Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nook edits in... on to paper

I finished transferring my Nook edits a couple days ago, so now I've printed the first 100 pages and have started editing this way. I believe I'm on chapter 5. Some pages have a lot of marks and others have few. Just goes to show that nothing's really done, huh? I don't think this will delay my estimate of an August release, but I'm not going to rush anything. I'll keep plugging away at it! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

One Step Closer

Finished my Nook edit of Hostile Kisses today and have started putting the edits into the computer! So, the hardest, most time consuming stages are basically done.

I still have a bit of work to do on this one (finish this transposing round and then print and read it again, hopefully catching little typos), but I do think I've nailed down the cover... I still have to write a summary, which is always a little difficult for me, and I'm trying to decide if I want to have my sister read it before I post it online (probably a good idea). At any rate, I think I'm on schedule for an August release.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Update: Hostile Kisses

I'm about 100 pages to the end of my Nook edit of Hostile Kisses. Then I plan to print it out and read it that way. I might give it to my sister to be my second set of eyes this time. My goal is to have it available sometime next month.

After that, it's time to write.

I know I've mentioned this before, but I haven't written in a really long time. It feels weird. When I sit down to do it, will it pour out of me as it has in the past, or will I struggle? I've had writer's block before (it lasted about 3 years). I was writing during that time, but it wasn't fun. It wasn't second nature. It was a struggle. I really hope that I don't find that when I get to work on my next novel.Time will tell!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

So tired...

...of typos.

And reviews about typos.... Maybe I shouldn't complain, since people are actually leaving reviews (whether they be good or bad... I take them all) and reviews draw in readers. But I work so damn hard on these books... it's just tiring when people make it seem like I just threw it online all  willie nillie and called it a day. [Side note: I did do this a little bit with KM1, but it was more that I was excited to release it and not because I was lazy. I've revised it now, but I'm sure there will be a mistake of two or five million.]

Two points: (1) Writing and editing are two different things in my process; writing = story telling, character development, plot, etc., and editing = fixing grammatical errors, typos, and other such things at a sentence level; and (2) it is VERY hard to edit your own work.

No, three points: (3) It's very hard to edit your own work when you've looked at the same manuscript three or more times.

I just needed to get that out there.

I'd also like to mention that I'm just as frustrated by typos as readers are. I'm a perfectionist. I'm a virgo. I need these things to be perfect and they aren't and that bothers me... but I can't spend my entire life editing my KM series. Maybe one day I'll make enough money to hire someone to edit them and create killer covers... until then... they are what they are.

Thank you for letting me vent, blog world.

Now, let me return to Hostile Kisses. I feel like it's pointless to aspire to a completely clean manuscript... but I'll try.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Killing Memories: Revision Now Available

I finished up my Nook edit of KILLING MEMORIES tonight and have posted the new version on Amazon and Smashwords (it'll be available on Barnes and Noble and other retailers soon).

I basically cleaned up sentences and fixed typos and grammatical errors. Hopefully it's more presentable now. If you decide to download the revised version, be sure that is says "Revised 2013" on the copyright page or after the book summary. Or look for the revised cover.

I can now put 100% focus in my Nook edit of Hostile Kisses! For the life of me, I can only really work on one project at a time.