If you need a critique or a line edit. Michelle Sutton published author does it all. Published author of novels, member of American Christian Fiction Writer’s this lady is a wonderful wealth of knowledge. She is on face book and Twitter so don’t hesitate to contact her. She is helping me right now and is very reasonable on price.
Happy Valentines Day all just thought I would give you an update. My day job today is delivering for edible arrangements. It is a happy delivery. I see why people like doing flowers or these things.
My hubby got me for Christmas as a replacement gift . James Scott Bell’s online software called the knockout novel based on his great selling book Plot and Structure. I have been working with it on my first police novel. It HAS really opened up my characters and let’s me think of what I need to put in my novel.
The software is in junction with the writing online site. www hiveword.com
which is free. But to get the James Scott Bell perspective. It cost 49.00 dollars and worth every penny. It is some thing I will use over and over again. So I like the way it brings new ideas to you. Along with helping you develop your character’s fully.
So you might want to check it out.
I want to thank James Scott Bell for developing this wonderful tool.
Again Happy Valentines Day. Be safe and stay warm.
I stay in contact with one or two younger authors that are just starting out. One asked me not to use her name she has her contract but has not picked the name she is using to publish under yet. And the second woman like me Isn’t worried about things.
The debate in question was and I quote “Why is it so hard for new authors to get reviews to help them out. Jane told me that she can’t even get her sister to read her book. And Terri (the lady with the contract) said that she had lots of critique buddies so she has lots of review help.
In my own experience I seem to have people that are buying my book but don’t want to help by putting up a review? I have even gone as far as (like any author) and bought the books and sent the books out for review and still nothing.
Jane believes that it is because family don’t want to believe that the person has done well. Terri thinks it’s pure shock that a new author has got the contract to begin with.
Well I don’t have critique partners because I drove semi and never got to join a critique group because I never felt it was right that someone would help me and then me not be able to participate fully with the group.
So how does one motivate people to review?
Time money and effort or pure tenacity?
Thoughts, discussion or how about a mud flinging contest?
As many of you know I got a kindle Christmas. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. Well it is great for playing games as words with friends or angry birds ( that’s one game that is plumb addicting. Who knew trying to blow up piggies with some tiny birds could be so relaxing.) Of course there’s words with friends, and scrabble,along with just about anything else you could imagine.
There are literally thousands of books on very subject under the sun. And you can get them for free.
But what I found yesterday is just too cool I am probably the last person on earth to know about this writing app called MY WRITING SPOT. I haven’t it long enough to figure out how to get it synchronized with my computer yet. So I am not sure it will work. But for only $2.99 I am loving it.
I am forever standing in line or being held up for something (Doctor is late again) really used to bore me to tears. But I downloaded it yesterday and I already have put together 3 chapters that’s 2273 words on a new story on my Kindle.
I should mention that it comes with dictionary and thesaurus and I really haven’t worried to much about it because I got a dictionary with my Kindle. Pre loaded and ready to go.
I figure with this kind of convenience even if I have to go back and retype everything And delete the file. I have made my money back on the app.
So cool so it’s back to work for now.
The question today for many authors is do you build a blog for your followers. Do you have a platform to build on. (Well how do you build on something that is non-existent?
You see so many new authors don’t know how to begin to build a platform .
There are so many things to consider.
1. Do you have something to say?
2. Do you have something to promote
3. Are you doing it because you have heard that you have to.
4. Are you doing it to get practice writing, and truthfully don’t know what you are doing?
Are you wrong if you are answering no to any of these ?
I have found out that there are no right and wrong answers. But people can lead you on the right direction.
Check with your agent or publisher, ask
Questions at any and all conferences Writing a blog takes time and effort on your part to build a fan base.(and sometimes it works and sometimes it is a long slow process. I am speaking from experience here.)
One thing you don’t want to do is check your statics every day. They will only depress you. That will only make it harder for you to feel that you getting somewhere. (Again experience talking.)
Whether you blog or not is really up to you but do pay attention to people that can help you . Agents, popular author’s kickaround ideas that will make your blog stand out.
Remember that there are a lots new and old ways of doing this. Some work, and some don’t. It will depend on you.
But also remember that like publishing it takes “a long long time.” Thank you Mary Sue Seymour for teaching me that.
So don’t be afraid of it just make an educated guess and make the commitment to it. ( only ypu can decide if you are ready to take that plunge).
Reading Rachelle Gardner’s blog on editing. I got to thinking What is it about Editing that scares me so much.
Well Okay I admit that in high school my English Comp skills lacked a lot in ability.
So yes line edits scare me. But I also use the grammar check and run off a hard copy, and we look at every sentence and after the fourteenth time I still wonder if I have it right.
I go back and double check for the obvious things. Get rid of the LY, get rid of the over used was, were, had, But and the like.
I double check sentence structure. (If I move the back of the sentence to the front will it sound and look better?)
Have I punctuated correctly and how do you punctuate that sentence “Stop it Evan, I won’t do that.”
I used to think I had to jazz up my sentences and not use the basics. “Subject verb and what was the third word.” But you know the simple sentence is still the best.
Subject, verb. I’m not sure the Dick and Jane didn’t have the right idea.
See Dick run. See Jane dance. (or what ever she did in those books.)
The one thing I could say I remembered was that you always put a comma in front of a but .
AND NOW THEY TELL ME THAT’S WRONG.
So I will always have a fear of line Edits and there really isn’t a lot they can do to change my mind. Because once I have it figured out.
They will just change it on me again. (and people wonder why I’m such a fan of e.e. cummings – he didn’t use punctuation.)
Fall has arrived with fall colors and imaginations running wild. Every season brings new ideas. Just as it brings new sweaters and wools put of storage. New stories that have laid dorment for so long start falling out of our minds the way trees lose their leaves.
Remember to write those ideas down. Outline a first chapter so that if you are on a dead line you can go back and remember the jest of the idea . So maybe next spring you can have the fall story ready for publication
Happy dreams everyone.