On the Road to Publication

@just4him (119924)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
June 12, 2017 10:01am CST
I just finished going over Freedom's Cry. Fixed the couple things that needed fixing, most of it was already done over the phone with my friend, and sent it to my editors. I should hear back from them today and will sign the contract to get it published. Freedom's Cry is almost a book. Soon now. I had posted the back cover copy once before, but I'm including it here. Curiosity tore ten-year-old Judith MacDonald from the arms of her family into an adventure that would take her to the far reaches of the world, and span ten years of her life. Judith, under the protection of Benny Harrison and Jabari, who rescue her from the middle of a pirate fight in Amsterdam, finds herself captured by Barbary pirates and the property of Sultan Ismail Hassan. Armed with a faith in God, instilled in her by her parents and grandparents, she faces the ultimate test of her faith, as she finds herself forced to renounce her faith and take up the teachings of Islam, which she refuses to do. Judith’s journey home takes her from Amsterdam to the South China Sea. Everywhere she sets foot, a battle for survival takes place as she is hunted down by the Hassan family from which Benny and Jabari rescue her many times to find her one last time in the hands of Sultan Mehmed Hassan, son of Sultan Ismail Hassan, as he keeps her out of reach of her family. Looming on the horizon is war with Great Britain, as the British American Colonies face a war for their independence. Not only does Judith’s family need to find her and bring her home, they need to do so before war breaks out and they find themselves in even greater danger from British ships. Freedom’s Cry is a story of freedom, not only for Judith MacDonald, but for the British American Colonies who hope to gain their independence from Great Britain. Thanks for reading. I hope your day is going well.
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@Kandae11 (38364)
12 Jun 17
This latest sounds like one I won't be able to put down. Can't wait.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you. My friend who proofed it loved it.
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@NJChicaa (42080)
• United States
12 Jun 17
Sounds like there is a lot going on in that book!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
There is.
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@NJChicaa (42080)
• United States
13 Jun 17
@just4him probably too much for me to be honest. I never want my reading to feel like work.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
@NJChicaa I've never heard anyone tell me my stories felt like work when they read them. On the contrary, they enjoyed them very much. It is only work to the person writing the book. Authors put in the work for the enjoyment and pleasure of others when they read their books.
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@celticeagle (118520)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 17
THis sounds like a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you. You're welcome.
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@1hopefulman (29940)
• Canada
12 Jun 17
Sounds like an interesting adventure story. Best of success with it!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you.
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@allen0187 (33488)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
Good luck in getting your book published real soon. Thanks for sharing a part of it.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you. It's in the final process now.
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@allen0187 (33488)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@just4him Good to know.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
@allen0187 It's been a long journey.
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@valmnz (12756)
• New Zealand
13 Jun 17
Freedom is a great theme. Good luck with the rest of the publication process.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
I'll be signing the contract in the next day or so.
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@valmnz (12756)
• New Zealand
13 Jun 17
@just4him Nice work.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
@valmnz Thank you.
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@DianneN (79855)
• United States
12 Jun 17
Many congratulations and wishing you much success with your latest book. I'm interested on your take on Amsterdam and the South China Sea. Sounds like another one I will enjoy.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
I wish I could say I've been there. All the information about those locations are what I could find available for the time period of the book. I would love to visit Amsterdam and those locations in the South China Sea.
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@DianneN (79855)
• United States
14 Jun 17
@just4him You should treat yourself to visiting those places. Our world is so awesome!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
@DianneN That is my plan if I ever get the money to travel.
@MsBooklover (3983)
• United States
12 Jun 17
This sounds excellent. I made the mistake of marrying outside of my faith--A Muslim man. We are no longer together, but it changed my life.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
I'm sure it did.
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@BettyB (4220)
• Summerville, South Carolina
12 Jun 17
The story sounds interesting. Best of luck with the publication process.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you.
@Nawsheen (23070)
• Mauritius
12 Jun 17
This seems to be so interesting.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you. It was a journey that is now almost over.
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@Corbin5 (109156)
• United States
12 Jun 17
Wishing you the greatest success with this novel!!!!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
Thank you. It was a lot of hard work.
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• United States
12 Jun 17
Sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading. Certainly has already grabbed my attention
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
I'm glad it sounds interesting. I hope you'll consider the series.
@RubyHawk (26651)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Jun 17
I like th plot. It must be a relief to finally have it out of your hands.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
It is, but I found myself a little depressed that it was over. I took a ride yesterday to a park and just watched the waves lap the shore of the Bay of Green Bay. It felt good and I was able to get back in the saddle with another book when I got home.
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@RubyHawk (26651)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Jun 17
@just4him My grandson feels the same way. He's already working on another book.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
@RubyHawk That's great!
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@DeborahDiane (22440)
• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jun 17
@just4him - How wonderful! Thank you for sharing this information about your book. It sounds like a fascinating, international historical novel!!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
My friend who proofed it for me loved it. It had her crying at the end.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jun 17
@just4him - If you can make a proofreader cry, you are definitely on the road to success!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
@DeborahDiane I hope so.
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@KrauseHome (35277)
• United States
14 Jun 17
Would be interested in checking out some of your work. Is this your real name here, and are you found on Amazon so I can consider purchasing one of your books?
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
Yes, this is my real name. Yes, it's on Amazon. You will find it under my full name - Valerie Jean Routhieaux. Thank you.
@divalounger (2252)
• United States
13 Jun 17
Congrats!! Sounds like a great story and you must be so proud!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
I'm very glad it's finished. Thank you.
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@CRK109 (14463)
• United States
13 Jun 17
Wow that sounds wonderful! Congratulations on getting to another publication!
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
Thank you. It was a long time in coming and feels surreal that it's ready to publish now.
@Tampa_girl7 (25898)
• United States
13 Jun 17
It sounds like my cup of tea
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
Thank you.
@lovebuglena (6533)
• Staten Island, New York
13 Jun 17
Good luck with your book. Who are you publishing your book with?
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 17
It will be on Amazon.
@dramagirl26 (3360)
• Ringgold, Virginia
13 Jun 17
Freedom's Cry sounds like a good book. I know you can't wait to have it published.
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@just4him (119924)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 17
The day is getting closer every day now.