Editing Ain't For Sissies

EDITING is like cutting Rapunzel's hair. My manuscript really needed a trim... for a long time. But I just couldn't get myself to do it. I sent it to the editor as a big hairy mess. She combed it here and there, but I knew it had to be trimmed and styled. It was at 86,000 words. Now it is at 78,000 words. I also cut SO many words that apparently are just filler words.  (Haha, I used 2 in that sentence!)

On The Right Path

Returning to the Southeastern Writers Workshop was delightful especially because I attended with my 16 year old daughter, Daisy. I was much more relaxed this year than the last because I knew what to expect. SWA is a welcoming group of writers. Their motto is "Writers helping writers."

Review: CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

TITLE: Caraval
AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
PUBLISHED: January 31st, 2017 by Flatiron Books


(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

A Left Turn

In the spring of this year, I was offered a publishing deal. I assessed what they were offering me—a non-traditional deal where they do the editing, book cover, and formatting, but they wouldn’t do the marketing and distribution. I would also have to pay them a large sum up front for all their work. It would have been quality work. They are a good company with high standards. But there were things echoing through my mind about what I wanted and what I don't.

Review: THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass

TITLE: The Selection
AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.kieracass.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy
PUBLISHED: HarperTeen, April 24, 2012


(Courtesy of Goodreads)
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

Rejection Road

Since the fall, I've been submitting Query Letters to Agents/Publishers all over the USA. Rejection letter, after rejection letter has led us to one cool January day when I'm cleaning my house for a showing. (We are selling our house.) If you've ever sold a house and had to have showings while you live there, you know how you start out super anal about where everything is in your home. We are at that point, but with FIVE children, it is difficult to make it perfect.

Finishing First Draft

I'd like you to join me on a journey to becoming a published Young Adult fiction author. Mostly because I don't do anything by myself. I have a huge family with whom I do ministry. I have lots of kids who hover over me while I'm writing. And an ever-present Love who guides my way. I'm not sure what lies ahead but I think the end result will be amazing. I'm warned that there will be rejection and disappointment, but I'm up for the challenge. Let's blow this popsicle stand and get published!

Supernatural Superheroes by Heather Trim

Supernatural Superheroes is booklet for kids and teens to learn practical information about God, His angels and how some became demons. Heather Trim does a superb job at bringing the truth about who the devil is and and the role he and demons play in the world today through demonization. 

She presents Jesus' Escape Plan of deliverance and how to heal the wounded soul on a level young people can understand.