Hi, friends! Well, the new book is out, I enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Sanger Library as my last public book even for the year… I’m ready to enjoy the holidays!
It’s funny, I’ve had so many deadlines this year that every time I look at my phone and see the date, I think, “Oh my gosh! I need to hurry up and…” And then I remember that I HAVE no more deadlines this year! Yay! It’s a pretty great feeling. Not gonna lie. And I’m proud of myself for sticking to them. Now I just have to get them out of my head and relax and enjoy. I’ve never considered myself a workaholic, but I am very goal oriented and I usually have to have SOMETHING I’m working on or toward or else I just don’t know what to do with myself.
But I DO have a lot of things to work on. For one thing, I’m beta-reading my good friend’s first book! Her name is April, but you might know her as A Well Read Woman. I’m very much enjoying her book. It’s taking me a bit longer to read than most books, however, because I’m going through and making notes. I really enjoy beta-reading, especially because it means I get to read books before they’re released!
April was also sweet enough to read Boy Band and she wrote one of my most favorite reviews of all time.
And no, I don’t JUST love it because she included a One Direction gif.
After I’m finished beta-reading, I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the books on my TBR list for 2015. I’m not sure I’ll finish them all by January 1, but I WILL finish.
If I could have one wish this Christmas, it would be for independent authors everywhere to enjoy the same amount of recognition, respect, and readership as our traditionally published colleagues. If you have a reader in your life, visit Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com and check out an independently published book. I guarantee you you will make an author’s Christmas dream come true. A reader’s as well.
Love you all!
Awwwwww!!!!! I’m so glad it isn’t torture!! (beta-reading) So honored to call you my friend!! ❤ Thank you so much!!!
The honor is all mine!
Reblogged this on A Well Read Woman and commented:
Author Jacqueline E Smith is currently beta reading my urban fantasy novel ANNNND she doesn’t hate it! 🙂