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First check-in of 2019

Wow. How is it already March? That was one heck of a winter. Was it incredibly eventful and scheduled for you too?

Seeing as how I haven’t posted to the blog since the Shift Series Re-Release (which was AWESOME, btw!) I thought now would be a good time for a quick “What Am I Working On?” post!

First and foremost, I’ve added some self-care/self-kindness to my goals and habits for 2019. I’m more than two months in, and I’ve got to tell you, it’s been SO worth it! I’m going to write a future post about the five-minute reflection excersize I do each night because it’s been revolutionary, so stay tuned for that!

In the land of Elle-the-author goals, I’m currently focused on completing the re-write/major revision of my current work in progress, currently titled Cloaked. I wasn’t certain about this re-write when I first started it, but within a few chapters, I knew the effort would be well worth it. The draft I finished a couple of weeks ago is set up to be light years more compelling than the original (and the original kept my beta readers reading, so, yeah. Hoping this might be a stay-up-all-night kind of book. You’re welcome!)

Beyond that, I’ve been digging into the Facebook and Instagram advertising engines, and I frequently thank my lucky stars for my background in digital display advertising. Without that, I would be much more lost and much less successful. So, if you see an ad for SHIFT floating around on either Facebook or Instagram, give a little cheer into the universe for me!

Anyway, it’s WAY too late and I should be in bed, so I’ll wrap up. But tell me how your 2019 has gone so far! I want the deets, so comment below or shoot me a message!

Love you all! Stay badass!

What Am I Working On?

It’s time for another ‘What Am I Working On?’ post!

Right now, I am deep in edit-mode for the project I’m currently working on: a paranormal romance set in New Orleans, code named CLOAK (click the link to go to the Pinterest board for this project). I mentioned CLOAK in my last ‘What Am I Working On’ post, where I was only about halfway through the first draft. I gotta say, I’m pretty happy with how efficiently I finished that draft–and the overall quality of it!

My editing process goes something like this:

  1. Read/Revise/Edit in Scrivener – this step is mostly about spotting obvious errors, tightening up scenes and taking care of any final to-dos. This is also the step where I confirm the order of scenes and make the first pass at inserting chapter breaks.
  2. Export to MS Word
  3. Read/Revise/Edit in MS Word + Grammarly – In this step, things get more serious.  I read the whole books again, with a tool called Grammarly (think MS Word spell checker on steroids) running alongside. In this step, I also firm up the chapter breaks and further nitpick sentences.
  4. Send to my Alpha Readers for review!  (This time, I have 4 Alpha Readers lined up and ready to go!)
  5. Take a break – while my Alpha Readers read and comment, I try not to look at the manuscript at all, so I come back to it with fresh eyes for step 6.
  6. Apply Alpha Reader notes – In this step, I go through each set of Alpha Reader notes and apply them to the manuscript.  Sometimes I have to make hard decisions, but for the most part, this is very cut and dry.
  7. Final Formatting – This time around, I’ll be formatting it for submission to publishers/agents, which means some different tweaks than formatting it for e-book publishing.
  8. Send to my Beta Readers for review!  – I’m not sure if I’ll be sending this to Beta Readers this time around.  My  Alpha Readers are awesome. It will depend on what kinds of notes I get back from them if I feel the story needs another round of review before submitting. So this step is TBD.
  9. Submit!  I’ll be pitching this manuscript at Emerald City Writers Conference in October, so its first submission is coming up quick!  Ready or not, here I come!

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