Monday, December 3, 2012

Working on Writing

I can finally see the light at the end of the very long tunnel. We are on chapter 23, only about 12 more to go. I'm very excited! 

I also sent five pages to my professional editor last week and she loved it and wanted to read more! I am stoked! It really feels good when someone who doesn't even know me likes my book, they aren't saying it because the love you, like your mother or daughter...well you get my drift. So, things are moving along. 

The outline is almost finished, which is a good thing, and I am going to rewrite in a few places where it needs some ramping up. Other than that, I am thinking the book might be ready on time to get it edited for free. Yes, you heard right, free. The editor that will be working on my novel offered free services as long as she receives it by the end of the year. After that, she charges. But, she is really reasonable. Only 500.00 for the entire manuscript, and that includes grammar, punctuation, and scene setting along with pace. 

I think that's a pretty good deal. I have been quoted as much as 2500.00, which I think is ridiculous! No wonder so many self-published authors don't pay to get professionally edited before launching. I did, however, find quite a few reasonable editors through LinkedIn. Just food for thought for those of my writing followers. I think if you do your homework and really want your book to be the best, you can find deals.

Back to the writing. I have decided to go ahead and start rewriting my short story (novella) that will come out the fall of next year. I need to actually write. It's been a long time. I am looking forward to it. I am weening myself from Facebook for now and working on my stories. It's also good to know how many writers are feeling the same as I when it comes to social media and marketing. It sucks you in and the next thing you know you are not doing any writing. I do appreciate the people who have joined my blog though and leave comments, it means the world to me. We writers are like all other artistic people, we have low self-esteem issues and need support. But, you guys are great!

I will be having a wonderful guest next Monday. Her name is Shah Husain and she writes about ancient beliefs and stories from the old worlds. She lives in British Columbia and I look really forward to having her as a guest. I also will be having Michael Hicks, although no date is set yet. He writes sci-fi and I have read two of his books and plan to read more. I have to know how the stories turn out. I will let you know when he will be on here. Again, I hope that all of you make them feel welcome and drop them a line. I'm sure it will make them feel good too!

Well, until Thursday, I hope all of you have a wonderful week. I will be writing and now my yoga and walking, (I gotta get in shape!) and of course, the daily home duties.

Love, Lisa


  1. Lisa,

    It is definitely all about attitude. I love all the quotes you paste on your blog.

    That's a good thing to find an editor for FREE. I'm very happy for you there. I do some editing on the side, reasonable, but not free. My freelance is the only support I have. I can see why a lot of writers don't even bother editing because they can't afford it.

    I also agree with you on the social media. You have to stay away from those places or you won't get any writing done at all. Just daily life alone keeps you very busy sometimes.

    Good luck with your book.


    1. Thanks Sunni for commenting, I appreciate your thoughts! Also, thanks for joining my blog! I see we are on the same page lol!

    2. I'm so happy that you are getting in on that deal. I know it was the goal and you are making it happen.

      I was recently followed by a couple of editors in the UK (I know this because I have to keep track of the exchange rate now that Cassidy is in the UK) that are as reasonable, so they are out there. I also think that Janet is planning to offer those services again once she gets settled. I'm looking at another one here and I have some connections in the RMFW that will be reasonable as well. Thanks for the LinkedIn tip too. :)

      I think your novella is going to be fabulous and readers of your series will love the backstory that goes along with it.


    3. Thanks Robin for your comment and thanks for your support! We will talk tomorrow, but I do have a few changes I will be doing during the trip part. I think it will be good, but i will run it by you and Janet first and see what you think.

  2. Hard to beat free editing. Sounds like you are making progress. Good for you!

    A Faraway View

    1. Thanks Arlee! I love my cheerleaders! I need you more than you know!

  3. I understand how you feel. It feels exhilarating to almost have a manuscript completed. Please keep us posted as to when your book actually published. Keep up the good work. Your words give a sense of encouragement - it can be done!

    1. Thanks Ireca, and I will let everyone know, I'm sure! I'm glad my words keep you wanting to write. Don't ever give up!