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For the Love of Editing

Release Date: April 19, 2016
In college I got it in my head that everything I wrote was absolute. Meaning my stories didn’t need any editing beyond the grammar. That in my mind the story was intentionally written that way and no one had the right to tell me how to change or fix it. Today, I chalk up this mental state to the hubris of youth.

            More than a decade later, I can proudly write this blog post you are reading and state that I love editing. Actually, you may even refer to me as an editing junkie. Dare I say I might even enjoy it more than the writing process at this point? I hear the audible gasps around the world. Before you hyperventilate into a paperback, which I have been known to do, bear with me and read on.

            Writing is exhilarating. The feeling of creating something out of nothing is as close as we can get to flying without our arms turning into wings. When I’m deep into a project, when my characters are speaking to me nonstop, I’m in the thralls of the creative and it’s unbeatable. And that feeling of relief once you type the two words every write longs to see, “The End,” is unbeatable.

            But there’s a giddiness that comes with editing that I would like to share with all of you. For me, editorial letters are like love letters from your editor filled to bursting with ideas on how to improve your work. That is certainly how I felt when Holly and I began our editing journey for No Love Allowed. She is the best. It’s actually an honor to rise to the occasion for her.

            Editing a story is actually the true test of a writer. It forces you to explore avenues into your work that you might not have seen or were too afraid to take in the creative stage. For the case of Didi’s and Caleb’s story, the examples given to me were nothing short of brilliant. You know your editor is awesome when what is being asked is specific. Generalizations are the hardest to manifest into paper, so when you’re given an editorial letter with ways to polish your storyline, why not jump at the chance? They certainly make your job as writer so much easier.

            Each editorial process is different. At least for me it is. With each new editor I work with I learn something new about myself as a writer that I take with me into future projects. What Holly showed me is I have the tendency to bury the story. It always puts a smile on my face when I see a comment bubble from her saying, “Let’s get to the good stuff.” This is usually followed by copious amounts of deleted paragraphs. *laughs*

            I had so much fun editing No Love Allowed that it will show in the final product. The generous part of me wants all the writers in the world to find an editor as awesome as Holly. The selfish part wants to keep her all to myself like “my precious” from Lord of the Rings.


            What I know for sure is learn to love editing. Because when you receive that editorial letter in your inbox realize that you are going to be a published author. That your book will be read by countless people. That it will all be worth it once the finished product is finally in your hands. 



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Romancing the Bookworm

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Version One or Version Two

Hello, Lovely Readers!

I'm asking for your help today. You see, I have written two versions of After Death and I just can't decide which one I want to finish. Will you help me?

Below are both versions. Please take a moment to read them and vote which one you'd like to see published. Your opinions matter to me, which is why I've put together an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY as a simple thanks for your help.

I'm excited to see which version wins.

Disclaimer: Grammar Nazis please forgive my errors. These are RAW chapters you're about to read with very little editing. With that said, I still hope you still enjoy yourselves.

Happy Reading!

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~Version Two~



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Announcement about TASTE, SAVOR, and RELISH

Dear Beloved Readers,

I’ve been thinking about how to announce this for a while. I’ve been thinking about how best to share the news. Then I realized there’s no better way than just to come out and say it.

As of March 31, 2015 Crescent Moon Press has closed its doors. What does this mean?

Taste, Savor, and Relish are officially out of print.

If you’ve visited any of the online retailers like Amazon, you will notice that electronic copies of the books are no longer available. Paperbacks are still purchasable, but only until supplies last.

It’s a bittersweet moment for me since CMP gave me my first shot. I’m grateful to Steph and Marlene for publishing my debut novel, which has sold well and allowed me to meet countless readers who have enjoyed reading about Luka, Demitri, and Phoenix. I believe I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for CMP.

To those who have paperbacks and ecopies of all three books, they are now officially collector’s items. Thank you so much for your support. It means more to me than you can ever know.

For those who ordered the set of three paperbacks, you will receive them this April. They are part of the last shipment I ordered. I still have two sets available in case anyone wants to purchase them. Just send me a private message.

To the readers from the Philippines who own signed copies, thank you for making these books a part of your collection! You are a member of a select club that now no one else can be a part of. I consider myself blessed to know each and every one of you.

This is normal in the publishing world. Even big publishers can close if what happened with Egmont is any indication. But the great part is we can continue to look to the future. Publishing is always evolving and we must grow with it. So stay tuned for more exciting news. I have so much to share with all of you soon.

And if you haven’t yet, please make sure to add No Love Allowed to your To Be Read list on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23288804-no-love-allowed

Once again, my deepest appreciation for your support.

Sincerely,
Kate


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