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What Do You Want to Know About Publishing? by Heather L. Reid

It’s Personal: What Do You Want to Know About Publishing?

by Heather L. Reid

When I asked Karen what she wanted me to tackle for my guest post today, she said, “Give me something that will help others.” That sounds easy enough, right?

I’ve been through the trenches and come out with a two-book publishing deal. I should have the answer. Sage advice should spring from my fingers and onto the page. I must possess some magic knowledge that will help others get from aspiring writer to professional, right?

It’s not that simple. My knowledge revolves around my experience, my journey, what worked for me. (You can read about how I landed my two-book deal here.)

Truth is, every bit of practical wisdom I thought to impart has been rehashed a million times by writers greater than me and would only help those who were seeking the answer to that particular question. There’s plenty of practical knowledge I could have chosen to blog about, but how do I know if any of it will help you? How do I know which bit of wisdom you need to hear today?

Each of you have different needs, different questions you want answered, personal to your journey and personal to you. What inspires you might be different than what inspires me. What’s helpful to one person might be repetitive for someone else.

Maybe you’re new to writing and have questions about basics. Or you might be in query hell, fed up with rejections and if one more person gives you query advice you might punch them in the nose. On the other hand, maybe you’re debating pros and cons of traditional publishing verses self-publishing. Maybe you’re struggling with revisions, characterization, plotting, time management, or wondering if you should give up on your dream. Maybe you need to hear a success story to give you hope.

So what do I have to offer today? Me, for what it’s worth. What would help you? What do you want to know about the process, about publishing, about my journey, or about me?

Have a question about queries?

Want to know what life is like post book deal?

How long it took me to get published?

What men wear under their kilts?

How to write great dialogue?

Want my recipe for stuffed peppers?

Where the idea for Pretty Dark Nothing came from?

How to balance a job and publishing deadlines?

Why I’m a Joss Whedon fan and still grieve over the cancellation of Firefly?

Don’t be shy. Ask me anything. Seriously. I’m not a vampire, I don’t bite.

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Heather L. Reid eats mayonnaise on her fries, loves men in kilts, and met her husband playing Star Wars Galaxies online. This native Texan now lives with her Scottish hubby in South Ayrshire, Scotland, where she wanders the moors in search of William Wallace. She has been a guest blogger on Writer Unboxed and is founder of a new blog for writers Hugs and Chocolate. Her debut young adult Paranormal,PRETTY DARK NOTHING, will be released on April 23, 2013 by Month 9 Books. She loves to meet and help other writers and readers so feel free to say hello via her website, Twitter, FB, and Goodreads.

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Quick Editorial Tips V – Grammar and vocabulary lessons from home

Mom

Part of my bio says …

Karen S. Elliott was raised by a mother who wanted to be an English teacher and who worked for Merriam-Webster as a proofreader and an aunt who could complete the Sunday New York Times crossword in a day.

Mom and Aunt Agnes – “Ang” – were always correcting our grammar. I’m so glad they were such sticklers.

Lay and lie

Chickens lay eggs; little girls aren’t chickens.

So if I told Mom I was going to lay down, Mom would say, “Lie down. Chickens lay eggs…”

Ang

Exact same

“I have the exact same sweater.”

“Wayne has the exact same eyes as his daddy.”

Mom and Ang explained that exact same is redundant and should not be used together.

Continue on

“Redundant,” said Mom and Ang.

Though I hear continue on a lot in conversation and in TV commercials and see it in the written word, I don’t use it.

Me or I?

Just take out the first name(s) to determine if you need Me or I, et voila! (Mom spoke French too.)

Tina and I are going shopping. (I am going shopping.)

Do you want to go shopping with Tina, Ted, and me? (Do you want to go shopping with me?)

Profanity

I’ve been known to curse like a Merchant Marine when I lose a game of Scrabble. I’ve been known to use “WTF?” or “WTH?” here and there on Facebook.

I certainly don’t advocate using only goodie-goodie words in a police thriller or horror novel or in your memoir or blog.

Mom and Ang said using profanity was proof of a lack of vocabulary. Yeah, well. Sometimes you need a good curse to get over dropping the entire package of blueberries on the floor.

If I want to use a curse when talking with friends or when I’m online, I stop and try to think of an intelligent word (this self-checking exercise does not always work).

Posture and elbows

Mom and Ang also taught me to sit up straight, stand up straight, and elbows off the table!

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Stick around for next week’s Halloween Fright Week, featuring Mairi Gairns McCloud, Tonia Marie Harris, Linda Boulanger, Heather L. Reid, Shawn MacKenzie, and me!

I have a new Facebook Fan Page. On this new Fan Page, I’ll be sharing links, resources, and tips on editing, proofreading, writing, and social networking. Hope to see you on the Fan Page!

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DIY Editing and Proofreading, Part II on Hugs and Chocolate

I’m on the Hugs and Chocolate blog today with the second part of a two-part blog, DIY Editing and Proofreading.

Click here for Part II of the DIY Editing and Proofreading.

In case you missed it, here is Part I of the DIY Editing and Proofreading blog post on Hugs and Chocolate.

Give-away!

Make a comment on the Part II blog post on Hugs and Chocolate by Friday, October 5, and you will be entered in a random drawing to win one of the following (your choice) from me: 1) Free six-page edit/proofread, any project, double-spaced text, 2) Free website review and critique, or 3) Free FB Fan Page review and critique.

There are six fine and gracious writers over at Hugs and Chocolate, all of them with their own writing blogs –

Heather L. Reid

Courtney Koschel

Tonia Marie Harris

Jamie Raintree
Jani Grey

Rebecca Fields

If you like the bug photos on these two guest blogs, check out Gwen Dubeau’s photo website. Click this link to see Gwen’s poetry blog.

*** Please note: I am experiencing internet connection problems – I am on borrowed WiFi right now. My “service provider” will not get to me for 3-5 days. So, responses to any comments will be delayed.

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Editing and Proofreading Two-Pack on Hugs and Chocolate

I’m over at the Hugs and Chocolate blog today with the first part of a two-part blog on Editing and Proofreading.

Click on over why don’t cha? Here’s the link for the post on Hugs and Chocolate.

Part II of my Editing and Proofreading Two Pack will be posted on Wednesday, October 3.

If you’re in a clicking mood, try the individual blogs for the fine ladies (writers all!) that make up Hugs and Chocolate: Heather L. Reid, Courtney Koschel, Tonia Marie Harris, Jamie Raintree, Jani Grey, and Rebecca Fields.

Please also take a moment to make note of the photos on the blog at H&C – by Gwen Dubeau. You can see more of Gwen’s photos here. Click this link to see Gwen’s poetry blog.

Photo here by “aophotos” via Morguefile.

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