Has it really been that long since I blogged last? Yikes. I’m still having fun and writing what moves me.
I’m starting to think covers for the fourth Forest Guardians book, too. The redesign for the first three books is done, though I’m not ready to release them yet. I’m also going through and catching the typos that made it through multiple editing rounds, too. It’s fun, in a frustrating “how did that make it through” kind of way. I’m not the only one who reads my work, and the occasional error still slips through us.
I actually looked into whether I wanted to be a professional editor or proofreader a while ago. Even proofreaders miss things occasionally, and many companies want an accuracy rate of 90% or better from their employees.
So, between covers, editing, and putting the fourth book into the final draft, I’ve been rather busy lately.
What have I learned since publishing four books and having three more on the go?
1. It gets easier the more you write. This is true of most skills.
2. No matter how many times you edit, occasionally something will slip through
3. There are all kinds of programs and apps to help you write. Honestly, I prefer to do it all in Microsoft Word. Why complicate things?
4. Having a notebook for each series is a must. What did that character look like again? Was that country to the North or South?
5. Writing time needs to be jealously guarded and treated with respect
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.