Not quite! I published the third of the Who Don'ts books, "The Ladies Who Do Dinner" about 12 months ago. What's been happening since then? First, I took a five week break, as I pondered marketing my newest book. Then I waited for inspiration and soon began writing. It's not another in the Ladies Who Don't Lunch series. It's something entirely new. In the interim, I traveled a fair bit - all in the name of research, of course - and continued the marketing of my first three books. The new one is coming along. Tidbits to follow...
Sometimes, things just don't go the way we plan. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that Wix, the service that hosts my website and sends out my emails, had goofed in a very big way. It's taken almost two months to figure out why previous mail-outs were bounced by 100s of email addresses for no reason. And it's not over yet. Really not the way I had hoped to launch my third novel, "The Ladies Who Do Dinner," but there you have it. That should explain the reason for the lastest mail-out, with the theme of seeing double.
After publishing two books within one week, it was time for a break. "The Ladies Who Do Dinner" and "Temple Sholom Sifrei Torah" were both hot off the press in late October. What did I do to celebrate? I took a six-week vacation, trying hard not to write! It's amazing how relaxing it can be without internet access for days on end. And when the conversations turned to my novels, people were eager to provide new title suggestions for continuations of the series. "The Ladies Who Do a Pub Crawl" was one; "The Ladies Who Tour Wine Country" was another. But my favorite was "The Ladies Who Drink Single Malt Scotch." Not that I'm ready to write another book, but just thinking about the research is appealing!
Thanks to everyone who submitted a suggested title for my third novel. They ranged from the suggestively plagiarized "Fifty Shades of Lunch" to the vaguely Shakespearean "Much Ado About Lunch" to the literal "The Ladies Who Finally Do Lunch." The winner is the truth-telling "The Ladies Who Do Dinner." My thanks, too, to the reader who sent along a quote from Stephen Sondheim, "I think 'lunch' is one of the funniest words in the world." Perhaps that's another reason the Who Don'ts did dinners instead of mid-day meals.
The Ladies Who Do Dinner is now going through rewrites and edits. Wish I could say that this is the fun part. My goal is to have it published before the end of the year. Watch for updates!
For those waiting to hear about my third novel, you'll be pleased to know that I've now completed the first draft. It has a working title, but I'm open to suggestions for a permanent one. So far, the options are: The Ladies Who Don't Just Dine, It's Not Just Dinner, and The Ladies Who Meet and Eat. Can you suggest a title? If it's the one ultimately used, I'll send you an autographed copy of the book when it's published. This is your opportunity to be creative! Click on "Read More" to use the comments section or email me at email@example.com.
It's been three years since I published my first novel as an e-book. A lot has happened since then. I've written a second novel and the two books are now available as both e-books and paperbacks through Amazon websites worldwide. In all that time, I have not had a website. Truth be told, I'd rather spend my time writing books than working on a site, but the time finally came. I'm delighted to introduce my new website and I hope you like it. You would be doing me a big favour (if you are Canadian or British) or favor (if you are American), if you pass this website along to two or three friends. And, of course, feel free to email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.