Have you heard the saying the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?
Well, in this case it’s true! My boy-o was entered in a poetry contest (he claims he didn’t know) and according to the letter we received his poem was selected by The American Library of Poetry to be published in this year’s book of poetry, Eloquence.
Yup, this proud mama is cheesing hard. Of course, the kid doesn’t even remember the poem (I do, he asked me to read it before he turned it in.) It was for extra credit in history class. Amazing, he’ll be published at fourteen and he’s acting as if he doesn’t care. Maybe he’ll feel different when he actually holds the book in his hands and sees his name in print. It’s an awesome feeling. We’re very proud of our boy.
I also got some good news of my own. My first chapter for Innocent Sacrifice (the latest novel I’m working on) got accepted for the HD California Writers Club Anthology. Plus I’m working with a fellow author on her book launch.
So much stuff in going on…and yet I want more. Does that seem greedy?
I can’t help it. I got a taste of the good stuff and I want to bathe in it, baby!
And now to the next step. The final read through before sending it to the publisher for publication. Once I hit send, there’s no going back.
“Dear God, please let everything be okay…”
No such luck. I found errors I swear hadn’t been there before. Missing words, stuff switched around in a sentence, sections that made me question WTH was I thinking.
At this point, Goblins are dancing around my head. Pointing and prodding at my every insecurity, their shrieks and maniacal laughter taunting me at every turn.
It’s devastating because I had my book professional edited, multiple times. But, like my publisher said everyone is human and mistakes happen. How many times have you read a book from a well-known author and caught an error? Things can get past even the most discerning eye.
Breathe, Monica, breathe. Wuuu Saaaa.
Thankfully, I’m able to list everything I found and send it to the person who formatted my book. She can submit the corrections and everything will be right in the universe once again.
I keep trying to remind myself to stay positive and focused. Don’t let my fears overwhelm my world.
Honestly, though at times like this it’s easier said than done.
I’m at the point where I realize I need to seek the help of a professional. No, I don’t mean therapy. I’m talking about an editor. I feel like I’m turning my wheels and correcting words that aren’t taking my story to the next level.
I need to suck it up and make the call.
Geesh, I didn’t think it would be this hard letting someone new actually read my work
Critique Group was harsh this week. Well, not really but yeah, it kinda was. I’m in the editing phase of my WIP and feedback is part of the process.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re into the book. Everyone enjoys my characters and we have discussions about who’s doing what and why.
Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene
Here’s my dilemma…My name is Monica Gloria and I’m an adverb/adjective addict.
Yes, I’ll admit it. I absolutely adore pretty, descriptive words that add flavor, texture, and color. Now I’m not as bad as a 19th century novel, however; I can be a bit verbose. (Verbose is a great word, isn’t it?)
And yes, I know sometimes too much is just well, too much. So, being aware I have this issue, I keep their advice in mind while I’m editing and I thought I was doing better.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough because my group is urging me to do more.
Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley
Butcher it, chop it down, and slice it to the bone! No mercy!
Oi, some would say it’s easy and others would lament it’s the hardest thing they had ever done.
What’s in my head? by Cynthia
I’m with the latter group. Haven’t I already poured out my heart and soul out to these pages? My wrists have bled out and tears have been shed. Now I have to go back, review the yarn that spewed out of my head, and clean it up.
Crap. There’s bad grammar, cheesy dialogue, and flat scenes. And what the hell was I thinking when I wrote that chapter?
But, unfortunately, it must be done. If I want a good product then I have to correct the mistakes. Yeah, yeah I know if it was easy everyone would do it.
I’d like to take this moment to give props to the professional editors. They’re superheroes in my humble opinion. Editing is crazy.