Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Edits to come soon

A couple of weeks ago I asked the Publisher if I could have the first round of edits before Thaksgiving. My thinking in doing that is if I don't get the first round of edits before the start of the Holiday's the edits probably won't come until Jan. or Feb. I really want to stay on top of the Publishing process and just keep everything rolling. The Publisher(Kathy) said that the editor they are working with will get the edits to me before Thanksgiving. Yeah!!! She also said that I have asked for the highest tier of editing and thus the editor will make several suggestions in the manuscript. She tells me this because a manuscript is an Author's work of art and wanted to just prepare me. Also the edits are suggestions and changes are only made thay Kathy and I approve. She told me to take my time going through the first round of edits which I am sure will take a few days or even weeks. Also to remember that after this round of edits I have one more round to go before the book will go to print. I am very encouarged by the e-mail and am still awed in this process. God continually teaches me more about myself through this.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mail Time

It's is official I just wrote the check and signed the contract. The envelope will go in the mail tomorrow. Wow I feel so in aww or amazed. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to everyone who has helped me along the way to make this possible.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Amazing Interview!!!

A few days ago I received a e-mail from my Publisher wanting to talk with me about my contract and the components of my project. It made me nervous because I knew that, that probably meant the price had increased to publish my book.

Well I had my second interview with my Publisher today. It went great!!! They really liked the content of my manuscript and were impressed by the artwork for the cover. It felt great to hear that from the Publisher because until this point I have not received a personal opinion on what they thought of my book. The Price to start the publishing process is going to cost $1,164.75 which did not go up to much, it had been $1,149.00.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I finally new the exact price . Once I mail them the check with my signed contract they will then begin the editing process of my book. Which I will keep everyone posted on. That will take a little time too. I can't believe it, the process is actually going to begin now. Wow, I feel overwhelmed and amazed that God would use me in this way. It is funny how God works with our weaknesses to show us that we are capable of more than we know.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The non-update

I have contacted the publishing company twice since the interview in May about how the process is going. They replied once in June saying that the publising rep had been on vacation so it will take some time to review my finished proposal/manuscript. I also just contacted them again two weeks ago and am currently waiting for a response. I know this process will take a while. I have not paid them yet and am still waiting on the final approval on everything. This is my non-update update. Thanks for your support and being patient.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The interview went pretty good. Once I got over my nervousness the conversation became a lot less awkward. What a experience. As of now I have e-mailed my manuscript, forms of the options I want as a Author and the cover design. The process has started and once Chad(my publishing rep.) reviews the documents we will start the the next process in publishing. Thank you to all of you who are praying for me.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Almost there!

I'm very excited for my upcoming interview THIS TUESDAY with my publisher! I can't believe 2 years of work is about to be completed! I want to say a big "THANK YOU!" to everyone that has contributed money so far towards my book. As of today, I have $500 - I need $1150 so we're almost halfway there!

In talking with the publishing company, they would like to have the money submitted after the interview. It looks like tomorrow (5/16/10) will be the deadline for collecting money. If you still would like to give money, there are a few ways to do it:

1. Email me ( and let me know.
2. Use the PayPal link on the right.
3. Talk with me at church tomorrow (for those who live in Helena) .

I'll post an update after my interview to let you all know how it went. I'm nervous, but so excited!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Exciting News!!!

I have a phone interview with my publishing rep. on May 18th at 2:30pm. I'm super excited and a little bit nervous. I will be giving the money I receive by May 15 to the publisher sometime after my phone interview.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Thank You

I want to say a big thank you to all of you who have given money towards my book. What a blessing!!! A few people wanted to give money but will not be able to do so until later so the deadline for the money has been extended to May 15. Also for those of you who needed my mailing address it is:
Leslie Redden
735 Saddle Dr.
Helena MT 59601

Again thank you to all of you who have given money and encouraged me in the book writing process.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Money Update

Thank you to all of you who are expressing an interest in my book. To give you just a short update $290 of the $1149 has come in. That is such a blessing, Thank You:) A lot of you have been asking about a more specific timeline for when I need the money by. I'm saying May 1st. I'm currently reading my book and making a few adjustments here and there.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Behind the price

Here are just a few things that are included in price of publishing
1. Production Options
Power Edit $2.25 per page(Not sure of the length of my book yet)
Makes medium edits to the manuscript, line by line: conducts all light- edit activities; tightens wording, eliminates gender issues, checks for flawed logic changes passive to active voice and eliminates jargon
2. Professional Cover Design
Tyler designed a front cover for my book. I also I have asked my sister Abby and her husband Cory to design some alternative covers also. No cost for this at this time
3. Interior book formatting/ layout
a. Basic Interior $325
Straight text only; no images, graphics or special text formatting such as sidebars or pull-quotes etc…
4. Publishing & Marketing Package $399(I only listed the highlights of this package)
a. Power
i. Library of Congress copyright registration
ii. Availability for international distribution
iii. Channel distribution through major online booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and many more
iv. This book will be available for purchase on power publishing’s website
v. Author payments made quarterly on sales

I don’t know how much each book will cost yet. That is something that my publishing rep will speak with me about in May.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Story behind the story

This is a little back story about how my book came to be.

Well some of you may not know this but I have been working on writing a book for the past two years. This has definitely been an adventure into a whole new world that I knew little about. Why did I want to write a book? To be honest I never really thought about writing a book until I had this silly little dream one night and it would not leave my head. My dream started off with a boy and a girl falling through some trees. When they looked up they saw a creek with a mysterious kingly looking man standing it. That really was my entire dream and I felt strongly that God wanted me to write a book from that. Six months later I finally just sat down and started writing what I thought was just a silly little dream that I could not forget. Then I kept writing and writing and writing until I finished my book this week. I had no idea that my dream really was not silly and a serious thing. I’m really thankful that I was obedient to God and wrote it all out. It is amazing what God has put inside of all of us that we don’t even know is there.

Shortly after writing my first few paragraphs I contacted power publishing inc. Tyler found that company from a book that he read. I submitted a sample of what I had written without them knowing who I was or really who they were. They wrote me back a few days later and said they liked what they read. Then they asked me to submit a book proposal which once they received they would review and tell me if I was an accepted author or not. They did end up accepting my proposal and agreed to give me until May 2010 to finish my book. I had hoped to have enough money raised by May 2010 to start the publishing process. However, with our house not selling and with the whole process of moving, I’m still quite a bit short. Yes, you guessed it - I am asking you for money. The money will go to publishing the book. The cost of the book is $1149. That price includes many things some of which are editing, layout design, distribution (Amazon, Barnes & Noble), etc.

I am very excited for this opportunity and will keep all of you updated. The publishing company has been great to work with and if you would like to know more about the publishing company visit their website at If you write a check please write it to Leslie Redden. You can also pay by credit card by clicking on the PayPal link. I will be posting how much I receive on my blog. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me through this process it has been very helpful.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


This is just the beginning of my blog. In the weeks to come I will be posting some sample chapters from my book, the purpose of the book and what exactly is included in the price of publishing. I will also have the PayPal link for giving up and running in a few days. Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for being a part of this incredible opportunity with me.