How I Found the Right Editor

It was more than luck. Creating a book takes a team. I spoke about how I chose my cover artist. How I found the right editor for My Soul to Keep was to search for the right one several months before I needed one. It took some work, some due diligence, and some patience. But it paid off. Which Type? The first step in my journey to find the right editor was to research the different types of editors. It can get confusing. When you search the internet there are folks who say there are four types, five types, nine types, and more! But for most freelancers, it boils down to four general types. Developmental editors who work with you on the structure and arc of the story. Copy editors examine your finished story for consistency, grammar, and flow. Line editors address the writing style, language, and content on a sentence level. Proofreaders are the nit-pickers who look for typos and misplaced words or punctuation. Each writer’s needs, every novel’s needs, are different. I had a mentor who had helped me with developing the story. But my weaknesses were grammar and consistency. So I needed a copy editor. But there […]

Confessions of a Last Minute Writer

Mea Culpa. I messed up. It’s been a week, a month, a wild ride this year. Much of it has been good, but busier and more intense than I’d anticipated. I’ve had my head down getting things done, words written on my WIP, and not getting blog posts written until the last minute. A-a-nd it caught up with me tonight. We had a terrible thunderstorm move in very quickly. One big boom and flash and we were in the dark. Literally. The power has been out for more than three and a half hours. The blog post isn’t written, laundry isn’t done, and neither is supper. Plus a half dozen other tasks I could have done in two or three minutes while supper was cooking but without light…nada. When the power came back up, I had a lovely email response to my new email campaign for new subscribers. Except somehow MailChimp sent it to all my old subscribers, too. Sheesh. Sorry, folks. I am working on figuring out what I did wrong. I had intended to send all my current subscribers a single email telling you about the list of dystopian novels—later this week. Sigh. Anyway, I hope you got […]

I Was Alone But Not Alone

My book, My Soul to Keep, launched yesterday. It was a special moment. But as I reflected on the hours, days, weeks, and years I worked on this book, I realized something important. I was alone but not alone. So many things go into writing a book. All the books read, the friends roped into endless conversations, writing group members who tolerated endless rewrites, beta readers, editors, proofreaders, artists, and ARC readers each contribute to the story. I’m going to take a moment to say thank you to all who had a part in this. A Little Emotional I’m a little (okay, more than a little) overwhelmed by the friends and family who celebrate this book with me. I’m delighted that my very first review was a five-star review (it’s on Goodreads if you want a peak). Now you might rightly assume that my emotional outpouring has to do with pride. Yes, I have a healthy amount of pride in accomplishing a book. But what I am most grateful for is all the people who helped me get to this place. I could not do it alone, even though I must write alone. The support, the camaraderie, the encouragement I […]