The Bit I Hate!

savingpng-5All I want to do is write, and read, and have conversations over tea. I don’t want to edit, or gather up support, or beg people to sign up or share or get involved in interviews.

When I open my email to find requests to write for The Mighty or the EDS Society, or to feature somewhere (watch this space, there are a few those coming up), I love it! They’ve come to me, they know what they want and need, and they choose to have me there. But when one of my books come out (this is my second), I need to take time away from editing (which I also don’t love), and write emails, and write posts, and beg… it’s awful!

In the “olden days” Publishers would do that for you. Now even with the most important publishers, should you get a contract, built into that contract is how much you also have to do your own legwork, gather your own support, and build your own team. Ugh!

So this week I’ve hidden from most of it by doing the other important work of editing, editing, and more editing… and playing with paints, pens, and voila! I have two brand new book covers!

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PS: I maybe shouldn’t have made it sound that easy! There’re four weeks of work in those babies!

PPS: If you’d like to sign on anyway, and get involved, sign on for one or more of the easy, no-spam emails I’ll send out no more than weekly (and believe me, I miss sending half of those) till the book launches and you can get your free copy!

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Main email group:
Team Tortoise:
Team Hare:
The Editing Team:

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Yes to Grammarly!

screen-shot-2017-02-16-at-1-04-18-pmAs most of you know, I don’t push products in general and you cannot pay me for an endorsement. I either believe in something whole-heartedly, and then I am happy to share that with you for free, or else I don’t say anything at all (unless I pay for it and hate it, then you will know about that too haha).

But the last week I have been using Grammarly. First the free and then the paid version. I so wish that I had found this earlier, it really has made a massive difference! Don’t get me wrong, I still have to do all the work, but unlike a human eye which misses things, this doesn’t. I get to put my quirky words into the personal dictionary, so I don’t have to argue with it about the same thing over and over, but the little things are picked up so easily, and I am actually learning as I go and my writing is improving dramatically!

I am dyslexic and autocorrect hates me, so the first big difference for me is that Grammarly picks up my mistakes but doesn’t go ahead without me and change them to something stupid! I can look at my mistake and see what I did wrong. I can’t change my dyslexia, but because of it I often leave out a word or repeat a single word twice. I don’t see that and when I reread my eyes read it on proofreading, it reads what it THINKS it says.

You don’t have to be dyslexic to read things badly. You have all seen the facebook meme that regularly does the round, where the letters in each word are mixed up but the first and last letter are correct. The brain adjusts and you can easily read it, but each word is actually a jumbled mess.

So even if you have a fabulous editor, do her a favour and run everything through Grammarly first. It is better for everyone. I would rather spend my editing bucks on getting the bigger picture right and saving the nitty gritty for a computer program who won’t miss anything.

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“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman