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Brooklyn’s Dream: Chapter Critique for a $1 donation

Musings by Mandy

As many of you know I am a freelance content editor at Lyrical Press and occasionally offer free first chapter edits. In an effort to help Brooklyn reach her goals and achieve her dream I will be offering $1 per chapter critiques with a full content edit. You can make your donation and read more about Brooklyn’s dream at the following link.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brooklyn-s-dream/x/8463984

Rules
Donate a minimum of $1 for each chapter you submit
Provide the email address you used to donate for verification purposes
Email your chapter(s) to musingsbymandy@gmail.com
Times New Roman 12 pt font and saved as .doc or .rtf
Please include a synopsis with your contact information, genre, and word count

Chapters accepted through October 2, 2014

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Brooklyn’s Dream: Chapter Critique for a $1 donation

As many of you know I am a freelance content editor at Lyrical Press and occasionally offer free first chapter edits. In an effort to help Brooklyn reach her goals and achieve her dream I will be offering $1 per chapter critiques with a full content edit. You can make your donation and read more about Brooklyn’s dream at the following link.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brooklyn-s-dream/x/8463984

Rules
Donate a minimum of $1 for each chapter you submit
Provide the email address you used to donate for verification purposes
Email your chapter(s) to musingsbymandy@gmail.com
Times New Roman 12 pt font and saved as .doc or .rtf
Please include a synopsis with your contact information, genre, and word count

Chapters accepted through October 2, 2014

IMG_2378 brooklyn head shoot

E-Book Giveaway Wildwood Spring by Allison Merritt

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Win your a copy of this fantastic five star read by Allison Merritt in your choice of e-book format. Just enter the raffle copter above!

When Celia Landry and Turner Wildwood face their fears, they’ll find the path to love.
No one goes to Wildwood Manor—a hulking stone house on a hill outside town. Legend has it crazy old man Wildwood owes his life to the magical water of the spring at the back of the property. Celia Landry needs that water to save her mother, and she’ll brave anything to get it.

Turner Wildwood, the son of the house’s eccentric builder, is growing as reclusive as his father. When Celia turns up at his door, he’s drawn by her beauty and bravery. Wary of strangers, he doesn’t reveal his identity, but agrees to her request. When she returns to Wildwood in wake of personal tragedy, he’s waiting there with a stunning change in his heart. He knows he should tell her the truth, but he doesn’t want to ruin their budding friendship.

Celia’s curiosity leads her to part of the frightening answers hidden behind Wildwood’s doors, but her own troubled past may lead Turner into danger neither of them suspected.

Good luck!

 

 

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Writing Versus Publishing With Mia Epslion

First off, let me start by saying these are my experiences and opinions only. Yours may differ and no doubt do. I recently saw the publication of my first novel, Wedding Belle Blues. I learned several things in this process but one of the most important was the difference between writing and publishing. The greatest tip I can give any aspiring writer or hoping to be published author is this: Know the difference between writing and publishing. While writing is solitary, publishing is not.

Writing is something everyone can and does do. We write grocery lists or emails. In school, we wrote papers and projects. Then some of us see scenes or hear characters in our heads and write their stories. Writing is emotional. Publishing is something the few, the proud, and the brave achieve. It’s hard, it’s tough, and you better darn well be business minded to do it. You don’t publish alone; dozens of people are involved, from the cover artist, to the editor, to the person supplying the money. Even self publishers must switch roles to do all of these. Publishing doesn’t have emotion; business never does and cares for only one thing: the bottom line dollar, pound, Euro. Publishing is all about the money.

Yes, a writer will say it’s never been about the money. It’s about telling the story. I believe that, as a writer. As a writer, I don’t care if I make millions of dollars (okay, of course I care, but I don’t write to become a millionaire anymore than I’m a teacher to become a millionaire). As a writer, I care about telling the story and only telling the story, getting the characters inside my head to stop whispering or screaming their secrets and events and fears and tell them to the world instead. I pour my heart, soul, blood, tears, laughs, and fears into my writing.

Writing is sitting in a chair and typing word after word on a blank screen. Easy? Try it. The statement, “Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” is true. Writing is darned hard, even when it’s going well. A good comparison could be: You have fifteen flights of stairs to climb. The first couple of flights are a breeze. Then you look up and all that remains is more stairs, and more stairs. By the time you finally reach the top, you’re sweating, out of breath, feeling like a trunk ran over you several times and ready to throw up. Yep, that’s writing.

Then it’s time to publish. This is where I have to become someone different. I can’t be the writer when I publish. As I said, publishing isn’t emotional and I’m an emotional writer. I’m not, at heart, a business person. This is why I don’t self publish. I haven’t yet mastered my emotions (imagine that) and I like the idea of someone who has, and can, doing the business part for me. I admit it. I don’t want to be a publisher. I want to write. See the dilemma? If I want the characters and stories dancing through my head to be read by the public at large, I have to publish them.
Whether a writer chooses a big five publisher, or a small one, or even a self one, the business end has to shift into high gear. Dozens of things begin to happen after that acceptance letter, call, email or decision to put your work into the wide world. There’s covers to consider, editing, more editing, editing again, and again, and then the actual day your story, your work, your baby is out there for everyone to read, to see, to buy at your publisher’s web page, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance, Book Strand, Kobo, and others. It’s there! You did it. You’ve published.

But the work isn’t over. To borrow a favorite line from the show Doctor Who: “This song is ending, but the story never ends” (The End of Time, part 2). Publishing is a business (have I said that enough?). It is not personal if your book doesn’t become a million dollar best seller. It is not personal if the editor cuts 5,000 words from your awesome scene. It is not personal if the publisher rejects your ‘baby’. It is not personal. Say that over and over, Writers. It is not personal. This is publishing. Publishing is not personal.

Publishing is editing the same chapter, same scene, and same line 500 times. Publishing is being willing to let someone else makes the decision for you, even if you self publish. Because I believe, no matter what you do, once your ‘baby’, your book is out there, however it got there; it is out of your hands what happens. You can blog, and post, face book and twitter, Good reads and book sign, conference and net work, interview and Skype, take ads and everything else under the glorious Carolina blue sky and blazing sun. But the readers decide what happens to your book. Will it be #68 on the Amazon list or go to the NYT list or simply fade into the sun set? The readers have the ultimate control. If you aren’t a reader, you better become one to be published, because that’s where the control is. If you are a reader, you already know this. You choose whether to click and download, or to spend the grocery money at the book store or to turn away. You, the reader, make that choice, that decision, hold that power. Not you the writer and not you the publisher. The Reader.

So, what did I learn in publishing Wedding Belle Blues? Besides the fact I am blessed to have the editor and publisher I do, I learned I am a writer, first and foremost. I can also be a business person, when I must. I’m still learning that part, so it’s a process, just as writing every book is a process and not just an end result. I have power as a reader. But most of all, I won’t stop writing just because I’m not #1 in the publishing world. Yet. I know the difference in writing and publishing. Plus I learned what I already knew: I write because I breathe and because I can’t not write. I published because I can. And I the reader have the power. Write because you love it. Publish because you can. Read because it’s a gift.

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Lyrical Press Call

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After RWA, there was much talk about historical romance being dead or dying. I disagree! Historical romance will always be alive and well in my opinion.
I am looking for some new twists on historical romance for Lyrical Press. Think different countries and time periods. I would love to read some historicals set in countries other than England and Scotland and set in time periods other than the Edwardian and Regency periods. Think about the French Riviera, Troy, Venice, Spain, or South America. Think as far back in time as you would like and as current as the 1930’s. Think Mid-evil Knights, Myans, Bootleggers, WWI or WWII soldiers, Ceasars, and Vikings. Show me French Lords and Ladies or Spanish conquistadors.
If your manuscript fits these boundaries, I would like to invite you to submit it directly to me at amandamsiemen@gmail.com for consideration at Lyrical Press.

What to send:
Legal Name Pen Name Address Phone Genre Word Count 1/2 to 1 page query 2 to 3 page synopsis First 3 chapters or full.

I am also interested in seeing your mysteries, young adult, new adult, all genres of romance, paranormal, psychological suspense, and women’s fiction manuscripts. Go ahead and show me what you’ve got!