It's a new day on the blog tour. Sia McKye and Medeia Shariff were nice enough to invite me over, so I wrote posts about something. Crazy thing is, I don't remember what. I could check my outbox and see what gems I sent, but it's after midnight and honestly, I'm all for calling it the mystery post day.
*Remember to go and comment...I am keeping track!
Welcome C. Lee McKenzie!
Lee is one awesome writer. Her stories aren't just emotion, angst filled looks at teen life, they have beautiful imagery with a style so perfect and clean, when I heard Lee was going to be promoting her book, I asked her to share some of her editing advice. A wise professor once told me that if you want to learn...ask someone who has mastered the task, and Lee has a masterful technique.
C. Lee on Self-Editing
Writing, as any one who writes books knows, is really all about re-writing. Those first drafts may be inspiring, but they’re flying on one wing. You’ve got to knuckle down and edit and edit and edit if you want to soar.
Martina Boone’s The Over-Do-Er’s Editing Checklist is great. She has broken her list into four different sections:
- Point of View
- Showing Instead of Telling
- Setting and Writing Mechanics
Here’s a book that’s been helpful for a lot of writers. You might find this helpful because it comes from a well-experienced editor, Renni Browne. She was former senior editor at William Morrow, and also held editing positions at several publishings firms.
Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition by Renni Browne
The one thing I’ll add to all of the self-editing information is don’t rely on yourself. If you spend any money on anything it should be a good editor. I learned the hard way and my first Indie book was riddled with errors. Well, not riddled, but I didn’t like what I found when I opened the print version. You may never have perfection, but you should strive for it. Set the bar high.
There's nothing’s more dangerous than a wizard-in-training. And Pete Riley, has just proven it. He's worked a bad time spell--a very bad time spell.
No YouTube, no smoothies, no Manga. Not ever again. Not unless Pete figures out how to reverse his spell and free Weasel and him from Victorian England.
He has until the next full moon. Only a few days.
Usually, C. Lee takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Double Negative (2014) was her third young adult novel. Researching it turned her into a literacy advocate. Her fourth YA, Sudden Secrets came out in December 2014.
When she really want to have FUN, she writes middle grade books. Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster are now available.
The most positive blog hop around is the Celebrate Small Things hosted by Lexa Cain. Sign up HERE! to keep the positive spirit up.
What small things am I celebrating?
1. All my blog tour hosts for this week! So many offered, you all are probably getting tired of seeing me!
2. My high school kids only had one day of school this week. Snow days and too-cold-to-go-to-school days are fun.
3. I have a street team leader! I was talking marketing with my cousin, Sonya, and she offered to help. All I have to do in return is offer her eternal gratitude. I can handle that!