It’s time for these dark wings to breathe. I’ve spent 6 months behind the scenes helping authors with the new publishing house that I built (STITCHED SMILE PUBLICATIONS) and I’m so proud of it and everyone who has become SSP family. I’ve made some incredible friendships from it as well.

My own writing has been placed on the back burner and that’s OK. That’s what being a publisher is all about. I sacrifice things so that the payoff is richer. Because it’s how an author should be treated by their publisher. 

With the house on a smooth even coasting cruise, I can afford to take some time to write more often, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

So what’s next?

The Unsaintly is getting a professional comb through. It has passed through many hands and I appreciate every person who has given it their love and time. A heartfelt thank you to each of you. This final run will see this labor of love to its full, blooming potential.

The Unfleshed is almost done and being edited as I go because I’m sending snippits to them. What started out as, “can you tell me what you think?” turned into a shared journey and project.

When someone appreciates your work and friendship enough to edit it, that means something. Both of these books are in that cocoon stage, soon to spread wings in full glory. I’d say by May or June. I’m not rushing though. May or June is giving some padding for any “Oh no” moments.

And since I have your attention. If you’re not following my Facebook page yet, you should. I will be giving it more attention as I help new authors, and try to lead by example for SSP.

And I’ll probably reveal the cover of THE UNFLESHED there soon  ; )

The First 90 Days


The first 90 days of any employment is the grace period. So they say.  It’s an opportunity for an employee to say, “this place is crackers” or for an employer to say, “you’re an idiot”.

The first 90 days of the journey with Stitched Smile Publications, my brand new company, has been a complete dream. Yes, there have been snags and hiccups along the way, but the team I’ve found and put together is first class.

We have, since January,  put out 8 books. We’ve hit top 100 with two of those. And each book has a great rating and set of reviews on Amazon.

The only drawback I can see is that there’s less time for me to write but that’s OK. I write in my own time and way. So this is actually…perfect.

I’ve learned that people want to associate themselves with me or my company’s name, now. Not a bad thing. Just weird. I’m trying to get accustomed to people knowing me by reputation and name. I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of gal. I like to sit and observe from the corner but this position pushes me right into the spotlight… kicking and screaming.

I love this, though. I’ve never felt more right or accomplished as I do right now.

Because this is the house that Stitch made….and it’s a fine house, at that.