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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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Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran

David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital Cover

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…

Blog Sharing On Self-Publishing

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In my Real Life, such as it is, I don’t know a single person who is currently writing a book, who plans to write a book, who has ever written a book in the past, or who even dreams of writing a book someday.  Man, do I hang out with boring people, or what?  Read more…

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