WRITING AND EDITING

When asked for my advice on writing and publishing a book (you did ask, didn’t you?), THIS is what I always say! Author D.L. Finn says it better and even shares how to find a good editor. Don’t miss this!

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Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about the last step before releasing a book—editing.

Authors put a lot of time, work, and love into their words. They go over their manuscripts several times, have beta readers, and critique groups to offer suggestions. Then, there’s another read-through catching those tiny mistakes. Is it ready to release? No!

Of all the steps to complete a book, editing is one you do not want to skip. This is where a final set of eyes makes sure it’s ready to be published. Use the wrong name, need a comma, or a sentence doesn’t make sense? Editors fix that. Use the word was instead of were, or misspelled or misused a word? They catch it! If published with these mistakes, it can pull a reader out of a story.

I’ve read books that were “edited” by the author, a family member, or a bad editor…

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Welcome to Day 11 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @MauraBeth2014 #TheEdgeOfFear @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

What a great interview with author Maura Beth Brennan! You’ll enjoy Nonnie’s questions and Maura Beth’s answers, and her books are amazing! Enjoy!

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12 Days of Authors Maura Beth Brennan

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At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 11th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, MAURA BETH BRENNAN!

Author bio:

I grew up in the 50’s in what, I think, would now be called an “exburb.” We were really far out from everything and from other kids, and so I learned early on to use my imagination. I went to an all-girls Catholic high school, married young, had a daughter, got a divorce, remarried and eventually got a job writing job descriptions and other materials for the Department of Defense. I had gone…

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Welcome to Day 10 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @PTLPerrin #TerrasCall @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Nonnie Jules, President of the RRBC book club and RWISA, does the best interviews! I’m honored to be one of them! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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12 Days of Authors PTL Perrin

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 10th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, PTL PERRIN!

Author bio:

I grew up in a military family. We lived in Germany and Italy during my preteen and teen years, where books were my main source of alone-time entertainment. We had no TV, and electronics were the stuff of science fiction. I traveled a lot, attended German and Italian schools for a time, and developed a keen curiosity and active imagination. I’ve never lost my sense of wonder.

NJ:  Hi, Patty!  I’m so excited…

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Welcome to Day 9 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @KarlJMorgan #RiddleOfSatansCube @RRBC_Org #RRBC @NonnieJules

Karl Morgan builds the worlds and events in his action-packed science fiction series around a theme that resonates with me. Enjoy getting to know him, like I did, and see what I mean!

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12 Days of Authors Karl Morgan

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 9th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, KARL MORGAN!

Author bio:

I am an accountant by profession and have been writing since high school. With those experiences, I like to say that ‘words and numbers are my life.’ Outside of my day job, I try to focus on family, especially with grandchildren around. I try to save some time for writing, but that is often difficult.

NJ:  Hi, Karl!  My apologies for being so tardy for this interview.  I still have 3 more interviews…

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Welcome to Day 4 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @MartaBeaman #MennoniteDaughter @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Marian Beaman’s beautifully written memoir touched my heart, moved me, and gave me a deep appreciation for her indomitable spirit. Enjoy getting to know her!

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12 Days of Authors Marian Beaman

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 4th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, MARIAN BEAMAN!

Author bio:

For 21 years, I taught composition and literature at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. Before that, high school English. My memoir, Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl, reveals the charms and challenges of growing up in the strict culture of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference in the 1950s and 60s. I share my story to preserve these memories and to leave a legacy for future generations. I write Wednesdays on my Plain…

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Welcome to Day 3 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @YvetteMCalleiro #TheOneDiscovered @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Please meet one of my most favorite authors and my good friend Yvette Calleiro in this revealing interview by Nonnie Jules, a person I admire for many reasons.

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12 Days of Authors Yvette Calleiro

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 3rd day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, YVETTE M. CALLEIRO!

Author bio:

Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). She’s also been known to ride the stationary bike at her gym for hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful thrillers.

When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school reading and language arts teacher…

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The lives of fairies

D.L. Finn may have written Tree Fairies for children, but my inner child LOVED the stories! Come get to know my friend Denise, who, like me, thinks fairies may be real…

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Today, I have a special guest for you. Denise is a wonderful author and a great person to get to know. She’s also one of my partners over at Story Empire. She has a new book to tell us about, and I’m exited to see the wildlife photos. I have these same birds in my back yard, but don’t have access to redwoods. Make her feel welcome, and don’t forget to use those sharing buttons to help her spread the word. Take it away:

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Thank you, Craig, for having me here today to share my latest children’s release, “Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories.”

In Tree Fairies, several birds make an appearance, including red-tailed hawks and horned owls. So I thought I’d share some interesting facts about them. The red-tailed hawk weighs between 2-4 pounds, with the females being the bigger bird. They can have a 56-inch wingspan…

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Accompanying the Writer

Gwen hit the nail on the head with this insightful article. Until she said it, I didn’t realize that I also look for the author and tend to purchase books to support my writer friends. How about you? (And do yourself a favor and read her poem. You’ll certainly find Gwen there!)

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Hello SE friends. Gwen with you today. You might recall that my last several posts focused on typology and how our unique nature affects our writing style. Whether we’re analytical or fanciful, detailed or vague, or have an introspective or other-centered outlook, our fundamental way of approaching life is present in how we write. This fact leads to another consideration. Does our typology guide what or how we read?

It seems only logical that we’d be drawn to those books that resonate with our nature. If we’re more extroverted, for example, wouldn’t we gravitate to a book with a lot of action or engagement? Perhaps a passionate romance or a fast-paced thriller? Maybe …

When I investigated buying patterns, though, I discovered something I hadn’t realized. Indie writers publish around two million books each year. The reading choices are endless, and with just a simple visit to Amazon, a book can…

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Welcome to Day 12 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @Pdoggbiker #Cherries @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Having just watched an amazing play where the single actor portrayed eleven characters in such a way you felt like you were there in Vietnam with them, John Podlaski’s interview drew me straight to his wonderful website. His book CHERRIES is next on my TBR list. We rarely hear the truth from those who’d been there. On this Memorial Day, don’t we owe it to ourselves?

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12 Days of Authors John Podlaski

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 12th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, JOHN PODLASKI!

Author bio:

I served in Vietnam in 1970 and received numerous military recognitions including (Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry).  After my military service, I spent 45+ years working in management positions within the automotive supplier sector. My wife, Janice, and I retired in 2013 and live in Sterling Heights, MI. During our retirement, we’re happily watching our only grandchild, 3-year-old Scarlett, while daughter, Nicole Patrick, works. What a joy seeing her grow both physically and…

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