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Production and Fear




My urban fantasy novel Magical Ties is now officially in the production stage.

I should probably put an exclamation point at the end of that sentence but I find myself taking deep breaths instead.

It was hard to hit the send key and email the manuscript to the wonderful friend who’s formatting it for paperback. I’m formatting the ebook, and while I’ve done that before for other books, doing it for mine has me almost frozen.

I suspect that the closer I get to publishing it, the more I’m going to drag my feet. Because once this book goes live, there won’t be any more excuses. As long as it’s safely hugged in my arms, there will be no criticism. No silence. Everything will remain in the realm of possibilities.

It’s a fact: If we never submit, we never get rejected. It’s the easy route, the route of “I coulda.”

I choose to go forward. I hope, no matter where you are on the journey, that you’ll do the same.



* Image courtesy of Maggie Smith at


  • M. Diamond • February 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    No matter what comments or criticisms may come your way, you got published! Congratulations!

    • J. M. Levinton • February 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you!

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