Designed text on left. Correction page on the right.

This will be short, folks! I have a very important job to do today. This is the deadline for returning my manuscript to the Herald Press editor so that he can implement the print schedule.

So many stages in the production of a book!

And it’s scary to find corrections even at the end when you double check a fact one more time. If that can happen, how many more little devils might slip past all the eyeballs working to keep them out??

Ah well, time to just keep going, or as the Brits say, Keep Calm and Carry On.

From last year's pilgrimage trip.

79 days until Blush launches

That’s my New Beginning. Finishing the proofreading and turning over the text.

What’s yours? We have been at this for more than 20 days now!

Register your  New Beginning here.

Shirley Showalter


  1. Kathleen Pooler on June 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Congratulation, Shirley on this momentous milestone! It certainly is a long, winding road to publication but you are almost there. Sharing in your excitement and anticipation 🙂

    • shirleyhs on June 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathleen. You’ve been there at almost every step of the way. I enjoy sharing and will enjoy following your own progress through similar passages. Onward!

  2. Tina Barbour on June 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Congratulations on reaching this point, Shirley! It must be so exciting to know that your book is going to print soon. Thank you for taking us along on this journey. 79 days–that doesn’t seem so far away! 🙂

    • shirleyhs on June 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      So true, Tina. Seeing that 7 show up in the number made publication seem very real this morning. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Here’s back at ya for a very good day yourself. Hope it is full of wonderful New Beginnings.

  3. Carol Bodensteiner on June 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I’m excited for you, Shirley! You have me thinking about doing new things. It’s a great way to think about each day. Carry on!

    • shirleyhs on June 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks, Carol. I’m sure you are making new discoveries every day. It seems you always have.

  4. Sharon Lippincott on June 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Oh, GULP! Such a big moment. You’ve done what you can. It will be great. Can’t wait to read and review! BTW, I just finished reading Saloma Miller Furlong’s memoir, Why I Left the Amish. Wow! Thanks for pointing it out. She is one gutsy gal. I think yours will be quite different, but equally compelling.

  5. shirleyhs on June 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    GULP indeed, Sharon. I’m glad you read Why I Left the Amish. And you assume correctly that my story will be quite different. Thanks so much for wanting to read and review. That’s wonderful! Thank you.

  6. Sherrey Meyer on June 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Shirley, congratulations on reaching this momentous occasion. Butterflies and missed edits are likely common to all writers at this stage of the game. I wait patiently to reach this point with my memoir. Look forward to reading and reviewing!

    • shirleyhs on June 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Thanks, Sherrey. It’s good to hear these words of consolation. Your interest in reading and reviewing touches and encourages me. And I love the idea that my experience can benefit you as a writer also. Thank you.

  7. Joan on June 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    It just keeps getting more and more exciting! You’ve worked so hard for this.The best is yet to come.

    • shirleyhs on June 26, 2013 at 12:08 am

      We’ll have to toast that idea, Joan. And the same for you!

  8. Ray Evans on June 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Shirley,
    I’ve written six books and none of them are error free even though each was “proof read” four or five times, by different folks.

    If I ever find a book that does not contain at least one error I’ll be suspicious that it was written by someone from another planet. Just try to remember that “to err is human”!

    My daughter works for a “short run” printer and she claims that there is no such thing as a book without errors!

    TOG, (the Old Geezer from Geezerville)

    • shirleyhs on June 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Well, Ray, I’ve evidently been very human. Wow. I see so many new things in this last round. As my mother would say, “Ai, yi, yi.”

  9. Becky on June 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Congratulations! Love the cover, too. So excited for you!

    • shirleyhs on June 26, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Thanks, Becky! So good to have your comment. I enjoyed browsing your fun blog. I can tell you have a great sense of humor. Stay in touch.

  10. Shirley B Yoder on June 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

    It’s time to quote scripture! One you will remember:

    “She has done a good thing.” Mark 14:6

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