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Behind the scene of a self-publishing author

This is a little bit of a rant, but lately I hear far too often that I (and many other self-publishing authors) are charging too much for our books. WTF… 1.99 or 2.99 is too much? Buying a book is something someone does for pleasure or because they are looking for information on a certain topic, right? Right!
Now the same people who say that have no problem spending 20$ to go into a movie, or 5$ to enter the swimming pool, or 15$ to go into the zoo and watch polar bears play. They have no trouble paying a traditional published author/publishing house 15$ for an eBook. Yet 1.99 is too much.
When I ask those people what they think they are paying for they look at me and most answer, “Words.”
Only recently I spoke to some people about the writing process and explained to them what work is involved into getting a book out all on your own. Because according to myth, there is a book in everyone and everyone can publish these days. Both statements I’m not generally refuting, but it takes a certain kind of person to put in the work.
First of all, most self-publishing authors do put in that work in addition to a full time job, family, friends, and housekeeping. Others like me who are chronically ill and can’t work or hold a job and yet aren’t ill enough for disability, have no other source of income. Of course you will find the odd one who has enough money to write full time and has not to care if they make they make money with it.
So keep in mind when you think 1.99 or 2.99 is too much that someone might be living of that money.
Now what goes into a book? Words of course, but they don’t just appear on blank pages. Most authors spend hours on research, I know I do. For my Utopian Sage alone I spend two months of research on ancient Celts, myths, legends and religion. After that came six months of writing the drafts of all five books, rewrites, edits, more rewrites and edits until after two years the first book saw the market. Then you have to add the hours spend on designing a cover design and on formatting the book. So that’s what, let’s say an average of five hours a day, for two years with a six day week to be on the lower end of numbers. That’s 3650 hours at least going into the first book, meaning you pay me as author when you buy my book 0.00082 per hour. Could you get a handyman to work for that, or a sales clerk or a truck driver? I don’t think so.
On Waiting in the Wings, where I didn’t have that much research I spend about six or seven hundred hours, that’s about 30 full days, or 60 twelve hour days, and invested 800 dollar for editing. While only making about 2 dollar tops on a sale. Meaning I need to sell 400 eBooks just to get the edit back, but you think 2.99 is too much to pay.
Yet all of those numbers are irrelevant for most authors, including me. Because we don’t write and publish just for the money, but because we want to tell a story and share it with the world. You don’t pay us for our time or the money we invested, but for entertainment. Most of us can’t afford a professional editor, or we would need to charge even more. So next time you open a reading sample and get annoyed over the use of an oxford comma or a misspelled word, remember how much work went into that mistake, because you pay us for those as well. Because no matter the mistake, you pay for the story not just words.

Editor responsibility

Editor responsibility
How can we hold the editor responsible if they don’t do a good job?

Today I would like to talk about editing and professional editing, which sadly isn’t the same and yet not always better either. With the many options opening up for indie authors to publish, there have been opportunities for editors in equal measure.
When I published Waiting in the Wings the first time, it didn’t take long for readers to react to the sample read alone, telling me that it was riddled with spelling mistakes and grammar errors. Telling me to get it professionally edited. I wasn’t overly surprised, I’m dyslexic after all and English is my second language, even so it’s becoming more and more my first making me struggle with German now.
However, I followed the advice and began shopping for an editor. The first thing I realized was, “holy shit are they expensive,” the second thing was, “how the hell do I choose?”
After a week of shopping, four months of working on it with the editor and almost 1000 Canadian dollars later, I published Waiting in the Wings again, letting people know it was professionally edited now.
Here is the conundrum of a professional edit:
I need an editor because I am not capable of finding the mistakes, if I were able to find them, I wouldn’t make them in the first place. Ergo, when I get the last revision, I won’t be able to find what the editor didn’t find, because if I could, I wouldn’t have needed him in the first place.
When we hand our work over to an editor, it’s not just our work we entrust, but our reputation and future sales.
Here just for those who have never done the math an example:
I sell Waiting in the Wings for 2.99 US regular price giving me a royalty of 2.00
The edit was around 600.00 US
Meaning I need to sell over 300 books in E-books to get that money back.
And now the crux of it. How do we hold an editor responsible when he/she messes up?
Mine did, as I learned a few weeks after I republished Waiting in the Wings. I only found out because the nice journalist of our local newspaper had offered to write about me and my book, and called me for a meeting only to tell me she couldn’t do it, because of all the spelling and grammar mistakes. She couldn’t write an honest review without mentioning those mistakes, ultimately trashing the book no matter the content.
When I confronted the editor, I was told there were no mistakes and after pointing out the one the journalist had given me as an example she only admitted to this one. Claiming any mistakes still in the manuscript had been added by me after the last round of edit. Now, why would I do that?
I tried to find out what I could do, only to find out that all I could do without investing a fortune in lawyers was NOTHING.
In the end, I refused to recommend her, took the link to her editing service off my website and kept her at the same time in the acknowledgment section of my book, so people could see who is responsible for the butcher job on my edit.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t get professional edits because we do need them. Some more than others. Yet what can we do to hold them responsible when they mess up?
The industry has changed a lot in the last ten to fifteen years. Self-publishing has become easy as eating a pie or combing your hair. With it being this easy now, there has been a mind-boggling increase in authors, good and bad. The same increase happened in the editing part of the industry. And just like with authors, there are good and bad ones.
The difference is when a reader buys my book and doesn’t like it, they give it back and get reimbursed. Or they leave a bad review trashing my book so nobody wants to take a chance on a new author. While all I can do to the editor is pout.
How do you hold your editor responsible? What can we as writers do to ensure their quality? Most of all what can we do when we learn they messed up?

After the draft. What now?

You sat down, wrote and wrote and it took you what felt like forever to finish, but now you have the first draft of your story. From the first word to the last, and many thousand words in-between. You typed the words The End but, you are not finished yet. I hope you didn’t think you were, because in that case this will be a shocker, the real work begins now.
I know you have been sitting in front of your computer, typewriter of notepad for days, weeks, month’s maybe years even, to get here. And it feels good to know the draft is done, and you most certainly deserve a break, but if your goal is getting published then your work isn’t done. There is lots to do before you can hold your printed book in hand, and many decisions to make in order to get there. But this article concentrates on the work on your draft, which will follow when you had some time to clear your head.
You might think, “Well if I’m not done, then I’m not taking a break until I am.” but the break is actually a process of working on it. You need to gain some distance to what you just finished writing. You are still close to the story, the characters, and all the key scenes still in your mind, fresh and alive, and it will hinder you moving forward. So the first step is, take a step back. Read a book, watch a season or two of you favorite TV show, take of to a resort for a week. But stay away from your story, don’t read it, don’t correct it, don’t even think about it for a couple of days. Two weeks is a good time in my experience, but you have to find out what timeframe works best for you.
When that time is allotted, sit down, open the file and read what you wrote in your draft. Personally I also use that time to highlight parts with important info and transfer them to my notebook (OneNote) to see where I messed up my information. I often find small errors or description issues, like in the beginning the main character has blond hair and in the end brown. It also helps to find plot errors, timing issues and many more little and big problems. I always highlight them, because after my break I simply read it once over, not editing yet.
When you are done reading it, you go to the next step, you reflect. What did you like, and what did bother you. Depending on that you go over each chapter. Find the scenes that are skeletal, and write them out. Let your reader see your surroundings, smell the air, feel the fabrics you touch and how it feels. Don’t just tell your reader those things, but how they feel to your character, what emotions they inflict, and such things. It’s a fine line between showing and telling, and I have to admit I haven’t learned to walk that line perfectly either. So don’t worry too much about it, with time and many rewrites you’ll get there.
Check if your characters are solid in their design, no reader likes a character that one moment is strong and the hearo and the next a total looser, unless the story would demand and explain it.
Make sure their looks don’t change without a reason, or that they suddenly change names. Ensure that your locations and all such things are in order.
Sometimes it helps to make a list and do one run for each subject then check of the box so you know you looked for that specific topic. It’s scary to think how often you have to go over your story in order to find all of that, and I have to admit it’s a sore subject and one that’s anything but cool, but it needs to be done.
When all that is done, you will find that your novel has changed a lot from the draft you wrote originally. Or at least in many cases, and it feels almost nostalgic to remember that first draft as it was.
Now, after you juggled all your facts, plotlines, characters and those gorgeous heroes, you should take another break.
You may have noticed that so far I haven mentioned anything about spelling, grammar or sentence structure. Why? Simple as long as you rewrite and change and change the changes again and again, there is not much sense in taking care of it, only to delete or change it.
Now that you had another break, a week or so I think is enough, you go over it again and this time read it out loud, or if you suck at that, like I do, use narrator or any other nice app who can read it to you. I was introduced to Word Talk a while ago, and found it very good in that department, definitely better then what Windows brings with its narrator.
When I do this step I often close my eyes and don’t read while listening, it helps me find missing words, or sentences that sound wrong, but also plot mistakes. Most importantly I notice when I lose interest that way and find where I get boring in my story. Those are the part where I either stop the narrator program or at least mark that section in a different color. So I can easily find it again and fix it later. Personally I often fix it right away, unless I’m unsure if it would mess with the facts.
That done with I start fixing those problem parts I found that way, if I haven’t already. As I said it depends on which you like best.
After that I read over it again, without the narrator, or reading out loud. And when that is done I try to find any spelling, grammar and sentence structure mistakes. Basically this is my first real edit. Wow… sounds like a very long and hard road to get here, right? But it’s not as bad as it sounds, somehow writing it down and reading it, it feels like some horror story, but when you do it, it’s actually quite fun and interesting. At least for me, but I might be the exception.
Anyways, after this first edit I try to find people to read it, I call them Alpha reader, because they get the first not so crappy but far from finished version. I always inform them not to concentrate on spelling, grammar and such things, but on the story itself. It’s hard to find those people, because many feel distracted by spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes. Your sentence structure on the other hand should be pretty solid by then.
When you found those people, let them read it, give them instructions of what you want from them and then, wait. That’s the hardest part, because while you wait you can’t really work on your novel, or you get all messed up. Believe me, I made that mistakes and won’t ever do it again.
Now it might take some time, but at some point you get your novel back from your Alpha readers, by the way a step then many skip, so if you can’t find anyone, don’t worry about it too much.
Read the comments, and think about them, then take from it what you think will help you and fix whatever problems your readers found.
Ok, so you done that and now I’m telling you to take a break again, at least a week if not more. Because after that we go into the end phase, or the closest thing you can get to publishing without much help. Read it again, think about every scene, and make sure you are happy with what you wrote by the time you are done reading.
Now, find Beta readers. Let them go crazy with comments and corrections of spelling, grammar and so on. But be patient, it will take time. When you get your work back, work over it, mind the comments and corrections. Then when that is done read over it again, and then you need to find someone to edit it. I recommend a professional. If you know other authors, ask them who they used and where happy with. Get recommendations and let the editors give you an example of two or three pages, before you make a decision.
When you found one, and work well with him, then you reached the end of this advice. Please remember this is how I work, it might not work for you. But I hope you found some inspiration and help in here.

Manitoban authors community open now

Manitoban Authors is a new community designed for authors, editors, cover artists and publishers from Manitoba to come together. If you are any of that, feel free to ask to join. The point of the community is to have fun writing, helping each other and exchanged knowledge about anything and all related to the work of an author. If you are planning to write a story just because, to publish it one day or already have published traditionally or indie, you are right here. I doesn’t matter at what stage of your writing career you are, or even if you want to make a career with your writing, as long as you write or are connected to the industry you are welcome. Manitoban authors invite or if you have trouble with that link try this one Manitoban authors direct I hope that works, if not you can always go on Google+ and enter Manitoaban authors in the community search.

Idea inferno after 15 day’s of NaNoWriMo

Well…, I haven’t written anything for the Blog in 15 days. Why? Because I had the most fun writing in a long time, participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Meeting other authors from Manitoba, connecting with them, working alongside them, was exhilarating and still is even with me being done with my draft already. I’m going to continue working on it, while keeping the contacts I made alive, and hopefully encourage others to keep on going.
However, NaNo was not only inspiring to my writing, but also sparked several ideas. That and other factors that wiggled their way in. But more to that a little later.
The first thing I realized when I came near the end of my draft was, that I don’t want to lose the connections I made when NaNo is over. Another thing was that I know there are even more authors out there, but not everyone is willing or interested in taking up the challenge NaNo is. So I decided to open up a community on Google+ that will be open to any Manitoban based author, writer, blogger, editor or publisher. It’s not in existence yet, but will be soon and I hope that many of the NaNo writers will join me there. That way we all have the benefit of networking, and keep the encouragement and support alive outside of NaNoWriMo.
What else happened in those 15 day’s that I vanished into the word of NaNoWriMo? I had an interview with the local newspaper, and well it didn’t quiet go as I had hoped for two reasons. First of all, I live in a church going community and my book entails explicit, detailed sexual intercourse and some BDSM. Not that I really see a problem, but apparently several other people do and the newspaper has to go by what people want to read. So that was one of the reasons they can’t feature my book Waiting in the Wings and I have not really a problem with it, understanding where they stand. After all they are a business. Yet during the interview another reason was named and that one I hated to hear.
I’m dyslexic as most know, and have to place my trust into others when it comes to editing my uncountable spelling mistakes, grammar chaos and punctuation horrors. And thanks to my dyslexia I can’t really check if they do a good job. So when the nice journalist told me my book still is filled with mistakes, after I had it edited by a professional, it stung a lot. The thing is I can’t even find those mistakes and say to the editor, see… here that was a mess up by you. I contacted her and complained but well… apparently my formatter thought he was doing me a favor by correcting mistakes that in his words “jumped out” at him. So that the version published isn’t the exact version I got from my editor, and I have no way of telling whom made the mistakes the journalist is talking about.
It’s annoying and I wish I could assign blame but it won’t get me anywhere if I do. So instead of crying about spilled milk, I decided to work with what I have and decided to start the Waiting in the Wings spellcheck game. Still working it out, but the basis will be that every sold copy, paperback or digital will add an fixed amount into a pot, that I the readers can win three times a year, so every four months, in the form of a Visa gift card. How to participate? Well, first of all you need to purchase a copy of Waiting in the Wings, because in order to enter your name into the pot, you will need to read it. How to win? By sending me a list with all the spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes you could find. Out of those lists, one will win the amount that came together in the four months the competition runs. How exactly it will work, all the details, I still have to work out. So stay tuned.
What else… Ah… right… A big thank you to Novel Suite Publishing who added me to their raster of artists. You rock guys… Thanks a lot.
Then thanks to NaNo I realized how much time and effort goes into researching all those way’s to publish and what is connected with it. So in the next few days, weeks, I will be writing some articles concentrating on the companies I work with and their benefits and drawbacks.

Well, isn’t it amazing what 15 days of NaNoWriMo can spark in someone’s brain? Now all I need is let those sparks grow into fireworks, right? So let’s get to work.

Mental abuse the killer of the soul

What is mental abuse?
It was one of the questions I had to ask myself while writing Waiting in the Wings.
And why aren’t the woman who get abused like that, simply walking away?
In the end I answered the second question first. The woman didn’t walk away because emotional abuse is like waves, it erodes the soul slowly, as waves erode the coast over hundreds of years.
I’m no expert, all I know is from articles I read and what I imagine happens.
Just like in any relationship that becomes physically abusive, I would think emotional abuse, develops over time as well. I simply can’t imagine that any person, male or female, would fall in love with a partner when the abuse is there from the beginning.
Now, where a physically abusive relationship would leave bruises, broken bones, lacerations, and other visible evidence, emotional abuse is invisible.
Its words, comments and behavior of the abusive partner that causes the damage, not his fists. Comments on how you look, move, act, or talk, voicing dissatisfaction on a constant basis, chafing on self-esteem, confidence and self-worth. In time the person entering that kind of relationship, becomes someone else, someone who measures their worth on the reaction of their partner.

“You went out of the house like that, you look like a slut. But I guess you wouldn’t know better, since you don’t pay attention to much.” Would be something that hurts, yet the abuser would see only his effort in correcting a perceived mistake, even believe he is helping.

“I gave you the responsibility of the finances so you could learn to be responsible, shouldn’t have thought you could manage it.” Another thing is that often the abuser will hand over responsibilities and decisions to the one abused, so he/she can see you fail, can rub it in and help you better yourself.

Physically the abuser will use the abuse victims’ desire, sexual longing and intimacy against them.
Where in a physically abusive relationship sex might be used as punishment, going as far as rape, in an emotional abusive relationship it’s often the other way around.
The abuser will reduce intimacy to a minimum, or refuse it totally, he might say things like, “I don’t feel like touching you tonight, I rather wish I had someone attractive around.” Making the abuses partner feel not enough, unattractive and unwanted.

What I read and learned is, that there is one big difference between a physically abuser, and an emotionally abuser. The difference is that the physically abuser often regrets his doings, and when calmed, knows that his doings were wrong. Yet the emotionally abuser, seems to believe himself as actually helping, caring and supporting his victim. “I’m telling you that not to hurt you, but so you can work on your flaws and become a better person.”
With time the abuse victim will believe that he/she is flawed, needs to change to become a better person, change her looks, her behavior, losing herself in the process. While they fight for their marriage, relationship, partner’s attraction, they change only to fail again and again in the eyes of the abuser.

I can see a person recovering from physical abuse, the wounds heal, and the person might have trust issues, be more careful, maybe even avoid a new relationship for a long time, but I can see them recover.
Yet I have trouble imagining anyone coming out of an emotional abusive relationship even close to the person that went in. The abuse victim lost him-/herself during the time, changed in so many ways, that the original person might not be existing anymore. Yet I also know that if the abuse victim isn’t totally isolated, she might have a chance to maintain some parts of her/himself. Then if they ever free themselves, or are freed by a tragedy like in my book, there is therapy, and years of it might restore some of what was lost.

The things I learned while researching the topic, for Waiting in the Wings, inspired me to look into programs offered to those victims. Which is why I decided to spend $0.50 of every sold paperback to a woman’s shelter or organisation helping those victims to find themselves again. I will donate it twice a year, so if you know an organization that needs that money, please feel free to contact me. Canadian or Canadian based organizations only please. Only organizations that work with abuse victims.

Waiting in the Wings by Nicole Kiefer available on Amazon, Barns & Nobel or Lulu.com

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Waiting in the Wings and emotional abuse in a relationship.

Waiting in the Wings and emotional abuse in a relationship.
I always get asked how I was inspired to write Waiting in the Wings, and I always answer with the story of how my husband had a hernia, tried to hide it, and ended up in emergency surgery. While I was pacing the empty waiting room.
Now that is how it started, but not the gist of the book. While mostly writing to sort out my emotions about that night, I also thought about how good I have it, and how bad my life could be. Most of all of how life changing it would have been, had he died that night.
I don’t plan books or stories, I don’t plot them out, they just spring into existence. Like a woman faced with the fact that her husband suddenly dies after 16, 18, or 20 years of marriage. That is a long time, people change in that time. Now if the marriage was good, she will grieve for some time, then get herself together and live on with good memories and a healthy attitude to going on. What if the marriage wasn’t good?
That’s how it really started.
Not long before that night, I had read a book about bullying and emotional abuse in relationships. There is a large number of woman out there, trapped in relationships that are not healthy, that make them physically and mentally sick, and they often don’t even realize it. Their friends, neighbors, and family don’t see it, don’t know of it, because it’s like cancer or aids, it’s silent and hidden.
Emotional abuse is nothing that bruises the skin, doesn’t brake bones, or make you scream in fear.
It breaks the heart, soul and spirit. It destroys hopes and dreams. But most of all, it changes fundamentally how a person looks at themselves. One of the phrases I read, researching the topic was, “Strong on the outside, broken in the inside”
What I found the most disturbing while researching was, that many abuser don’t even realize they are abusive. They think of themselves often as direct, honest and encouraging by pointing out their partner’s flaws. They don’t get loud or angry, they don’t hit.
They simply tell you, “that you screwed up again, but that they shouldn’t be surprised since you don’t understand clearly how the world works. They should have known better then let you handle it, and that it’s ok to be a screw up, it’s simply unavoidable with the amount of smarts you have.”
How nice this insult sounds…, imagine your partner talking to you like that for twenty years. I would have killed him, metaphorically speaking.
The more I researched the topic, the more I wanted to make a statement with my story, yet I didn’t know how. Since I was bullied as a child and teen, I could imagine how Henry would talk to Sara, how he would treat her, and how she would feel. Yet imagining a decade or two in a relationship like that, I couldn’t imagine her coming back from that. Couldn’t imagine her still being strong, accomplishing anything on her own.
But that wasn’t the statement I wanted to make. I wanted her to be the one with the last laugh, so to speak. The winner in the end, not just over Henry but over his abuse.

Then I remembered something I read once. “Without hope we are nothing, when we lose hope we lose ourselves and any chance of surviving.” I can’t remember where I heard or read it, but it was my solution.
If I give my abuse victim an anchor, some person who still believes in her, someone she can hold on to, she might not lose herself completely. And what is stronger than the hope of true love?
I went through different ideas, but in the end decided to go with her first love. To use him not just as her anchor, but also to demonstrate how she had changed.
In the Benjamin from twenty years ago, we find the usual abuser. A man who loves but has his own demons, he drinks and changes. He is loud, or depressed, he gets angry at times, and reckless, even close to violent. She loves him, but sees how unhealthy their relationship is, and breaks it off. Sara walks away from the danger of getting to deep into something, which will most likely end badly.
Benjamin loves her, that’s why he lets her walk away. It also is the point where he begins to realize he has to change. True love will do that to a guy, even if he is messed up.
He becomes her anchor in the following years, the only one encouraging her, telling her that she has worth, that she is smart and strong.
While he only slowly learns and realizes in what kind of relationship Sara is trapped in. When he offers to help she threatens to cut all ties to him, because she is not only trapped by a piece of paper, or the finances, but by her own insecurities, fed by her husband.
While I wrote and the story progressed, I watched the story unfold. (As I said, I don’t plan much, if at all) I let Henry die, I gave Sara a contradicting character, I send Benjamin to her, but then I realized that charm alone wasn’t enough.
By using Benjamin’s past as comparison of the two kinds of abuse, I also gave Sara good reason to never entrust her heart to him. She needed a push, because if I would have been her, I would have blocked him until Armageddon.
So that’s what I needed, Armageddon.
Well, I don’t want to spoil more of the story then I already have. The point is, Waiting in the Wings is not just a simple romance, with some hot sex scenes to keep it interesting. It’s about enduring, fighting and surviving a kind of abuse nobody can easily see. It’s about getting physically sick because of it, about being cornered and coming out fighting and winning.

Promotion, promotion, promotion

That’s the mantra of any hard working independent author. There are many ways to promote your latest work, or yourself, and your work in general. Most of us know the social network channels like Twitter, Facebook, Linkin and so on. Yet there are ways outside of the cyber world, and those are just as important. Connecting face to face with the reader is (at least in my opinion) the most important and the scariest thing you have to do.
How do you connect with your readers?
I go to any and all trade shows I can reach and afford, sometimes team up with other authors to lower the cost for each of us. As long as our genres don’t collide too much, that always works out fine. Yet even when not on a trade show, farmers market or book fair, there are always situations you can use to promote. One of those I want to talk about today, the business card.
Business cards are a great tool, and easier to bring under the folk as you might think. How often are you asked at a checkout for your phone number or email address? How often do you have to give your name, address or phone number to, for example a handy man, contractor, doctor, dentist and so on? Sure you know those things by heart, can spell them out for whoever is asking, or could just write it down yourself, but why would you? Why not use the opportunity to inconspicuously promote your work?
Most business cards you get handed have a front, sometimes with picture, but almost always with nothing in the back. What a waste of space.
Most of us know that pitching is one of the most important things, an author should be able to do. Surmise your work/book in one or two short sentences. Bait the reader, publisher, agent with just that one short combination of words. Then pray they bite.
You can use your business cards as a fishing pole. In the front like all business cards are your information, with the cover of your book / latest book worked within. A nice little arrow, heart, infinity sign, pointing to the backside, letting the one you hand it to, know there is more. On the back of the card is your bait, your pitch or blurb.
When the cashier asks for your phone number, hand him a card, tell him to keep it. Same when you fill out an application, when you get asked for your postal code, or hire a contractor. Even if the person you gave it to has no interest, he has seen and most likely read it. The cashier might leave it at the till, and the next shift will find it and be interested. Perhaps the handyman puts it on his desk, and his secretary finds it, or your dentist’s assistant keeps it, and your dentist is your next customer. Another might take it home to his wife, daughter, sister or mother. Don’t underestimate the power of the business card. Always throw the fishing pole (business card) and dangle the bait.
Happy fishing

 

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Waiting in the Wings now available new and improved

Waiting in the Wings is here, new and improved after extensive editing. As promised earlier this year, I had the book with a professional editor. Thanks to 3Pediting the spelling and grammar mistakes are now a thing of the past. At least in the book, I’m sure you will find plenty in my posts and advertisement.
Aside from getting rid of the spelling, grammar and punctuation problem, we also went over the plot, making a completely new story without taking the old one away.
We changed the perspective from first person present tense to third person past tense. There are more information about the main characters, and about their history together. Thanks to my editor I learned a lot about how to make my writing better, how to bring my characters more into the readers head or the other way around I guess.
In order to make visually clear that even as it is the same story, it’s at the same time not, the book also got a new cover. I’m sure I haven’t changed it everywhere yet, I put the info out on to many places that I would find them all. Sad, I know. But you can see which version you are getting by looking at the cover, and I would suggest you read the new version, it’s so much better.

To other authors out there, don’t make the same mistake I did. Even if you have someone who will check over your spelling without trying to be kind by not doing a good job, the experience an editor shares with you, the way they look at your story, it’s worth it’s money. They see what others don’t see or don’t want to tell you because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. The editor gets paid for telling you, or for not sparing your feelings.

waiting in the wings front cover

Waiting in the Wings almost ready, keep your eyes open

New and improved

Finally I have my new and improved, professionally edited manuscript of Waiting in the Wings back. Thanks to 3Pediting the spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes are gone and nothing but a bad memory and a lesson learned.
Soon as I have all the formatting for e-book and print version done I will release this new version into the world. To make sure there is a difference anyone can see I also designed a new cover.

cover old and newSo keep your eyes peeled for the new cover, it will be used for e-book and paperback.
Aside for having the manuscript corrected in spelling and grammar, 3Pediting also helped me to refine the plot and make my story not just good but so much more.
The book will be available over all the usual distribution channels, like Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and Barns&Noble for 2.99 as regular price. However in the first week I will put it on sale for only 0.99 .
Keep your eyes open for the day the cover changes.