General Updates

Book Formatting & Entry Into Contest

Tonight I am working on re-formatting a book for my friend (Phyllis Georgina Rose) who wants to put her book (The Rose Garden)  into the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest this year. When I am finished with her book, I will be making some minor adjustments to my book, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, which I will be entering into the same contest. I am so excited about entering my book. I don’t usually enter into contests, but I found I wanted to try something different and exciting.

I’ll probably be spending the next several days working on these books, but I’d rather spend time and make them look as professional as I can. I know how professionalism make an impression on people and how they can tell if you really care about your work by how much time you spend tending to even the smallest detail. i

With that said, I best be off and get back to work. Have a good night!


General Updates


Tonight I am working on editing some posts for my husband’s blog. He has decided to develop apps for Android and is starting…well…more like continuing a blog on developing that he started several years ago. The blog doesn’t have much on it yet, but there will be plenty more to come. If you’d like to check out the blog, you can view it here. New posts will be arriving shortly.


While I am on the subject of editing, I bought this book a short while ago titled Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, by James Scott Bell. I am an Indie author and though I know I can do a fair job at editing, it wouldn’t hurt to work on tightening those editing skills. Both writing and editing go together and in order to have a well written piece, you have to keep flexing those writing and editing muscles.

Here is the Table Of Contents:

Introduction to the 2nd Edition

On Becoming a Writer


Chapter 1: A Philosophy of Self-Editing

Chapter 2: Characters

Chapter 3: Plot and Structure

Chapter 4: Point of View

Chapter 5: Scenes

Chapter 6: Dialogue

Chapter 7: Beginnings, Middles, Ends

Chapter 8: Show Vs. Tell

Chapter 9: Voice and Style

Chapter 10: Setting and Description

Chapter 11: Exposition

Chapter 12: Theme



Chapter 13: A Philosophy of Revision

Chapter 14: Before You Revise

Chapter 15: The First Read-Through

Chapter 16: Deepening

Chapter 17: The Ultimate Revision Checklist


Epilogue: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained




Whew! Sure seems like there is a lot to that book, but I cannot wait to start reading it. I may write a review of the book when I am finished.


An article written by’s Brian A. Klems titled, “HOW TO REVISE YOUR WRITING (& AWESOME EDITING SYMBOLS YOU SHOULD KNOW)” is pretty good and also gave me a laugh!

Well, I must get back to work! Night all!