I’ve had a store on Zazzle for a while now and recently made some designs (and an entire category) for things for writers. My favorite thing to tell writers is, “Just. Keep. Writing.” so you can find that on a macbook cover, a mug, and on the front of my promotional shirts for this site. Additionally, some of my author friends are members of the Cliffhangering Bastard Club. “Official” shirts for the club can be found there as well. If you, or your fans, consider you to be a member of the CBC, pick one up. To get there from here, click the link below.
This site is primarily for my editing business. But every once in a while, my life as an editor intersects with my life as an author and I cross the streams. If you are an independent author-publisher, you know the agony of getting a great cover. You have to hire someone who you can work with (much like when you hire your editor) without causing either of you to rip out whatever hair you may have left. Someone who understands your vision. Someone who can work to your timetable and within your budget. Someone with talent and class (okay, class isn’t a necessity but it’s sure great to have in the package). For all of these reasons (and because he’s also a great guy), the only person who does my covers is Scott Pond. And here’s his latest…
We don’t have a release date yet, but as soon as we do, I’ll be letting you know.
I’m going to be publishing my second book of poetry soon (not soon enough for all the work publishing entails). My first book, Deep Breaths & Chocolate, is available on Amazon. So, once again, I got to be on the receiving end of corrections and comments from an editor. And yes, even an editor needs an editor. The person I turn to is Suzanne Hartwick and I highly recommend her.
Suzanne has been my editor since my last book. So this time, she didn’t need to leave a lot of comments explaining her changes. We have a really good relationship. She makes my work better. Makes me look better than I do on my own. Not that I take every suggestion. But I think long and hard before I click decline. I love that she makes me think. Makes me question myself–in a good way.
There were times that I felt like I needed to justify my choices. And in my case, we’re only talking about word choices and simple punctuation (I write minimalistic poetry after all). Slogging through a book’s worth of edits, even simple edits, is time consuming and brain numbing. I definitely have a better appreciation for what the writers for whom I work have to go through when my job is done.
I’d much rather be on the other end of the editing process. I guess it’s a good thing it’s taken me two years between books.