Release Date for Beginning Stones

Time to make this official so I have to finish.

I learned about Amazon’s self publishing program late last year and I figured, “Why not?” I had a story I’d needed a reason to finish for some time, and I thought I might as well give it a try and see if people found it worth reading. Being a published author has pretty much always been a goal of mine, but the goal felt unattainable, distant at best.

When I’d ask about being published in the past it was always treated like some heavily guarded secret, or a complete shot in the dark. You’d send out your manuscript, wait for rejection, and try again somewhere else.

That never appealed to me, honestly. I had a story that I wanted to tell, and Amazon seemed to have a way for me to do it. I never thought that a few months later I’d have sold several hundred copies, or that some of those copies would be in bookstores or libraries. I never thought that I’d be rushing excitedly to finish book two because people were waiting for it.

But you are. Weirdos.

So here it goes: Beginning Stones will be released for kindle by August 31st.

There you have it. So far I am 100 pages in (by print copy estimates, so it may vary in digital form) and I expect it to be a fair amount longer – closer to 130+ pages. Print copies will be released the following month, and I will give an estimate date when I can. The main reason for the delay is because I plan to include illustrations in the print version and I predict it will take a little time for me to get those inserted correctly.

So there you have it! As a bonus, here’s a possible cover that I released yesterday:

Draft 1 of lots

2 thoughts on “Release Date for Beginning Stones

  1. Jaime says:


    I think a lot of writers feel like “getting published” is a heavily guarded secret. When asked about writing tips, authors gladly shell out advice; but when it comes to giving advice as to how to get published they seem to clam up.

    • Mary says:

      That was pretty much my experience until my last year of college – I got either the clammy non-response or “oh well it’s very difficult and you just have to get used to rejection.”

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