Welcome to my Work In Progress Blog! This is where you get the scoop on my next book. More specifically, I will take you behind the scenes as I am drafting it. The following blog posts are excerpts from my writing journal. Be advised, they may contain swear bombs, grammatical inconsistencies, and heavy doses of sarcasm.
With editing done and the manuscript ready for formatting, I’m now shifting gears to cover art. Honestly, this is producing some anxiety for me because I know I’m going to be picky as hell about how PJ looks on the cover. But, damn it, how can I not put this chick on the cover? She’s […]
Copy edit back, and PJ has been KT approved!! Two months of nose-to-the-grindstone revisions have resulted in a lot less work post-edit. I’m so stoked right now. I think I can tackle these last few revisions in less than a week! At this rate, I’m very confident I will make my December release date […]
So, with KT working her editing magic, my book baby is out of my hands for a couple of weeks. I know I should probably be using the downtime to do something productive like come up with a design concept for the cover. But screw it, I’ve earned a break. I’m about to drop […]
There’s only so many times you can read and revise your own manuscript before you just gotta call it and hand it over to the professionals. After two months and fours sweeps through this one, I’m calling it. Pretty Jane is going to the pros at thebluegarret.com for copy editing and proofreading on September 3. […]
Reducing a one hundred-thousand-word novel down to a couple hundred-word synopsis that’s catchy and makes people want to ditch laundry duty and dive into some romance… is a skill I have not yet mastered. The book blurb kicked my ass today.
Haven’t worn any makeup for a couple of weeks. Lotion and lip balm. That’s it. Maybe spending the better part of a year writing a novel about a girl obsessed with makeup has affected my psyche. Nah, I just can’t be bothered right now. I’m editing.
Okay, so the hubby has been beta-reading for me, or rather he’s been beta-listening. The man’s kind of addicted to Audible, so he likes to turn on Word’s Read Aloud as he goes through the manuscript. I grumble about this because I hate the droid voice, and it’s just weird to hear my stuff read […]
Woo-hoo! Just knocked out some of the trickier revisions to my manuscript. There were a few chapters that needed a lot of work, but I feel good about the result. Good enough to open the doors, so to speak, and finally let someone read this thing.
Spent the past four days revising the first kiss scene. I know I’m being ridiculous rewriting the same flippin’ page over and over. But damn, if you throw in a line like “You’re beautiful…”, you gotta anchor that business, or you’ll end up sounding like you’re biting off one of the cheesiest lines in Twilight. […]