Hello my beautiful team!

Thank you for sticking by me!

Double-edged Sword is currently with the editor and we will be to and froing with it over the next few weeks to get it perfect, then we’ll be onto the next step at the end of the month. Yay!

The next step, as I said in my last update is it going to the lawyers to make sure there are no legal ramifications to what we’ve written.

Then it’s some copy and setting stuff, technical stuff & choosing photos etc…

Anna, my fabulous cover designer at Mary Egan Publishing and I will work out the cover we want and she’ll create it.   Her work is amazing! I’m so lucky!

Then it’s proofreading for grammatical errors that may have slipped passed us all…

Then we print and eBook this baby. And she is my baby.  I can’t wait to get her out to you!

Of course, marketing is in there too, pretty much continuously!  I’ve signed up for a book marketing course this February so hopefully, I’ll have some handy tips in my back pocket to get my baby out to the wider world.

Thank you so much for your support and your patience. You rock and I love you!

Putting myself out here like this has been scary and empowering all at once, but having you by my side has helped immensely and shored up my strength and determination.

A reminder that it’s raw and gritty, contains sex, drugs and violence and it’s not for the faint hearted…but you already knew that huh?

During my last read through before I sent it off I sobbed my heart out and laughed out loud.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

Also, my editor has informed me it’s the best memoir manuscript she’s edited and that she has been more emotionally invested and inspired by it than any other survivor story she’s read. She thinks it’s going to help lots of people.

Woohoo!  That’s what I want.

Such high praise from an industry insider who is described by others as one of the best editors in the country.  Yay! I knew it was good, but I’m biased and wasn’t sure if I was right.

If it all comes together as I am envisioning, we should be printing late Autumn. (Spring for those of you in the northern hemisphere)

As soon as I have a print date and a release date I’ll let you know.

So exciting.  Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me.

Lots of love

Simonne xxxx

NB I’ve dropped the A.  The title is now Double-edged Sword.