C. E. Stokes Artist and Writer
C. E. Stokes Artist and Writer

Rejections and Acceptance!

Querying is nerve-wracking. I can’t count how many times I updated my email as I waited for responses to my query for Regaining Faith. After pressing the refresh button again, I received amazing news. Off Beat Reads accepted my novel! Not just that, they’re open to the sequels as well. I’m very excited to work with this independent publisher and can’t wait to hold a copy of Regaining Faith in my hands!


I don’t have any further details at this time. There’s still editing and other factors before the book is released. I’ll keep posting as details come in and a release date is finalized. While I wait with bated breath, I’ve been working on the sequel to Regaining Faith. Book two is tentatively titled ‘In Good Faith’. Might as well keep with the Faith theme, right? 


Once my daughter is safely at college, I’ll have plenty of free time on my empty nesting hands. The entire sequel is outlined in detail and about half-written. Soon, I’ll run it through my critique partners and tweak and rewrite as necessary. 


In addition to continuing Stephen and Ash’s adventure, I’m working on a different novel. The rough draft is almost done. But after the first draft, the real work of editing and rewrites happen. 


There's always stories to tell, and I look forward to spending time writing them. Keep writing!



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