DUTCH – An Update

I’ve got some good news and some bad news and since this is my blog post and I get to pick, I’m hitting you with the bad news first.

My pre-order sale of DUTCH has been cancelled and my release date has been pushed back a couple of months.

Everyone who placed a pre-order – thank you so so much for your enthusiasm and support and Amazon will refund your purchase right away. Also, don’t worry – DUTCH is still coming (snicker snicker) (yes, sometimes I have the humor of a twelve year old), just not in October.

And that’s because of my good news.

A writer friend – who shall remain unnamed because I would feel totally weird dropping her name without giving her a heads up that I would be doing so – was reading DUTCH and emailed me to let me know that she thought it was really good but could be even better with the help of a professional editor.

She then went on to discuss her own experience with her editor and how amazing and brilliant and wonderful her editor is, but damn, she’s way too busy to take on new clients. But hey, maybe she could read a sample of my stuff and then refer me to someone else.  I said “holy shit! Thanks”, sent along a sample of my work and the next day received an email from said brilliant editor.

And guess what?

She looked at the first few pages of DUTCH and said “WOW!”

No lie, that was the second line of her email. She added that she thinks I’m a “quality writer with a lot to say” and that she could definitely help me take my writing to the next level. She also understood my writing style right away, without me having to offer a word of explanation, and honestly, I kind of fell in love right then and there.

Then she promptly ripped into DUTCH, as only a good editor will do

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and after reading three pages of her edits, I knew that if I worked with her, I would come away a little battered and bruised and all kinds of exhausted, but a much better writer for it.

Really, I couldn’t say no.

So I didn’t.

We start working this week. I’m thrilled and terrified and fucking stoked for the final version of DUTCH. It’s going to be a couple of months, but I’m confident it’s going to be worth it. So bear with me, stick around for updates, teasers, maybe some grousing and grumbling but know this:



You’re going to have to wait a bit longer, but they’ll be here before you know it.

I promise.

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9 thoughts on “DUTCH – An Update

    • Thanks Nathalie, I’m excited and terrified and thrilled because like you said, I’m going to be giving readers the best book possible. It’ll contain ALL of my blood, sweat, and tears.

  1. Congratulations!! Very good news here! I’m looking forward to seeing the book hit the shelves. 🙂 (By the way, I have a manuscript-in-waiting, sort of in suspension. Would it be okay if I asked for the editor’s contact info, and you can send it to me via e-mail?)

  2. Pingback: DUTCH – Update No. 2 | Madhuri Blaylock Writes

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