BONES AND ROSES:  A new chapter in my life

August 5, 2014

Bones and Roses

"I did it my way." The lyrics of the song made famous by Frank Sinatra seem tailor-made for me.  The story of my life. I go out on a limb, and good things happen...or the bough breaks and I land on my butt.  Either way, I'm seldom sorry I did it my way, because even when I fall down at least I know I tried. It beats always wondering, "What if...?"

Recently I went out on the most precarious limb ever when I made the decision to self-publish.  Bones and Roses, Book one of my Cypress Bay mystery series, marks my foray into indie publishing after decades of being traditionally published.  As my author friend, Samantha Bailey, is fond of saying, "I'm gonna go throw up now." Many was the night I woke in the wee hours with a pounding heart, fearing the worst. But I'm also super excited to be trying my hand at something different. Every day I learn a new skill I didn't know I could master. If there were such a thing as a bachelor's degree in social media I'd have earned one.

Luckily I'm not out on this particular limb alone.  I have my husband, Sandy Kenyon, first and foremost. He kept the promise he made to me when we first started going out. He vowed to be "the one guy who makes your life easier," after the string of disastrous relationships I'd endured before we met. In the 19 years we've been together he's been good as his word. He's also my chief promoter. Oh yeah, and he gives awesome foot rubs.

Thanks, too, to the team at my distributors, INscribe Digital. They've guided and encouraged me throughout the process. The fabulous Kelly Peterson said it best when she told me, "You know more than you think you do." Often I've reflected on those words.

My marketing "genie," Lauren Lee, has been an invaluable resource and publishing partner - I quite simply couldn't have done it with her. She's almost nine months pregnant with her first, so it's been a race to see which would come first, the book or the baby.  (Looks like the book will be the first to cross the finish line).

My author "Tweeps," Francine LaSala and Samantha Stroh Bailey of Perfect Pen Communications, who've become dear friends since we connected on Twitter (reconnected in the case of Francine, with whom I'd worked on previous, traditionally published titles), were on hand--ready, willing and able--to edit and copy-edit the final manuscript. They delivered quality work in a timely fashion.

My friend and secret weapon, Susie Stangland, has been working behind the scenes to broaden my social media platforms. Thank you, Susie! You're a rock star, if an unsung one at times.

I also owe thanks to the fellow authors who generously provided quotes. Kindness is the currency of my realm and these ladies have my coffers overflowing. Bless you, Sandra Brown, Donna Ball, Charlotte Hinger, and Josie Brown. You're awesome ladies as well as awesome writers.

Last but not least, I thank you, Dear Reader, for taking my  fictional journeys with me.  I hope you enjoy this one. If you find the waters of Cypress Bay to your liking, you can dive in again with Book 2 of my Cypress Bay mystery series, SWIMSUIT BODY, due out next spring.

Until then, happy trails.



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Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie on Wed, August 06, 2014 at 3:28:10 said:

Now that it’s been 24 hours since the release of Bones and Roses - I hope you’re celebrating! What a journey bringing a book to market - and how wonderful that you did it your way.

    Eileen on Sat, August 09, 2014 at 5:26:10 said:

    Thank you, Julie! You played a part in making it happen, so I thank you for that, too. Your support and friendship means the world to me. This is like a dream come true. Still pinching myself.

Krista on Sat, August 09, 2014 at 4:48:52 said:

I pre-ordered my copy and it has been delivered to my Kobo. Can’t wait to dive in. I am so excited for you and this new adventure!

hilary on Tue, August 12, 2014 at 12:42:44 said:

It is so scary but so rewarding too… I can so relate to wanting to throw up!  Congrats!  Nothing is better than doing something “your” way!

    Eileen on Tue, August 12, 2014 at 2:17:12 said:

    Scary yes, but after I made the leap I was so proud of myself.  I’ll always feel good about it, whatever the final outcome in terms of income.

Book Review: Bones and Roses by Eileen GoudgeJulie on Fri, August 29, 2014 at 7:51:37 said:

[…] On Eileen’s website – “I did it my way.” Borrowing the line from a Frank Sinatra song – Eileen reflects on the process and decision-making behind the writing and publishing of this, her latest novel: BONES AND ROSES: A new chapter in my life […]

Lyn on Sat, September 27, 2014 at 11:49:26 said:

When will the hardcover be available.  I still like the feel of a book in my hands.

    Eileen on Sat, September 27, 2014 at 12:26:24 said:

    Hi Lyn. Thanks for asking. I’m working on making a print edition available. Should be soon.  I’ll keep you posted smile