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We are a special bunch.

My writing family are heroes. No doubt about it. I sent out a plea for help last week, saying that I was going to be out of action for a while and was there anyone who could help with my existing contractual commitments? I may need someone to do a final pre-print check on one book, go over the final edits for another book, and the first edits for yet another book. Throw in the initial cover design of one book, and the followup cover design of another book – that’s quite a lot of work for the first 15 days of next month. And due to a medical emergency, I’m going to be out of action. When I looked at the work ahead of me, I wondered how I could possibly do what was expected, knowing what I was facing medically. I needed help.

Offers came flooding in. One from an editor I’ve never come across, (she has been following my progress over the years), others equally qualified to do any of the tasks I needed help with, some saying that if no offers of help came in they would give it a ‘shot’, others saying they would like to help but felt they weren’t qualified enough.

I’ve narrowed it down to three. If I need help, I know they will step up and do their very best for me without a second thought.

Being a ‘writer’ is like being part of a large family. Writer’s are unique in their willingness to help others succeed without being jealous of their success. We share knowledge, advice and encouragement with each other. We feel the successes and disappointments of others in their writing as well as their personal life. Yes, writer’s are special! Thank you, fellow writer’s :)

DJ

(c) DJ Stutley 2012

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My US publisher has sent through the cover design for the second book in the¬†Operation series. It is very similar to the Australian design. I love the colour! I’m not sure when this will be printed, as we haven’t done the final edits yet.

My previous Tate editor, Megan, who was so patient with me, (I learned so much from her), has moved interstate after getting married. She was the editor for Operation Foxtrot Five, Operation Delta Bravo and my picture book, It Doesn’t Matter. She was such a pleasure to work with, and I already miss her.¬†Thank you for all your hard work, Megan.

My previous cover designer (Shawn) for the Operation series was promoted within the company, so I’m now working with Josh. He’s done a great job keeping the cover in the same style as Foxtrot. Thank you, Shawn and Josh.

From the book:

Andrew silently dropped a handful of cut up negatives onto the viewing bench. “It could be something perfectly innocent”.

Scott moved the pieces around with one finger. “Innocent people don’t cut up negatives.”

DJ

(c) DJ Stutley 2012

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