Archive for June, 2014

Black and whiteAaaarrrgggghhh! You can’t do that! Not to my baby!” she cries.

That would be me or any other author out there who’s just seen the red ink all over their newly edited manuscript.

If you’re self publishing, I want you to give serious thought to hiring an editor to look over your work. Not because your story isn’t a great read, but because an editor can take that great read and make it sparkle. Your tension draws the readers in, but your editor can make the air crackle from the electricity in the air.

Yes, as an author, it is hard to send your newborn book to someone who will pull out a sharp knife and slice into it, amputating some parts and modifying others. And when you look over the manuscript initially, your heart will want to bleed red ink in sympathy.

But once you get past the shock and horror and begin to read your book with the edits in place, you’ll understand the difference between a good story and a great one.

If you’re like me, you get stuck in certain word patterns or using particular modifiers. You’ll catch some of them as you do your own editing, but not all. After all, you wrote these words and sometimes it’s difficult to read the story as your audience will.

Or you’ll write something, feeling certain your audience will understand the reference, without realizing you forgot to fill them in on this bit of back story.

Your editor will catch this and go, “Where the hell did this come from?” Maybe not in so many words, but they’ll make a note of it and ask for clarification.

I’ve worked with the  Dawn Miller of RuleBreaker Editing for quite a while now. She’s edited all of my books, as well as documents for my husband. Gambler’s Folly wouldn’t be the story it is without her.

Neither would Jareth: First Lord, do to be re-released in August.

And you know she’s going through Viviane: First Lady right now, so I can send it to my publisher, FreedomInk365,  later this year.

If you’re a first time author, especially if you’re self-publishing, get yourself an editor. Some of them have discounts for new authors. Others, like RuleBreaker Editing,  will edit your first chapter for you for free, so you can see what they can do for you.

Yes, you’ll want to cry that first time. Yes, your manuscript will bleed red ink. But you’ll both get over it.

Editors. Those people we love to hate, but who make such a difference in the end.

Check it out!


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Changing the worldYes, FreedomInk Publishing is Harlem bound this summer. CEO Katandra Jackson and several of the FreedomInk authors will be going to Harlem, NY in just 27 days to promote reading.

And who doesn’t like that idea?

Reading is very important in our world, and yet so many people fail to use this marvelous tool.


If you can read, you can learn anything. And in this electronic age, you don’t even have to haul a bunch of print books around with you. Any good e-reader will allow you to have thousands of books available to you at any time.

So help FreedomInk go to Harlem. If you can lend your support by June 20, your name will be on the T-shirts as a sponsor.

Let’s help FreedomInk.


Ready or not, here we come!


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Yes, there’s a new kid in town, ready to take the world by storm. It’s RuleBreaker Editing, offering several levels of editing for all you writers out there.

Mel and Gambler's FollyThe lady who started RuleBreaker has been editing documents and manuscripts for my husband and me for years. An author herself, she finally decided she really loved editing, was good at it, and took the plunge.

So whatever your writing style, whether fiction or non-fiction, novel or article writing, check out RuleBreaker Editing. She’s good, in a swashbuckling, cut-out-the crap kind of way.

Your manuscript will thank you, though your writer’s heart may bleed red ink for a while. Trust me. It’s for your own good.

So do your publisher a favor. See RuleBreaker Editing first, before you send off that manuscript.

You’ll be glad you did.



Ciao amici miei!


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Black and whiteYes, we’re back home after a relaxing week in Brunswick, GA. It’s nice to have my one and only home for a while again.

And it’s another rainy day in Georgia, a good time for reading, writing and some snuggle time.

Keep watching for news on the re-release of Jareth: First Lord, scheduled for August. Newly edited and with a couple new chapters, Jareth: First Lord opens the door for the sequel, Viviane: First Lady, after the turn of the year.

Once again, I’ll be participating in the NaNoWriMo Camp in July. I’ll post my progress here as I wrestle with a new story.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. Take care and play safely.

A tardi amici…

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