editing


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This morning I did a shortened version of this on my Facebook Timeline, but as I re-read it I realized I should post it here, with a few extra notes: Dear NaNoWriMo Participants, My Facebook timeline is filling with notes about how you have achieved your 50K (and some much […]

Dear NaNoWriMo Winner


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…ever admit that there are errors in their book? Books are written by human beings. They’re edited by other humans. And, as we all must admit, humans are flawed. We miss things. We make mistakes. As a writer, I find it almost impossible to read my own copy — I […]

Should an author…


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I just received the final line edits for Tangled Past and am back on deadline. This time I have to get them in by Saturday night. So I know what I’ll be doing New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.  (Line edits are the grammar corrections as well as those […]

Back into My Cave



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Yes, I’ve been a bad blogger this week. BUT I’ve finished my developmental/copy edits for Tangled Past and got them in on time. (My editor said they rocked – squee!), and did the cover-art form for it as well, which was also on deadline. While I was trying to focus […]

Deadlines Done


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All sorts of things are going on today, so I’ve got a bunch of little things noted below: Carina Press is releasing three seasonal anthologies this week, Winter Wishes which is collection of paranormal stories, a contemporary anthology Naughty and Nice and His for the Holidays which is a GLBT […]

This and That. (These and those?)


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I finished the first draft of the next in the Hauberk series a few days ago. This one is Troy’s and Sandy’s story (you haven’t met Troy yet–he’s mentioned in Personal Protection but doesn’t get a speaking part until Deliberate Deceptions.)  A big part of the story is Scott — […]

When “The End” is not the end



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I’m supposed to be packing for a weekend away with my writing buds.  I’m supposed to be ready to leave in the morning.  I’m not. *cringe*  I finished my edits on Texas Tangle yesterday (a day early–woot!) But holy moly, Angela James and my new editor at Carina Press, Rhonda […]

All My Bags are Packed—Not!


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I’m hopefully on the home stretch for my work in progress. How can I tell? I printed it out last night. There’s something satisfying about seeing this big stack of paper and thinking “I wrote that!” It makes me feel very … authorial. (Is that even a word?) I try […]

Is that a light up ahead?


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I’m not sure how many people who read this aren’t also authors who understand the editing process, but if you’re not a writer and wonder what it is authors look for when they’re editing, or have read a book and thought “something’s off with that” but can’t figure out why, […]

What is editing anyway?



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So last week I wrote over 20K. This week? Yeah, I’ve totally slowed down. I did however get my manuscript to a point where I guess I could say the first draft is complete. But that’s all it is. A draft. An extremely rough ROUGH draft. As in it’s got […]

Is there a narrative at all?


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My edits are done! Woohoo! Although I expect they may come back. In addition to wanting an extra love scene, my editor made a single line suggestion that ended up having me delete a scene and replace it with a couple more to solve something that bugged her about the […]

Clean up on Aisle 4


I’m still working on my edits for Personal Protection and I think I’m confusing myself the more I edit. I’ve had a discussion with my editor about what direction to take the changes she’s asked for, and I think I’m back on the right track, but I need to focus […]

Locking Myself in My Cave