Edge of Shadows is now available!

It’s hard to believe that today has finally arrived!  After weeks of planning and years of preparation, Edge of Shadows is finally published and available to readers.

Often accomplishments like this feel like they take an army to make happen, and so there are a few people that I definitely need to recognize who helped me get to this place today.

This first is Christine LaPorte, who took on the task of editing my manuscript.  Even when you feel like you’ve scrubbed the words a thousand times, there is still room for improvement. Christine worked with my deadline and delivered my manuscript full of suggestions and tweaks to make my story stronger.  Hopefully the quality shows through to anyone who reads the book.

Second is Scarlett Rugers, who designed the book covers for both the ebook and the upcoming print version.  Scarlett was responsive and inquisitive and gave me some great concept ideas right out of the gate for me to consider.  I think the final product is beautiful and will hopefully catch the eye of browsing potential readers online.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my husband Jason for giving me the freedom and latitude to make publishing this book a reality.  He was always there to give me a different perspective or advice as I agonized over some of the big decisions, and I know that I couldn’t have done this without him.

Things are going to start being a lot busier on the blog in the coming weeks as I start promoting not only my book but work of fellow authors that I think would be interesting to my readers as well.  Along the way I will sprinkle in more Edge of Shadows news and lessons I’m learning from the self-publishing trenches.

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The Art and Science of a Newbie Book Launch: Beginnings








Has this ever happened to you?  One day you woke up and said to yourself, “Self- I want to publish a book.”

You could have many reasons behind that simple desire. Maybe you’ve had a story brewing deep down in your gut for what seems like ages.  Maybe something happened to you in your life that you always wanted to put down in writing so that it would be remembered forever.  Perhaps you simply wish to leave something of yourself behind forever.

Whatever your motivation, it all starts with that simple expression of intention that you sent out to the universe.

I was 12 when I declared that I wanted to be an author. I could give you my laundry list of excuses why it hasn’t happened yet, but it doesn’t change the fact that I didn’t take the necessary action to make that dream a reality until recently.

Oh, I wrote a book.  I’ve written two novels in fact and I have three more in varying states of completion.  But what you discover is that the actual writing of the book is only about 40% of your overall journey to getting your work into the hands of any reader.

After that, you enter this confusing realm of book publishing and it is very easy to get good and stuck right there.  In fact, that’s where I’ve been for the last three years or so.  But not for much long.

Next week I’m launching my first novel, jetheriot)


Thank you so much for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to visit me.

I am a Minneapolis-based freelance writer who has been dabbling with writing pursuits since I was a tween. While I may be a grown-up now, I still am in awe of how the written word can touch and motivate people in remarkable ways.

I am currently taking on clients for marketing and feature-related work. I will consider other projects, but a lot depends on the scope and timeline required.

You can find me on Twitter @cegesmith or don’t hesitate to drop me a line or two at cege@cegesmith.com. I look forward to hearing from you!