Some Really Good News

@just4him (88884)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
November 25, 2015 4:03pm CST
I can use some of that about now, what about you? I had an appointment with a couple of editors this afternoon. We talked about what to do with the books already published, and decided that editing isn't necessary. They both said I did very well with the story and I'm a good writer. So we're not going to do anything regarding editing, however they are going to help me get it marketed with their imprint on the book. The fantastic news is it won't cost me an arm and a leg. They are affordable and won't break my bank. We talked copyright and book covers, so the three published books will go through a second edition. We'll be starting with the first one - Scarred and follow it up with the other two several months later each. Putting out one book every few months. What I'm going to do is go through them again and look for any typos, as I know there are a few in each book, not serious, but I want to clear those up. What I need to do is contact the publishing house for Scarred and make certain I can keep the title and find out about the book cover. If I can't keep the book cover, then I have another picture we can use that is similar to the present book cover. The book covers for the other two books will get a makeover, which I'm looking forward to very much. They will be e-mailing me a contract in the next few days. I'm looking forward to getting seen in the marketplace and selling books. Since editing does cost a lot, 2 cents a word, and my word count is well over 150K, it could cost over $1500 just for editing. I will do the editing myself for my books. So that's my good news - what's yours?
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Nov 15
that's awesome! and um.... the fence is done.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
Thanks. Great! I'm glad you were able to get it taken care of. Were you able to get it taken care of through your homeowners insurance?
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• Centralia, Missouri
26 Nov 15
@just4him no, but I have the receipts, and I need to file, just so it counts against the deductable, then again, it is late november, prob no point, lol
@KristenH (19783)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
25 Nov 15
Lucky you! I wish I can afford editing. Self-editing is so daunting. I did enter a full ms edit giveaway this week and hope I'm the lucky one. My ms is about 106 K right now. The good news for me is that I've finished my partial R&R and send it out to an agent this afternoon, hoping it gets upgraded to a full.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
I hope it works out for you.
@KristenH (19783)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
26 Nov 15
@just4him Thanks Valerie.
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@slund2041 (3495)
• United States
26 Nov 15
Congratulations on getting yourself a good deal there. It does cost a lot to hire the editing out. I know you must be thrilled with that news. I am so happy for you.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
Thank you. Their comments about the editing of the books, was music to my ears.
@Susan2015 (18289)
• United States
25 Nov 15
It sounds like you have it all worked out. That's great news.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
I'm very happy with the way things turned out.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
25 Nov 15
Sounds like a good dose of good news for you.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
It is and I'm very happy.
@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov 15
That must be satisfying to know that the editors don't think that they need to do any actual editing. You must have done a pretty good job.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
They said there were a few punctuation problems, but nothing glaring, so not necessary. They were overall pleased with the books which made me happy. They told me the developmental and content edit was totally unnecessary as I did a very good job with the story. So I'm excited to get moving ahead once again.
@allknowing (55098)
• India
26 Nov 15
What are those books about. That must be a lot of work and where do you get the time. Happy that all is going well with them.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
I write Christian fiction. The series I'm working on is Historical set in the 1700s. Each of the four books follows a generation of the same family. I'm currently working on the fourth novel. When I'm not blogging, I'm writing. I'm retired so my time is my own. Though even when I was working I was always writing when I was home - you could say I don't have a life since I'm always on the computer.
@allknowing (55098)
• India
26 Nov 15
@just4him One must have the tenacity to continue with one's pursuits and there you are truly blessed
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Nov 15
@allknowing Thank you. I work on my manuscripts as much as I can. Right now with the computer problems I'm having, everything is on hold.
@BelleStarr (30999)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Nov 15
As an editor I need to tell you that editing your own work is not a good idea. You need another set of eyes. Do you have a friend who could help you? Congratulations though that is great news.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
Not anymore at the moment. I had a friend who read my books but her husband took a great disliking to me and ended any kind of association between us. What I could do is ask someone in the Writer's Guild to read my last one for me when I'm ready.
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@BelleStarr (30999)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Nov 15
@just4him I think that is a good idea, I always see what I meant to say not what actually said in my own pieces. Happy Thanksgiving. I am sorry about your friend but I can't imagine letting my husband tell me who my friends can be.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
@BelleStarr I know, it was a real blow to me, and I heard through a mutual friend that she would still like to be friends but her husband would have a fit.
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@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
26 Nov 15
That really is exciting news Valerie. Well done. At the moment I'm preparing an extended extract for consideration by an editor I've spoken to , she'll then decide whether we're the right mix together. It's important we're both on the same track when it comes to social history.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Nov 15
I hope it all works out and you get some great information for your book.
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@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
27 Nov 15
@just4him fortunately I have access to the Council minute books, the old newspapers and the swimming club archives. It makes my job enjoyable.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov 15
@valmnz I'm sure it does. That's valuable research and I'm sure quite interesting.
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@totobasso (348)
• Canada
26 Nov 15
I'm happy for you, especially since you can save a lot of money by doing the editing yourself.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Nov 15
That is a big plus especially at two cents a word. By the way - Welcome to myLot.
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• Midland, Michigan
26 Nov 15
Who published your books the first time? This is great news that you've able to get them reprinted so easily and inexpensively. I've done some editing for 4RV, but I'm taking time off as my husband is supposed to be finishing deleting many words on his book, but hasn't finished it yet. If you need another pair of eyes, I might be able to help some this winter. I've worked for the other place for royalties, and not gotten anything as yet, so I don't charge the norm.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
Thank you for your offer. WestBow Press published Scarred, and I published through CreateSpace for Manifest Destiny and Stowaway. All self-published. I do need to call WestBow to find out about the title and cover. I really don't want to change the title going into a second edition. I'll do all that after the holidays. I still need to finish writing the fourth and that will be a lot of work and a ton more research to keep things accurate and authentic. I'm going to ask someone from my writer's group to read.
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@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
26 Nov 15
Wow, that a great news for you. Good luck on your second edition.
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
Thank you. I'm excited and I don't even have the fourth finished yet.
@Juliaacv (22012)
• Canada
26 Nov 15
That is wonderful!
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
Thank you. They are an editing team I met at the Write's Fair a couple weeks ago. It's great they're local.
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@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
26 Nov 15
Wow , that's a good news indeed . Congratulations ! Imagine , having a book published soon .
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@just4him (88884)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 15
The books are already published. They're going through a second edition and a face lift - new covers.