Saturday, July 11, 2020

It’s so exciting when after months of painstakingly writing a story, your baby, you can finally type those two little words that have so much impaction…The End. All the sweat and tears…all of the doubts…all of those times waking up in the middle of the night with a new plot or while you are driving down the road…all the times your characters came into your head to completely change the direction of the story against your will…all of this for those two words. All worth every second of the journey.

But alas, you are not done.
Not even close.

Now you must edit. It’s about shaping and molding…dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s if you will. Ensuring it shines.

I am sure there are many important issues to one must look for but I am going to list my top 5. And by all means, if you have a particular one not listed, please leave it in the comments.

1     Repeating words. As in using one such as ‘said’…she said, “blah blah blah” … he said “I don’t say blah blah blah” (sorry I couldn’t help myself as Hotel Transylvania is my one of my grandson’s favorite movies and if you haven’t watch it, why not?). There are tons of different words to use instead of said. I will look up synonyms of ‘boring’ words such as said, like, mad, etc

2      Grammar usage. You can’t go mixing up present tense with past tense. You will throw the reader for a loop.

3      Spell check. And this is not full proof by any stretch. You really have to read line for line. I found the word I meant to use ‘is’ was ‘us’ in a couple different places along the way. Spell check will not pick that up as an error.

4      Ensure your characters’ traits stay consistent throughout the story. I found I had inadvertently changed my heroine’s eyes from emerald to brown two scenes later.

5     Make sure your timeline stays consistent, especially if you are writing a series.

And with writing a series, keeping everything straight across several books is even more of a challenge. I keep a notebook for my series that contains each major character’s page, minor characters and some pertinent info for them, places as in a restaurant or hospital or even graveyards, and pages of major events that happened within each book. It may be a lot to contend with, but a evil necessity in order to ensure the books contain accurate information throughout the series.
What are your top editing issues you look for?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Back to the Grind

I haven’t posted in over 6 months. No excuses. Just real life happening. Since my last post, I did get a job as a Med/Surg telemetry RN on nights. So, I have had to adjust to a whole new schedule. And then the COVID virus struck. I had to learn how to homeschool my grandson with the whole e learning bit. I have to say the last few months have not been boring. I figure I can commit to 2 blogs a month for now.

I have finally published Secrets of Jenkins Bridge on Amazon. It just went live today. Now I am learning (the struggle is REAL) how to use Adobe Photoshop to make my print cover version for the book so I can submit it for the print version. I just may need to find a book designer for this one!

I have to say I have a new appreciation for editors and publishers. Now I know the importance of proper formatting for just kindle alone. And it seems every other reader (B&N, Apple, Google etc) all have different formatting rules. Like I said...a new appreciation. If you want to be an indie writer, take everything into consideration. I did not know it would take me several hours…yes several…to format for kindle. And then another several hours to format for print version for kindle. And that is just Amazon.

I found Smashwords which seems to be a great place to publish ebooks and their “meatgrinder” (love the name) will run it through and format for all the different readers and sites. That is what I am currently working on-setting my manuscript back up for their standards and submitting it to them.

I did receive my rights back to The Wishing Wreath, the All I Want for Christmas anthology with SoulMate Publishing. I am considering putting it up for free on Amazon. It is such a great short story.

Indie authors, how did fare self-publishing? Do you have any little gold nuggets or suggestions for me?

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Back to writing: 4 years later.....

When I looked to see when my last blog post was, I was astonished it was well over four years ago. I can't believe I have neglected my page that long. But I definitely needed that time. I have been on a long journey both professional and personal.

A couple months after my last post in 2015, I entered the nursing program. Due to financial and personal reasons, I had to leave it after the first 7 weeks. I struggled to write. I honestly felt I was going nowhere fast with no clear path of where I wanted to go or who I wanted to be.

I finally put my foot down and decided I had to come first for once. So in 2016 I received my CNA license. In 2017 I reapplied and was accepted once again into the nursing program. During the two year program, I worked as a CNA/caregiver for a private home health company. Between all this and having a family has kept me going with no time to write. I had to put my all into the RN program in order to be successful. And that I was. My pinning ceremony was in July. I received my RN license in August.

In the writing world, I was given back my full rights to Secrets of Jenkins Bridge. I have decided to revamp it and am working on a new cover. Side note: Adobe Photoshop is a little tricky program! I am learning though....

I am writing the 2nd book in my paranormal series. I am not a panster so I have the book outlined of course. And also the 3rd book roughly....

So I think what I need to do is commit to writing a blog post at least once every weekend and keep it simple. I am sorry to my followers for being gone so incredibly long but I really did need that time. I will do better in the future.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Writing Update

I have to tell you all, I have a hard time writing blogs. And I know I am not the only one. I'm not alone in the "what in the world am I going to write about now....pull my hair out trying to think of anything other than what I always write about" pool. It's especially hard when I have been in a writer's block funk for the last six or so weeks. The plan was after I was done with classes in May and while I waited on an acceptance or denial for the nursing program, I would hammer out the next book. Let's just say I really need to stop planning. I wrote a little, but not nearly what I wanted. From now on, if the time is available and my mind isn't jumbled full of worries, then I will write.

In the meantime, yes I did get accepted into the nursing program! Yay! I am excited about it and of course a little afraid of the unknown. I don't begin those classes until near the end of October. But, I am also going to take a Spanish class and that begins in a couple of weeks. I am more freaked out about the Spanish class than the nursing ones. Go figure.

At least I did manage a couple of paragraphs here today. Maybe that will ease me back into the blogging world. Anything new going on with you?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Deadly Curses On Sale and a Kindle Fire Giveaway!!

I'm super excited that Deadly Curses is on sale this week beginning today and going through June 30th for 99 pennies! That's right. Just 99 cents. This is such a great way to begin the Magnolia Valley series and read Trent and Ciarra's story. I adore this couple and I believe you will too. You just can't help but to cheer them on. They are equally stubborn and fight against their growing love for one another while trying to save Trent from a vengeful mother's curse.

While Deadly Curses is on sale, I've decided to do a little giveaway for a Kindle Fire HD 6. I love this one. It isn't big and bulky at all. Will fit right inside your purse! So the rafflecopter is open until July 1st at midnight. Please copy and paste the link to this blog post and share with everyone. The more the merrier!! And I hope you decide to read Deadly Curses and fall in love.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


The purpose of IWSG is to go forth encouraging and supporting each other in our writing journeys. We post the first Wednesday of each month. Whether you would like to support or you have your own insecurities in this large writing world, we would love to have you come on board. Please go here and sign up.

I'm back and this month I just want to encourage and support. So how about something relaxing to take your minds off your worries?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Been away.....Catching up

My life has been a hectic one these last couple of months. Since my blog tour for Deadly Curses, I had to put my complete focus on finishing up my final classes at the college so I could graduate. And that I did:

I have the summer off ... from classes that is. I am still working at the shop, but now I have time to write!!! See, I have applied for the nursing program and am waiting (rather impatiently) for a response. This is week two, and I have another three weeks minimum to go. So, I have set myself a goal, although it is quite an unreasonable one. I am working on Deadly Intent, book two of the Magnolia Valley series and a new paranormal suspense, All Hallows Eve. Both first chapters are now written. But I would like to get the bare skeleton of both finished before I receive the letter indicating whether or not I will be accepted into the nursing program. I know, how the heck am I going to pull this one off? Especially with that tiny, annoying editor voice in my head screaming at me to fix, fix, fix. 

Well, first I am ignoring the voice. Second, I am alternating the stories when I work on them. Meaning I will work on Deadly Intent one day, and then the next it is All Hallows Eve and so forth. My goal is to write two scenes a day. I just simply broke that up into one scene in the morning and one at night. Have I stayed on goal? Well, not exactly. But I am chugging along. The purpose to have the bare skeleton of the stories done before the letter is if the letter is a welcoming one, then that will give me roughly six to nine weeks to flesh out and edit before classes begin. Then I will do another round of edits before sending both out into the world of publishing. I will be so busy with classes, I won't be occupied wondering where the rejection letters are! So, here's to me on setting impossible goals once again, but I am going to turn that negative into positive and try to stay focused.

In the meantime, The Romance Reviews is having their annual summer splash party all month long beginning tomorrow!! Lots of prizes to be had and a ton of great books! Deadly Curses will be featured in the games on June 17th so be on the look out!! I will be giving away a free e-copy that day. And it will also be featured the 26th-30th. If you haven't grabbed yourself a copy, go to Amazon here.

Over 350 authors participating!!!