Sunday, April 10, 2016

Could It Be?

What is this? Could it- could it actually be true? Is there really even any remote chance this is happening?

Well I guess we'll have to look at the receipt now, won't we?

That's right! I have finished the first edit of the Mornellys and it is COMING IN THE MAIL SOON! I have ordered myself a manuscript copy!


So here are the final statistics of the volume. Brace yourself for length, I hadn't realized it was going to be this long until I complied and formatted it all:


Length: 538 pages

Word Count: 124,000

Amount of Stories Compiled in Volume: 12


Whewee! There were a lot more words in that book than I realized. I debated and tossed back and forth for some time on if I should include the shorter stories in-between the longer ones. (think of the long ones about the length of Legend of the Mornellys and the shorter ones about the length of The Nurse is In.) This is what I came up with for cost on that:



Seeing how there is less than a dollar difference in including the shorter stories, I decided to leave them in. Oh, and the page count is reduced significantly when I single space it instead of double space it. ;) The actual book will be single-spaced, though my version is double spaced and an 8x11 so I can edit it with ease. Cost is reduced significantly when you make the book smaller in size and in page length. ;)

Oh and as a heads up to the Lulu Publisher users out there, since as you can see I have a random note to myself about the amazingness of Amazon- Amazon is running about two dollars cheaper per copy of your book. I-6: Legend of the Mornellys would have cost me about nine dollars to make in Lulu. Amazon's CreateSpace has made a shopper out of me, easiest formatting I have ever done and better prices! You do have to set up taxes, though, so if you're not doing taxes yet or don't have to file taxes than I recommend sticking with Lulu. Great for us taxable writers, though. ;)

Because I am so happy and celebrating and just excited in general, I decided you readers should have a chance to celebrate, too. So I'm going to be giving you a special surprise today. In honor of the manuscript copy being ordered and the first edit finished, you get to see...
Building Relationships. Copyright © 2016 Melissa McConnell. All rights reserved.


The first full colored illustration of any Mornelly character to date! Can you guess which Mornelly brother this is? Obviously you can tell who the girl is- the first character concept of Aileen. I wanted to withhold this image until I got my first edit done as sort of a reward to myself to show you readers. Its very hard for me not to show things the second I get them. ;) As a side note the illustrations in I-6: Legend of the Mornellys will be black and white, but my sister did this as a surprise for me one day and I was thrilled. The front cover will be in full color and it's going to be amazing!

Annddd that's not all! Nope, nope! I have a little something else for all you dear readers who have encouraged me on this endeavor:


“Vell, sorry to burst your bubble or vhatever zat saying is, but ve’re kinda in za middle of, y’know, a var, and zis is not za place for… little boys.” He smiled at his own cleverness for the emphasis of "little boy" again.
“I know. I don’t want to be here. But I don’t think I’m safe being a little girl in a great big war.”
Why was she telling him all this? He was a captain. A German captain. She didn’t know him at all. Why did she trust him so completely already?
She didn’t know. But she felt she could trust him and that he wouldn’t hurt her.
“Vell, you’re right about zat.” He shifted in the saddle and adjusted his cap, revealing a mess of very bleach-blonde hair. “You’re better off as a little boy. Which means you need a little boy name.” He scratched his head, looked her up and down, then lit up. “Your name is Wilhelm.”
“Wilhelm?” she repeated, a little bit offended. “Why Wilhelm?”
“Because zat’s your name now, little boy,” he snapped. “And you need to stop questioning my orders. I’m za Captain, here, you do vat I say. If you vant to stay safe zen you’re going to have to pretend I’m your commander and do everyzing I say. Okay?”
“Then, then what am I supposed to call you?” she asked.

He pulled his cap off his head and did a mock bow, that ever-present smirk crossing his face again. “Just call me Zhe Most Excellent Gerhard.”

-Excerpt from I-6: Legend of the Mornellys, Volume One



Thatttt'ssss right! Zhe Most Excellent Gerhard is to be a character in the very first volume of the Mornellys! I won't say what story he comes from but rest assured you will finally be introduced to The Most Excellent Gerhard and his Most Excellent ways!

So I think that's everything, readers! I hope you're excited as I am. After I do a second edit through the manuscript copy I'm handing it off to an editor who agreed to do it for me if I in turn format one of her books. I think it will be a good trade, and I didn't tell her a thing about the Mornellys so she can see if the story makes sense.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day, have a great week and God Bless!

25 comments:

  1. YAY!!! Oh goodness, I am beyond excited for you!!! This is sooo amazing!!!! *dances around the room* Seriously, I am so super happy! :D :D

    And I totally agree on the Amazon/Createspace thing. Formatting and pricing is ten times better with Createspace!

    And the picture is amazing! And so is the clip! I would guess about who is in the picture, but you told me before, so. . . ;)

    Augh! I can't believe this is happening. I'm just so happy for you!! <3

    And. .yeah. I've probably said enough, now. ;P

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    1. Thank you so much, Jesseca. You have been such a big supporter to me throughout all of this. :)

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  2. Anonymous4/10/2016

    Yay yay yay!!! Good for you! :) Will it be available for Kindle books?
    ~JT

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    1. That it will be, I hope! :) Thanks for your support and excitement, it means the world to me!

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    2. Anonymous4/12/2016

      Yes!!! I can't wait. :D I want to formally meet Gerhard. I'm a fan.
      ~JT

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    3. Oh Gerhard is just dying for everyone to know who he is so I can write more stories with him in them. >.>

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  3. YAYYY! Whoohooo! YIPPIEEE! *does a happy dance all around the room*
    I'm soooo happy for you Emily!! :D <3
    I can't wait for it to be published!
    Love the picture! <3
    But I'm not gonna guess who "he" is 'cause...well...you know why. ;)
    Yes! So excited to read more about Zhe Most Excellent Gerhard!
    Soo happy you've finished your book Emily!! I know it will be amazing! :) <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Megs. You are wonderful. And thank you for your excitement, it just makes me all the more excited! :)

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  4. Wow! Congratulations, Emily!! :D You obviously put in so much time and effort and love into this book (538 pages?? Sheesh, girl!), and that is just fantastic that you were able to finish - and will have your own copy of it! How cool!

    Great work! :) Bravo. Keep it up, you're a wonderful writer!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eve! That means really a lot coming from you. :)

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  5. Yay!!! :D :D :D
    So excited, can't wait!! Great job Emily!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tiffany!

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  6. Ahhh, how exciting!!!! :D Congrats, Emily!! The picture is beautiful, and I love the excerpt. ;)

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed and are excited! Melissa is so very good at art. <3 I am proud of her. :) Thank you so much!

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    2. Tag, you're it! I tagged you for the Liebster Award! :) If you're interested, you can check it out here: http://fireflysstoryspace.blogspot.com/2016/04/liebster-award.html

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    3. Oui! Well we'll see if I get to this one or not! I will try!

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  7. YAY!!! Great job Emily!
    I can't vait to read more about Zhe Most Excellent Gerhard!
    Oh, sorry, I guess I've been hanging out with him to much.....
    I can't wait to read your book Emily!
    Oh, and I love the pictures! Very nice!
    I'm not going to guess who he is, I already knew who he is. ;)

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    1. Haha, Kai, I can see your accent slipping... ;) I'm so glad you're excited and thank you so much for your support!

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  8. Can't WAIT to get a copy of this book Emily!!! :D :D :D :D
    The picture is AWESOME and I can't wait to see more of the illustrations! Be sure to tell your sister what a wonderful job she did! ^_^
    Thanks for the sneak-peek, I'm on pins and needles until it comes out! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebekah! It means a ton to me. :) Also I will for sure tell Melissa what you said, I'm sure it will make her day. Thank you!

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  9. Ooooh! This is super, Emily! I'm so excited and can't wait to read it! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Bethany, I am so glad you're excited! It makes me all the more excited. :)

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  10. I think I will read Rebekah's copy of this book when she gets it...oh and by the way, I tagged you on one of my blogs: https://awellcultivatedmind.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/top-ten-villains/

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    1. Oh thank you, Sarah! That's a big complement coming from you, I know! :) Oh, this looks FUN! I am excited to do this post, I love villains. ;) Thanks for tagging me!

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    2. You're welcome on both counts. :)

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