Birthing a Book


Birthing a Book

The advance reader copies of A DECENT WOMAN are nearly ready to send to my wonderful beta readers, and I’m excited! This week, my emotions run the gamut from happy, scared, doubtful, and then, to excited. I’m a ball of good and bad nerves; adrenaline is at an all-time high in my body. I feel like I did in my heart when my kids went to their respective colleges as young adults–for me, it was an ending. I knew life would never be the same, but I was also excited for them, and the new chapters opening up before them. I did my best with my kids, and I sent them off with a great big hugs, kisses on both cheeks, and a gentle push into the world. It was time, and they did great. I’m proud of them.

Last weekend, I finished the final manuscript edits, and felt torn between feelings of elation and dread when I reached the end of the story, and read the words, “The End”. The baby I’d created, nurtured, molded, and kept safe from harm was soon out of my loving arms, and into the hands of wonderful readers, and yet, my story is ready, which makes me incredibly happy…and relieved.

A while back, an author friend assured me I’d know when my debut novel was ready to go into the world, and she was right—I did. How did I know my story was ready? I was excited to pick up my second novel where I’d left off. I began writing, Finding Gracia, just before Booktrope accepted my manuscript, A Decent Woman, for publication on February 14, 2014, and I stopped writing when the shiny new path of publication opened up. It’s time!

I persevered through challenges and delays, and never lost my focus, drive, and determination to see A Decent Woman published. Today, I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am pleased. After six months of writing, four years of rewrites and edits to include more fabulous editing, I’m ready to give A Decent Woman a great big hug, a kiss on both cheeks, and a gentle push into the world of beta readers. It’s time. I’m proud of this book, proud of myself, and very grateful to my team at Booktrope.



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Eleanor Parker Sapia

Puerto Rican-born, Eleanor Parker Sapia is the author of the award-winning, historical novel, A DECENT WOMAN, published by Sixth Street River Press. The book is a Finalist in the 2016 International Latino Book Award with Latino Literacy Now, and was Book of the Month with Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. She is featured in the award-winning anthology, Latino Authors and Their Muses, edited by Mayra Calvani. Eleanor is currently working on her second book, The Laments, set in 1927 Puerto Rico. Eleanor is a writer, artist, photographer, and blogger, who is never without a pen, notebook, and her camera. Her wonderful adult children are doing wonderful things in the world, which allows Eleanor the blessing of writing full time. Please visit Eleanor at her website: