Editing

I was hoping to have all of my editing done by today (maybe tomorrow) but it looks like I’ve hit a snag in the program I use. I have been using Google Docs for several years now. I used to just write on Microsoft word, but after saving an umpteen amount of copies, and them never being the “updated” one, I wanted a change. Seriously, it was a nightmare. A program I definitely do not recommend for writing a novel on. It’s fine for papers and such, but with the amount and changes I did on a daily basis, it is not ideal.

Aaaaanywho, so I have been using Google Docs as I said, and last night it did a very weird thing. I have been letting my editor make comments and suggestions on the document itself because I think it’s way easier (she agrees). But last night, as I was approving her comments, it would pop up with this “Access Denied” and make me reload the page. This was after one 1 minute of editing anything. I would reload like it suggested, and it was still doing the same thing. The pop-up said, “If this is an error, please contact the original user of the document to gain access to edit.

…………………….

It is MY document. I have been working on it since like 2010!

Luckily, I was able to back it up still before it tried to boot me out again. (within 1 minute) I have never had this much trouble with the site before and it made me really nervous that it was hacked. O.O

The point of my story is, I will have my editing done very soon, which means I will have my paperback copies in production soon after!! Woohoo! I know most of you are not thrilled it’s only in eBook form right now, but DON’T WORRY! You will have the chance to get your physical hands on it! I am thinking of doing a giveaway as well. Just need to look up on how to even do that. ^.^ Bye! ##

 

Psst… If you haven’t already, make sure to pre-order Fliers on Amazon!

 

Blurbs!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great day! I’m doing super fantastic and I’m confident that I don’t need to say why. 🙂 I want to go over blurbs or synopsis’s. I will admit, this is my own personal advice and I’ve not done very many but I think I developed a pretty great one for my first book. (I only know this because several people have told me so.) I want to help you in making a really great one as well.

  1. Look up other blurbs. I always think this is such an obvious statement, but it’s seriously the best way to know exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, every book you pick up is not going to be the best blurb ever, but I’m thinking most of them will be decent. Look especially at Best Seller titles. There is a reason it’s a best seller. Sure, it might be because of the actual content inside, but that great content would reflect in the blurb, too.
  2. Keep it simple. Or, Keep it simple, stupid. (kiss) As Michael Scott would say. Blurbs are supposed to be short little hooks to catch the reader QUICKLY. You want to avoid at all costs explaining unnecessary things that the reader won’t really care about at this point. Example:  Timothy may be the only one to defeat the large ice breathing dragon who killed his family of five all those years ago after the long war of the elves. This is not the best example, but you get my point. Too many pointless details. If you fill the blurb with too many “extra” words, the reader will get turned off from it and look at something shorter, exciting and to the point.
  3. Not a summary. This kinda ties in with 2, but you want to avoid making this a section where you just sum it up like a book report. This is anything but a summary. If it sounds at all like you’re explaining things about the story, take it out. The reader wants to know what to expect from the story, not about the story itself, if that makes sense.
  4. Choose your words wisely. Since blurbs should be short and sweet, the words really matter. I found this website that has lists of really powerful words that will dramatically change the tone of your blurb, and help to hook readers. Also watching grammatical errors like using passive words such as “Was” “Had” can really take the reader out.
  5. Using the MC’s name. Now, I don’t know if this is absolutely necessary… But I think it helps. Making the main characters name mysterious and unknown is just silly and cliche in my opinion. My first blurb, I remember I put “A mysterious woman…” in the first sentence. This just wasn’t true, and this also makes it feel like it was a mystery novel or something.

Just for fun, this was one of the first blurbs I had:

A mysterious woman who has to deal with her past while finding herself on a journey to save her species that have become a new science experiment for the National Fliers Association (NFA) to get ordinary people to fly.  She may be the only one to stop them if she can survive her terrible past and learn to love and trust those she runs into along the way.

Eeeessshhh… I hope I don’t need to explain what was wrong with this. Other than the fact it was a measly 2 sentences long. I know I said be short, but this is not the way to do it. So just for comparison, this is the final blurb:

As descendants of fairies, fliers were an old, forgotten species who appear human but could fly without wings. They lived peacefully amongst humans for several decades until a secret government agency developed new technology that allowed experimentation on fliers and discovered how to make ordinary people fly. Not sitting back and accepting the news, Sydona Wilder and her fairy Raoul, set out to find the agency and put a stop to the capture of the rare species. But Sydona will have to fight her own battles of facing her dark past and learning how to trust people again.

I hope this helps you in making the best hook for your readers! Let me know in the comments your suggestions and advice! ##

 

 

 

Willow’s Interview

Interview Questions for Willow (before the story begins)

Can you tell me your full name please?

Wow, jus’ jumpin’ right into it, huh? My names Willow McCarthy.

How old are you?

I’m probably older than you, darlin’.

What race are you?

I’m white, and I have some Irish in me.

Gender?

I am woman. Hear me roar!

What is your favorite animal? And why?

Oh, uh, chimps I suppose. I think it’s cool how similar they are to us. Some even smarter than us! *laughs*

What’s your favorite color? And why?

Blue’s pretty. Cause it looks good on stuff.

What’s your favorite season, and why?

Winter. You may not believe it but, I get hot pretty quickly and winter is great ‘cause I can run around doin’ stuff all day long in the snow and not even break a sweat. I’d move to Alaska if I could.

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

I wanted to be a veterinarian. You might think I’m crazy ‘cause I hunt and have all these deer heads on my wall, but if knew how ta help sick or homeless pets, I would in a heartbeat.

What would you dress up for halloween?

Halloween? Nothing. Don’t care for the holiday. Plus, I’m too old.

Do you have a favorite movie? Why?

I don’t have a TV. So, I couldn’t tell ya.

Favorite kind of music? Why?

I enjoy listening to jazz. It’s soothin’. Listenin’, drinkin’ wine and readin’ a book. Oh yeah..

Where did you grow up and did you like it?

In Georgia. But it got way too humid there in the Summers. It’s humid here too, but not nearly as bad. Trus’ me.

What was your first job?

Joined the Army as soon as I turned 18. Did that for about 30 years. Livin’ in retirement now but still helpin’ Sparrows. But I don’t call that a job..

How do you feel about kids?

…Uh. I have always wanted kids, actually. A whole bunch. But, I can’t. An’ once my husband died, I didn’t see a point in adoptin’. He woulda’ made a good daddy…

Marriage?

Been married. It was wonderful…

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why were you proud?

Gettin’ promoted to Master Sergeant. If you knew what that was, you’d be proud too.

Anything you’ve done that you are ashamed of? Why?

Killed a doe once, and then I found out she just had babies. Wanted to help them, but they were so scared o’ me, I couldn’t even get close. Last time I hunted durin’ baby season.

Any talents or skills that you can boast about?

I can burp the alphabet in English and Spanish.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where you go? Why?

Alaska or the North Pole. Cause they’re cold and beautiful. Alaska has moose!

How do you want to die, if you could choose.

Savin’ someone. Life’s too short to think of yerself.

What’s your stance on abortion?

Every life matters. Only excusable on certain situations.

What are some bad habits that you have?

I guess some would say I have a problem with keepin’ stuff. Don’t really like to throw things away. Most a everythin’ I have, I’ve needed. Why git rid of it?

What is your ideal life partner traits? And what orientation do you prefer?

My husband was my ideal partner. Most people you give this interview to single or somethin’?

On a scale of 1 – 10, what is your self confidence level?

Uh, 8 I guess.

What’s your favorite food? Why?

Meat. More specifically, jerky. I can make a jerky out of pretty much anythin’.

Have you ever done anything illegal? What was it?

No I have not.

If you could have 3 wishes granted right now, what would they be?

Only 3 eh? That’s crap. Uh, lets go with, a bigger property with more land. Where people CAN’T trespass! *cough*Harold*cough* Second, a roommate. Livin’ alone can get lonely at times. Third, peace. Make this humans against fliers thing just stop.