Oh, the Hats You Will Wear!

Living As a Reader, Writer, and Editor

Guest Post by Sandi Layne

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When I was in Middle School—we called it Junior High, back in my day—a friend of mine told me something that has stayed with me ever since. She said she didn’t want to be a penpal with me when she moved because she thought I’d red-pen her letters.

I kid you not.

For the record, I never red-pen correspondence. Editing has just been something I’ve done without thinking about it since I was quite young. For this, we can blame thank my mother. Not only did she send me to the dictionary when I didn’t understand one of her polysyllabic utterings, but she also corrected my grammar from my earliest spoken sentences.  When I began writing for school, she combed over my paragraphs and essays and short stories (written for extra credit or contests) until my work met her high standards.

I think the first paper I remember her really getting serious about was when I was in third grade and writing an essay about Jesus. (Not for a Christian school; he was just my chosen Famous Person.) From that time until I was in grad school (working on an advanced degree in Theology, yep) my work was often shared with my mother. And often, I did not come up to snuff in her estimation. Thankfully, my teachers loved my words.

Today, people even pay to read them. It’s kind of amazing.

The Green Hat:  Reader

I have been a voracious reader most of my life—just check my bio. When I started this peculiar journey, I began by writing what I read, in a lot of ways. The thing was, I found I didn’t want to read those books anymore, because I wanted to make sure my ideas were mine from that point onward. This severely curtailed my leisure reading and I had to expand my fictional horizons.

Still, I found myself reading hyper-critically once I began writing. On the flip-side, I was also paranoid lest I inadvertently borrow a phrase or idea from another author as I wrote my own romances. Most writers I know have said to themselves (or someone else!) “Oh, I would have said that like this…”

Come on, ‘fess up. You know you have!

But I also marvel when I see how a favorite author has managed to wrap me up in their world. I am just now re-reading Under the Dome, by Stephen King, and even if his style is familiar, it works for me. I lose myself in the tension while simultaneously keeping part of my brain back and taking notes.

“See how he did that?”

Maybe, someone will read my words and think something very similar.

The Blue Hat: Writer

Being critical of someone else’s words makes me feel guilty, as a writer. It really does. Because I know my own words aren’t always the best, either, but they are what I have in my head and so I use them, you know?  I use them fully aware that my readers are like unto me and that they will be saying, “Oh, I could have said this so much better!

Still, I have been known to gloat preen over a choice phrase or two… And I find that, when I do? The phrases are not the ones that stick with my editors or readers. This both depresses and encourages me. I remind myself that some of my favorite phrases might not have been the author’s chosen jewels, either.

As a writer, I find I am more deliberate as I craft some scenes. The scenes that require me to physically get up and work them out on my living room floor, or the moments that I have to push, word by stubborn word, from a crevice in my brain to the emptiness of the screen in front of me. I try to write in a way that will make my ideal reader lose themselves in what I give them.

And while I’m writing? I’m also reading. The green hat is always on my head. It has, after all, been there longest!

The Red Hat: Editor

In many ways, this is the easiest hat for me to wear. Perhaps because I am critical by nature. Perhaps because I’ve been doing it consciously for almost forty years. Perhaps it’s just because it is vastly easier to improve someone else’s writing than to improve my own. Or all of the above!

As I write a first draft, I remind myself it is a first draft. First, meaning there will be more. I am lenient with myself as I write, but I never forget the tips and notes my editors have given me on prior works, either. Be it something as mundane as a notation from the Chicago Manual of Style or something as complicated as separating internal monologue—a valid storytelling tool—from the “telling, not showing” that writers strive to avoid, I have so many things to sort through as I let a scene spill from my imagination to the keyboard and then to the screen in front of me. My internal editor pricks my writing-conscience with reminders that can sometimes get in the way of some serious “writing mojo.”

But! I’m a professional, I remind myself. I focus, create, and then I look over what I’ve typed and tweak it with the recent editorial reminders still sharp in my head.

And then…? I move forward.  There’s a The End I’m trying to reach.

Balance or Personality Multitasking?

Picture me sitting here at my iMac at a tiny computer desk in a small room. Behind me, the Spousal Unit has a movie on the flatscreen. In other rooms, the Offspring Units are occupying themselves in that Summer Vacation, Responsibility-Free zone that occurs when duties have been completed, dinner has been eaten, and all there is left to do is relax.

(And they say they want to grow up. Ha!)

I have a novel in progress behind the window in which I am typing this post. The novel involves a real historical character and a cast of fictional folk whom I have grown to care about. I have wanted to write this book for a long time, truly.

On my Kindle, there is a list of books I am going to read as soon as The End has been achieved for this novel in progress. Due to my “No Reading Policy,” I haven’t wanted to read anything that might be remotely connected to what I’m writing. But when the first draft is done? I’m all over the novels that are waiting—I can even see the covers behind my eyes. Tempting…tempting.

I find myself writing a bit more slowly for this story. My head is full of conflicts. Not only are there the conflicts inherent in the plot, but also the way I am approaching this. My lead editor knows the series I’m writing has a certain style and I can’t really deviate from that, but I am thinking always of her comments as I write this final book in the series. How can I improve so that my manuscript will have fewer critiques from her? (If you’re reading this, E, know that this is a good thing, in my estimation. It just slows me down some!) As an editor myself (yep, people pay me to red-pen their words, too) I know how much work she puts into these comments. I’d like her not to have to work so hard on my account.

All of this is in my head with every sentence I write. The anticipation of completion, the attention to detail, the wish to improve as I go—it’s a balancing act.

I do it all joyfully. The challenge is invigorating, the results boost me with such a feeling of accomplishment that makes any effort worth it. I hope the end result is worth it for others, too.

About the Author

Sandi Layne lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons, but no pets. She writes historical fiction and contemporary inspirational romance and can be found on her website: http://sandyquill.com, twitter: http://twitter.com/sandyquill, and Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/sandi_layne  Look for her latest title, An Unexpected Woman, to be released by The Writer’s Coffee Shop on July 11, 2013. The date is also her 21st Wedding Anniversary, which she will celebrate by doing the marketing with her husband.

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On Writing: Defining Your Conflict

Conflict 101: Survival

Guest post by Stacy Teitel

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When I was in middle school, we had an assignment in our English class to read a book and give a ten-minute speech about it at the front of the classroom. *gulp*

I absolutely hated talking in front of groups of people, even small groups. I was not only socially awkward, but an extreme introvert with a side of nervousness—the kind of nervousness that makes me lightheaded. I used to think that if I stood very still, like using a reptilian defense mechanism, people’s attention would pass over me (and I could slowly back out of the room).

Sadly not. I went through with my speech because I was too afraid to ask the teacher to give me a break. So there I stood, timidly describing a teen werewolf horror and things that happened in it.

Abruptly the teacher told me my time was up.

I realized I hadn’t even gotten to the juicy parts of the book! I’d barely shaved away at the surface! As the nervous haze that caused millions of dots to appear around my vision started to clear, I asked myself “where did I go wrong?”

If you’re in a writing critique group, maybe you’ve experienced a similar situation.

You get asked, “What’s your story about?”

Well, there’s this guy and he comes home to find a group of robbers in his house and before he can call the cops, they make off with a valuable antique that has magical powers to… BAM. TIME IS UP.

Well, there’s this woman and she bumps into a handsome stranger who yells at her for being so clumsy, only to find out that he’s her boss at her new job she’s starting today… BAM. TIME IS UP.

But what is the story about? You could’ve sworn you said it somewhere. After all, you’ve been writing this book for months.

If we as writers can’t answer this question, then we can bet something is structurally wrong with our story. Even if we have an interesting protagonist, a plot with great potential, and months of research under our belts, all of those elements won’t hold together without the beating heart: conflict.

Conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. I won’t paste a dictionary definition and insult you. But that’s what it is in simple terms. When we try to apply this bare-boned definition to our stories, sometimes things get muddled. We get wrapped up in all the exciting things our characters are going to do, the obstacles they will face.

Whether you’re a pantser or plotter, just getting down the conflict in a line or two will keep you on track as you draft up your scenes.

Here’s a formula I use when I edit and analyze manuscripts. (If the author has nailed down her conflict, everything will plug in to this formula and it’s a beautiful thing.)

If [the protagonist] doesn’t [get something], [the antagonist] will [kill him].

This looks dramatic, but let me explain…

Death can be anything from basic survival, losing a job, to a broken heart. It’s whatever is at stake for the protagonist. He’s trying either to get something or to get away from something, and achieve a goal. I’m going to plug examples into this formula.

If [John] doesn’t [escape the island], [mega crocodile] will [eat him]. <– Physical death.

If [Sarah] doesn’t [earn good grades for the rest of the school year], [her parents] will [forbid her to date Kevin]. <– Emotional death.

If [Harry] doesn’t [destroy all the horcruxes], [Voldemort] will [commit genocide]. <– Genocide to magical and muggle races! 

Some of these examples are silly, but it doesn’t matter. Silly reasons are important if they’re important to your character.

But what about emotional conflict?

If [Marcy] doesn’t [confront her drug addiction], [Marcy] will [lose her husband]. <– Emotional death, with possible physical death if she doesn’t quit that crack. 

In this last example, Marcy is both the protagonist and antagonist. She is her own worst enemy and the conflict comes from within her.

So, next time someone asks us what our stories are about, we will have the conflict nailed down in our summary.

After Holly Brand saves her friend from a serial killer werewolf that’s been terrorizing her small town, Holly becomes the most popular girl in school and a local hero. But another killer is out there—the once-popular Gina, who’s going through a few howling transformations of her own. Holly tries to stop Gina’s pursuit for revenge (and bloodthirsty appetite) so she won’t become a werewolf’s next meal.

Perfect!

Now, if I could go back in time to my middle school English class…

About the Author

developmental editor apoideaeditorial.comStacy Teitel is a book editor at Apoidea Editorial, a developmental editing service to help fiction writers strengthen their manuscripts. When she’s not working with authors, you can find her copyediting and managing content for eMarketingVS. Some of her favorite things to do are watching political and crime shows, drinking good-quality coffee, and snuggling up with her Kindle. @ApoideaEdits www.apoideaeditorial.com

On Editing: You May Be Doing It Wrong

Why Your English Degree Might Not Make You an Editor

Guest post by TC Slonaker

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I am a writer.

Even with my first novel in publication, and a second on its way, I have trouble bringing myself to actually use that title. When I am reading the likes of C.S. Lewis and Harper Lee, I hardly feel worthy to share the same occupation. But I didn’t always boast this humility.

Here’s my background. In school, I was caught in the beginning of that “Let’s boost every kids’ self-esteem” movement. I won awards for my poetry and even found myself holding a pen set designated for Writer of Year, both in 8th and 12 grades. Obviously, I must have known what I was doing. I mean, hey, I placed out of having to take any composition classes in college. Even they thought I knew it all, right?

Ha.

Once I had written my first novel, I began to send it to publishers and agents in hopes of finding someone to take on my project. I expected some rejections, having heard the stories of all the greats. No one is accepted on their first query. After 19 rejections, I thought perhaps all the appropriate niches for this book were full. If I wanted to see this work in print, I might have to do it myself.

When I made the decision to self-publish, I knew my work needed to be looked over.  You know.  For the little things I may have missed like missing commas or forgotten capitals.  Because nothing is more frustrating than reading a book and finding a typo, right?

After all, how bad could it be? Remember all those writing awards I had won? In high school? Of course, high school is not my recent past.  That means it had been 20 years since I was a student of English. But the language hadn’t changed any, so I was sure I was fine.

I had even been a teacher of English – as high as 6th grade, mind you.  And all that stuff was still pretty familiar. I have to correct my own kids’ work regularly too. Many people even hate me for constantly reminding them of which “your” is needed.

So I formed a group of my friends to be “betas” and tasked them with finding my little typos. They hadn’t gone very far when, I am convinced, God sat upon His throne, shaking His head, saying, “Oh no.  She’s really going to do it.  She is going to try to represent me with a book that looks like that.”

Harsh, you say? I wish I could show you the compilation of edits made to the very first chapter of my “masterpiece.” The work I had pored over.  And over. And over again.  I’m telling you, I read that book so much, I was even getting sick of it myself.

I wasn’t going to catch my mistakes, because I didn’t know what I was doing wrong.

So, God set the wheels in motion, stopping me from my adventure into self-publication and finding a publisher willing to work with me. Since I had been nervous diving into publishing my book with no knowledge of the publishing world whatsoever, I jumped at the chance to have a professional do it for me.

After all the contract signing, copyrighting, and other business about which I was clueless, was finished, I leaped into the next phase of editing.

O. M. Gosh. I felt like a first grader, who just learned to read, being taught (patiently) all the rules of composition that I either never knew or was choosing to ignore for the sake of voice. (I learned later that voice didn’t have to break rules and look ugly.  There were better ways to achieve it.)

My editor taught me what felt like years’ worth of proper grammar, syntax, style, and story-telling. I wish I could list it all! Actually, I have been compiling a list of my biggest mistakes.  I use it as a check-off list as I proofread my other novels. It is an on-going list, because sadly, I know there is plenty more to learn.

The result was a book that I was not embarrassed to sell. I probably wouldn’t have been embarrassed to sell it before the editing, but I should have been!

Okay, fellow writers, what are you taking away from this? I’m not putting you down if you have selected the self-publishing route, especially if that was the way you wanted to go in the first place.  However, if you are only self-publishing because your work has been rejected numerous times by traditional publishers and agents, I would suggest looking into finding a professional editor.  A publisher might be too busy to tell you that his pet peeve is when someone starts a sentence off with the word, “But,” but an editor will fix it so you can experience a valued look from the publisher.

I haven’t made it as an author, if “making it” counts as selling more than 13 books. So, my opinion might not matter all that much. But as a reader, I will tell you that I do not want to waste my time on a book that is not well-written.  Please give it your best.

Tracy enjoys her life as a wife and mother of three in just outside Reading, PA. She still has a soft spot for kids and an eagerness to use her degrees in Elementary Education by using them as Director of Christian Education at her non-denominational Christian church. She has also learned to love running, and has not given up her childhood fondness of sports (playing softball and watching football). She gives thanks to the Lord for all His good gifts. Visit her website, follow her on Twitter and Facebook, and connect with her on Goodreads. You can find her book for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the Martin Sisters Publishing website.

On Editing: This Is Soooooo Important, Guys

NaNooooooooooo!

Guest post by ML Gammella

The importance of editing

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November is such a great time.

Then… December happens, which makes me want to scream and shout, so instead I’ll rant *cough* express my opinion here.

I love NaNoWriMo and think it is an absolutely great program.  It brings so many novice and experienced writers together for one common goal. There is so much love and support to get the sometimes elusive 50,000 words.  We all write together during word sprints, write-ins, Skype calls, whatever works to get to the finish line, all while helping and encouraging one another.

For some, NaNo is just something fun to do to see if he or she can actually write 50,000 words in a month. For others, this is a step toward a writing career or a continuation of a writing career. My rant is geared at those people, like myself, who hope and dream of seeing the words they create released to the masses as published authors.

We all know that what we write during NaNo isn’t ready, not by far, for public dissemination. It is hastily written with grammar rules thrown to the wayside, all in an effort to drill away to 50,000 words. It is the time after NaNo that we are supposed to go through and heavily prune those hastily written words to mine the gold that lies within.

That time starts in December, and for most, last for many months (even years!) afterward. We madly delve into our stories, crying over awesome scenes that need to be cut to keep the integrity of the story or to eliminate unnecessary plot holes. Slowly, the story begins to take shape, and yet, still, our stories aren’t perfect.

Yet, around this time of mid-December to January, I start to see announcements by my fellow Nano writers that their self-published novels are available for purchase on Amazon, Smashwords, Createspace, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Wait, what? So quickly?

I have nothing against self-publishing, but I have read MANY a self-published novel and wished I hadn’t. The author was in such a rush to publish that he or she didn’t take their time to make sure it was edited properly. Now, I’m not just talking about grammar issues, but content ones as well. I can overlook a few grammar mistakes, but content or continuity errors create problems. You can get lost in plot holes big enough for my truck-driving husband to drive his 53’ tractor trailer through.  No joke.

There are some really great stories out there, written by some really talented writers, but those stories are lost due to lack of editing (or lack of good editing), whether it be strictly grammar/structure or also content.

I cannot comprehend why anyone who wants to be a serious published author would even remotely consider releasing a book without proper editing.

Proper editing is just not having your friend read it and mark it up (even if your friend is an editor by trade or is a teacher or someone that is ‘in the business’). Proper editing is not just having a trusted beta reader (or readers) look through it and mark it up. Those are steps to proper editing but should not, should NEVER, be the last step before a book is published. Your friend will not be as honest with you as he or she should be, even if they swear that he or she will be brutally honest. It just doesn’t work that way. Beta readers are awesome resources, but they tend to catch the content issues, not the structure or grammar problems.

Proper editing involves hiring a third party, a professional editor, to thoroughly read through your book. Yes, professional editors can be expensive. So can cars. Shop around. You don’t buy the first car you see, do you? Treat editors the same way. Talk to them, find out their prices, their turnaround time. Develop a rapport. A great editor is worth his or her weight in gold.

I can’t say this enough. If you are a writer and you want to be taken seriously, if you want your books to be enjoyed, and if you want to make a career out of writing…

HIRE AN EDITOR.

I was amazed to see fellow Nano writers proudly proclaim that their book was published and ready for purchase.  Wait – the book you just banged out in 30 days with no concern on grammar or editing, you only took a few weeks or a month to edit and you think it’s ready?

It’s practices like this that make readers hesitant to buy self-published books. I’m a reader and a writer, and I will no longer buy self-published books unless they are referred to me by someone else besides the author. I have bought or read too many and have been horrified over the lack of care taken. If you won’t take your work seriously, why should I waste my time reading it?

Have respect for yourself and your writing and have your work professionally edited. Your readers will appreciate it.

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M L Gammella has been writing on and off since high school, where she was often found scribbling in her notebook instead of following along in class. She finally made the leap to make writing a paying career and began freelancing after being laid off. M L Gammella lives in Ohio with her husband and their three pets. She is currently working on her first novel, a paranormal suspense based in Maine. You can follow her on Twitter@MLGammella.

On Editing: What Exactly Does a Developmental Editor DO?

What Happens the Morning After?

Guest post by Stacy Teitel

Developmental Editing

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Revision. That word is not music to every writer’s ears.

But I love it. LOVE. IT.

I revise extensively in my own writing, and as a developmental editor I help writers strengthen their manuscripts.

You, the writer, fell in lust with your story, although you can’t remember why as you look at the tangled, messy draft before you. It’s like the morning after a hot one-night stand, and the person snoring next to you isn’t as good looking as your vodka-induced brain had thought.

Well, now you have to shower, brush your teeth, and put on your big girl (or boy) pants. Then you call your developmental editor.

I answer my phone; don’t worry.

Because let’s face it—revising can be overwhelming. The word count goal is suddenly replaced with The Goal. And sometimes, the thought of revision is enough to make you crawl back to what’s-his-name from last night and convince yourself you could overlook all those bothersome things and fall in lust all over again.

As they say, write drunk but edit sober. It’s time to put away the vodka.

A developmental editor assists writers in revision, comes up with fresh ideas, and offers specific solutions. In addition to editing, my goal is to help writers get focused and organized, to a level where they can feel good about sitting down to revise so it’s not so daunting.

These are some of the tasks I do to a writer’s manuscript (and ones writers can use too):

  • Organize content to make sure plot points line up and are timed well within the structure (acts, moments of no turning back, final battles, etc.), identify gaps and loose ends, condense info dumps and look for ways to apply information in more useful contexts.
  • Ensure the conflict (opposing forces) is strong, and that the hero and antagonist have motivations.
  • Analyze characters for consistency and find opportunities to further develop traits, habits, reasoning, thoughts, and actions.
  • Check the pace and correct areas that may bore or confuse readers. This can be anywhere from heightening tension in a conversation to adjusting the timing of action moments and scenes for plausibility.
  • Look for areas to layer more setting detail and description to help ground readers, or to condense backstory and info dumps. This includes expanding on descriptions, helping descriptions work harder to reveal more information than what’s on the surface.

Additionally, make sure every scene has a purpose and that the end of chapters keep readers turning the page.

I’ve seen many a first draft, and when I work with writers, I want to get the best out of them, no matter what purpose they’re writing for.

Revision is only part of a writer’s journey, (or a necessary evil, if you prefer). But don’t you just love falling in lust love again? A final draft is something to hum about.

I’m always interested in how writers revise, how they tackle levels of revision, and who they rely on in their process.

So, how do you feel about revision? I love hearing from writers!

Also, I’m collecting feedback to keep myself informed about what writers struggle with the most in their work. If you would like to answer a few questions about writing and editing, you can fill out this form anonymously.

Stacy Teitel is an editor at Apoidea Editorial, a developmental editing service to help fiction writers strengthen their manuscripts. When she’s not working with authors, you can find her copyediting and managing content for eMarketingVS. Some of her favorite things to do are watching political and crime shows, drinking good-quality coffee, and snuggling up with her Kindle. Follow her on Twitter @ApoideaEdits or visit her website.

J to tha M: What We’re Reading (Or Not Reading)

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J: So you read a lot more than I do
a LOT
convince me to buy something

M: Last week I finished Kate SeRine’s The Better To See You, Sandi Layne’s Eire’s Captive Moon, and Sarah Grimm’s After Midnight.
I still owe them reviews – on my list for this week.
It was a good week. I’d rec every one.
I’m starry-eyed in love with Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series, though. I want to see if I can get her to agree to a spot in the blog.

J: we could start a twitter campaign and bug the shit out of her until she agrees

M: I’m excellent at bugging the shit out of people
It’s a fairy tale based urban fantasy kind of series. Two books so far, Red and The Better To See You. Red is Little Red Riding Hood, and The Better is about Seth Wolf. But the imagination and humor woven with murder and mayhem, mystery and magic, lust and love…So great.

J: I think I read someone else’s gushing about these…
No. no. that was probably all you.

M: It was probably me. Not that I gush. heh
She’s got the third coming out later this summer, I think
Lots of opportunity to bug
I know better to ask what books you finished reading this week.

J: Hey, I read. A little.
But no. I didn’t finish a book.
I’m still working through that Nora Roberts one. The bride series.
Believe it or not, I’ve starting making notes in the margins
like it’s my copy of The Catcher in the Rye or something

M: Heh. Notes. I won’t ask which scenes.

J: It’s more things I want to remember for my own romance writing
Things I’ll fight with you over when we’re editing Final Score. You know.
those fights you always win…
I do like what I’m editing, though
the author has a YA series out now and I’m working with her on the adult spinoff
it’s really fun to see how she carried the story past the first book in the series. I thought she was done for when she wrote about 12.21.12 in Jaguar Sun
I mean…that only happens once, and the world didn’t end
so what else is there to say?
but she has a lot
I’m also editing an Christian thriller by TC Slonaker
and her series is about angelmen or nephilim
each book introduces a new angelman and tells their part of the battle
it’s a little…Bob Larson or Frank Peretti, but lighter
better for teens, I think
beyond taking notes in my Nora Roberts book and editing those, I kind of…sleep.
My own stuff is out with editors right now, so I’m coasting a little

M: but what makes it a Christian thriller as opposed to paranormal?
I get a little fuzzy on definitions of the genres sometimes
Cozy, women’s fiction, those sorts of labels

J: well, if you want to get down to the general label of things, it would be paranormal
however, there’s a message with the book
I would say many paranormal writers take a mythology and write for entertainment
while a Christian thriller is written to share a message
while also entertaining
would that be fair to say, do you think?

M: I guess it depends on the message
we all share basic messages in our stories, good vs. bad, right vs wrong
love wins out in the end
It might be fun to have someone who knows stuff come talk about it
the differences in the genres
what makes it Christian versus paranormal or just a contemporary romance
what the difference is between a sweet mystery and a cozy, fiction or romance versus women’s fiction

J: should I edit for you before posting? heh

M: If you want peeps to have any clue what I’m saying, yes. 🙂

J: you just said peeps

M: you don’t want me trying to spell out people every time
we’d be here for hours
it’s more a function of necessity than coolness

J: you know I’m not cutting this when I edit for the post

M: you forget I have edit capability on the site. neener neener

J: not cutting the neener neener, either

M: my cool quotient just tanked. wah wah wah wah waaaahhhh

J: I’d love to feature about the difference in genres. We should ask someone.

M: let’s put it on our want list

J: Wannnnnnnt

M: Someone who knows stuff
Let’s just pin that to the front page

J: We also need someone to talk about the different types of editing.

M: And publishing. And marketing. And writing. And…
People who know stuff

J: We’ve got some of that coming up already
the calendar looks amazing
I’m so excited about Wednesday’s post
Jasmine from Inbound Marketing Agents is going to talk something about marketing
I don’t know what, but it’ll be really smart
and next week, we’ve got Katie from Kaleidoscope Media talking about publicity and social media

M: Smart is good

J: like, real professionals

M: I’m just excited in general
well, you know
to get it all out there
heh. that didn’t sound any better

J: i had a mental picture of you dancing around your house all Love, Actually style in your excitement
and realized I was probably WAY off

M: More Risky Business, maybe

J: IN YOUR UNDERWEAR?
now there was the mental image I’ve been waiting for all my life

M: Am I supposed to be dressed for this?
brb

While M finds some pants, tell us what you’re reading, writing, editing, and loving. We want to hear it. Share links if you have them so others can find them, too.