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Hey guys!

I’m doing a giveaway on Goodreads, so if you haven’t got a copy of Prove It, Josh yet, make sure you enter to win—and, of course, tell all your friends!

If you’ve already bought a copy, Thank You!

And if you’re wondering if there is anything else you can do to help make the book a success, could you consider writing a review on Goodreads or Amazon?

Merci! Danke! Gracias! Thank you!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Prove It, Josh by Jenny  Watson

Prove It, Josh

by Jenny Watson

Giveaway ends November 25, 2013.

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Prove It, Josh book launch

The book launch for Prove It, Josh took place on Thursday last week – October 3, 2013.

I had a horrible case of the jitters right before it started, but when everyone arrived, there was such a happy, supportive buzz, it was hard to be nervous for long. That is, until it came time for me to climb onto the step ladder and speak – one of my worst fears, made even worse by the fact that I was now effectively taller than everyone in the room and there was a sea of faces looking up at me. But my lovely friends cheered me on and laughed with me in all the right places. I couldn’t have asked for a better launch!

Thanks to Diane Morriss and all the team at Sono Nis Press, including Barbara Pulling, Dawn Loewen, Audrey McClellan, Frances Hunter and Nikki Tate!

Thanks to Taste for hosting us!

And thanks to all of you for your amazing support 🙂

Invitation to the book launch!


Roll on Thursday!

Kindle eBook launch


Hurray! The Kindle ebook version of PROVE IT, JOSH is now available on Amazon!

For those who prefer a paper copy – they’re coming really soon, I promise!

Behind the scenes

Prove it, Josh

A few people have been asking what’s been going on in the world of Josh, so I thought I’d give you a quick overview of all the steps on the road to publishing a fiction book. Other publishers might do things slightly differently, but here’s how it happened for me.

1. Signed the contract!

Wahoo! This is the first and most exciting step for a first time author. It means someone else out there believes in your story, despite the fact that it might be in fairly rough shape at this point.

2. Substantive edit/revisions

The manuscript goes to an editor, who reads it carefully and comes up with a list of issues and questions that need to be addressed. In my case, the fabulous Barbara Pulling was my editor. Barbara sent me a Word document with all her thoughts and then gave me some time to read it through and think about it, and then we had a chat via Skype.

I loved every one of Barbara’s suggestions, so it was just a matter of coming up with a plan for how to tackle each one. I started with the things I could fix quickly, to give myself some courage for the more difficult and bigger changes, and as time went on, I crossed things off my list and moved onto the next suggestion, until I’d worked through all of them.

Once I’d finished, I crossed my fingers and sent the revised manuscript back to her. And she liked it! Another Wahoo moment!

Next, Barbara went through the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb, marking up the Word document with smaller changes. We went back and forth on these a couple of times, and then when she deemed it ready, it was onto the next step.

3. Copyediting

After the revisions, it was time for the copyediting. This is when a copy editor (Dawn) looks at every sentence and every word, to make sure it all makes sense and is clear and that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Since I’d written the manuscript in American English (I generally use American English in my day job as a technical writer), Dawn fixed all my spelling to make it Canadian English, as well as fixing some of my odd phrasing, and a few Kiwi-isms I’d managed to slip in (apparently in Canada we call the lounge a living room). After a few emails back and forth, it was onto the next step.

4. Book design/page layout

Next it was onto the book design and layout. Frances did a fabulous job making the cover (isn’t it cool!!) and laying out all the internal pages. When I saw the design earlier this week, I spent the rest of the day with a great big grin on my face. Nice fonts and a super clean style. As a technical writer, I’ve done a bit of design and page layout for technical manuals, so this is something I really appreciate!

5. Proofreading

Next the manuscript was sent to Audrey for proofreading, to make sure there were no spelling mistakes or typos, and to check once again for any Kiwi-isms. Audrey also picked up on a few descriptions that weren’t quite clear.

6. Printing

Today PROVE IT, JOSH went to the printers! (Yes, that’s a glass of bubbly in my hand!) So it won’t be long now before I can actually hold a copy of the book. I can’t wait!

7. Book launch!

And finally, once the books are printed, it’ll be time for the book launch. We’ve already started planning the launch, but I’ll tell you about that another day.

So there you have it! That’s what’s been keeping me busy. As you can see, it’s quite a long and involved process, and takes the skill of many people, including publisher Diane Morriss at the helm, to pull it off.

And if you’re wondering where you can buy it, it’ll be available from Sono Nis Press (with free shipping in Canada and the US) and, as a paperback and an ebook.

If you want to pre-order a copy, especially if you’re outside North America, you can phone Sono Nis Press – 1-250-226-0077 or email books[at]

Or, of course, you can order it through your local independent bookseller (hat tip to Maggie for reminding me!)

An ISBN number and a catalog page!

Today my publisher sent me a copy of my catalog page. It’s pretty exciting to see that PROVE IT, JOSH now has an ISBN number!

Prove It, Josh