Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Review from Passion For Pages

Passion For Pages: Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan


Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan


Ghostwriter

Titile: Ghostwriter
Author: Lissa Bryan
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):

Newly single, unemployed, and with her savings dwindling to an all-time low, Sara thinks things are finally looking up when she lands a job ghostwriting a popular politician’s biography, and rents the affordable island home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925. Strange things begin to happen as objects break, go missing, and terrifying visions appear, making Sara wonder if Seth ever left, or if she is slowly losing her mind. She gets no answers from his family who closely guards the secret of his disappearance. Through an old trunk of letters Sara discovers in the attic of her seaside cottage, Sara unravels the mystery and becomes caught up in a tale of greed, lost love, and the horrors of WWI. Will she be the one to break the “Fortner Curse” by helping Seth conquer his demons, and heal both of their hearts in the process?

                                 Review


Move over vampires and werewolves, I’m in love with a ghost.

I said in my latest post that I’ve been in a reading funk. It doesn’t matter how good the books have been I just haven’t been able to get into them. Almost two weeks ago I received the ARC ofGhostwriter but haven’t had the heart to read it. Today I finally decided to take a peek at it. Now I only have one question. 

Why did I wait this long?

I read this book cover to cover in just a couple of hours. I couldn’t put it down, and when I had to put it down (blasted children and pets!) I needed to pick it right back up again so I wasn’t left wondering what happened next.

Ms. Bryan weaves a wonderfully creative tale of a lonely woman and a ghost haunted by his past.
I fell in love with Seth from the second he stopped trying to scare Sara off—actually I might have started falling for him a little before that. His story is so romantically sad that my heart hurt while reading his story through his old letters. I hated the way he was taken advantage of while he was living, how everyone in his life expected so much from him but didn’t want anything to do with him. It pained me to read how in love with Marcella he was and have it destroyed by the terrible things he witnessed in the war.

Sara, while a somewhat plain character, was enjoyable to read. There wasn’t anything about her that you could dislike. I liked how she grew a backbone and faced off with her ex and put her mother in her place. 
The love story that develops between her and Seth is both beautiful and heartbreaking. You fear what will happen when it all comes to an end. How can a relationship work between a human and ghost? How will she ever be able to leave him? How will he feel once he’s once again left with only his nightmares as he wanders the island that he loves so much? All those questions flew through my mind as I devoured this book. Not to worry though, you do get your answers.

It was the character of Ginny that surprised me the most. Ms. Bryan did an excellent job of throwing in that little twist.

If this debut novel is any indication of what’s to come from Lissa Bryan, I think we’re the lucky ones to have found another great author.   
  
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

On the Passing of Neil Armstrong


High Flight 


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space...
...put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

--by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

My Tribute to a Hero
Neil Armstrong



By now, everyone must know that Neil died today. He was eighty-two. Can you believe it? I can still remember where I was when he took those first steps on the surface of the moon. I was at camp, yeah, a camp for blind kids in California. The camp directors had gone and rented two TV’s for the event, and they said they got some funny looks from the store when the sales people heard they were renting it for a camp full of blind kids. But we were there, spellbound, listening with all our might for those first words from another world.
I was just about twelve at that time, and my head and heart were all caught up in the Beatles, Credence Clearwater Revival, wishing I was old enough to protest the war in Vietnam, peace signs and incense. and, starting junior high! I wasn’t completely wrapped up in the space program back then, except to marvel at what they had done. Wow, Man, someone had walked on the moon! Far Out!!! “really far out” as my dad would have teased.
I became interested in the space program about fifteen or twenty years ago. I’ve read all I can get my hands on, own the movies, and as I said earlier today, Apollo 13 is one of my favorite movies. It’s in the top five actually. And now I wonder, when did we lose it, humankind’s love of exploration? Will we never venture farther than earth orbit again? Is there anyone to dream big enough to start the movement back to space? Will I die before that happens? Now that I’m old enough and fascinated enough to be eager for it, where are those who will dream the dream, those who will make it happen and those who will go? Where are the leaders who will put their hearts and effort behind it?
For one moment in time, the entire world was united in wonder, as Neil Armstrong talked about small steps and giant leaps. What will unite us again? In wonder and excitement, not in sorrow and dismay?
Where do I sign up? If they want fifty-four-year-old, blind with other disabilities volunteers, where do I sign up? Beam me up, Scotty, I want to go! Even if it’s just from the comfort of my living room and my imagination.
I think I’ll take a break from my marathon of old west wing episodes and have a star trek marathon tonight in honor of Neil Armstrong and all the real heroes of space.
God speed Neil Armstrong.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

New Review of "Ghostwriter"



Cherie
's review 
Aug 24, 12

5 of 5 stars false
Read from August 22 to 24, 2012

I am currently giving this novel a 4 out of 5 stars only because I haven't finished it yet. And I am enjoying reading it so much that I get sulky and put-upon when I have to stop. Will record a full review later

UPDATED:

I will begin this review by stating that I have read Lissa Bryan previous to her debut novel, Ghostwriter. Ms. Bryan has her roots in Twilight fan fiction, and while some readers may arch their eyebrows at that admission, I would like to respectfully remind them of the meteoric success of another fan fiction series, the much touted Fifty Shades trilogy. So having started in that realm should not automatically convey disdain.

However, I am not saying Lissa Bryan is the same calibre of author as E. L. James. Far from it.

Bryan is vastly superior.

*** *** ***

When I read Bryan's work in fan fiction, I was struck by her mastery of story-telling craft. I remember vividly thinking that if she would change the names of the characters and replace them with non-branded Twilight names, I would still be as hooked as I was when I first ventured into her imaginary world. Then I read another of her stories. And another.

Names notwithstanding, her plots were original. Fresh. After having read so very much fiction throughout my life, very little catches me by surprise. Many climax twists are either obvious from the outset or worse, deus ex machina that insults the reader's intelligence. I was delighted beyond words to be caught out, as it were, when enjoying her works.

With this background, I was keenly interested in reading Bryan's "original" work beyond the fan fiction genre. When the opportunity arose to obtain an ARC (Advance Reader's Copy), I jumped on it.

Ghostwriter is a wonderful read. I have always been more interested in the quality of the story instead of the presentation, so I was delighted to catch throw-away references to classical myth as well as classic literature. At first, I was curious how she would somehow link Greek gods with a very modern world. Then I was thrilled to see how it was a trope for the story in itself: how to live in the world when your culture has passed you by...how hubris can present itself to modern man in the same guises as it did to Aeneas, or Odysseus. How can the faults and sins of past generations still resonate and affect descendants decades later?

I did not see the ending that was wrapped up and gifted to the reader. As I continued reading, I found myself asking questions: how could the relationship between a modern woman with a man from another era possibly end well? I had a few ideas that kept presenting itself as the plot unfolded, and not one of my guesses proved correct. (I am grateful for this as her ending was way superior to my cliched imaginings.)

If you are looking for a novel that will charm and entertain you, I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.

Thank you for reading.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Ghostwriter" is Off to the Printers!

I'm experiencing a mixture of emotions right now. I gave final approval to Ghostwriter's layout, formatting and cover today, so now it's off to the printer.

I feel relieved that it's done. I must have read it a hundred times since I typed the word I always use to end my stories: ~ Finis ~ I thought at that point, it was "done." Little did I know ...

I feel nervous about letting it go. I had to do one final read-over of the manuscript, and even at the eleventh hour (more like 11:59:59) I found a few things to tweak. No major errors, though. At least, I hope not, but as I've discovered , it's almost impossible to spot your own errors. If I had my way, I'd probably be standing in the print shop, moving around the lettering while the printer stood behind me with crossed arms and a tapping foot.

I feel anxious about the reaction it will get from readers. So far, the reviewers have been extremely kind. I suppose, in a way, it's like sending your child off to school for the first time. You're excited, but anxious about what their experience will be. You're proud, but still want to protect "your baby." And just a little bit sentimental, because you know nothing will ever be the same. StumbleUpon

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New "Ghostwriter" Reviews

The first comes from Melinda's Books, a new book review blog.

"I'm excited to review a book by an awesome author.  This author is new to the publishing world but not new to the many fans of her stories published on a fan site.

Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan

Ghostwriter Summary:
Unemployed, with her savings dwindling, Sara Howell thinks things are looking up when she lands a ghostwriting job and rents the affordable island home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925.

Strange things happen, making Sara wonder if Seth ever left. When she finds an old trunk of Seth’s letters, she delves into a world she never imagined, filled with love and a family curse it seems only she can break.

Ghostwriter Review: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Paranormal Romance...  not something I can say I've ever given much thought to.  However, Lissa Bryan brings forth an amazing story that made my heart race, my eyes tear and my mind spin.

Sara is down on her luck, surviving on ketchup and expired pickles, when an opportunity falls into her lap.  She can live on a private island home once owned by her favorite author, Seth Fortner.  How could she let the opportunity pass her by.

What follows is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story of love, war, loss and forgiveness.  Communicating with a ghost is strange enough, but to fall in love with one...  it can happen in dreams."



The second is by Jedigirlsc

"Ghostwriter is a love story with supernatural elements. Along with the romance of two unlikely people, there is a mystery that surrounds them. There are some suspenseful scenes that make the story a page-turner. There is great character development and after reading the Ghostwriter, the reader feels that they know these people and can cheer them on. It is a well thought out story with a satisfying ending. I had read the author's other writings, so I knew that this one would also be entertaining and suspenseful. Can't wait to read her next book!"

Thanks to both of these kind reviewers!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

As One Journey Ends, Another Begins


Last night, I sent off the finalized version of Ghostwriter to my publisher. If they approve the small changes I've made, it means the book is completely finished. I'm relieved, but at the same time, nervous about it. Which makes no sense, I know.

It's the same feeling I get when I slip my key into the door after returning from vacation. I'm tired, brimming with good memories and happy about sleeping in my own bed again. But, at the same time, I know as soon as I turn that key, my vacation is over and it's time to get back to everyday life.

In this case, I'm starting a new journey. Two of them, actually. I'm going to start the promotion of Ghostwriter, which includes contests and give-aways, blog tours, a signing event at the Texas Book Festival. I'll be honest: I'm really nervous about that part because I suffer from Socially Awkward Writer Syndrome.



And I'm working on the substantive edits of my second book. These are the edits that focus on the book as a whole, making sure the characters are consistent, the plot makes sense, and addressing any continuity errors. But I'm learning a lot from the process, and I hope that my third book will go much easier if I employ everything I've learned.

If all goes well, the second book will be released in the first part of next year. It's a bit different from what I've written in the past, but I hope you guys will like it. I'm really fond of the characters in this book and I think that shines through in the text.

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Wonderful New "Ghostwriter" Review

Funmbi over at Goodreads wrote  a great review of Ghostwriter.


** spoiler alert ** I was very pleased to have received a ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. Lissa Bryan has been on my radar for some time, so when I found out about Ghostwriter, I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible. I tell you now: Bryan supersedes every single one of my expectations. She writes with such evocative and descriptive language. It's easy to place myself in the protagonist's shoes, to visualize and experience the settings, conversations, and events. I enjoy every moment of this book, and gladly give 4.5 stars.
We begin with Sara, a recently unemployed newspaper journalist. After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, she's basically living hand to mouth, unable to pay her rent. She's been offered a position to be a ghostwriter for an up and coming politician. Using the advance she receives, Sara sets out to find a more affordable apartment. By chance, luck, or fate, Sara is given the opportunity to rent a house on a private island. And even more exciting, this house used to belong to her favorite writer, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously died in 1925. Sara instantly falls in love with the house and the life she can potentially build there. One day, while exploring, she comes across new information (via letters) about Seth's life. While learning more about Seth-his marriage, his family relationships, his time in World War I-it seems Seth may have never left the island. As Seth reveals himself and his secrets to Sara through her dreams, will she be able to help him heal and move beyond this world?
I have to say I love Bryan's characterization. She gives us well formulated characters with realistic qualities, some we admire and other characters we'd rather live without (or throw over a bridge). 
I like Sara. She's kind, caring, and mild mannered. Even though she's basically starving, Sara enjoys living a simple, quiet life as a writer. From the beginning, I'm rooting for her. I want her to escape the ridiculous expectations of her mother and ex-boyfriend, finding happiness for herself.I also enjoy learning about Seth, though discovering the way her suffers-first through WWI and then at the hands of his own family-is absolutely heartbreaking. But through their relationship, both Seth and Sara confront their past horrors and support one another in overcoming the pain. They can finally let go.
To be completely honest, several times while reading, I find myself conflicted. I want so badly to enjoy the beautiful romance. But in the back of my mind, I keep trying to reconcile how, given their circumstances, Seth and Sara can be together. However, I shouldn't have been concerned because Bryan delivers us a beautiful, satisfying, and surprisingly logical ending. 
A few comments:
I enjoy the dream world Seth and Sara create together. WWI is one of my favorite time periods to study, and I can't imagine the amount of research Bryan had to do to be able to write so convincingly about it. The scenes Seth takes us to are graphic, realistic, and jarring. But there are wonderful moments too, like the speakeasy and the picnic in the park, which are also stunning in their description. Yet, again, while reading, I'm concerned! How can Sara continue to live this dream life?
From the initial meeting, I am suspicious of the Fortner family. Why are they so secretive about Seth's death? Why is Ginny so insistent that Sara live in this house? And then to find out the history of the Fortner's wealth...that century later, the family is still fighting over Seth's money...it's shameful and heartbreaking.
Seth's relationship with Marcella is so sad. It's truly unfortunate to see the the depth of Seth's love for his wife and then witness its degradation. At first, I'm very resentful and angry towards Marcella, but with Seth, I come to realize his good intentions play a part in driving her away:"...but in trying to protect her, he cut off communication with her and distanced himself."
I also enjoy watching Sara introduce Seth to new technology. One of the most poignent moments, for me, is when Seth learns there has been a second World War and several wars after it. His distress is so heart-felt when he questions the point of the first great war...all those lives lost, only for the world to have to endure conflict again and again.
Some of my favorite scenes involve the rather normal and natural progression of Seth and Sara's relationship:
- On the beach when Seth and Sara speak for the first time :)
- When Seth makes Sara blush
- Their first kiss... *sigh*
- The book inscription! "To Sara, who is poetry in motion." *cries*
- Sara wanting more intimacy, Seth trying to hold off for propriety's sake...
- Seth writing "I love you" in the sand! *cries*
- The proposal 
- The wedding
- The wedding night: "You can touch me however you like. I'm yours Seth" OOLALA! 
Even though tragedy, greed, life, death, and others' deception threaten to separate Seth and Sara, they find their happiness.
This book is truly one of a kind: an engaging plot, set in the present, yet taking us on a journey across time and place. We fall in love, worry, puzzle, fume, lament, and overcome, just as Seth and Sara do. This book is an absolute MUST READ. Dive in the first chance you get; then come find me so we can flail together.
BRAVA Lissa!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Ghostwriter" Review"

Italianbrat wrote a lovely review of Ghostwriter on her blog.


Right off I must say this book is oh so good! I guarantee you’ll love it!
Lissa opened the book with us getting to know Sara. College graduate, aspiring journalist, struggling writer, broke, bitchy mother, and jack ass ex boyfriend pretty much summed up Sara. Lissa did a wonderful job not telling us who Sara was but showing us. I was completely intrigued from the get go and found Sara to be relatable and real.
Approximately 37 pages in and the story changed a bit. It seemed her luck changed and it was looking up.
Then honestly I felt like I was reading a thriller and it was hair raising. I was literally scared for a few pages. It was amazing how she could bring that fear on to the pages with her wonderful use of words.
Then it turned into an amazing love story… and not the one you might think of that is played during the horror. I don’t want to give spoilers, but when you read it you’ll know what I mean.
It was far from unpredictable. So many times I was left thinking how it was going to work. Quickly we’re on board with the love interests, but doubt was always niggling in the back of mind… I wondered how Lissa could pull off falling in love with a ghost.
Ah, but leave it to this wonderful author to make it all work. Then I thought… okay it worked so it should be over, right? Even though I never wanted it to end, I just figured it would have. Well, she resolved all of the issues beautifully and still surprised me with the MOST romantic ending.
I have to say that I spoke mostly about Sara, but when you meet Seth you WILL fall in love. That man was the most romantic man ever!! Honestly! He was old fashioned, tortured, sweet, generous beyond deserving, and probably the most luscious man ever.
Oh and wait until you meet Houdini!! :D
The side characters were great and well built. I found myself wanting to see them more often sometimes, and others not at all. Sara’s instinct to protect Seth was so fierce and amazing!
Lissa wrote a wonderful, intriguing story!
~NOTE:   Copy of this book is provided by The Writers Coffee Shop. Thank you. I’m not paid for writing a review -I do it because when I read a book I just love, I feel the need to share it.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Review of "Ghostwriter"




Raum and Camilla have teamed up to write a lovely review of Ghostwriter. It's posted over at Raum's delightful blog, My Reading Lounge. If you haven't checked it out yet, you're missing out on some wonderful reviews and writing advice.

Imagine you're alone in the middle of the night, snuggled on your favorite armchair, sipping a cup of tea. Which would be the ideal book to read? If your answer is “a ghost story,” or “a romance,” the perfect choice for you would be Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan.To tell you about it Camilla and Raum have joined forces. Lissa Bryan's first published novel will take you on a little island where strange things happen and where Sara Howell, the island's newest resident, will unravel secrets that had been hidden for decades.


We'd like to highlight how well Lissa Bryan's has developed her main character. Sincethe first chapter, the readers get to feel that they know Sara as if she were a friend. We can understand her worries, and we particularly admired the way Sara deals with her problems with great courage and a touch of irony. She hasn't had an easy life, but the difficulties haven't made her bitter or devoid of hope.

However, Sara is almost at the end of her tether: she's broken with her boyfriend and needs to find cheap lodging. An apparently fortuitous meeting with a realtor, a smart woman called Ginny, offers her an unique opportunity, almost too good to be true.Ginny and her brooding cousin Becca will have a role in the story.

The opportunity Sara is offered is to rent the island home of Seth Fortner – her favorite writer, a tragic and fascinating character whose untimely death remains a mystery; she goes to live on that secluded haven to write her own book.

It is a distasteful task, the biography of a politician who has fed her only empty platitudes as reference. But it has to be done: Sara has no money, and the book is her last chance of independence. Therefore, it's understandable that, tormented by continuous headaches, she lets the work she's supposed to be doing lag behind, while the figure of the house’s dead owner captures her imagination more and more every day.

Seth's and Sara's paths cross three times: the first one was when a younger Sara fell in love with Fortner's novels; the second one is when Sara discovers Seth's letters that had been hidden in the cottage's attic, and the third one...you’ll discover it through the book,albeit, since this is a ghost story, you can imagine what happens. How it happens is full of magic and wonder.

But, as the gripping back story of Seth Fortner slowly emerges, we understand that fate has brought Sara where she was meant to be, to fulfill a very unconventional, surprising but deeply satisfying destiny, one where love is capable of performing miracles.

Lissa Bryan has the rare gift to deal with themes such as forgiveness, greed, redemption, and guilt with an elegant, light touch. Mystery, romance, and thecharacters' views about war, political themes, and family are perfectly balanced. We had the opportunity to admire Lissa Bryan's talent since her previous works – she wrote some fan fictions that had been highly praised for the way she found new paths for famous characters. With her original fiction, she's showing how her talent is coming to a full bloom. You'll find yourself turning page after page of Ghostwriter and, just like Sara, you'll discover that you don't want to leave the island till the solution of ancient mysteries will be revealed.
Camilla & Raum
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

First Review of "Ghostwriter"



I think I'll always remember this as a milestone. Today, I got my first review of Ghostwriter and it was wonderful. Thanks so much to Sherry Gomes, my first reviewer.

This is the story of Sarah Howell, a struggling ghostwriter, who as the book begins has recently had a break up with her boyfriend and is struggling to write the autobiography of a politician. While searching for a new apartment, she is invited to look at the home for rent on a small island, an island where she will be the only resident. She discovers this is the actual home where her favorite author, Seth Fortner, lived and died, and she jumps at the chance to live there. She enjoys her quiet solitary life, until some strange things begin to happen.
I am addicted to stories that take place on islands. And I still love the gothic novel, stories that often take place in big lonely houses in isolated locations, so I was thrilled at the chance to read this. I just about squealed and rubbed my hands together with pure glee, when I realized we’d get to visit that house on that island. And I was not disappointed!
The first time Sarah’s picture of the famous author flies off the wall, where it had been hung securely, I almost jumped out of my seat! The series of events that follow, events which frighten Sarah but don’t push her away from the house and the island are in the best sort of ghost or gothic stories tradition. Is there a ghost in the old house, or is there a living person trying to get Sarah to leave?
This story had me spellbound, a little nervous, looking over my shoulder and listening for strange sounds and eager for the outcome. Even when I thought I’d realized what was happening, I couldn’t stop reading and wanted more. And every time I thought I knew what was coming, I didn’t. The details from Seth’s letters of his time in World War I were fascinating and added to the richness of the story. Sarah’s friendship with an unlikely character, the main relationship of the story, at first had me thinking, “What?” and then warmed and delighted me. I love stories about friendship. The strength of such a bond is one of the most interesting things to me, and if that friendship can move to love that’s the best. 
The ending both surprised me and yet I felt it was actually right for the story and the characters. 
This book is really about characters, Sarah, Seth the author, the others who come and go in her life. They are strong, well-drawn people. You come away feeling you know them and wishing you could. I wanted to be able to read Seth’s books, visit the island and punch the ex-boyfriend in the nose!
A truly wonderful story!
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Monday, August 6, 2012


Ghostwriter ARCs are ready and are being sent out now. If you would like one to review on your site or blog, please email me your contact details.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Announcement

I will be at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, October 27 and 28. If you're in the area, stop by an say hello.


They don't have the schedule of events up yet, but I know I'll be doing a signing at some point. I'll post the info as soon as I get it. StumbleUpon

Deja Vu

Right after I finished Ghostwriter, I plunged right into my second novel. I knew that there would be an editing process on the first one, but I wasn't worried. I was pretty confident the manuscript was "clean" and there would be just a few minor grammar errors here and there.

Little did I know...

Ghostwriter is now in its last stages of the process. I've signed off on it, which was a lot more difficult than I expected. As much as I thought I would be delighted to be free of editing the manuscript any more, coming to the point where it was finished and I couldn't make any further changes was daunting, especially since I found an error at the eleventh hour.

How on earth I missed it the first fifteen times, I will never know


Now, I'm starting the substantive edits on my post-apocalyptic novel. The substantive edits consist of the editor reading through the manuscript for general issues like plot holes, unanswered questions, contradictions in the plot, things that need clarification, etc.

I never knew what a bad writer I was until I wrote a book.



Long story short: it needs a lot of work. I now wish I had waited to write it until after my first book had gone through the entire process. I made a lot of the same mistakes in the second manuscript. Now that I know what to look for, I'm finding all sorts of issues and there are sections which need to be re-written.

I bit off a little bit more than I can chew. I'm putting in twelve hour days, trying to finish up projects while still keeping up with the editing process. It's  a lot of work. I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm just finding that there aren't enough hours in the day and dates on the calendar are starting to seem ominous.

Even out-of-date calendars


I had considered submitting the manuscript for my third novel before the cut-off date, but it's just not ready. I know I could have scrambled around to get it in decent-enough shape for consideration, but rushing something is rarely a good idea and I'm hoping to use the lessons I've learned in the editing process to turn over a better manuscript this time.

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