Last time, I talked about rebranding my covers. The next thing I want to talk about is working with an editor. I’ve worked with three different editors over the last few years, and I’ve learned that it’s really important to keep the same editor as you work through a series. This is because that editor gets used to your style and what to watch for. A good editor will also help ensure your characters stay consistent from book to book, and that your voice isn’t jarringly different (unless of course that’s your intent).
Now, you may be wondering why I changed editors. After I finished Imperium, the editor I used stopped taking on new work, and the same thing happened with the editor I used for Krampusnacht. I started to worry I might be cursed and crossed my fingers that the editor I used for Sync would still be around when I finally finished Promise. Thankfully, she was, and I’ve been using Shelley Holloway for everything since. She edited Promise, Sync, and all the Doc Graystone Adventures. In order to maintain consistency, I also asked her to take a pass through Imperium, just to be safe. She found a few issues that we corrected and the book is much stronger for it.
So, that raises the question of how do you know if an editor is any good? There are a couple of ways. The first is to look at their client testimonial page. You’re not looking at this for the positive words (because honestly, who’s going to put negative feedback on their own testimonial page?), but you’re looking for who their clients are. Then, go buy one or two of the books they edited and give them a read. It’s a small investment, but a great way to see how they handle things. Also take a spin through the reviews on those books; reviewers are very critical of poor editing and if it was badly done, someone will comment on it.
The other way to find a good editor is to ask for recommendations. Find other indie authors who have sold well and ask who they’re using. After all, it’s unlikely they’d get as far as they did without having a good editor in their corner. (Incidentally, that’s how I found Shelley – I asked the super talented Lindsay Buroker who she used.)
So like I said, I use Holloway House for my editing. You can reach Shelley at this page. Tell her I sent you. It won’t get you any special treatment, but it’ll make me look good. 🙂
You may have noticed that the Caulborn books are no longer for sale on Amazon. Fear not, this is temporary. I’m having new covers done, as well as new interior formatting and a fresh edit for Imperium. I expect they’ll all be back on the virtual shelves by mid-November at the latest.
S. Evan Townsend was kind enough to interview me and fellow author Ava Morgan on his radio show, The Speculative Fiction Cantina. We talk about our stories, what inspires us, and Ava and I both give readings from our work. There’s a recording of the show here – check it out.
I’ve just compiled the first 5 Doc Graystone Adventures into a single volume for the low price of $3.99 at Amazon. That’s like getting one of Doc Graystone’s thrilling adventures for free!
I’m proud to announce my newest series, the Doc Graystone Adventures. Each novelette follows the adventures of Dr. Grant Graystone, gentleman necromancer. Set in the early 1930’s, these stories were inspired by the old pulp novels from the early 20th century. So if you enjoy nonstop action and witty banter, come along on an adventure with the Doc as he delivers two-fisted necromantic justice to all manner of paranormal foes. You can check out a sample of the first novelette, Red Runes, here.
You can pre-order Red Runes from Amazon here. Use the sidebar on this page to sign up for my newsletter for when this thrilling adventure is available!
I’m proud to say that PROMISE, book 2 in the Caulborn series, is now available for purchase from Amazon and B&N.
IMPERIUM is being featured Monday at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 30 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It’s pretty cool — check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com
I’m proud to announce the latest installment in the Caulborn arc, SYNC:
When an omniscient demon corrupts the Chroniclers and taints time itself, it falls to Vincent Corinthos to set things right. Along the way, he’ll face deadly enemies who have plotted his death for years. Problem is, he hasn’t met any of them yet. Time travel is such a bitch…
SYNC is a 15,000 word short story and is available from Amazon and B&N.
You might have noticed a newsletter sign up form in the blog’s sidebar. When you sign up, I’ll be able to notify you when I release new works, and I’ll also do special subscriber-only giveaways. For everyone who signs up between now and 10/31, I’ll give you a personalized virtual autograph, like this:
If you want a custom message, I’ll be glad to do that too. Just say what you want in the comments!
After much futzing with the cover, I finally got IMPERIUM ready to go on Createspace. It will be available in paperback at Amazon & B&N eventually, but for now head on over here and use coupon code 6KLPCEWS to save $3!
Also, for you Nook users, IMPERIUM is now available at B&N.