The silliest author (almost) on the market

Well, my friends, I came home from my first day of school and discovered something disconcerting. My book, while approved, was still not listed. Why? This news had me somewhat disgruntled…

I opened up my email to check for anything Amazon may have directed in my direction in explanation as to this new and disturbing development, and discovered…

I failed to list an author on my book.

I discussed with myself about how I may get away with telling them the book has no author, it wrote itself under my direction, but I decided instead of doing the detrimental thing, I would do the right thing, and in my determination I delicately held my fragile temperament and delegated some of my attention to the duty of LISTING AN AUTHOR.

But hey, at least they have not determined my book to be ill-fit for publishing due to any other issue except my silliness.  And even though this sets my publishing date back- yet again- this should be the last 8-12 hour delay.

And yes, I realized I utilized a dump-load of Ds in this post. Because this post is brought to you today by the letter D, for “daft.”

 

Stacey

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Adjustments

Due to the length in time of which it takes for uploaded kindle books to become available for purchase, and some adjustments that I had to make, it looks like Blood of Darkness will be published on the 30th after all! I will announce it’s availability the second it becomes available! Thank you for your patience!

 

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Get ready!

Get ready!!

In just a few short hours, Blood of Darkness, Book One of The Legends of Sangue, will be published! With a brand new cover, a perfectly formatted inside, and all the trimmings!

This book will be published (for now) exclusively on Kindle, which includes all Kindle devices and devices with a Kindle App (which can be downloaded here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771) This includes smart phones, ipods, ipads, PCs, Macs, and more.

In case anyone isn’t familiar with Blood of Darkness, here it is in a nutshell:

In the dark world known as the Kingdom of Sangue, a widowed sorcerer king faces his greatest enemy- and his past- in order to save his only living son. Twenty years after the brutal murder of his wife and three of four children, Otztal Mortimer awaits the day he can gain retribution against their elusive enemy Electus, and find his lost child Erisha, whom he has hidden in the mortal world to ensure his survival, away from the presence of vampires and other dangers. When Electus discovers that the child is still alive, it’s a race to see who can find him first. What Otztal finds instead will mean the continued existence of both humanity, and the last of his family. He must protect them, no matter the cost.


AND… Debut the new book cover, and how it will appear on Amazon.com….

So I hope you look forward to reading it, and I will post links and more information once it finally debuts! Thank you!

Stacey

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A quick break

Due to my computer issues, and the issues with the computer I am temporarily borrowing, I’m suspending posts on All In Good Read until I get things resolved. I just don’t have the chance to keep up with this, or any writing program at the moment. Have Some Laughs is also suspended. Words Of Fantasy and Blood Of Darkness will continue as often as I can 🙂 Thanks for understanding, my friends!

 

Stacey

 

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Editing Conclusions- Part Two

2. Watch out for these common mistakes. The proverbial ‘death rattles’ of your book.

1. Reverted or inverted letters and words. Spell check will not highlight or inform you when you write “ton” instead of “not” because they’re both real words that are in its dictionary. If you’re lucky, it’ll tip off your grammar check (if you have one) but your best bet is to be on the lookout for those.

2. Misused words, or adequately misspelled words. What I am referring to (something of which spell check will also miss) is when you use the wrong word to describe something, such as; “He was aspired to write.” Instead of “He was inspired to write.” Or when you misspell a word that just happens to be another real word. The most common examples are writing “quite” instead of “quiet”, “witch” instead of “which”, and “weather” instead of “whether”.

3. An unusually common mistake made by all authors at some point or another, is writing the wrong character, or gender, to a line of dialogue. Sometimes, I will forget which perspective I’m writing in and start writing from a different character’s POV. This happens especially when you have to put down your book mid-scene and pick it back up again later, without bothering to reread the few pages previous to catch yourself up to speed.

CON’T…

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Editing Conclusions

In conclusion, here is a small and by far incomplete list of editing mishaps to watch for, plus a few hints in helping to improve your editing:

 

  1. Watch your repetition; the frequency of the usage of your words. We all, whether we realize it or not, favor certain words in our vocabulary and writing. For me, the words I tend to favor most are “Quite”, “Perhaps” and the phrase “So on, so forth”. Try to pay attention to the words you most often use. The best way to discover them is by reading aloud your book, or having someone else point them out to you. If you fear you use a word too much, hit ctrl + F (or whatever your program uses for Find) and look up how many times your word is used in the novel. When I first got the thought to do this after a friend pointed out how often I used the word “Perhaps”, I discovered I had used it more than one hundred times within the novel. Keep in mind repetition can be the leading cause of boring reading, and can often be found amongst simple words such as “The”, “He”, “She” and “And.” Also, phrases can be affected too. I’ve found the most commonly overused terms in novels are the phrases: “He/She/I/They said”, “He/She/I/They asked”, and “Once upon a time”.

 

Suggestions:

Make religious use of a thesaurus. Finding words with similar meanings to overused words can make a world of difference and save you from having to rewrite the entire sentence.

 

Rewrite sentences if you must, to incorporate a new word or find another way of stating something.

 

Replace the old “they said” with an action. Or, precede it with an action to give the reader something to visualize as they wait for the next line of dialogue. It also helps to tell more about the story and the character, and even the plot and the feel of the scene. Examples:

 

1. The boring:

 

I asked, “Where are you going?”

He said, “It’s none of your business.”

 

  1. The action reversal and replacement:

 

I put my hands on my hips in frustration as I demanded to know, “Where are you going?”

He folded his arms and gave me a glare, all but pushing me away with his piercing gaze. “It’s none of your business.”

 

See how much more revealing that made it? Play around with your words and your actions. You’ll figure it out.

 

CON’T…

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Editing Fact and Myth- Part Three

Myth: Someone else will do most my editing. As long as I make sure my spelling is mostly all right, I’m good to go.

Fact: 1. Your spelling better be perfect. A publisher/editor may reject you based on one simple spelling error. 2. Nobody is going to be doing more editing but you. So you better get used to it.

For those wanting to get their book published: The publishing company has their own editors, yes, your book will be going through a general edit by those editors before publication, yes. They will not take it if it’s full of mistakes. They will not take it or even read it if it contains too many simple mistakes or looks as if no effort was taken in editing it. You are the master, you are the commander, and they want to see that you have enough pride in your work to edit it as well as write it, or they’re not going to trust that it’s any good to read, either. Do everything in your power to send it in already perfect. They’ll go from there.

For those who are self-publishing: There are companies out there who will do a third-party edit for extraordinary amounts of money. Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. Some of us just are NOT cut out for editing, and if you are one of those- IT’S OK. Don’t Panic. If you dig around enough, you can find some people/companies that won’t charge as much as you’re thinking, and it may be worth it to save up for if you know you just don’t have the time/energy/patience/skill to edit a full length novel. A grand piece of art such as a novel should not have to fall by the wayside just because of that. But keep in mind that for as many legit editing agencies there are, there’s probably six times more just scamming for money. Do your research. Just like you would for an agent or publisher. See if you can find ones that are used by big name authors, check up on them, find some good reviews, and don’t pay anybody “up front”, unless it’s for reasonable costs such as copying (paper and toner cost a lot), or postage. Any work done should not be paid for until the work is done, period.

And don’t be afraid if you’re quoted a few hundred, to more than a thousand dollars.

You can pay a friend or someone to do it for you cheaply, but it’s probably not going to be the same quality. These people charge a lot because they know what they’re doing (as long as they’re legit.) Hell, call them up and ask their credentials. Do they have degrees, how many years of experience, etc. A lot of them used to be editors at major publishing companies. With more and more people self-publishing, more and more agencies are opening to accommodate the authors’ needs to publish a professional piece of work. Ultimately, it’s your decision. On the flip-side, if you feel your editing skills can accomplish your goals- Then more power to you.

Last but not least: Never underestimate the power of the internet. If you are unsure as to what you’re doing, have a grammar or spelling question, unsure the correct punctuation or just want some advice, do some research. About.com is excellent for punctuation questions and grammar, and you can find many good things through search engines such as Google.com. You can find an online dictionary in a matter of microseconds just by typing in a search engine “dictionary”. Keep in mind that some older copies of document writing programs won’t always have up-to-date dictionaries. You can find anything, including thesauruses and translators. You can find websites with tips and hints for writers: Hell, you can find websites to choose character names. I get a lot of mine from different baby name sites. Have a question? Look it up online. You’ll eventually find what you’re looking for.

CON’T…

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