November has been a crazy, but good month.
For NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I wrote the first draft of a second in a three-book fictional series I plan to release next fall. Four to six people from a local writers group I’m involved with in Omaha met for nine “write-ins” during the month at a Perkins restaurant. We wrote for two hours every time we got together and it was usually enough time to hit our 1,667 word count goal for day. As an added benefit, we got to know each other quite a bit better.
At the same time, I was preparing for the re-release of The Experience of Christmas by Bold Vision Books. The book was originally released by Barbour Publishing in 2006 and went out of print in 2010. The book still has a lot of life in it though, so I dusted it off, revised it, and found a new publisher for it. I love the new cover design, and have been pleased by how well people are receiving it. Amazon is offering both the print and e-book version, if you are interested.
I held the official book launch today on Facebook and was pleased by the number of people who showed up. We had a great time talking about our favorite Christmas traditions, and five people walked away with a free copy of the book. If you missed it, I plan to hold similar events for upcoming releases.
Previously, I told you about a book of coffee shop essays I’m writing. Initially, I planned to call it “Caffeinated Confessions,” but I’m not really a title guy. It takes me a while to find the right fit. The other day, the right fit came to me for this project. It’s going to be called “Common Grounds: Coffee Shop Essays from the Corner Table.” The sub-title might be tweaked a bit, but it’s getting there. By the end of December, I should be able to show you the book cover.
If it sounds like I’m refocusing my efforts on books, then you are tracking with me. I stepped down as a writer at SB Nation’s MinorLeagueBall.com this month, so I won’t be writing any minor league material in the off-season, or possibly next season. If the right deal comes along (the occasional feature, as opposed to regular content), I may take it, but for now, it’s full steam ahead on my book projects.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.