Editing and Editors

I previously wrote a piece on why editing is so important, especially for Indie Authors. I believe the general consensus among the writing community is that authors really need to stop publishing unedited or barely edited books.

However, I think there is a bigger problem. Before there was Jackie Chanel, the contemporary romance author, I was (insert real name here) behind the scenes doing editing work. It’s been a positive and negative experience.

I believe the problem lies with authors not understanding an editor’s job or exactly what editing is. Most people that I’ve come in contact with believe that an editor’s job is to correct spelling and grammar. True, but that is not all an editor does. In fact, if that’s all you’re getting for $.02 per word, hit me up because you’re wasting good money.

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Getting My 2014 Reading List Ready

A few days I ago, I put out a tweet that A) I didn’t think anyone actually saw or read, and B) didn’t actually think the few people who did see it would actually hold me accountable for it.

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I was wrong…so very very wrong.

But I admit, I one-click free books damn near obsessively. Plus I get ARCs and eARCs from my author friends. I pay for a lot of books too. The 800 books in the “Manage My Kindle” section definitely were not all free. That being said, I know why authors give their books away and most of the time, their generosity is not appreciated. Authors live and die by their reviews so I’m going to step up, wave my INDIE flag proudly and help out the authors who so generously let me read their book for free.

Now, since I’ve committed to reading and reviewing the free books I download, pretty much on a daily basis, I’m gonna have to step my reading game up. I think you should commit with me with.

Can you commit to reading and reviewing one free book a week? Let’s try it together!

Here are my January books:

Week 1 – The Undertaker by William F Brown

Week 2 – The Geronimo Breach by Russell Blake

Week 3 – The Book Waitress (Book 1, The Book Waitress Series) by Deena Remiel (and I love her! I don’t know why this book hasn’t been read and reviewed yet!)

Week 4 – An Angel’s Justice by Danica Winters – this book is only 26 pages so I’ll add another this week

Unsuitable Men by Nia Forrester

Add your 4 books in the comments below. At the end of the month, I’ll treat everyone who finishes AND leaves a review for their book to a special gift. Maybe I’ll set up a skype or google hangout and we can chat.

Saturday Sneak Peek

tumblr_lrq3h9DsO71qe8lnho1_500Excerpt from the next new release from Pink Neon Publications….

Erotic Nights: tales of the newly single

This is a collection of erotic shorts written by me and my little sister Summer Jai. This is our first publishing venture together and I’m sure it will not be our last.

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You’re Gonna Know His Name

GaryClarkJr-blackvinylmagI’m being 100% honest when I say I have no idea when I first heard of Gary Clark Jr. I simply can’t remember if I read about him on someone else’s blog (John Mayer’s perhaps) or if someone recommended him to me which is how I discover new music because I do not listen to the radio.

I remember getting an email from Amazon about some digital albums for five bucks and I had about $10 in digital download credits that were going to expire so I browsed their offer, saw a few albums that looked interesting and downloaded them. There were three albums that I downloaded that day…Blue Train by John Coltrane, the Coyote Ugly soundtrack (don’t judge me), and Gary Clark Jr.’s Blak and Blu.

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