December flew by in a blur of family celebrations, but I wanted to take a moment to slow down before the big bang of New Year's Eve and wish you the best of holidays, whatever you celebrate.
So from my little home tucked away in snowy Alaska to all of you wherever you may live, I hope you have the best and brightest holiday this season. Enjoy the last few days of 2018, and have an extra cup of hot chocolate for me!
Thanks, and Happy Friday!
Hello my lovely writing nerds,
I recently went to the AWG Writers & Illustrators Conference as an author and a freelance editor. It was a fun time! On the author side of things, I learned quite a bit and chatted with folks about my new book Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties. (Coming out in NOVEMBER, by the way, TWO MONTHS.)
On the editor side of things, I donated a 50-page manuscript edit for the silent auction like I usually do and ACTUALLY GOT TO MEET THE AUTHOR - a woman named L. C. Elliot - who won it. Pretty cool. I'm so looking forward to working with her.
Now, off to explore the mysteries of a good Pop-Tart, because this gal needs a snack before bed.
This weekend I renewed my freelance editing contract with Tiger Oak Media to edit for them for another year, signing and dating the contract TODAY and accomplishing one thing on my ToDo. (I accomplished two other things, but signing the freelance contract was a big one.) I can't believe it's been a whole year since I first started working with them, but I'm so glad they wanted to keep working with me and couldn't be happier to sign the new contract.
Here's to another year of freelance editing magazines! AP Style FTW!
Early last month Desert Palm Press contacted me asking if I could do a rush edit on Musing of a Madwoman. A rush edit means I have a shortened turnaround time. In this case since the pub date was insanely close, I gave myself five days to do the developmental edit and two days to do the copyediting.
It was an exhilarating, tiring, amazing experience!
Why? Well, I also work full-time as an office assistant for the State of Alaska. It's a hectic job with lots of moving parts. So after waking up at 6:30 a.m., going a mile a minute for my full-time job, and then getting back to the house at 5 p.m., settling down to do a rush edit was an interesting experience. I always do freelance magazine editing for Tiger Oak after work, though, so it wasn't unusual for me to do some editing at night.
What was unusual was how long the editing took me per night. I normally edit for one-two hours for Tiger Oak, but this DPP edit took me four-five hours per night! So for that whole week, I edited until 11 p.m. trying to get the first round of edits complete by Friday. I did it, of course. Thankfully I had the weekend off while the author Jazzy Mitchell did her round. By the following Tuesday, I had completed my second round, sent the manuscript back to Jazzy, and my rush-edit was complete!
It was some seriously long nights. I got a small cold because of it. I was crazy tired. I didn't work on any Tiger Oak editing that first week and very minimal the second week since I was kinda burnt-out. But I was also really happy with how both rounds of editing turned out!
Musing just came out today and though my part was a small one overall, I am so proud of its publication. Jazzy is a lovely writer, the plot is intense and twisted, and the characters are relatable. You should definitely go check it out.
Hope you have a lovely week!
Smashwords, one of Desert Palm Press’ amaaaaazing distributors, is celebrating Read An Ebook Week this week (March 4-10, 2018) and has some great deals. Right now, for this week only, both FINDING HEKATE and LOSING HOLD are 25-50% off! (The same applies to all the other fabulous DPP books, too!)
So, if you’ve ever wanted to read about a badass woman being hunted, falling in love, and fighting back, now’s your chance! Here’s a link to Finding Hekate and here’s one to Losing Hold.
Here’s what others have to say about Finding Hekate:
Hope you enjoy the ride.
My name is Kellie. I'm an editor and writer. I also like to play games, read, listen to music, and look at the stars.