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Over Two Years and Now One Novel

On May 29, 2013 I sent my first draft of a prologue to Amanda. Her response was simple.

"I am so excited you are sharing this with me!"

The Hero of Hyla eBook
At that point in time, my hope was to name this new novel The Crusader. The rest of 2013 was spent with me sending various drafts to Amanda so that she could give them a read and then send them back my way. The story bounced back and forth for nearly a year before our first email talking about changing the title to The Hero of Hyla.

From summer 2014 onward, the novel lived as a collection of documents that I would revise, share to friends and family, and then update based on further input.

This year has been the final process of merging all of these chunks into a single work and then sharing that out one more time to let others take a look.

In many ways, the novel is "release candidate" ready. The story has been written, the formatting has been compiled, and the cover image is ready to roll.

As we speak, the EPUB and Mobipocket ebook formats are available on my desktop. I am taking the final steps toward publishing my book by doing the only thing left to do.

Reading my book in its intended format.

My kindle was the first e-reader to receive a copy of The Hero of Hyla.

Over the next few weeks I will be the end user of my own novel; no hands-on editing, no giant document view outlines, just me and my kindle reading a book by an independent author.

I'm using this opportunity to make one final pass at wording and sentence structures that I may catch while reading, but then we'll be moving into the end game and releasing this story to the world.

Even writing that gives me the jitters. This has been a long journey, much longer than I ever anticipated when I started kicking out my initial drafts two years ago, and I am very excited to publish this novel and see if anyone likes it.

I sure hope so.

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