That's right! Chicago's Best is out and about on Amazon!
I'm a bit behind in announcing it... :/ As is life with a 14 month old. ;p
But Chicago's Best released on March 10th! And so far, I'm quite pleased with how it's doing! You guys snatched it up and have been letting me know what you think, AND I love that!!! :)
CB (Chicago's Best) is the first book in The Lighthearted Collection, and I would like to say book number two is in the works as we speak. ETA for that one should be this summer. :)
I want to give you guys a bit of a breakdown on how Chicago's Best came together... and so quickly! ;p
First thing first: I have been writing since 2005. I've been an author since 2009. And when I first started out, well, you guys are familiar... I came out with children's books. (The Adventurous Life of Laura Bell, Susie At Your Service, and Sissy and Kat)
Although I was publishing children's books, I wasn't just writing children's lit. I was writing adult fiction. The Unfading Lands was mapped out in about 2006. I just never sat down and wrote the complete story until 2014. But it was in the works, even back then. On top of that though, I have written several, and I mean several, (73 to be exact), smaller novellas like CB mentioned above. However, my writing back then is NOT what it is now. I decided though, that instead of just sitting on books I've written and not doing anything with them, I should actually DO SOMETHING WITH THEM. So, there goes the birth of The Lighthearted Collection. CB is a hybrid between two of my past work-in-progresses. I sort of molded them together, rewrote, tweaked, changed, made better, etc. in order to come out with CB. Overall, it only took me two months to write it. Not too shabby. It took me about a month to go through my editor, and then the other rounds of edits. Within that month, my beta readers were reading it. Then final edits took a few more weeks. And then I sent off for final proof copy just 4 days before the designated release date. Thankfully, it came back smooth and ready. So March 10th was it. :)
What also took a couple months was designing the cover. Originally, my cover designer and I were looking at something illustrated for the cover... let's just say after coming up with several designs, I just wasn't happy with the feel of it. Neither was my designer. So I told her what I wanted. Well, turns out what I told her I wanted, was the exact thing I had originally told her I did NOT want. HA! But it works! And she did one design, and BAM! The cover of CB was pretty much done! :) She and I were both happy with it. It fits the story SUPER well. And it is pleasing to the eye, if I do say so myself. ;)
I'm happy with it. The story, the cover, the feedback... I am thrilled you guys are enjoying it as well. It makes my inner romantic so happy! ;)
And if you liked CB, make sure to keep checkin' in... because the next in The Lighthearted Collection will be coming SOON!!!!
Thank you all for the support, encouragement, and smiles. :)
Howdy Everyone! And welcome to my website! My name is Katharine Hamilton and I am a writer and multi-genre author! Thank you for stopping by!