Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

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The Tingle of Magic

Two months ago, I pulled out the manuscript for Book #2. I hadn’t looked at it in over five years. It was time to dust it off and start with the revisions. I like to think that if I let my stories languish on a shelf or thumb drive, marinating for a number of years, they …

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When It’s Time to Call in the Professionals

When you feel your book is ready to publish, it is actually time to call in a professional editor. Freelance editors will work on many levels – substantive editing, line editing and copy editing. Often, they will do a combination of the three. So what’s the difference and what does your manuscript need? Copy editing or …

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Beta Readers Are Your Friends

No, really, they are. 🙂 In my case, some of my very best friends.  And I am here to tell you that it doesn’t make it any easier to show your work to someone. Beta readers are pre-readers who will read your novel and tell you what they think. When I was preparing my first …

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After Your Manuscript Ferments in a Drawer

So, you wrote a novel in November. Or maybe it was November 2007. Either way, you are in one of two camps; you are just itching to pull it out and read your magnificent words, or you are terrified that they may be discovered. Their future is up to you. I would think at some …

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The Big Reveal! My Book!

It is official! I will be a published author by the end of next month! It has been a long, winding journey, and I have learned so much along the way. I have done things that took courage like letting myself believe enough in my book to hire an editor and letting a stranger read …

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