- BOOK RELEASE WEEK: LABOUR DAY WEEKEND!! SEPTEMBER 3 – 5: Order your Softcover and Hardcover copies of “THROUGH THESE DARK GATES” from fourseasonsnorth.com
- DEADLINE DAY! FRIDAY, AUGUST 5: APPROVE all Proofing Files for production at Friesens Corporation.
- TUESDAY, AUGUST 2: Hardcopy Printed Proofs and Cover Spreads received from Friesens Corporation.
- DEADLINE DAY! FRIDAY, JULY 22: To submit all completed and designed files to Friesens Corporation. CHECK.
- THURSDAY, JULY 21: FINAL Hardcover and Softcover spreads RECEIVED from my Designer and APPROVED by me. CHECK.
- SUNDAY, JUNE 5: Send manuscript FINAL COPY to Book Designer. CHECK.
- FIRDAY, MAY 13: Receive back FINAL manuscript from Editor. CHECK.
- DEADLINE DAY! THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022: Send FINAL manuscript to Editor to Copyedit. CHECK.
- MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2022: Receive second set of Concepts for cover design today… Yes… I see an epic book cover coming together before my eyes… CHECK.
- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2022: Receive edited and formatted file of Selected Bibliography from my Editor. CHECK.
- MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2022: Second third of Line-Edits reviewed and accepted by me. CHECK.
- DEADLINE DAY! FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022: To submit Selected Bibliography file to my Editor for editing and formatting. CHECK.
- THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022: Successfully apply for and secure my three separate ISBN numbers for softcover, hardcover, and ebook formats of my historical novel from the Library and Archives Canada (LAC). CHECK.
- MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022: Send written feedback to my Cover Designer for his consideration as he designs the next set of Cover Concepts.
- FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022: Receive first set of Concepts for cover design. Collaboration off to a great start. CHECK.
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2022: Hire out book cover and interior design to my professional, award-winning Designer from Beaumont. CHECK.
- TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2022: Receive completed Line-Edits from my Editor. I tackle the manuscript again, grateful for her sharp eye, critiques, and her dedication to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style. I settle in for six weeks of working through line-edits and making the finishing touches to the manuscript. CHECK.
- DEADLINE DAY! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022: Submit my 130,000 word manuscript to my professional Editor from Calgary for a full round of Line-Edits. After previous Manuscript Evaluations, Line-Edits, and multiple rounds of Spot-Checks through the past few years of working on this piece, I’m finally seeing the homestretch… CHECK.
- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021: After a summer of gardening, cheesemaking, foraging, and barefooted pedal-bike riding, I once again seize my hefty manuscript and a trusty pencil. I dust off my tower of historical research material and settle in for four winter months of revisions and refining. Armed with The Synonym Finder, Strunk and White, and the dictionary, I trudge back into the nineteenth-century where Ireland and America are rife with religious and political intrigues, conspiracies, orphan asylums, and war. CHECK.
VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH OF HISTORICAL EVENTS INSPIRING MY NOVEL:
(photos in the Public Domain)
(above) PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, WASHINGTON, D.C. May 23 AND MAY 24, 1865: GRAND REVIEW OF THE UNION ARMIES. THE CAPITOL BUILDING LOOMS IN THE DISTANCE, ITS MYSTERIOUS, NEWLY-MOUNTED “STATUE OF FREEDOM” OBSERVING THE PARADE FROM THE LOFTY ZENITH OF THE SPARKLING CAST-IRON DOME.
(above) RESERVED FOR ‘FALLEN WOMEN,’ IRELAND’S DARK MAGDALENE ASYLUMS PROVED VERITABLE WORKHOUSES WHERE STIGMATIZED WOMEN, GIRLS, AND INNOCENT CHILDREN (OFTEN ORPHANS) WERE FORCED TO WORK OUT ‘PENANCE’ FOR THEIR OWN SINS OR THE SINS OF THEIR MOTHER.
(above) ROMAN CATHOLIC SISTERS SERVED BOTH UNION AND CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS AS SKILLED AND COMPASSIONATE NURSES DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
(above) THE UNFINISHED, CAST-IRON CAPITOL DOME OVERLOOKING THE INAUGURATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 16TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
(above) WASHINGTON, D.C. PATIENTS IN WARD K OF ARMORY SQUARE HOSPITAL
(above) FIELD HOSPITAL OF THE 3RD DIVISION, 2ND CORPS IN BRADY STATION, VA IN 1864.
(above) ANTIETAM 1862: BURYING THE DEAD IN THE BLOODY CORNFIELD
(above) NON-COMMISSIONED UNION SOLDIERS SHARING A MEAL TOGETHER.
(above) LINCOLN WITH NOTABLE OFFICERS FOLLOWING THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM.