I'm sorry for that too. Just been trying to write all the words and edit other people's words, and listen to even others. That's the thing about words. Once they're out there, you really can't take them back. Regardless if you're being recorded for posterity or if someone's within earshot (or eyeshot as in the case of authors), your words have impact. You have to choose them wisely. You have to be certain you're conveying precisely what you want to convey.
If you have a character that isn't supposed to convey a racial bias or a sexist bias, then you need to be careful how you word their thoughts and language and try to steer clear of stereotypes. Now, if your character is a racist/sexist, please by all means, use this language. It's adequately conveying the message you're wanting to get across to your audience.
I have several characters in The Bee Keeper that are quite sexist. Actually, it's quite a sexist society, not much unlike our own. So, they're written with that in mind. Women are referred to the sum of their body parts and what sexual favours they can offer to the character that I'm writing from. That's intentional. I walk into knowing that I shorten my audience. It's inherently offensive and again, I realize that and am willing to take that risk for the story. Too many times, however, authors don't see that.
They don't see their own biases or they don't realize that language really carries weight. That's something we authors really need to keep in the forefront of our minds. Words matter.
Happy weekend everyone! How's your week been? We had two days of school then they canceled on Thursday and Friday due to snow. 1/2 inch of snow to be exact. *sigh* This is the joy of living in the semi-south. However, great things are looming ahead. :) I can't talk of it much yet, but I've worked out my tenative release schedule for 2017 and it is INTENSE to say the least. I'm looking forward to it, and I'm especially looking forward to delivering it for you all.
On the editing front, I've picked up more work. It seems the first of the year, all the creative juices get flowing. So, I'm really excited to welcome them into the fold. I'll be sure to let you all know here, as I know more about things.
Really, not much else is going on. So, let me leave you with something random for the week. This happened yesterday and makes typing a real bitch.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
This weekend I've spent visiting with my niece who's in from college and trying to get my second story published under my pen name, Ann T. Cee. The second book in the series is out, you can see the image above. :) I'll put links to it below.
This blog won't be too long because I have too much work to get finished before the day is done. I'm in the process of writing book 3 in the Holiday Playlist series and I'm plotting the first book of a trilogy involving Greek mythology. I can't wait to tell you all more about it when it gets closer to time.
I got The Bee Keeper back from the Alpha reader, so I'm working my way through the first revisions there. Part 3 is with the first Critique Partner. We're still really good there. :) I'm still working on plotting my fantasy trilogy.
This weekend it has been about editing other's works and getting Hello Again out on the market.
For those of you who would like to find both Stay with Me and Hello Again (both of the Holiday Playlist Series) follow the links below.
Stay with Me (Holiday Playlist Book 1) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0SZ7GZ
Hello Again (Holiday Playlist Book 2) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU6ID1Y/
This website is a one stop shop for me. It's a stop for all books Tracy D. Vincent as well as Ann T. Cee. It's also the place where you can find information about my editing services. I'm going to make use of this blog for my editing service as well as my writing.
This will be a monthly series about publishing your book involving the parts leading up to the editing process, as well as the editing process. Please note that all of this is my opinion. This is based on my experience, but on the whole, it's still my opinion.
So, you've written your first draft of your awesome novel. You want to get it published so what do you do now?
The first thing you should do is to put it away for at least a few days. This will give your brain time to wind down from the world you just created. Then you really should go back over your manuscript and revise any glaring inconsistencies or developmental problems, or even spelling errors that you miss. This is also a nice time to hit up the freeware version of Grammerly. Even as an editor, I wholeheartedly appreciate Grammerly. I won't use it on my client's work, but I do use it on my one before sending it out. Some editors will use it. (I just don't understand paying someone to use a program that I myself can use. But that's just me. I'm not saying that they're wrong, it's just not something I feel comfortable doing.)
Once you've revised your story, you can either send it straight to a content/development editor or you can send it on to an alpha reader or a set of beta readers. For my short work, I send it on to beta readers. For my longer more complicated works, I have an amazing alpha reader that I use. But first, before I get all confusing, let me explain the process.
LONG COMPLICATED STORIES/SERIES:
If the work is long and filled with a LOT of story-arcs, I will hit up an alpha reader who has NO clue what she's getting. She doesn't even know the genre. She just knows that I'm sending her something new and it's quite possibly going to be pretty rough. There's a reason for her not knowing anything. I want her RAW opinion. If something doesn't work, I want to know. I don't want her to have any preconceived notions of how something SHOULD be vs how it is. I want her to request information if she needs it, and I want her to tell me that I've over-informed if I've done that. She is THE closest thing to a reader that you'll have. Everyone else will have some idea of the story and the plot before going into it.
This person needs to be BRUTAL. You HAVE to have a thick skin and be willing to have your literary baby ripped to shreds and handed back to you in a pile with the words, "This manuscript needs a metric TON of work to be done." Then their commentary and highlights dotted throughout. THIS is good. THIS is desired. If your Alpha reader can't do that, then they aren't doing you any favours. NONE. They've failed you and you've failed yourself by keeping them as your Alpha.
After your alpha has destroyed it and your hope in humanity, and you've revised it, and bled some more into it. You really should hand it off to at least one Critique Partner. THIS is someone who has more experience than you or is at least strong in an area that you're weak in. If you have pacing issues, THIS person should be able to write well-paced books in their sleep. If you lack environmental descriptions, this person should be able to weave a world you can see.
This person will help you with the more technical aspect of your writing. This person will help you fine tune your writing and your book.
SHORTER STORIES/STANDALONES/EXPERIENCED AUTHORS:
Next, will be beta readers. The Beta readers should really be much like the Alpha reader. They should be brutal and they should catch inconsistencies and they'll definitely be your gauge of how the public will respond to your story. And like your alpha if they don't have any sort of criticism then they need to go. It's nothing against them, but they don't do you, the writer, any favours. Because if you have a bunch of "Yes'm" beta readers and you're hiring an editor to go over content/development as well as line edit, they WILL be brutal. We get PAID to make your book the best possible book that it can be when it goes out. This includes content (if that's part of the contract). And depending on your editor, that might be the ONLY pass you'll get out of them. That would MASSIVELY suck if that were the case because you'll have lots of revisions to do and no more passes unless you wanted to pay them again or pay someone else to edit the newer/altered material.
As a fan and avid reader, I've done Beta reading before. I was nervous and upset that I would hurt the author's feelings, I fretted and hemmed and hawed and eventually gave back my notes. And honestly, the author never said anything. I wasn't the only Beta and she made a blanket post about how we've really helped her out. As an author, though, it really hurts my heart to have my work critiqued, it really is for the best. These people who are helping out, are doing just that. Helping. Their goal is to help YOU make the best work possible. And as an editor, I can tell you, there's a world of difference in getting a well critiqued work, and a poorly critiqued one. It maximizes each pass that I take with story, because I can focus on the finer things in the story, and I can help the author polish it off. When I'm dealing with a poorly critqued one, the first pass is really a bunch of revision suggestions with very little content editing. And if the revision requests are numerous, then a second content/development pass is required. And I either do it out of the kindness of my heart, OR I use it as the second pass, and then they get a potentially less than stellar proofread/line edit third pass.
Happy Saturday one and all. I do apologize for not writing in here last weekend. I was doing something daring (well, for me anyway!) I wrote a complete novelette last weekend. Actually, I wrote it all in one day. That's approximately 14k in one day. My brain was too fried to do much else.
I have several things today to report on, if you'll notice above there is a new page. Ann T. Cee is my pen name. :) Under that name all romance titles will go. Those romance fans are a almost fanatical about their happy ever afters, and generally, as a rule of thumb, I don't write those. So, all my sci-fi, fantasy, and horror-esque stories will still be under my Tracy D Vincent name, all my romance and squishy stuff will be under the Ann T Cee name.
This being said, I'll have a story published under Ann T Cee on the 20th of this month. Just in time for Christmas. Which is just as well, since it is a Christmas themed story. This will be the first book in a serial called "Holiday Playlist". The second book will be released on 1/Jan/2017 and expect one a month on the first of the month. Then in December I'll compile all the stories together and write one last story. This last one will be available in print. The rest are going to be ebook only.
Onto news from Tracy D. Vincent, The Bee Keeper. Something I've been working on since March, is now completely 100% with the alpha reader. She's promising to have it back to me by the end of next week. Which means more revisions before shuffling it on to the critique partners. Don't forget it will be published in April. I cannot wait until you all get a chance to read this. This book is my baby.
I hope this first weekend of December finds you all hale and hearty. I also hope that it finds you relatively stress free. It's hard to find that sort of peacefullness this time of year with all of the shopping and rudeness that people in general project out there. I try my best to avoid it at all costs. I fail, but I try.
There's not been a whole lot going on. I finished my first round of revisions on The Bee Keeper and have sent it all off to the alpha reader. :) Once I get it back from her, I'll revise again before sending it out to the first critique partner. So the writing is finished, it's a matter of tweaking it and getting it ready for the April release date. :)
Oh and I also revealed the cover. ;)
I hope you've all enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner, for all those Americans out there. Me and mine really enjoyed the time spent with family and loved ones. Over stuffing ourselves and being grateful that we have the ability to be so blessed.
This week I've been really busy with work, editing and proofreading other people's works. :) So, my own stuff has taken a back burner. I've also started working through the plotline for another story. (Yeah, I know. I know.) And I'm still working on Warmed by Fire, it's going kind of slow because it's a struggle for me.
Other than that, there's not much going on in my little world. :)
What's happening in your neck of the woods?
Well, all and sundry to my second blog installment. :) Though I missed Saturday, I still made it this weekend. I don't like scheduling these because what I wrote about a week ago, might apply today, but most likely not so much.
I'm the quintessential boring author. Truly. I wake up, let my dogs out, rub my eyes an inordinate amount of times. Field a bajillion questions from my son because the moment his eyes are open he's full of energy. I need to wake up in order to brew coffee. I kid you not, I'm more likely to brew hot water because my brain can't function well enough to remember to put actual coffee grounds in the basket. Once I get my coffee, I sit down and wade through emails and Facebook. Once my first cup is down, I open my latest manuscript and start typing. I do this until I stop. Most of the time I have a 2000 limit. But last year I struggled with 500 words. So, it's an improvement. Then I put it aside, and I start working on other people's work. This I do until pretty much bedtime. With a smattering of phone calls, errands, cooking, homework, housework, and whatever else thrown in.
This week's news though, I FINISHED The Bee Keeper! YAY! I'm not touching anything until December 1st. Then I'll replace writing with revising. I'm working on a new story in a new genre. Right now the tentative title is Warmed by Fire, but that could change at any time. This story is a writing exercise for me because it's softer and filled with humour and sweetness. Something all my other works have lacked. So we'll see if I can pull it off. I'm having so much fun with it however, I am thinking of making it a complete series. :) So we'll see.
Other than that, there's not been much going on. I'm currently drinking some hot chocolate and waking up. Have a great Sunday, y'all!
Welcome to the first edition of weekend musings with coffee. Well, neither the musing nor the coffee is new, but this blog series is. First of all, welcome to my website if you're new. If you see something you like, say so. If you see something you don't like or think needs to be changed or added, say so. All that I ask is that your criticism needs to be constructive because, most likely, I won't bother reading it if it isn't.
Anyways, onto the musings part. This past Tuesday we had an election. Some people were happy, some were not happy. Life here in Podunk hasn't changed. I'm still writing. I'm still editing. I'm still having to adult when I'm forced to. I'm glad that my husband is happy to wear the adult pants in this house.
Other musings, yesterday was Veteran's Day. I would love to take this moment to give my deepest gratitude for all the men and women who have joined up and fought and continue to fight for my rights as an American citizen. My right to vote in the election that just occurred. My right to be happy that my choice won or even my right to be disappointed if my choice lost. Thank you all from the deepest recesses of my lil' pea pickin' heart.
If you don't follow me on Facebook, you have no idea that I am doing NaNoWriMo. I'm finishing up The Bee Keeper. It's coming along rather well. I'm on the next to last part. So I have approximately 15k words left to write. I've hit official NOVEL status last week. :) I'm quite excited over that. I also received my cover and set my release date for it. :) The release date is set for April 21st. I'll be sure to keep you all updated on it.
I'm not just writing The Bee Keeper. I have a romance called Warmed by Fire. As of right now, it's a writing exercise, but I'm really enjoying it, so I might just end up publishing it. I'm also going to expand my Collateral Damages shorts to make them into novellas. I am debating on publishing them as a duo or as a single book with the two stories in it. Decisions. Decisions.
Anyway, I'm out. Writing isn't my day job. I edit other's work for a living, and I must try to eek one of those out.