’s writer loves to hear. So excited!!

Middle-Grade Contest Finalist!

Hooray! Laurel Leblanc Named as Finalist in 2016 Writer’s League of Texas contest!

Recognition is always nice, and especially when the manuscript you’ve worked on has gone through so many revisions and changes. Laurel Leblanc, Future Gazillionaire is the first book in my middle-grade series about a girl who is always one invention away from striking it rich. Unfortunately, her friends and family have to suffer through each near-misses and outright catastrophes. I’m delighted Laurel is finally getting some kudos!

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