Beta Readers, CPs and Self-Editing

Walk away, Renée–that Left Banke ’60’s classic–was a memorable song from my growing up. Why? I was almost named Renée–far more exotic than Ann, but there you go. My mom cooked plain food, too.

As fate would have it, though, I’m not able to walk away.

Good thing or else I’d be missing out! So here I am with another insightful Renée–aspiring author Renée Hurteau–whose on point advice for writers is absolutely golden.

Write on!

Out of Context

I open my file, glance with trepidation at the myriad red marks and comment bubbles throughout, and promptly close it again.  I just can’t.  Not right now.

Instead, I thought this might be a good time to share some of my thoughts on editing for any of my fellow writers that have found their way here.

Editing, a crucial element to any good story, is difficult.  In the beginning, when you first finish writing and hand it off eagerly to third parties for their feedback, it sometimes can seem like a personal affront when their constructive criticism comes back.  However, you shouldn’t take it as one!  Constructive criticism is vital to a story that people can immerse themselves in.  One misspelled word, one convoluted, hard to read sentence, is enough to jar them out of a state of suspended disbelief.  What about that small but glaring plot hole you missed?…

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Interview with Kathy Douglass about her book, “How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart”

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If you like great stories, you’ll love DIVERSITY BETWEEN THE PAGES. Check in with multi-published Forget Me Not Romances author Alexis Goring as she interviews lawyer-turned-writer Kathy Douglass about How To Steal the Lawman’s Heart. Her latest Harlequin Special Edition release.

Get inspired.

And run with the truth that a beating heart that can forgive, embrace today, and learn to love again is what binds us all.

Write on!

Diversity Between the Pages

Good Monday Morning, reader friends!

Today, we’re interviewing Kathy Douglass again. This time, we’re talking about another one of her books. This one is titled, How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart.

Enjoy!


Interview with Kathy Douglass about her book,  How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart:

Alexis: Why did you write this book?

Kathy: I wrote this book because the characters called to me. The idea began floating through my mind and I couldn’t rest until I put their story on paper.

Alexis: What do you want readers to take away from this story? Why?

Kathy: I want readers to understand that no matter what happened in the past, you have to move forward. Trent had a wonderful wife and a truly happy life ripped away from him without warning. It was hard for him to let go of the happy memories or the bitterness at losing it all…

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Why Matilda of Flanders Was William The Conqueror’s Perfect Match

Looking for a real woman from the pages of history? Someone to drain the sap out of revisionist fantasies of fainting maidens? Seek no more!

Matilda of Flanders is your gal. Bold in word and deed, this woman made up her own mind–and changed it when she pleased. Crossing parents, popes, and even William the Conqueror.

Read on to get the scoop from the insightful and always entertaining Samantha James, host of The Historical Diaries.

Write on!

THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

Matilda of Flanders was a crowned Queen Consort of England. She was the wife of William the Conqueror and was his match in every way imaginable.

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Too many manuscripts

Have endless revisions already got you down this New Year? Check in with multi-published Forget Me Not Romance author, Florence Witkop, for some straight shooting advice to keep it simple.

Write on!

Someone recently asked how I organize differing versions of my current manuscript. Because manuscripts change. Stories change. And those changes mean manuscripts change and must be organized so a writer knows which is the best one. This is something I struggled with for a long time. Years. And more years. Until I figured it out.

Since I work on a computer, I must save my work. I used to always add the words ‘latest version’ to the end of whatever the name of the work is that I was saving. And, of course, the date was always available to see which of several versions was the last one that I worked on and that was usually the one that I wanted.

That’s what I did and I was really proud of myself for being so smart.

Then I got really smart.

Now I simply, ruthlessly delete everything so there’s only…

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The Grinch and New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

If January has you stalled, check out the real-time writerly advice from Bachelorette Blogger serial author René Penn. Authors NEED resolutions.

Write on!

René Penn

Until recently, I was the grinch or scrooge of New Year’s resolutions.

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I thought resolutions were cliche, hard to keep, and designed to make you feel bad when they are broken. I didn’t want to get sucked into that, so I stayed away from them.

But here I am, being super-cliche, writing about New Year’s resolutions right after the new year. (I know, I can practically hear the scrooges grumbling.)

What changed my mind about New Year’s resolutions? I realized that resolutions are simply another word for goals.

Goals are necessary for we writers. They’re the pesky, little friends that keep us on track.

The new year is a great time to look at what was accomplished the previous year, and to set new goals.

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If you’re a writer looking for goals, resolutions or whatever, check out 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers and 52 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers. From those…

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Letter From Catherine Of Aragon To King Ferdinand II About Prince Arthur (1502 CE)

Looking for heroic inspiration to pen your next novel? An example of unparalleled feminine strength and dignity?

Check out Samantha James Historical Diaries blog on Catherine of Aragon, fist wife of England’s infamous Henry VIII.

The life of the “rich” and “famous” comes with a great many burdens. And whether or not you write historical or contemporary, Samantha James poignant dives into times past is sure to infuse realism into your next novel. For times change, but people don’t.

Write on!

THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

When Catherine Of Aragon wrote a heartfelt plea to her father, she held the title of Princess of Wales through her marriage to Prince Arthur of England. The couple had not been married long before the prince’s untimely death in 1502 at Ludlow Castle.

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Until We Kissed (2018)

Looking for a sweet/clean contemporary romance? A five out five FANTASTIC read to get you going as the year winds down?

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore’s, Until We Kissed, may be the book for you. It’s the sixth installment of her Pine Valley Series, so you may want to begin at the beginning.

“With a full-time job and a busy six-year old, this book took me two days to read,” the Christian Fiction Girl says. “I loved every single minute of this story, and I’m debating whether or not to re-read it again right now!”

Write on.

The Christian Fiction Girl

42380394Until We Kissed (2019) by Heather B. Moore is the sixth book in her Pine Valley series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 210 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from Mirror Press Publishing via Kathy at Clean Wholesome RomanceI Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Until We Kissed 5+++++ STARS. This book is a Contemporary Clean Romance.

About the Book

Livvy knows Dr. Slade McKinney is the perfect man for her, but when she keeps running into Mason, Livvy discovers fate has a different plan.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!

Pine Valley librarian Livvy…

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