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RE-views, INTER-views, and Giveaways!

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Life Is Good, Right?

Just an update on things coming up in the weeks ahead. Now that I’ve done my best with Swamp Ghosts and turned it loose on an unsuspecting public, I can get back to the things in life that REALLY matter…my BLOGS! ūüėÄ

I have some ideas for a lot of fun stuff in the weeks ahead, so I hope you will all stay tuned. I have a few reviews to get posted, for one thing. I’m also planning to do some Author Interviews with good folks I have met online in recent weeks. I’ll be starting with author Anna Celeste Burke, who writes cozy mysteries. Evelyn Cullet, Deborah Brown, and Aimee Easterling will be joining us, as well. I will be focusing on independently published writers, but will happily do an interview for any author who would like to join in. If you, or anyone you know, would like to be featured here, please contact me (Contact Info at the top of the page). I’m looking forward to asking these writers about themselves, their writing process, their books, and a few off the wall questions, just for fun. Hope you will all enjoy this new feature.

My first Author Interview with Anna Celeste Burke will be on Monday, May 5. Be sure to join us. You will be able to ask questions, too, in the Comments section.

I also plan to do some fun Giveaways over the months ahead. (I’m already running one, as a matter of fact, in case you missed it. Aimee Easterling is giving away a signed copy of her latest book, Shiftless). Be on the look out for Rafflecopter links to various things you can win, and for things you can email me to win. Expect the Unexpected! ūüėÄ

That’s the latest news from Bookin’ It, and I do hope it sounds like fun to you. I’m going to have a good time with it all, myself, and can’t wait to get started. And that would be Monday, May 5, with Anna Celeste Burke.

Need an Editor?

For those who don’t know, I’ve been buried in the final chapters of my draft for my upcoming novel, Swamp Ghosts. I’m happy to say that I’m close enough to the end to start the editing process on the beginning. Yay! I’m hoping to have this book published by the first of May, if all goes well.

In the meantime, I’m also happy to say my editor for Wake-Robin Ridge, Caitlin Stern,¬†is once again going to be working with me. I can’t say enough good things about working with Caitlin. She was very accommodating and we were able to come up with an arrangement that was perfect for both of us. Her flexibility was wonderful, and she has mad skills, too.

In my case, I asked her to edit for typos, grammar, and general errors of the mechanical sort. Plus, she read the book as a reader would, and kept me honest when she felt my characters weren’t acting true to how I had described them. She never lopped out anything or replaced anything with her own words, which I would have hated. Instead, she circled and underlined and made suggestions in the margin, and let me make all the changes myself. If I was being repetitive, for instance, she would point out that something should probably be cut, and give me her thoughts on which sentence could be removed without changing my meaning.¬†Ninety-nine times out¬†of a hundred,¬†I agreed with her and made the suggested changes. In the rare instance when I really preferred my way, and stood firm, she was good with that.

In short, she made me a better writer, but didn’t do it for me. I re-learned a lot of half-forgotten grammar rules that had long disappeared into the dark corners of my mind, and she gave me easy ways to remember them in the future, too. Hyphens are still my enemy, but I know Caitlin will be on the job and catch my mistakes.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced but very good¬†editor,¬†I hope you’ll¬†think¬†about contacting Caitlin. I’m sure you would enjoy working with her. You can reach her at Caitlin Stern Writes¬†for more specific info.¬†

The Joys & Pitfalls of Self-Publishing Part II

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My ebook has been out there for a month now, and I have reassessed a lot of things over these past couple of weeks. Self-publishing is definitely a great option for some of us, but it does come with a unique set of issues to take into consideration. I will probably be posting more on this subject, as I learn new things and form new opinions on what works and what doesn’t, ¬†but I have to say, I already know one thing that is a major pitfall for those seeking to self-publish. EDITING! Read more…

Promo Is Over

Thanks again to everyone who downloaded my book, Wake-Robin Ridge, during yesterday’s Free Promotional. Because of you guys, I had 855 total downloads for the day, including 77 in U.K., 13 in Denmark, 2 in France, 2 in Italy, 2 in Japan, 3 in India, and 11 in Canada! Wow! That is some amazing stuff! Now, I’m sure there are many authors out there who have surpassed these numbers by far, but to me, thinking the someone in India is reading about my Sarah Gray and MacKenzie Cole is just mind-boggling. I’m so stoked!¬†

My heartfelt appreciation and love goes out to every single person who downloaded a copy, told a friend about the book, posted on their Facebook page, Tweeted, emailed, or posted a review on amazon. This book was a labor of love, and I hope that at least some ¬†readers will enjoy it. I’m hard at work on my next one, and just finishing up my poetry book. I’ll let you guys know when those are available, but in the meantime, back to your originally scheduled programming! (And I’m heading to the Comfy Chair to finish my next book for review.)

Hugs to ALL!

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The Joys (& Pitfalls) of Self-Publishing Part I

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What an adventure the last ten months have been. Deciding it wasn’t too late to write a book, if I really wanted to, has changed the course of my life. Granted, it’s pretty late in the game for a course-changer . . . but it’s not TOO late. And I know, because I did it!¬†

I could sit around now and complain and grumble that I should have done this years ago, Read more…

Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

If you have any interest in writing and publishing a book of any kind, and you haven’t yet checked out both David Gaughran’s blog and his book, Let’s Get Digital, you really should.¬† I downloaded Read more…

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