Happy New Year everyone. I'm hoping 2014 is the year I find an agent and get a publishing deal for my novel. I would like to start the new year off by thanking some of the people who have helped me with my manuscript. I guess I should start out with my mom. She was the reason that I started writing originally. It was at the urging of my mother that I kept journals chronicilling my undercover experiences. It was fun going back and reading my entries from over the years.
My wonderful husband Bill has been the driving force behind completing my manuscript. He provided constant encouragement and became my first line editor. Without him there would be no finished manuscript to send to my editor.
I would also like to thank my dear friend Victor Lopez. It just happened that Victor and I were both in the middle of writing projects at the same time. He is busy writing his Memoirs but was gracious enough to read my entire manuscript and make notes for me. Victor and I have an interesting history which stems from my work as an FBI agent in the Caribbean. Our unlikely history led to an amazing friendship. One day, with Victor's permission, I might have to tell everyone the story. Better yet you can read all about it when his Memoirs is published. Victor, you are the best and I am so grateful for you input.
Finally, to my editor Bobbie Christmas. I just love her name! Bobbie is putting her finishing touches on the manuscript and she should have it back to me mid February. Once it is returned and I make my final changes, I plan to send it out to my beta readers while I search for an agent. So, an advance thank you to my beta readers: Nora, Jason, Scott and Erin. If all goes well I hope to enter it in the 2014 Royal Palms Literary Awards Competition.
In short, now that the manuscript is complete, the real work begins. The search for a literary agent and a publishing house. Wish me luck! 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy year.
Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent. She spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative. An award-winning author, Dana lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina with her amazing husband. Behind the Mask is her first novel.