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Title: Butterfly Girl is flying into the world!!
Post by: ButterflyGirl on March 27, 2019, 11:44 AM
Hello friends!   :love4
My namesake MG novel, Butterfly Girl , is now out in the world!  :running

Huge thanks  to everyone here who celebrated with me yesterday on Twitter! I'm so grateful for this community!! From queries and drafting to finding an agent, my friends from the BB have been trusted allies and partners on this journey from the very beginnning.
 :grouphug2
Special thanks to Mindy Alyse Weiss whose post on from the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors gave me and Butterfly Girl a huge boost! I have been struggling with the idea of moving out of my writing cave and into the light, and Mindy's enthusiasm and kindness gave me courage.  :hug Here's a link to her wonderful interview:
https://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2019/03/interview-and-3-book-swag-bag-giveaway-with-sarah-floyd/
Thank you all so much! Blueboarders are the BEST!!  :flowers2
:butterflycolorful
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Post by: Ev on March 27, 2019, 12:22 PM
Great interview, Sarah and Mindy!  :stars3 Congratulations!
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Post by: writg tchr on March 27, 2019, 12:29 PM
Congratulations, Sarah! This sounds like a unique and intriguing story! Hope lots of readers fall in love with Butterfly Girl! 
:thewave :fireworks
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Post by: Anne Marie on March 27, 2019, 01:54 PM
Hooray!!
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Post by: Limama on March 27, 2019, 03:49 PM
Good luck! May your butterfly soar higher and higher!
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Post by: carrots on March 27, 2019, 04:10 PM
Congratulations, Butterfly Girl!!!!

 :butterflyflies :monarchbutterfly :butterfly2 :butterflies :butterflycolorful  :monarchbutterfly2
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Post by: David Wright on March 27, 2019, 05:10 PM
:congrats
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Post by: olmue on March 27, 2019, 06:55 PM
Congratulations, Sarah! :running
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Post by: dewsanddamps on March 27, 2019, 07:33 PM
 :cheerleader :cheerleader Congratulations, Butterfly Girl! That's great news.  :goldstar
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Post by: Schriscoe on March 27, 2019, 07:39 PM
Hooray, Sarah!!! I'm so excited for this awesome book to be out in the world for everyone to enjoy!!!!
Can't wait for my preordered copy to arrive!! It should be here any day. YAY!

LOVE the interview!! Your journey is one of inspiration, dedication, and commitment. And I'm so super happy for you!

:monarchbutterfly  :love5 :hug :yourock
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Post by: stephanie-lucianovic on March 27, 2019, 07:40 PM
OMIGOSH, yay, Sarah!
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Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 27, 2019, 08:52 PM
Happy sales to you!
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Post by: Vonna on March 28, 2019, 04:23 AM
 :stars3 How wonderful, Sarah! Congratulations! :fireworks
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Post by: Mrs. Jones on March 28, 2019, 04:45 AM
A huge congratulations, Sarah!!!  :yay :hairdude :flowers2 :stars3 :love5 :goldstar :goodluck :yay

Yes, it feels awkward to actually put yourself and your beautiful book out there, but that's why you worked so hard on it. Because you wanted to share this part of yourself with the world!  :redbaron

And it may be soon to ask, but are you working on the next project?  :grin3
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Post by: Vijaya on March 28, 2019, 06:26 AM
I loved reading all the personal bits that tie to your story. It's been such a privilege to share your journey here. I hope Butterfly Girl makes its way into many a child's hands and hearts. :butterflies :butterflies :butterflies
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on March 28, 2019, 08:14 AM
Thank you, friends!  :love5 I appreciate your wonderful support!! :grouphug2

Ena, in answer to your question, Butterfly Girl was scheduled to be released over a year ago, but shortly before the manuscript went on to pre-publishing final stages, I asked my editor for a "quick read." I had drafted a new novel, and I wondered if Butterfly Girl could use a few tweaks, based on things I had learned while writing that new novel. That quick read surprised me--after a long break from reading the manuscript, I realized that what I wanted to accomplish would require more than a few tweaks. There were several elements that could be improved, but it would require a slow, methodical approach--in other words, a lot more time.  I revised several scenes and sent my editor Before and After examples, to see if she'd allow me to revise the entire novel. She liked what I did--it kept the content intact but smoothed and tightened the writing . . . and in the process it pushed us back a full year, since I was working on two novels simultaneously.

So, now the timing is slightly crunched with launching Butterfly Girl, a picture book release next month, and a new novel on its way out for submission this very week! But now I am in the position of having nothing in the works and wondering how I ever wrote anything at all! It feels like a mystery to me each time until a new idea grabs me and I remember I can do this, I think (I hope!)
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Post by: AnnH on March 28, 2019, 08:21 AM
 :yay :wow CONGRATULATIONS!  :dancer :yippee :running
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Post by: Pons on March 28, 2019, 09:09 AM
:congratulations  What wonderful news!!!
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Post by: andracill on March 28, 2019, 09:35 AM
Wonderful news! :fireworks  :butterflycolorful
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on March 28, 2019, 09:45 AM
Congratulations, Sarah / Butterfly Girl! Happy your editor allowed you the time to revise your book before it came out.
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Post by: Mrs. Jones on March 28, 2019, 01:09 PM


Ena, in answer to your question, Butterfly Girl was scheduled to be released over a year ago, but shortly before the manuscript went on to pre-publishing final stages, I asked my editor for a "quick read." I had drafted a new novel, and I wondered if Butterfly Girl could use a few tweaks, based on things I had learned while writing that new novel. That quick read surprised me--after a long break from reading the manuscript, I realized that what I wanted to accomplish would require more than a few tweaks. There were several elements that could be improved, but it would require a slow, methodical approach--in other words, a lot more time.  I revised several scenes and sent my editor Before and After examples, to see if she'd allow me to revise the entire novel. She liked what I did--it kept the content intact but smoothed and tightened the writing . . . and in the process it pushed us back a full year, since I was working on two novels simultaneously.

So, now the timing is slightly crunched with launching Butterfly Girl, a picture book release next month, and a new novel on its way out for submission this very week! But now I am in the position of having nothing in the works and wondering how I ever wrote anything at all! It feels like a mystery to me each time until a new idea grabs me and I remember I can do this, I think (I hope!)

Oh, wow, Sarah. I am impressed on so many levels! And of course you can do this, but I've heard the feeling of "Can I really do this?" never goes away, regardless of the number of books we've written, and I for sure experience that doubt/panic myself.

Good luck with the next one!!!
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Post by: 217mom on March 28, 2019, 02:29 PM
 :flowers2 Lovely  :flowers2 news, and a good place to be, Sarah. Congratulations not only on the finished books, but on your strife, persistence, and making a good book great while sparing no effort. Inspiring!
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Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 28, 2019, 09:29 PM
If Harry Potter has already made a Patronus... You can do this. You've done it. You may just need to let the creative bucket refill for a bit.
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Post by: DellaRF on April 09, 2019, 06:35 PM
Congratulations, Sarah!  :yay

Della
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Post by: Marcia on April 10, 2019, 05:04 AM
Wonderful news!  :congratswave :butterfly2
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Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on May 04, 2019, 06:00 AM
I haven't been on the boards in a while. Congrats!!
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Post by: Jayca on May 04, 2019, 02:33 PM
Oh my goodness, I have my copy and about to start reading! YAY, Sarah! Congrats!!! xoxo
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Post by: rab on June 04, 2019, 06:28 PM
Dear Sarah,

Let me offer my very belated but nonetheless heart-felt congratulations! What persistence and fortitude you showed on your journey toward this book finding its true form and home. Best wishes for its success!

Rebecca
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on June 05, 2019, 02:21 PM
Thank you, friends!!  :love5
I have been off the board attending to some family stuff lately, but I peek in from time to time and appreciate the well wishes and support!! :flowers2