- FEB. 7/23: 3:30pm UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENT with the Grovedale Book Club.
- DEC. 15/22: EDITORIAL REVIEW: “The Quest to Find Peace” published by The Historical Fiction Company. READ IT HERE!
- DEC. 13/22: INTERVIEW with EverythingGP to be aired on Big Country Radio and Rewind Radio, Monday, Dec. 19th.
- DEC. 9/22: BOOK LAUNCH & BOOK SIGNING EVENT: Shepherd’s Fold, downtown Grande Prairie 11am – 2pm.
- DEC. 6/22: IngramSpark: Hardcover Edition files accepted by Ingram. FINAL review of EPROOF for Hardcover Edition.
- DEC. 5/22: IngramSpark: EBOOK files accepted by Ingram. Through These Dark Gates now available for purchase on IndigoKobo and other ebook retailers.
- NOV. 25/22: INTERVIEW with ReachFM Radio to be aired on Monday, Dec. 5th.
- NOV. 10/22: AmazonKDP: Paperback Edition files accepted by KDP. Through These Dark Gates Paperback Edition published on Amazon. Title now available for purchase in all Amazon marketplaces. CHECK.
- NOV. 10/22: IngramSpark: UPLOAD files for Hardcover Edition. Await acceptance from Ingram. CHECK.
- NOV. 10/22: IngramSpark: Paperback Edition files accepted by Ingram. FINAL review of EPROOF for Paperback Edition. Approve files for publication. Title now available to 139,000+ retailers worldwide. Purchase Through These Dark Gates on IndieBound and BAM! and other online retailers. CHECK.
- NOV. 9/22: AmazonKDP: FINAL review of EPROOF of Paperback Edition with adjusted KDP Paperback Cover Spread. Approve files for publication. CHECK.
- NOV. 9/22: Approve IngramSpark Hardcover Cover Spread setup with Designer. CHECK.
- NOV. 8/22: Approve adjusted KDP Paperback Cover Spread setup with Designer. CHECK.
- NOV. 7/22: IngramSpark: UPLOAD eBook and Paperback files. Await acceptance from Ingram. CHECK.
- NOV. 3/22: AmazonKDP: EPUB files accepted by KDP. Through These Dark Gates Kindle Edition now available in the Kindle Store: CHECK.
- NOV. 3/22: Drop off load of books to market on “Local Author’s Bookshelf” at Grovedale Post Office. CHECK.
- NOV. 2/22: AmazonKDP: Printed PROOF of Paperback Edition arrives in mail (looks good!). CHECK.
- NOV. 1/22: AmazonKDP: UPLOAD EPUB files. Await acceptance from KDP. CHECK.
- OCT. 31/22: FINAL eBook file converted and approved with EPUB Conversion Specialist. CHECK.
- OCT. 27-28/22: I perform my comprehensive review, correction marks, and suggested adjustments to EPUB file and submit to Conversion Specialist. CHECK.
- OCT. 26/22: First draft of EPUB conversion submitted to me for review by EPUB Conversion Production Company. CHECK.
- OCT. 21-22/22: AmazonKDP: UPLOAD files of KDP Paperback Edition. Review PDF PROOF. Await acceptance from KDP. Order PRINTED PROOF of Paperback Edition. CHECK.
- OCT. 21/22: Drop off load of books for consignment at Shepherd’s Fold – Grande Prairie’s Christian Bookstore.
- OCT. 13/22: Launch into eBook conversion – book files confirmed and transferred by Designer to EPUB Conversion Specialist Regina McCreary working at EPUB Conversion and Production Company, Human Powered Designs.
- SEPT. 4/22: Mail Hardcover and Softcover versions to Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
- SEPT. 4 – OCT. 15/22: Fill and ship BOOK ORDERS – Hello, Dawson City, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Bonanza, Idaho, Arkansas, Indiana, Arizona, Australia, and other in-between places!
- SEPT. 3 – 5/22 BOOK RELEASE WEEK: Autographed Hardcover and Softcover copies of Through These Dark Gates now available at fourseasonsnorth.com
- AUG. 31/22: 700+lbs of books arrival on the pallet – it’s Debut Novel UNBOXING day!
- AUG. 5/22 DEADLINE DAY: Friesens Co.: Final text corrections made to uploaded files. Approve all Proofing Files for PRODUCTION of First Print Run!
- AUG. 2/22: Friesens Co.: PRINTED PROOF and Cover Spreads received in mail (looks good!).
- JULY 22/22 DEADLINE DAY: Friesens Corporation: To submit all completed and designed files for processing in MyBooks. CHECK.
- JULY 21/22: FINAL Hardcover and Softcover spreads RECEIVED from my Designer and APPROVED by me. CHECK.
- JUNE 5/22: Send manuscript FINAL COPY to Book Designer. CHECK.
- MAY 13/22: Receive back FINAL manuscript from Editor. CHECK.
- MAY 5, 2022 DEADLINE DAY: Send FINAL manuscript to Editor to Copyedit. CHECK.
- APRIL 25/22: Receive second set of Concepts for cover design today… Yes… I see an epic book cover coming together before my eyes… CHECK.
- APRIL 20/22: Receive edited and formatted file of Selected Bibliography from my Editor. CHECK.
- APRIL 18/22: Second third of Line-Edits reviewed and accepted by me. CHECK.
- APRIL 15/22 DEADLINE DAY: To submit Selected Bibliography file to my Editor for editing and formatting. CHECK.
- MARCH 31/22: 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.
- MARCH 28/22: Send written feedback to my Cover Designer for his consideration as he designs the next set of Cover Concepts.
- MARCH 25/22: Receive first set of Concepts for cover design. Collaboration off to a great start. CHECK.
- MARCH 16/22: Hire out book cover and interior design to my professional, award-winning Designer from Beaumont: Dean Pickup of CanadaBookDesign.com. CHECK.
- MARCH 22/22: 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.
- FEB. 22/22 DEADLINE DAY: Submit my 130,000 word manuscript to Tanis Nessler of ReVision Editing 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.
- OCT. 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.