May

02

2011

Bitter/Sweet

As an unpublished author my dream during those few years between rough draft and publishing contract was to actually see my first novel in print, to share a story that was dear to my heart with the vast community of readers.

As an unpublished author what I didn’t consider was that when the time came to sending my work out into the world of literature some readers just might not feel the same enthusiasm for the story that I did. While some will enjoy reading my work, others might go as far as to not like the book at all. That a few of my last-minute edits might somehow go awry on their way to the final copy. That the cover might say nothing compelling about the story. That the finished product overall might come nowhere near living up to the dream.

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Feb

01

2011

The Editing Pit

Last weekend I completed my first real edit for publication (cover art to the left). As soon as I’d received it from my editor I started out by going through and making the minor changes he’d suggested like comas (we all know I’m bad about those) and words to delete, sentences that needed rewording—the usually stuff. All that took a couple of days. Then I decided to print out the manuscript so I could lug it everywhere I went and mark the parts I wanted to change. I thought it would take another day, maybe two before I would be ready to send it back to my editor. But as I got further into the ms I started noticing more and more problem areas in need of my attention.

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Well, 2010 is quickly rolling to a bumpy end here at my house. Nevertheless, I hope that this letter finds all my readers safely gliding into the holidays as I

share my own Christmas wishes.

After my illustrious husband hopped on his Victory Eight-ball motorcycle one warm September morning and ended up taking a ride in an ambulance, not once, but twice, I took over managing the store which, consequently, has turned into a permanent gig. So, besides “running” the store (wouldn’t be possible without the sharp gals I have working for me) I’m looking forward to all three of my novels being published in 2011. The first two are due out in March and November and will be available online in both ebook and paperback—the third will hit bookshelves in May or June.

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Oct

12

2010

My Best Advice

I have good news!

Cedar Fort Inc has offered to publish my third novel, Who I Am.

After weeks, and weeks, of re-writes to make the manuscript LDS/Christian friendly, I now have a book that is squeaky clean and ready to be published.

Squeaky

If a reader was worried he/she might find a reference to a woman’s breast, or the word breast in any context for that matter, they won’t find it in my book. So too, said reader will not have to endure any casual references to God. No one saying, “Good Lord,” “God Almighty,” not even a, “Thank You Jesus!” Don’t worry about having to skim over any uncomfortable heated scenes either. Anything romantic in this book is lukewarm at best. Like I said . . .

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Recently, I received some feedback on my latest novel (Count Down to Love). First, the editor complemented me on my characters and dialogue, which was nice, but then she went on to categorizing me as the kind of author who tends to “tell” instead of “show.” Now I will admit that I did incorporate the occasional flashback and introspective, some of which I agree needs to be reworked, but when did it become a crime to write a novel with a nice balance of dialogue and narration. And it wasn’t as if I didn’t know what I was doing when I wrote the offensive telling. If my dialogue was “enjoyable” and my characters “interesting” then obviously I know how to “show.” I wasn’t suffering from some sort of multiple personality writing disorder that caused my writing style to shift from showing to telling and then back again without my knowledge.

But then if such a disorder did exist maybe psychotherapists could come up with a Cognitive Therapy to treat it? Something like an annoying alarm that sounds whenever an author writes a paragraph containing more than four sentences, followed by a voice reminding the writer that it’s best to dial-down the narration—more people will read the book if the author uses fewer words. The goal of the therapy being that, over time, the author is able to move past the “irrational” idea that good literature is about plot and characterization. And instead, adopt the “rational” idea that the pace in which a reader can sprint to the last page determines the value of the work.

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