An Update on my Grandma’s Western Romance!!

Last fall I made an exciting announcement that my grandma is a writer!!! I’ve always loved to read her poetry and short stories, she’s been doing them forever. What I didn’t know is that she was actually working on a novel! Up until she approached me asking for a spot of help and advice, I was completely in the dark about her true goals and aspirations!

As you can imagine, or if you can remember… I WAS THRILLED! My Grandma’s A Writer! 

During the time I was re-typing it onto a doc, and proofreading the first round, I’d actually written two posts about it. The second one was an update explaining that it was off to be edited a few more rounds by someone else as well. I was passing off the buck, and just waiting to get back to it when necessary. Coming Home To Paradise Valley … (update on a new western)

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Well, as of this past week, I’ve been back to the grind on my sweet Grandma Mangum’s soft romance. Coming Home To Paradise Valley has gone through a couple more rounds of intensive revisions and edits, and is ready for the next step! We’ve been pondering our options, speaking about the best rout to proceed, and weighing the possible bumps as well as ups and downs ahead together.

As she isn’t particularly technologically inclined, we’re thinking that a creditable full service publisher may be the better rout to take, rather than walking her through step by step of the fully independent self published way. For her particular needs, something that doesn’t need consistent monitoring, and that offers the marketing help she needs seems to be a better fit…. If the options offered are not quite as shinny under the surface as they seem to permeate from a distance, then I suppose we’ll make the necessary choices to keep on moving forward.

This is such a tedious step for any writer, especially one who’s partially at the mercy of me! *** oh the pressure***

So anyhow, I set to work. I came across a fairly new publishing place that’s actually based in our lovely home state of Utah!  Now, I was/am clearly still a bit nervous as I have been taken by a ‘fresh and new publishing book house’ before. So, I dug just a little further, and found out that one of the authors currently signing with this place is also from my rural little hometown. I reached out to her and drilled her with several grueling questions. (okay, okay, they weren’t that bad lol)

Ultimately, we decided to go ahead and submit a query letter along with the first chapter of her book. The projected time for response was 4 to 6 weeks, BUT to my surprise the very agent I personally addressed, actually requested the full manuscript for consideration!!!!

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Again, I couldn’t be any more thrilled!  I can only hope that I’m leading her in promising direction. I can’t wait to see the entire image of her holding her very own paperback, with a smiling face, and an extra bounce in her lil’ ol’ step! She is so beautiful!

On a side note… a very emotional one…

Doris Mangum is the last direct line Grandmother that I have left with a breath of air in her lungs. I actually lost my other Grandmother a few months ago, so the entire year has been an emotional one in terms of Grandparents. In a way, that makes helping her along this journey even more of a heart-fulfilling honor.

Everyone wish Doris Mangum luck in this adventure!

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  1. I love that. I bet she has some wonderful stories

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    1. Lynn, she does! She’s absolutely adorable!

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  2. How lovely! Wishing the very best of luck to her!

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    1. Thank you so much Susie! She truly is absolutely lovely!

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  3. I can’t wait to read her book!! 💖💖💖

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    1. It’s such a cozy romance, you love it!!

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      1. That sounds so amazing!! 😁💖

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  4. Ooh! This is exciting news! Good luck to your grandma!🤗

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    1. Isn’t it!! I’ve been just beaming for her all day! 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    HEY DORIS M.—BO FOR IT!

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  6. reocochran says:

    I often think about my own grandmother who has been gone since the late 1960’s. She was an immigrant from Germany, a server to the rich and famous at the New York City Waldorf Astoria. She once in awhile would say, “I served the likes of kings and duchesses.” We never got a tape recorder out and asked for more details. . . Best wishes for your Grandmother’s book, but I will especially hope you have her around for quite awhile longer, Didi. Smiles, Robin 💮

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    1. That is so amazing for you to have those memories and even a recording of that!! Sometimes I wish we could just bottle all of our Grandparents finest memories to pass on forever. She’s in great health, so I hope you’re right and will be around for quite some time! 🙂 I’ll pass on your great message to her!

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  7. How wonderful! I’ll bet she does have incredible stories. Grandmothers are special, mine have been gone awhile. I still miss them. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. 😀

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    1. They are so very special! I hope you have plenty of memories, and that you hold them dear…. You’re most welcome for the visit, and right back at you! 🙂

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  8. I love that – that’s cool

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    1. Thanks Braeden! We just gotta’ love these old ladies, right? 🙂

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      1. Absolutely! 😉 Welcome

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  9. Oh, Sweet Sweet Word Addiction says:

    That’s so cool! I wish my grandma wrote but she’s really good at cooking, so I’ll take what I can get. Lol Look forward to your grandmas book!

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    1. I always think… 🤔 hmmmm I had better improve at this whole baking and crap so that I’m not a letdown when I’m old enough to be grandma some day 🤔 … lol its like the one awesome quality that all grandmas have, and us younger generation is going to totally screw that all up 😂

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      1. Oh, Sweet Sweet Word Addiction says:

        Oh yeah, I suck at baking. Lol so I agree. To classes we go.

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  10. The Owl Lady says:

    I wish her much success! @v@ ❤

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  11. Big hugs! Very exciting. Good luck!!!!

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    1. Thanks Jay! I’m so proud of her! 🤗🤗

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  12. Laura Beth says:

    Congratulations!! Best wishes to her. I look forward to reading it!!

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  13. This is exciting! Congrats to your grandmother. Here is proof that it’s never too late to write a book, or embark on a new creative project.

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    1. It is SO exciting, she is such an inspiration! I can’t wait to see how far she goes with this book! 🙂

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