In my last post, I shared how I make lists in preparation for editing. Now I’ll share my process of editing a manuscript. I think most of this process would apply whether or not you’re an author publisher like me. The number of editing rounds may vary with each book, but this is my general… Continue reading The Many Ways I Edit My Manuscripts, part 2
The Many Ways I Edit My Manuscripts, part 1
“Yay! Now I get to edit.” That’s my first reaction when finishing a first draft. After several rounds of editing, though, I’m a little less enthusiastic. But I trudge on and, eventually, end up with a polished gem from the lump of rock I started with. Well, since I edit as I write, maybe lump… Continue reading The Many Ways I Edit My Manuscripts, part 1
In certain genres, some successful authors appear to write to a formula. Certain, some, appear … could that sentence be any vaguer? But it also contains the word successful, though success can also be interpreted in many ways. In this case, I mean those authors sell a lot of books. Part of our goal as… Continue reading Formula Writing
Did I Really Write That?
Once upon a time, I decided to finally keep the promise I'd made to myself many times in my life: I'd write a novel. The year was 1999. At that time, most of the books I read were written by Stephen King or Maeve Binchy, so I guess it's logical that I set out to… Continue reading Did I Really Write That?
Oh What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
Look before you leap is excellent advice—if you take it. I'm embarrassed to say how many times I haven't. I'm thankful my leaps are figurative. In my last post, I mentioned that I'd started a book in a genre I've never written before. I've read it, though probably not as much as I should have… Continue reading Oh What Have I Gotten Myself Into?