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The Truth About Chanson de l’Ange

squarechansonGreetings fans and friends!  Just an update to let you know that things are going well with the CreateSpace submission process.  Fortunately, I have my son to do a lot of the leg work!   It turns out that his experience with Bookbaby has really paid off!  He has been very good about stepping in when the process has become overwhelming for me.  We are still on target for an October 23rd release!

Now for a few personal comments:  I need to give you a little background on Chanson’s rocky journey to publication.  As many of you know, back in 2010, I self published the first edition of the first half of the Chanson de l’Ange story, with the intention of doing the same for second half.  However, midstream an opportunity presented itself for me to publish through a very small traditional publisher.  I then set about revising my novel into 3 separate volumes, with plans of  working with TreasureLine publishing.  There were many unforeseen bumps in the road, not the least of which was my husband’s serious health setbacks, but also bumps on my publisher’s end.  Sometime after I began to work with TreasureLine, the company’s owner decided to close down the publishing side of her business and strictly work in formatting books and designing book covers.   By that time I was already fairly deep into the process with her, and the last thing I wanted was to start all over with someone else.  Therefore I decided to continue on with her as my adviser and formatter.   Unfortunately, there were many delays on both her end and mine, which stretched out into nearly 2 years of back and forth-wait-back and forth, and wait some more. 

Initially when I signed on with TL, I was under the impression that my books would be professionally edited.  This was perhaps naive of me, as I have discovered since then that REAL editors charge thousands of dollars.  I am coming clean with my readers to inform you that, although I worked very hard on improving my writing, as I read through the proofs, I clearly recognize my weaknesses.  My books needed real editing, not just proofreading.  Having said that, I hope my readers realize that my heart and soul are in these books.  To the best of my ability, I wrote to move and touch my readers.  No, Chanson is not a polished work.  But it is a story I wanted to tell, and despite my misgivings over technical errors and my own writing challenges, I am proud of Chanson de l’Ange.

(The formatting, by the way, is gorgeous!   I could not be happier with the layout of my interiors.   The font choices and the artistry Linda brought to this project give these books a professional appearance.) 

Chanson de l’Ange the 3 part series, is a self published work.  A work that required all the energy and time I could give to it, even as I fought my own personal battles with illness and a family crisis.  It is my humble prayer that you will enjoy this series, that it will touch you and move you in some way.  More than that, I cannot ask.

 

Sincerely,

Paisley Swan Stewart

 

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