Editing

AAAAH! That will teach me. I thought the proof of my book was ready for printing but NO WAY. After three goes at editing it myself, one beta reader and two more proof readings I thought I’d got it right. It isn’t enough!

My problem is my poor typing skills. I may have found all the spelling errors but I still don’t leave spaces in the right place, especially when I put dialogue within the text, rather than starting a new line.

‘Good morning,’ he said.’I hope you are well?’ should be – ‘Good morning,’ he said. ‘I hope you are well?’ It doesn’t show in this font but it does in more old fashioned ones. That’s a whole book I’ve got to change! My fault for trying to get up to date.

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Book launches

I’m taking a break from editing my new novel to check emails and I thought I’d write a piece about my book launches.

My first launch, in 2007, was held in our house as I did not expect many people to be interested. The second was held at a local garden centre as one featured in the story and I treated the visitors to free tea and a scone! The next was held at a leisure centre as the girl in the story was a sportswoman and the fourth was held in a local pub/restaurant because, by then,I wanted to make sure everyone could find car parking and, if they wished, stay for lunch after the free coffee.

The fifth book was launched in our favourite pub, which I had also put in the book, although I hadn’t named it and for the sixth I launched with a couple of other writers in the previous hostelry. However, this was not quite as successful for me, probably because I had not initiated the advertising.

Book launches do not seem to attract newspaper reporters unless the proceeds are going to charity. I did get a photographer to the launch in the Leisure Centre although I never did see the write-up (if there was one)

I don’t launch in bookshops as the wholesaler only supplies shops if they are ordered. They will not accept books from me as the publisher.

I hope to sell at least a dozen copies at each launch and do have a few readers who support me every time and one who buys in bulk for Christmas presents.

I am now scouting for somewhere to launch my next book. It must have parking, refreshments and preferably a connection to the story. I think I may go back to the garden centre. I would like somewhere on a bus route but nowhere comes to mind.

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Lesson learned

OK, so you don’t like pictures without the text! I feel this blog is becoming a waste of time as I still have to edit the proofed version of my next book and telling the world about my other ventures should come well down the list. I really continued with it to give the visitors to my website http://www.juliecround.co.uk something fresh to read, keeping them up to date with my writing progress and trying to be more than a name on a cover. Also, it serves as an outlet when I have a poem to post. Maybe I’ll go quiet for a while until I have another verse as that is the only thing that gets me more than one or two readers.

All new copies of ‘Lane’s End’ have now been sold, which is a pity as the next book is the fourth in the series. However, as each book can stand alone the story will make perfect sense on its own or if the reader has read ‘Un-Stable Lane’ and ‘The Third Lane.’

None of the ‘Lane’ books are on kindle but Amazon do have them as used copies.

Image hunting

Finding images for book covers is getting more complicated. I keep seeing the ones I want but they are either in landscape format, which won’t work for a book cover or they are houses for sale and I don’t know if I have permission to use them!

I have saved some on Google and will try to find a way to collect and save them without having to make a purchase, but I need to show them to other people so I need to be able to send them.

I’m going to try to find one  now and see if it will go on here. Am I allowed, I wonder?

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Proof reading

I know, ‘Never Proof Read Your Own Work!’ but when the manuscript has an error on almost every page one has to. Most of my mistakes are spacing errors because of my lazy typing but there are places where I should have used contractions, especially in dialogue and there are times when I have called someone by the wrong name ( unforgivable!)

Anyway, the first draft of the next novel is complete so I’m transferring all the corrections from the manuscript to the computer.

I still haven’t found a cover picture I like, although there are a few possibles.

All planning now in hand for the Southern Book Show on March 4th. All previous books will be for sale but mainly’ A Lesson for the Teacher’ as it has a wider appeal than just Worthing. All I need is lots of readers who remember the 1960’s!

One for writers

Double speech marks or single? I have noticed recently that double speech marks seem to be out of favour but I always used to use them so that singles could be kept for internal  thought.

The fourth story in the ‘Lane’ series has come to a natural end and is rather short. Should I leave it or try to add a couple of chapters?

As my style is very like ‘soaps’ on TV it is full of action and dialogue and I have tried my best to introduce description where it is necessary but I am not a literary writer and quite like the way people say they can finish a book in a few hours.It shows they find it difficult to put it down once they have started.

Anyway, now comes the part I don’t like – going through as an editor looking for errors. I’ll ask one of the sea scribes to beta read it before I send it to be printed. I’ve a new idea for the cover so that’s the fun to come!

Ninety nine!

I know some folk have hundreds of followers but I have just reached ninety nine. You are still mainly abroad but I’ve got used to that. If I don’t follow you it is probably because I am trying to reduce the time I spend on line in order to finish my novel. It is fascinating to see which blogs attract the most readers. If I could put a poem on every week that would seem to be the most popular.

There are so many activities going on this summer, book launches, the Southern Book Show and an event the Sea Scribes are planning to bring together music and words.

Add to that the fact that my next novel is almost all on computer( in draft form) and I have been scrolling through images to find a cover picture, life is getting hectic.

My other task is to advertise the Worthing Friendship Centre, a social group for over 50’s and there are so many outlets on line , now, that we have to use to complement the local newspaper. I don’t know how many pensioners use the computer but if money is anything to go by, they’ll be left behind if they don’t! We are looked at in amazement when we try to pay in cash in loads of places  and I’ve even heard of a local bar that won’t take cash!