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Why I Call You Best. Why You Are Beloved.

You guys always come through! I read the comments and emails, taking in all the ways you tweaked and restructured and added and reduced and revised, and I took slices of various of advice from this one and that one, stole a structure from another, cut some you said to cut, fluffed out things you said to fluff out, and got copy that made my pub house very happy.

Here are two of the nineteen TANGIBLE ways all your fresh eyes helped:

1) I realized my own word choices in the original made it sound as if Shandi’s mother is controlling. That’s not accurate—Shandi has abdicated. Or, more truthfully, Shandi has never quite stepped up. The new version is a much better reflection of the actual story.

2) It opened with a question: “How can a girl remake herself into a mother?” but as three of you pointed out in comments and via e-mail, if that particular query comes with no context, then Beavis steps in to answer, “She does it. Heh. Heh. Heh.”

My publishing house added the front line to connect the story to the novel, and BOOM, we were done. This jacket-free “jacket” copy should be LIVE and up on the MORROW website TODAY. From there it will spread to book selling websites and GoodReads ETC.

Even Spleen Mouse is happy due to your efforts. Here is how it turned out in the end—are you pleased?:

From NYT bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson, an e-original short story that gives a fierce and funny character from SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY a stand-alone adventure all her own.

Shandi Pierce got pregnant when she was only seventeen years old. She fell for her son—deeply, instantly, completely—but as she sat at the table feeding him, her own mother was sliding eggs and bacon on her plate, feeding her.

Now, four years later, Shandi is still more parented than parent. She lives with her mom, her dad pays her bills, and her best friend Walcott acts as her white knight. But Natty is no ordinary kid, and when his savant behavior catches the attention of an obsessive stranger, only Shandi sees the true menace.

To protect her son, Shandi must grow up, fast, and find an answer to the question—How does a girl remake herself into a mother?

I can’t thank you enough virtually, and so I wanted to thank you TANGIBLY. I wanted to send you each a pony, but Scott says it is not in the budget, plus it turns out ponies die if you mail them. That’s just science.

SO! I made a list of names of everyone who sent in or posted help—more than 30 of you—and I rolled the RNG, who ruthlessly picked KAREN because that is how the RNG works—ruthlessly. Sans Ruth. I am going to mail Karen my ONLY spare Advance Readers Edition of SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY, signed. I wish I had enough copies to send you EACH one, but ALAS! I do not.

Final thought: DO NOT GOOGLE IMAGE “SPLEEN MOUSE.” I did, hoping to luck into a weird image of a tiny internal mouse to illustrate this entry. Instead, I now know EXACTLY what a very, very dead, very, very dissected mouse looks like when he has a red arrow drawing my particular attention to his very, very dead mouse spleen. YARG. MY EYES.

8 comments to Why I Call You Best. Why You Are Beloved.

  • Karen in MD

    Yay! Me! Dancing a bit here in muggy Maryland!
    Thank you — And sorry you can’t unsee the mouse spleen.

  • Corey

    Yay, Karen!! Smart RNG picked her because she is IRL best at lots of things and beloved all the time 🙂

  • Love the Great Melting Pot copy. . .it is SUPERB. AND a Big ole YIPPEE for Karen!!! So ready to read this to hold me over until I can hold the book with Mr. Red Bird in my hands.

  • This. You are not only, possibly, the best author ever, but you are genuine and generous, as well. WE are Best Beloveds because YOU are the BEST!

    ps. I love the new and complete copy and I’m super excited to read the short story/almost a novella.

  • Brigitte

    Aw, shucks, thanks babe! Oh, wait, I wasn’t one of your actual talented helpers . . . I know you still love me, though. In an interwebby, imaginary friend way, of course.
    😉

  • Rompompom

    That copy is the awesome! Now, roll on October so we can read the novella itself.

  • Oh my, I’m counting the days to October!! It’s devastating not having any Joshilyn Jackson to read! 🙂

    But I want the audio version (I absolutely love your narrations) and there’s no link to pre-order it on Audible… When will it be?