The River Runs Red … by Darla Luke
Ever hear the adage “It takes a village to raise a child”? The same goes ten-fold for a writer. We have fragile egos, but we’re not unreasonable. We just want to be told we’re brilliant, here’s a million bucks for all your hard work and toil … go write another superb book.
*Sigh* If it were only that easy, we’d all be rich.
The first two cold readers made insightful comments that made me think about my story in a different light (and you know who you are GF & SIL!).
A good friend of SJP finished editing a short story for me this week. I’ll not mention names, she knows who she is (LK, LOL!). She’s the third set of eyes on my manuscript, so I didn’t expect her to find much past the occasional misused word – heel instead of heal, their instead of they’re, you used ‘just’ 567 times, etc. Let’s just say – if the red virtual ink she used was a river, the valleys would have flooded!
The funny thing is, I got excited as I read her corrections and suggestions. She fixed weird, convoluted sentences I couldn’t. Showed when punctuation goes inside the quotation marks (if the punctuation in the quote above is wrong, forgive me, I tried to put the question mark on the inside of the quote and it looked wrong to me). Asked stuff like, what’s the name of the town Ali (my heroine) lives in?
What do you mean I didn’t mention where she lives, it’s right he– Hmmmm. Three chapters later and I still hadn’t given the town a name. There goes my gold star for being brilliant.
Being a former teacher, our friend knows all those pesky little rules in English class that I couldn’t be bothered to memorize in high school – they were stupid and who uses those things anyway? (Really, let’s face it … the farthest thing from my mind in high school was that someday all the predicates and noun-verb combos would be important to me umpteen years later!). Yeah, wish I would have paid attention to Mrs. Goraske when she tried to teach a bunch of hormonal 16 & 17-year-olds. If I’d only known then …
Self-published authors are at a disadvantage if they don’t have an English degree, plus a marketing degree, plus a publicity guru on speed-dial. Without stellar editing, a story doesn’t shine like a polished gem or rise to the top like rich cream.
That’s my goal. To have a polished story that takes a reader away from their life for a little while.
If you read Cassiel Knight’s blog this week, she gave HUGE tips on how to keep your editor happy, if you’re lucky enough to work with one … they went to school to learn those pesky rules.
Everybody thinks they know what they’ll be doing for the rest of their life after high school, some even have a path laid out (as laughable as that sounds now!). Mrs. Goraske would shutter to think that I ended up as a writer.
And because I couldn’t use this picture as part of my story, I’m sharing the view outside my kitchen window …
Here are the self-published books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through Sunday 8-26-12*:
While It Lasts by Abbi Glines (Amazon Digital Services). This week #31 (last week #38) $3.99
Taken by Kelli Maine (B&N PubIt!). This week #34 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
Softly at Sunrise by Maya Banks (Amazon Digital Services). This week #45 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
For His Forever by Kelly Favor (B&N PubIt!). This week #86 (last week #196) $2.99
Easy by Tammara Webber (Amazon Digital Services). This week #107 (last week #143) $3.99
Sarah’s Surrender by Lynda Chance (B&N PubIt!). This week #121 (last week #59) $2.99
Rising Storm by Kathleen Brooks (B&N PubIt!). This week #130 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
For His Pleasure by Kelly Favor (B.N. Digital Publishing, Inc.). This week #138 (last week #125) $0.99
Because of Low by Abbi Glines (Amazon Digital Services). This week #139 (last week #265) $2.99
Weekends Required by Sydney Landon (B&N PubIt!). This week #142 (last week #107) $2.99
*I’m human and do make mistakes (a shock to my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.
Posted on August 31, 2012, in General and tagged best selling books, books, Darla Luke, print publishers, publishing, readers, reading, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, traditional publishing, USA today best seller list, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.