“You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
― Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

As in legal cases, the same goes for publishing – you rarely win, but sometimes you do. The only way you’ll ever find out is by fighting the good fight.

I’m continuing my fight toward publishing Eliza’s story with another step closer. Yesterday, I sent the fifth draft out to a professional editor. Over the last two months, I’ve refined my characters and story arc based on feedback from my writing mentor. I also heeded the advice I received at the St. Augustine’s writers’ conference and cut the 50 years span down to 23 years (1897-1920). This rework allows me to focus the story more on Eliza becoming a doctor, and leaves the door open for Book 2 when she is a doctor. 

As I try to remain a realist, I’m bracing for another re-work when I hear back from this editor. She provided me with sample comments for my first eight pages and I realize there will be more work ahead. 

In the meantime, while I wait for those suggested edits, I’m continuing my efforts to build followers of potential readers- like you! – who will be eager to read Eliza’s story when I win the holy grail of publication. To increase my odds of winning those followers, I’d like to enlist your help. 

Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card  

 amazon gift card giveaway

Between now and April 30th, I’m running a sweepstakes to giveaway a $25 Amazon gift card. It’s free, and easy, to enter and I’ve included methods to award bonus entries. All you have to do is any one of the following:

entry method


  1. To follow this blog (if you’re not already) – sign up through the pop-up or fill out the form on the Contact page to send me a note. I’ll send you an invite and you need to confirm you want to follow.
  2. To follow me on Facebook (if you’re not already) – click here Facebook @ Janis Robinson Daly – Author Hit follow/like and post a comment to the page that you’re entering the sweepstakes. FYI – I’m posting lots of cool tips on the page, including special deals I find on Kindle – like $1.99 deals.
  3. Send me (5) email addresses of friends – PLEASE OBTAIN PERMISSION FIRST to share these email addresses with me.
    1. Send them through the Contact Page or email to janisrdaly@comcast.net
    2. I’ll be sending them an invite to follow the blog. Even if those friends already follow my blog, you still receive the points. If any new ones sign up, you receive 2 more entries. Same if any of them follow my blog.
  4. On April 30, 2020 at 9pm EST, I will assemble all the entries, including the bonus entries, and will pull the winner through a random number selector.
  5. Winner will be notified by email and sent an e-gift card from Amazon. $25 should buy a good number of Kindle specials to get you through (hopefully) the final stay-at-home weeks.

Questions? Just shoot me a note through the Contact page or comment below.

Good Luck!!  And, Thank You!


I invite you to follow my blog for book reviews and to follow my journey toward writing my first historical fiction.  More information in my Novel Synopsis. You can sign up from this page with the pop-up, or send me a note through the CONTACT page and I can email you an invitation to follow. I’m on social media, too:

  • On Facebook @ Janis Robinson Daly – Author — Follow me on Facebook where I also post info on the Amazon Deals I find on books I recommend
  • On Instagram @janisrdaly_writer
  • On Twitter @janisrdaly_writer


2 thoughts on “Winning the Publication Game

  1. Great words Janis. I think Eliza has a doctor book and a growing up book to tell. Amity is having to go “virtual” for the Squam Lake Conference in June. I’m working on a shoot ‘em up adventure. Your writing is beautiful and you have a story to tell. dennis

    Sent from my iPhone


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    1. So nice to hear from you Dennis. Thank you for the kind words. I’ll be looking for another round of beta readers in a couple of months. It was suggested I make sure to include a male perspective – would love to connect with you again for that task 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your new work. Stay well. Janis


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