At least the first draft is. And what a draft it is! 133,600 words when I was aiming for 100,000. So I have my work cut out for me in the cutting out department.
While I’m working on the edits and sending documents off to my wonderful editor, I’ll be plotting the next series of books. What will they be about? I don’t know.
Really, I don’t know. Yes, I have so many ideas, but don’t know where to start.
The American West series of historical romances?
The Love’s Travels series of historical romances?
Or the Needing a Title set of murder mysteries?
Maybe the several stand alone story ideas, aka free range books?
They all sound appealing, right? That’s my problem. Where to start? This is like a chocolate buffet and I want everything right this minute.
If you’re reading this, what do you think? Tell me! What setting do you think is woefully missing from the literary world. I can’t guarantee I’ll write about it, but will consider it!
From last Monday to this, I’ve been way under the weather. It’s been a long week of cough, edit, try to sleep, stuck on repeat. I am not a person who gets sick at all and thus, am a lousy patient.
So what have I accomplished? Spiffing up previously released, soon to be released, and released for preorder works. The Oregon Trail series is very close to being done. Depending on how my “Men” go over with the romance crowd, I’ll either call them done at the Best and Worst, or add in The Very Rich Man and Very Poor Man books as well.
I think I’m due for another shot of Nyquil, so I’ll close with this.
Fall in love with the Very Worst Man. Preorder now, release date 2/28/15.
I’ve been reading a lot of indie published books and short stories in the past few weeks and months. The one thing I’ve noticed across the board is that every single author needs an editor. Yes, even you, the English major. You need an editor.
You know those optical illusions, the one where you pick a C out of a billion O’s? How about the one where you count the number of ‘f’s but miss the one f in ‘of’ because it sounds like a ‘v’? Exactly. No matter how careful a person is, their brain will fill in the missing words or switch back the dyslexic sentences during their own proofing. Even worse? Spell checkers go only so far. Otherwise, the world wouldn’t be full of your/you’re and to/too errors, never mind the beloved their/there/they’re.
If your editor becomes a friend, that’s great. Just don’t hand over your document to a friend and expect them to edit it. Your priorities are not their priorities. Plus, if they’re friends, you’re probably not paying them and they’re not as serious about your deadlines as you are. Editing is one place where you suck it up and pay the man or woman to do their job.
There are several types of editors out there. Developmental editors, line editors, proofreaders, copy editors. Some people offer more than one type of edits with their services. My own editor does line editing and proofreading. She’s invaluable to me and makes my writing so much better.
Here’s a link to more information. The article is very much worth your time to read before publishing. Note to Hampton Roads authors: Don’t cut the editor