I didn’t think when I signed up that my blog would get so busy. I ended up filling the first Wednesday spot over the holidays with book giveaways for authors who I couldn’t turn down. As a pushover for great talent, I promote deserving authors whenever I can. I hope Alex will forgive my lapse. Pretty please? With SF on top!
Believe me, my writing insecurities didn’t go away in the last few months. They multiplied. Like all those bugs going around. Many years of critique groups, writing seminars, conferences, and online continuing education gave me the practice and tools I needed. But I kept rewriting. Doomed by some negative beta-reads, my own perfectionism and…for some reason, I prefer helping other writers develop their stories to writing my own books. Maybe that’s not so bad–as bugs go.
My first love is reading, and I read even when I don’t want to write. That’s how my writing blog ended up as more of a book blog. Lucky for me, I have an artist’s eye for alignment and an eagle eye for errors except my own…yeah, that part’s not so lucky. Anyway, last year when I finally got a kindle, I bought the old fashioned kind with a keyboard to take notes. Boy, am I glad. Now when I find mistakes while I read, I can send a list to the author. My kindle is the kind pictured below, a little cumbersome to type on for more than short notes, but okay for proofreading.
Those familiar with me know my hubby was impatient for me to make money writing. Making money is part of my goal too, but I’m more charitably inclined. I sent those error lists free until this year. See, I hoped that someday an author would offer to pay for my help making his or her book error-free. It finally happened in December. Woo-hoo! I’m an editor–a very cheap editor because I want to build clients and times are tough, but still an editor. I like this editing bug.
Besides the proofreading, I’ve now metered twelve rhyming picture books, edited a letter of introduction, copy edited two novels and two chapter books, and formatted another novel for print and ebooks. Okay, a few of those were free, but for most I got paid or will get paid. My name is now on a YA SF novel’s acknowledgements page, even if it’s half my real name and half my pun name. The last author whose book I proofread said I caught many more errors and style problems than two other professional proofreaders. So things are looking up. I’ve updated my website and made a sample business card. I have a tendency to overdo things, so you’ll have to tell me if it works before I print something that’s too busy or doesn’t send the right message.
I won’t quit writing. I don’t think that door has to close to open another. Sure, I may be stuck between for a while, but I hope to grease the hinges so I can go both ways as needed. I’m happier and hubby is happier. Best of all, I now have an excuse to keep reading other writers’ books!
By the way, I finally figured out how to make Blogger publish something while I’m snoozing in bed. It seems you have to do more than set the schedule. You have to click the publish button too. Another small victory. But I won’t let it go to my head. Another bug got there first, the shingles. Three weeks later, my tongue still burns as if to remind me never to take taste for granted and to appreciate every bit of progress, no matter how small. So tell me, have you had any victories this year?