Editing and Remodeling … by Darla Luke
As daylight gets shorter, I thought I’d have plenty of time to research and just surf the internet looking for great stuff to tell you about. Hmm. Not so much.The day job takes a good portion of my day, then I rush home to eat dinner, and then go over to work on the house remodel we started a couple of months ago.
We plan on moving in by the end of April 2013. I can hear Nancy laughing from 70 miles away … she completely redid her house a couple of years ago after a fire in her basement, and can tell you that nothing goes as planned. Nothing. But, notice I didn’t say we would be done with the remodel, just moved in, LOL!
The house was built in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, has been remodeled several times and even the most necessary maintenance neglected for over the last 50 years. It is rough to say the least. Really, the only thing it has going for it at this point is the history. My husband grew up in this house, like his mom and grampa before him.
Like editing the first draft of a novel, remodeling a house takes planning and a lot of ‘If I take this away, it affects this other part.’ Holes in the plot need patching, motivation needs propped up and eventually shored up, then fixed permanently. Removing one sentence impacts the ending, so that needs smoothed, sanded, painted.
I’ll probably never think either project is completely finished (yes, I’m a perfectionist), but looking back, I can see the progress. And it really IS worth it.
Here are the self-published books that reached the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through the week ending Sunday 11-25-12*:
All In by Raine Miller (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #33 (last week #16) $2.99
Naked by Raine Miller (Self-published via PubIt!). This week #41 (last week #29) $2.99
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #51 (last week #27) $0.99
Fade Into You by Kate Dawes (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #79 (last week #65) $0.99
Fade Into Me by Kate Dawes (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #110 (last week #86) $0.99
Devoured by Emily Snow (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #115 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #124 (last week #96) $3.99
Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #135 (last week #95) $2.99
*I’m human and 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 November 30, 2012, in General and tagged Amazon.com, anthology, Barnes & Noble, best selling books, books, Darla Luke, House Renovation, Kindle, Nook, print publishers, publishing, readers, reading, remodeling, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, traditional publishing, USA today best seller list, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.