The Obvious Game by Rita Arens

When I started blogging it was to simply write about books. I never thought that I'd ever really become friends with authors let alone that any of my friends would become authors. It's funny how things turn out. The Obvious Game, which will be released in February 2013 by Inkwell Publishing, will be my friend Rita Arens' first published novel.

Rita has been published before, as the editor of the parenting anthology Sleep is For the Weak. Publishing her first novel has been a very different experience. I've been lucky enough to be able to witness it, from her very first drafts, through the editing process and now through the final weeks before it hits store shelves.

Publishing is not for the faint of heart. There's the anxiety of sending it to your first readers. There are editing sessions that go late into the night. There are rejections. There are rewrites. There are also good days. There is the day you get your agent. There is day that someone offers for your book. And there is the day when you can reveal the cover of your book to the world.

Congratulations Rita! I can't wait to get a finished copy in my hands.