The End of Summer means… be kind to Editors and Writers

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How can summer already be over?

In North Carolina, the students that do not attend YEAR ROUND SCHOOL (those poor kids!) have all gone back to their classrooms. Summer might be officially over, but the days are still sunny and the nights just right. Hopefully, days of 90 degrees F and higher are behind us. So, too, are days of leisure for folks that work day in and day out for others. Me? I work for myself!

That is not quite true. I am a published author and have had my last two books released by Soul Mate Publishing. My third book in the Warriors in Bronze series is in the hands of my SMP editor, Lori Polito. In the meantime? I am releasing a book that I am self-publishing. What is the difference you might ask?

Here are the basic:

*Publisher: pays an in-house editor to make my book clean.

*Self-published: I pay an outside editor lots of $$ to do that

*Publisher: pays a cover artist to (hopefully) create a book cover I can live with

*Self-published: I find photos, choose colors, pick fonts to make the cover myself

*Publisher: formats the book, adding front and back matter, for ebook and print

*Self-published: do it all myself, including setting the price

*Publisher: advertises my book on their website

*Self-published: I do it all-website, blogs, twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as creating giveaways and setting up newsletter blasts.

*Publisher: collects the profits and sends me a portion every quarter

*Self-published: Since I am the publisher, ALL the profits go to me!

While writing and editing in a quiet corner of my home, or out on my deck, I find I keep thinking of how I took the chance at writing full-time by retiring from my 40-50 hour/week job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

Being a HYBRID author can be a challenge.

I must work to time each of my book releases so one does not overshadow the other. Advertising, newsletters, and keeping in touch of my readers so they understand all the different genres I write in means a little more work on my part. It is worth it!

September has been designated Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, so I wish to publicly thank those editors out there, especially the ones who read and correct my work. (Waving to Lori and Kathleen Rothenberger) I am also patting my own back because I am a writer.

Heaven-sent Highlander

Available now HERE

Rescuing Christmas

…and coming soon HERE

 

Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

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Summer is officially over, but the days are still sunny and the nights just right.  While writing and editing in a quiet corner of my home, or out on my deck, I find I keep thinking of how I got to this moment in time…September 2014. I was fortunate to find a love of writing, and took the chance at writing fulltime by retiring from my 40-50 hour/week job.

The various ups and downs that have plagued me does not tell it all, but I find that I have been blessed by people who help me achieve my dreams.  Since my second publisher just closed its doors, I am now officially an Independent Author, also called an Indie Author. Even without a publishing house behind me, I still require help. A couple of these fabulous helpers are called editors. They work nearly as hard as I do, making sure my spelling is perfect, my meanings are clear, and my story makes sense. That can be a challenge.

Writing and editing books with a supernatural flavor, filled with either shape-shifters, vampires, dragons, the occult, zombies and the like takes very special people. They have to understand what we are trying to share, then jump in and clean it up. (Not TOO clean, mind you)

I discovered that September has been designated Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, so I wish to publicly thank those editors out there, especially the ones who read and correct my work.  (You know who you are but I am NOT naming you because I have too many books for you to work on!)

If you are an author, I hope others are kind to you this month. To all those editors of romance, technical books, magazines, blogs, newspapers and the like, be proud of your talent. Without u, mi werk wood reed farely dull end bee filt with erreres. Thanks!

My latest release, MY LADY HIGHLANDER

is available at Amazon & Kindle Unlimited for a short time.Createspace cover

HERE 

(Also available in print)

 

Watch this space for the release of my next book

MY DARK HIGHLANDER

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