The Editor’s Blog

There are some that follow me expecting to see tips on editing here. However, this is my personal blog and is about my personal journey down the road toward publication, parenting and life in general. My editor's blog can be found at here.

Below is a list of recent posts on the Editor's Blog.

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Tip of the Day: Not all references and suggestions work for everyone.

As I said previously, there are literally mountains of books on writing out there, but the reason there are so many books about how to write is because there are literally mountains of different approaches to writing. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. This goes for all aspects of writing, including […]

Tip of the Day: Reading about writing will only get you so far.

There are literally mountains of books about writing. Some are good and some are not-so-good. However, you can’t read about writing forever. Eventually, you need to just write — and edit. There is a saying: practice makes perfect. While one can never expect to have perfect writing, the only way to truly develop your craft […]

Tip of the Day: Just staring at the screen… Take a break.

Are you just staring at the computer screen wondering what you should be doing? Is your eyesight going all fuzzy and your head feeling a little foggy? It’s time for a break. You are allowed to have an off day and just get up from that computer to do something else. Yes, it is a […]

Holidays and Moving…

The year has whizzed by so fast and I do wonder where it has all gone. I’ve looked at so many manuscripts over this past year, some of them my own, but most of them not. So many stories that I can’t wait to see out there in the big world. Now the holiday season […]

Tip of the Day: Remember who your audience is when editing…

Many people say that writers need to constantly remember who their audience is when their writing, but here’s the thing: when you’re writing, your audience is you. Those early drafts are actually for your benefit, not for anyone else. Only a select few people will ever see those early drafts; it’s the edited versions that […]

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Another Guest Blog to be Proud Off

After all the emotional downs I’ve had lately, I’ve needed a bit of a pick-me-up, and what better way than to get my name onto another guest blog. And this one I’m particularly proud of because it used my PhD knowledge, something that I haven’t taxed on in quite some time.Read More

Please, PitchWars, be kind.

Okay… So, I’ve submitted to PitchWars and now wait anxiously for the results, along with all the other hopefuls. My non-writer followers out there will likely be wondering what PitchWars is. (Some of my writer-type followers might be wondering the same.) Well, PitchWars is a writing contest run by Brenda Drake.  However, it’s a contest where successful candidates (called mentees) are mentored by an established author through an intensive editing cycle, polishing your manuscript to the nth-degree, getting it ready for the agent rounds come November.Read More

Self-doubt and Jealousy Strikes Again

I think everyone goes through these bouts when the Green-Eyed Monster and his cousin, Self-Doubt, come to town and refuse to leave. I certainly do, and on this journey toward publication, this isn’t the first time either.Read More

Kiwi in US Writing Market

I had originally written this post for a site called EpicFantasy.org. However, since the post went live back on April 25, 2016, the site has gone down. As such, I’ve decided to include the post here on my personal blog instead. So here goes:

Kiwi in US Writing Market

New Zealand… Aotearoa, as the native Maori call it — the land of the long white cloud. It’s a country filled with majestic beauty: a mountain range that spans the length of half the country; volcanic lakes and desert terrain; beaches within a few short minutes drive of any major metropolis; secluded forest bush that takes you back in time; and farmland everywhere you turn. Many settlements could be frozen in time, and with the exception of the cars driving down the street, you would never know that you were in the 21st century. New Zealand has become the film industry’s location of choice with many historic and fantasy blockbusters filmed here, including The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and the epic drama The Last Samurai. (Sorry to burst the bubble, people, but the images of Mount Fuji in that film were actually of Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont.)Read More