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Motivational Moments #40– Dust off a book you’ve written…

…and put out a new ‘edition’. I wrote Book #1 of my true crime series, Art of Murder, back in 2011.  Circumstances (I fired my publisher) led me to review and rewrite this book. Adding a new dynamic cover, new title  (Brush with Murder) and added 6000 new words. A love interest walked into Ben’s life and I pulled that thread. 

Most indie publishing platforms allow you to change the ‘interior files’ post-publish and change the cover when you’ve rewritten the book. In my case, since I was also changing the title, I issued the book as a new ‘revised’ edition. The new cover, by my illustrator, David White, is sexy and hot! He does such terrific work for me.

I recommend to all writers to review things you’ve written and even published. Only good things can happen! 

Now available!  Brush with Murder and Shadow of Murder 

Coming Soon!  Book #9, Triad of Murder

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(Beneath the) Bridge of Murder
Video of Murder
Shadow of Murder 

 

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My New Best Friend….my Editor!

Like most writers I thought I could write fairly well, trying to improve with every new book.  UNTIL I met my editor, Cindy Professional Editors Davis.  She is not only my watch-dog for grammar, punctuation and such, she urges me forward by asking key questions about my characters and story line.

She keeps me in my character’s head and always, always seeking their point of view.

It took me a couple of tries to find the exact perfect editor for me.  A professional who does editing as a full time job and not some hobbyist that call themselves an editor.  Meanwhile, always making excuses about not responding to me, the client.  ‘I have to run into town’, ‘I have to go and get my truck serviced’, ‘my truck was stolen’ …..every day a new excuse. Meanwhile I was five chapters ahead of her trying to get work done. more »

Calling All Writers!!!

ProofingWrite, edit, PROOF and then….PROOF your writing AGAIN…and again!! 

I believe in the old adage that if I can’t say something nice, then keep my mouth shut. Especially with other writers.  But, (the BIG but!)  I ordered a book with the intention of interviewing the author in the months to come, because he has lived such a fascinating life.

A few days later I sat down to what I anticipated to be an intriguing story.  If you have been with me awhile, dear reader, you know my fascination with the transport, export of human beings, especially children. The story could have been a good one.  I don’t know if the author is inexperienced but the story was so rushed, with little detail about what made the characters click and why they should win in the end.  I didn’t care about the separated, young lovers. I didn’t care that the heroine was in shackles over a length of red ribbon.  The author did not take the time to flesh out these characters.   I can recognize this flaw as I am a ‘rusher’ too….but after I have ‘slammed down‘ the story outline, I go back and, slowly, create characters that matter to the reader.  After the first draft of your story?….well, that’s when the REAL WORK begins.

the do's and don't's

the do’s and don’t’s

Format your book correctly. I never realized before how distracting poor or NO formatting can be for the reader’s eye.  Subconsciously our brain and eye expect to see a well formatted book like the dozens we’ve read before.  This book had ‘indents’ in the middle of dialogue, poor or no punctuation, and hundreds of typos’. Incorrectly capitalized words, and

no page numbers.  Really?  It appeared that NO ONE had proofed this book before publishing.

In no way am I saying that my books are perfect.  We are human and we miss stuff as writers.  But you, as a writer have got to do the work!  Do I like reading and then re-reading my own work.  Hell, NO!  But it’s part of the job for a self published author.  Your eye will get stale so have someone else proof your writing too.  I am blessed with a friend in Texas, who is extremely busy, extremely smart and a writer too.  He always takes the time to proof my work and act as my editor.  Wow!  He’s caught some of my worse doozies!!

And guard against Clichés, please!  If you use them, use them sparingly.Indents.use.Scan

This book really came alive in the last 50 pages when the author wrote about a sea battle and this is what I saw:  (1786) A French frigate dashed out from the coast and attacks Her Majesty’s transport.  The sloop, Sparrowhawk, light as thistledown, skipping across the waves, swooped in and drove the French away.  This was the strongest part of the writing.  Hence, what I have said time and again, ‘write about what you know!

 

Tip: When I moved from play writing to my first novel, I was self taught when it came to formats.  I took a couple of books from my own library and studied the formatting of best sellers by traditional publishers.  To get a very professional look, I employed the

Justify Key:  Left and right margins are crisp and consistent.

Justify Key: Left and right margins are crisp and consistent.

justify key‘ for margins. (compare this sample to the left with the page above.) I counted out the indent spaces, made certain that my paragraphs were not too long, and above all I PROOFED the document and then proofed it again.

where to find the justify key

where to find the justify key

 

KEEP WRITING!!

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