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Humorous Suicide Hotline Novel for Christmas

By Erik Segall, author of Not Yet

Julia & I with bookA few days ago, I met Julia Alvarez and asked her if she would take a look at my upcoming novel, Not Yet. You should know Julia is a magnanimous woman, generous of spirit, a sensual Latina queen who sang of butterflies. Her reply made me cry, “I want to hold your baby!” Naturally, she understood how much labor I’ve put into this novel.

Tomorrow, the book will be officially released and I’m not sure how to feel. I’ve tried to relate the last 18 months of this publishing journey in my blog at https://www.eriksegall.com/blog. Going over them in retrospect, I see a plethora of words about becoming an author, about suicide, even about Bhutan. Mainly, I complained about editing.

pic4Here’s what I left out: The feeling of holding my book after three years. Almost as exciting as beating my aunt in chess because in 20 years, I’ve only checkmated her twice. For those writers who dream of becoming published, I only know that perseverance may be the most valuable asset.

You’ll need three traits to progress from writer to author — a lot of time, a little money and a love of rejection. Sadly, you will never have enough time, and it will be more expensive than you expected, but you will learn to forget the rejection and remember only success. The journey is arduous and at times, you’ll feel like a pawn trudging through life’s game.

Well, now I feel like a promoted pawn becoming a queen. And I’m utterly exhausted.


front smNot Yet
by Erik Segall

Release date: December 11, 2019
Genre: Fiction; Humor
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-67-7

Book Launch, Blo Back Gallery, 131 Spring St., Pueblo, CO Jan. 10, at 7-8 p.m.

Book Talk, Barnes & Noble, 4300 North Freeway, Pueblo, CO, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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