The editor is in!

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I’m not like a regular editor, I’m a writer first.

When I was taking my editor classes I was really surprised about the teacher’s and many of the student’s opinions on editor/author relationships. They definitely saw themselves as the authorities, “the people in charge” and writers as the unruly employees that they had to whip into shape and fix all their work. I thought that was all wrong. Why would the editors be the bosses when it’s the writers that do all the work? I don’t think an editor should fix a writer’s work, because it doesn’t need to be fixed in the first place. When a writer creates a novel, it’s their work of art. Would it be okay to take a ruler and maker to a Picasso to fix it?

As a fellow writer, I believe that you’ve already written your story, how you wanted it, in your own words. As an editor, I’m just going to help you polish it so that everyone can enjoy it.

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I’m not going to focus on grammar, I’m going to focus on clarity. This might sound completely crazy for an editor to do, but very few readers care if the novel they’re reading is grammatically correct. Most readers won’t even notice. And aren’t most authors writing for readers, not for editors? So, in my opinion, if the sentence makes sense, grammatical or not, it stays. They are the words you chose, so they are the best words for your story.

What I am going to do is find the typos, because when you are typing a thousand¬† words a minute, typos happen. They happen to everyone, even the most seasoned pros. Also, I’ll give you some suggestions that you might want to consider during your rewrite.

img_0233Maybe there’s a writing technique you didn’t even think of that would work well in a scene that’s dragging a little bit? Maybe there’s a bit of dialog that sounds a little stiff, and I know a tip that can help that? I’m not going to take a machete and whack your work of art to bits. I’m going to look for spots you might be having trouble with, and give you the tools you need to improve your own writing in your own words.

The being said, I am currently accepting submissions for light editing, free of charge! Just click on the Send me a manuscript! tab at the top of the home page or click here! Follow the 10,000 word limit, please. I’m most interested in Young Adult and Adult fiction in the Sci-fi, paranormal genre, but I will read almost anything! Please no erotica/porn.

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I did it all for the nookbook!

Driftwood Island cover picGreat news! My first book, Driftwood Island, is now available as a Nook Book. So now, whether you have a Kindle or a Nook, you can enjoy my 4 star novel about Alley, and how she saves a little sea side town and a mysterious island lost in fog.

If you would like to read the first chapter for free, check it out on my Chapter One  page. You can meet the characters on my Characters page. Or you can read a quick snapshot of the story on my Novels page.

And I plan to publish my second novel Monster in the Basement as a Nook Book very soon!

Good Reads!

Most authors will tell you that to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader first. Over the years I’ve definitely taken that to heart (maybe a little too much). Whatever is going on in my life, I always try to fit in plenty of reading.

IMG_0133Mainly I read the kind of books I want to write, paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy, that sort of thing. It’s great for keeping me inspired, it helps me see stories from different points of view,¬† and it also shows me what is maybe being written about a little too much.

Every so often I find a book that really stands out. It may come from a little known author, but it’s really good. “Paranormalcy” by Kiersten White, is one of those books. It’s her first novel, but it’s written very well. The characters are really well fleshed out, the author kept the cast fairly small (a smart move) and there was plenty of action and story development. And best of all, there are plotting, evil fairies! The written paranormal world seriously needs more of those.

The story is about a foundling orphan that can see super natural critters. And now that she’s a teen, she works for a secret government organization that arrests the critters, saving the rest of the human world from being eaten. The main character doesn’t know anything about her past, who she is, where she came from, or why she’s the only one on the planet that can see the super natural stuff. So, needless to say, adventure ensues.

If you like sci-fi/paranormal, I highly recommend you check it out.