Posts Tagged "editing"

Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Writing | 27 comments

Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

What is it about money that makes talking about it so hard? As I sit down to write this, I feel like I’m about to write a personal post about sex. In fact, I’ve been wondering for a while now whether to write this post at all, but then I realized that this is exactly the sort of post I wanted to read eight months ago when I first decided to self publish my next book. So, all you folks who are thinking about self-publishing a book, this is for you. Today I’m going to tell you exactly what it cost me to self-publish Love at the Speed of Email and share six lessons that I learned along the...

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Writing Wednesday: Killing Your Darlings

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Writing | 12 comments

Writing Wednesday: Killing Your Darlings

Last week, after a string of awful nights, I decided to write a children’s story. The fun I had writing this little story did not make up for the exhaustion and aggravations of the previous week, but it helped. As I rhymed my way through verses about dogs, roosters, mosquitoes and various other midnight misadventures I even found myself laughing. My 2nd favorite line was the one about wishing all the roosters would die, but my absolute favorite line of the whole piece came at the end of the stanza about mosquitoes. It’s 4, and Mama Bear wakes in the dark She hears a buzz, the mosquito...

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Surprise endings and a fish foot massage (A Writing Wednesday post)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Writing | 4 comments

Surprise endings and a fish foot massage (A Writing Wednesday post)

Yes, that is a picture of Mike in Cambodia, reading my manuscript while fish nibble at his feet. That was more than a year ago, and if you’d told me then I’d still be fine tuning this book 13 months later I may just have jumped into the pond and let the fish have me. Sometimes it’s a good thing that we don’t fully realize in advance just how much work is in store for us when we follow our passions. On Sunday Mike hung with Baby Bear while I wrestled with the ending of my memoir. This has to be at least the tenth time I’ve gone through this manuscript in the last two years. I thought...

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Landmines, literal and metaphorical (Writing Wednesday)

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Writing | 5 comments

Landmines, literal and metaphorical (Writing Wednesday)

On Monday I took Baby Bear on an outing to the UXO museum (unexploded ordinance), because it’s never too early in life to learn about cluster bombs. (Or because I was desperate to get out of the house and the UXO museum is just a five-minute walk away). Dominic wasn’t all that impacted by the cluster bombs, he was far more concerned with the fact that I handed him over to the woman who was standing guard over the empty, one-room exhibit, and looking at him longingly. I figured that anyone who had to talk about landmines all day deserved a baby snuggle. Dominic wasn’t sure that he...

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A Big Decision: Writing Wednesday

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Writing | 12 comments

A Big Decision: Writing Wednesday

Last Wednesday, I wrote about how some editors wanted me to turn my memoir into a novel. It seems that I first wrote a novel that reads like a memoir (more than once my hands came away red has been mistaken for my personal story, which has led to some awkward encounters with lovely old ladies who have patted me on the shoulder and told me that they’ve been praying for me as I recover from all that trauma). Now, instead, I’ve written a memoir that reads like a novel. I decided not to fictionalize the memoir, which left me with two options. I could either wait – shelve this book and hope...

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On editing and rewrites

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Writing | 2 comments

On editing and rewrites

It’s 8:30am. My child has been lying in his crib, smiling and gurgling at the ceiling for the last ten minutes. Now he’s gazing at me across the room while his eyes drift shut. I lovelovelove these parental moments. Huh. Now trying to think of parental moment from the last two days that I have loveloveloved that did not involve a content child safely contained in bed while I was on my laptop. You know, one where I was actually interacting with him. I’ll have to get back to you on that, because I’m not here today to write about him. Nor am I here to write about me – though let me...

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Rewriting, third drafts, feedback, and elevator pitches (in summary)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Writing | 14 comments

Rewriting, third drafts, feedback, and elevator pitches (in summary)

I decided to give myself the day off consulting work today and tackle the last chapter of the memoir rewrite instead. 73,276 words later I have a full third (or, uh, tenth or thereabouts) draft! I still don’t have a good title, but never mind. The marketing team came up with my hands came away red for my first novel and I loved it. Titles don’t seem to be my forte, and I’m hoping someone out there will be similarly inspired for this book. That assumes, of course, that this book ever goes to print. I’ve been reading a lot of writing blogs lately and one thing is for sure, everything is...

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