The Frugal Freebie

7:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 21 Comments


I've been busy trying to get About Us publication ready. The final lap always sets me behind everywhere else. The end is so close, I hate to pause to do all the other necessary life-things like showering.
I'm joking. I DO shower during the final editing process. Though, I don't often do my hair, make-up, or worry about whether or not my clothes match.

Because this book will be a freebie eBook, I didn't want to pay a bunch for the editing. But I also didn't want to publish an error-filled piece of tripe. So, I enlisted some savvy friends! You may know them- Jo Wake and Sandra Cox. These ladies were sweet enough to help with the editing and error removal.

I also bought Carolyn Howard Johnson's The Frugal Editor. It's a great book for self-editing. Not only are there tips on style and usage, but she breaks it down into editing steps. I've been doing these steps- basically looking at different parts of the story on different read-throughs rather than trying to catch all the mistakes at once. Currently, I am working on the internal dialogue and word echoes. Amazing how many flaws I find when I consider them one by one.

I liked the Frugal Editor so well, I picked up the Frugal Marketer. This book launch will be a credit to these wise, wonderful ladies!





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21 comments:

  1. I need to pick up Carolyn's book.
    Just don't forget to breathe!

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    1. It's definitely been worth it!

      I'll keep breathing, as long as the good Lord lets me!

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  2. Her books are wonderful. There are so many great tips.

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  3. Hopefully you shower a few times through editing lol have to remember to edit ourselves a bit too.

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    1. For the sake of my family, I will keep showering.

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  4. Shower yes, but don't bother about the housework. Good luck with the publishing and thanks for the mention.

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    1. I need all the luck I can get!

      I'll take your advice on the no-housework.

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  5. Might have to peek at those books myself. Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. I haven't used the frugal editor yet, but I have faith it will be good.

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  6. That sounds like a great book to assist with self editing. I would need lots of help with grammar. :) I laughed at the showering bit as I noticed once a second kid came along, the washing of the hair every day just no longer takes priority. It's comparable as I'm sure these books take as much care as a baby.

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    1. Daily hair washing is bad for your hair anyhow. I decided that after baby #3. LOL.

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  7. Hi Elizabeth...

    Great that you found some help with you "freebie!" Where do you find the time. I am finally up to visiting the blogosphere. My surgical stitchers were removed today, and it looks like I will heal with very little scaring, THANK GOD... I am so vain you know... lol I looked like I was hit in the face with a baseball bat and it will be about another three weeks for the swelling to go down and four months for it to be completely normal. Ugh. At least I can now be seen in public. I do hope and prayer this is the last bit of skin cancer I have, this was a real learning experience for me. Basal cells are a lot worse than we all know...cancer is cancer. Thanks for dropping by...it's always wonderful to see your lovely smile!

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're doing well. You are right- cancer is cancer. When you've lost someone to cancer, you know what it can do and when you hear the word, it stops your heart a little.

      I'd never call you vain! But if there is no need to scar a handsome face, then by all means don't do it.

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  8. I'll have to check both those out. Thanks for the recommendations.

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  9. Congrats on the upcoming release. I need to get that book too.

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  10. Woo Hoo. Congratulations on the very almost release. I do know both of the lovely ladies who helped - and am so pleased (and unsurprised) that they came to the party for you.

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  11. Congrats. You've one foot in the finish line!
    You're strides ahead of me til I can pitch it.
    Love ya.

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  12. I love Carolyn's site..I need to pick up her books.

    Great cover for "About Us!"

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  13. Writer friends are so awesome. Will have to check out Carolyn's book.

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  14. Woo Hoo! You are on the home track. How kind of you to give me an honorable mention. Thank you. Also thanks for mentioning the self-editing book. I'm heading for Amazon now.

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