QG Editing Update!

I just finished the second editing pass of Infinite Vampire II: Queen’s Gambit! Here are some stats on its progressed so far: After 1st WRITE, wordcount was 135,000. Because I was still working at a “real” job, I didn’t track my hours and just wrote whenever I could. I can safely say that it at least took 200 hours. After 1st EDIT, wordcount was 130,000. I spent 50 hours on the pass. After 2nd EDIT, wordcount was 142,000. I spent 80 hours on the pass. Weird, right? Well, Queen’s Gambit is a thriller, and I sent it out to my beta readers after the first edit pass. They…

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Sophia’s Journal!

I realized that the Infinite Vampire series needed a prequel, but I’m not normal. Instead of just writing one, I wanted to do something different. So I wrote it, in the form of a 18 year old’s journal. Then I worked with a woman to make sure I had an accurate teen-girl’s perspective. Then I hired a young woman with robot-perfect handwriting (in my opinion) to transcribe it. Then I planned and drew over two dozen custom illustrations to add into the book. Then I spent a week scanning all the images, photoshopping any errors, and putting together a pdf.…

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No Thanks, Bitly

I write books that include additional web content, and if I put a link into a book, I want a nice, short link that’s easy for a reader to type into a browser. Bitly is a free option out there, but before I put Bitly links in my books (and published them), I looked at their terms and conditions (https://bitly.com/pages/terms-of-service). Here’s the part that made me spit my coffee all over my screen: (Copied from their terms on 11/12/17) “License Grants License to Bitly By submitting User Content through the Services, you hereby do and shall grant Bitly a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, sublicensable…

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My Self-Editing Checklist – It Might Help You!

Editing is important and challenging. I’ve got about 200,000 words to put through the editing ringer before February. That’s a lot, but it’s okay: I have a plan. Every editing session, I start by reviewing 20 editing ‘rules’ that I find important. The items on the list below don’t have a ton of explanation, but I tried to throw some examples in to help. Also note, I made this list for my own use, so don’t be surprised if it’s a little whacked. Guidelines I review before each editing session: MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE Every line must have a mission and a goal.…

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