Category Archives: Publishing

Finding an Editor

As I am in the process of editing my second novel for a relaunch, I thought it would be a good idea to hire an editor to make it the best it can be. I know I fall into repetitions when I say my English is not my first language, but it really sucks at times, particularly regarding tenses (pardon the pun 🙂 ). I also realize you need an editor because you can never edit your own work.

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So where to find one? For my first book, I used someone from Canada (my book is in US English). She wasn’t a professional editor but offered her services to me for a fair price. She did a fantastic job and we have become close friends, still chatting on a daily basis. I don’t know if I got spoiled, but that’s what I’m looking for in an editor. It needs to be a relationship that ‘clicks.’ They need to feel where you’re going to with your story and help you make it better and help you become a better writer as well. Unfortunately, my friend is no longer available for editing due to time restraints and I need to look for someone else.

Usually, recommendations are the best. So I went with such a recommendation. I contacted this editor and she agreed to work with me on my novel. She said she would get a quote to me within the next 24 hours. That was Sunday. After prodding her three days later, I finally received her quote. It was near twice the price quoted on the website where her services were advertised. Two things happened. First of all, there was a short communication on excuses and, of course, her pricing. As the prices on her own website weren’t current either, she agreed on an (above) mean price. The most important thing for me, though, was that the vibe between us was gone. How could I work with her when she didn’t think my work was important enough to keep her word? Even though her pricing was still fair, I had to decline her services.

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So I am looking for another editor again. Someone who likes what I write and feels the same way about it as I do, someone I can ‘click’ with. Anybody?

(Trust image from memesuper.com, by mrs marcia hunter)

Monday Planning

It’s Monday morning and I am on a high. You don’t know this, but it’s a quarter to eight and I’m sitting in the dining room. I just finished breakfast and am sipping a cup of (unsweetened 🤢) coffee.

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This is highly unusual for me. Normally, I stay in bed to nine, sometimes ten o’clock :).  But I had a Eureka moment yesterday evening, so here I am!

What was that moment? I hear you thinking. Well, I haven’t been promoting my book at all as I wasn’t happy with the cover. I tried to contact my cover artist, to no avail. I had wanted to make use of a deal Ingram Spark had until the end of April, so I contacted the designer early March. Plenty of time, I thought. Unfortunately, he has disappeared from the surface of the planet (he lives in America, so I can’t go knocking on his door). No matter how many texts or emails I sent, I didn’t get a single reply. He had mentioned earlier that he had health problems, so I’m very worried about him. I hope it all gets sorted out. In the mean time, I missed the deadline for the Ingram Spark deal.

I had no option but to figure out how to do the cover revamp myself. So I began fiddling in Photoshop. Suddenly, I figured out how to get what I wanted. I found out where the ‘warp’ button was hiding and I could shape forms the way I wanted them to.

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No, that wasn’t the Eureka moment yet. I was very excited though and saw the light at the end of the tunnel. The Eureka moment came shortly after when I realized how much time I was wasting by staying in bed every morning. My DH and I want a greenhouse in the garden. We looked around all weekend, only to find out that what we want, we can’t afford. We decided we needed to build it ourselves to cut the cost. As we already have our hands full with the renovation of the house and we don’t want it all to become a decade-long project, we decided we had to use our time more efficiently. That ‘we’ included me.

In the evenings we normally watch tv and I don’t get anything done (writing or renovating). If I want to be more productive, I need to use as much daylight as possible. The time when there’s nobody else in the house. I need to get up early, just like everyone else. This will mean not going to bed at midnight anymore as I do need my sleep. That was the Eureka moment. That’s why I am up so early and happy that  I will be able to live in a normal house soon and have a book that I am happy to advertise 😊

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What’s happening?!

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My dear family, friends, readers,

Just letting you know I’m still alive! If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been these last few weeks; I’ve been writing. Actually, I should say editing. I’m working on improving ‘Raising A Vampire,’ Book 2 of the Suckers Trilogy. It’s hard work, much harder than writing. At least, that’s what I find. You need to be more focused and it’s not as creative.

So, I bet you’re asking yourself now ‘how long is this going to take’? Um, I don’t know. I got to chapter 6 and decided to start at chapter 1 again. I have ‘discovered’ the ‘text to speech’ option in Word and am using that now to get rid of the flow issues in sentences. I know, I told you about this function before, so I knew it existed. Didn’t mean I used it :). It’s a great feature though, helps a lot. And I still use ProWritingAid. That takes up the most time. Making decisions on what is ‘cleaner’ writing without making it clinical. Tough one.

But I promise you I will be more active on here again. I’m waiting for the files from the cover designer, so I can tweak them a little and will then go into full advertising mode. First for Book 1 and, as soon as the editing is done, for Book 2. I’m hoping to write Book 3 before the end of the year. So I need you guys to spread the word. Help me get more people on my email list! You can direct them here or to my Suckers Trilogy site:

https://suckerstrilogy.wordpress.com/

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Many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Jacky D.

My Book Arrived!

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I’m so happy to announce that my proof book is finally a reality! It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, (and a lot of help from my friends!), but I wouldn’t have done it any other way 🙂 .

There are still some issues to sort out, but they are minor, nitty-gritty stuff. The important thing is that it exists and the order for the first batch to sell at the Winterland book fair has been placed. Now I’ll keep my fingers crossed the order arrives in time!

I will be adding the print version to Amazon soon, so those of you who prefer to hold a real book check it out in a few days.

No posts for now…

My dear readers,

I’m sorry to announce that I will have no posts for at least three weeks. This is due to my deadline of making my first novel printable and ready for the book fair. If I want to pull this off I will have to work day and night!

My apologies for letting you down. I promise I will make it up to you in November!

Love always,

Jacky D.

One Stop Fiction Online Book Club

One Stop Fiction is the baby of OSFARG (One Stop Fiction Authors Resource Group). It is an online book club for readers and writers. They have lots of book available, amongst which 30 FREE books, 20 genres to choose from, and a competition in which you can win a kindle reader worth $110! What more could you want?

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Sign up now and enjoy the work of indie writers from all over the world. If you are a writer you can also advertise your books here. There is something for everyone!

It’s so easy, just sign up here…

This is the current list of FREE books available, if you still have any doubts about signing up 🙂 :

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Email list for my re-vamped book

For those of you who are interested in romance, suspense, vampires, action, drama, and/or a bit of horror; you can now sign up for a FREE copy of my re-vamped novel when it’s ready. I’m already half-way re-writing it, so I’m hoping to have it ready in October (before Halloween!). You can find the form on my home page.

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It’s mainly a romance, but with a lot of suspense for those thrill seekers amongst you! As it’s about a virus turning people into vampires (well, sort of) there’s the paranormal/supernatural theme running through it (fangs piercing necks; check!), there’s the bit of horror (vampires do kill for a living, pun intended 🙂 ), guns are involved in multiple scenes (so lots of action), and as there are four love interest (technically speaking) there is enough drama to make a movie out of it (I think so at least 😀 ). Humour is a tricky one, not everybody’s humour is the same. But I’ve made people chuckle, so I’m confident to say there is some humour in it too :).

Anyway, it’s FREE, so why not sign up! I promise it won’t disappoint you 🙂 .

Email List… :)

As I find it very hard to get away from my computer I am happy to say I have wasted my sunshine time wisely and finally made that email list for you to sign up on! Check out my Home Page for the form. I’m handing out free ebook copies to the first 25 to sign up!

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Empty Promises

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Yesterday I was made happy with a dead sparrow again. I was contacted on Twitter by somebody who asked me if I wanted to write for Channillo. I had no idea what Channillo was, so I had to google it. Apparently it is an online company that distributes stories in serial form, i.e. little bits at a time, like Stephen King did with ‘The Green Mile.’ People can take a subscription and download a number of stories per month.

I thought this was an interesting idea, so I asked for more information. Within a few minutes I received an email back, a very kind email, saying how excited they were that I was interested and providing a link to find more information about the set up. And of course I clicked on it and read the info provided. It appeared that it sort of worked like Amazon; the more people download your stories, the more you earn. It wasn’t mentioned how much you would earn though, only that I would get 80% of the amount paid for my stories, an extremely generous amount in this kind of business. Lightbulbs started flashing. The only thing was that you would get paid once per month and that the minimum amount transferred was $50, a very large sum and for a reason I can’t think of. Next to that it said that before you got paid the processing fees would be deducted. I looked and I looked, but I couldn’t find how much these processing fees were.

So, getting a bit more iffy about the whole set up, I emailed them back, asking how much the processing fees were and how I would know how many people had downloaded my stories. Was there a tally on the site? Did they distribute the company’s monthly earnings? Not to my surprise they weren’t as fast with their reply as their initial contact. In fact, I am still waiting for an answer to my questions. Very bad communication skills. I hate that.

So again the (empty) promise of becoming rich and famous was crushed. It’s for the better though. I am too busy writing my short screenplay at the moment (which I hope to finish today) and I have plenty to do after that (like finally starting to re-write my books and write the third one, which I hope to have out before Halloween), after which I go into promotion mode until the end of the year. Busy, busy, busy!