Author Jacqui Jacoby shares about 'Edits' and she will giveaway an eCopy of her With A Vengeance!
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Every job has its share of dirty work. The kind of work that doesn’t grab the imagination and borders on boring. Even writing. We have been pouring our heart and soul into this story, trying to reach The End, when it becomes time to face the dull part of the job.
Because editing doesn’t require us to be creative. Instead of typing out the new story we are running spell check through a massive document to be sure we caught all the misspelled words. We have to check to make sure the story worked, that the loops were closed and that every storyline had its conclusion. And research. Did we do it all or is there something missing that has to be looked up?
Reading a hard copy is the best way for me to catch mistakes. I put a printout of the novel into a three ring binder and then treat it like a book I just purchased. It’s a bit big to carry around, but I manage. I curl up on my bed with it, turn on some soft music and start reading at page one while holding a purple pen.
I always a use purple pen. Red seems too much like yelling to me.
Personally, I hate editing and revising. I would much rather write a first draft of a novel when everything is fresh. But it’s really quite simple. No one writes a perfect first draft.
It’s okay not to like having to do it … as long as you understand that you do have to it. The agent or editor you are planning on sending it to, they are looking at many other submissions today. Yours needs to shine above all these others; it has to be the one that sticks in their mind and make them crave more.
It’s part of the job, remind yourself. Find some fun in it to make the job go easier . Remember getting to The End is the real reward.
WITH A VENGEANCE
WITH A VENGEANCE
The more she wanted out, the more they dragged her back in!
Daughter to murdered CIA officers, niece to a deputy director, Jaime Walsh has never known life outside the world of espionage. Until a high-action case in Buenos Aires leaves her gutted. Physically, emotionally…and professionally.
She’d planned for her long-overdue vacation to be a time to rest and reassess. With her longtime partner Stephen not far behind, it’s a tropical paradise away from work. A paradise where boundaries will be tested.
From their training days, Stephen Reid has watched Jaime kick ass while performing what has become his second job—watching her back. But now his feelings have grown.
As best friends look at each other in a new light, they like what they see. And Jaime dreams of a new life outside “the company”.
Except someone from their past won’t be satisfied until Jaime and the man she loves are hunted to the brink of death. Now Jaime must find the strength to trust her heart and let go of her fear. Before she loses everything…
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