So here it is! My first blog on my author website. I still have a hard time believing I’m finally at this point of my newly established writing career. What started as an inspiration turned into a book. I’ve always wanted to write one, but as I stated in my bio, reasons not to were plentiful. But then I set a goal. I was going to write a book. The only goal was to finish. To get to ‘The End.’ That was it. Beta readers, editors, and proofreaders weren’t even a consideration at that point. I’m okay with grammar, barely; some days are better than others. I mean I know the difference between there, they’re, and their. I know when to use then vs. than even if I use the wrong one because I’m typing too fast. My day job requires that I’m able to write e-mails that at least gives an impression of such knowledge. But I suck at comma placement and lots of other areas. Honestly, I can’t write an error-free paragraph to save my life. But you know what? None of that matters. Even if you aren’t sure about when to use two, too, or to… if you have something to say or a story to tell, you can and should write.
First of all, everyone needs an editor. I mean EVERYONE. Heck, even editors need editors. It’s incredibly difficult to catch every single little annoying error. I’m not making excuses; it’s not impossible. Still, I’ve caught errors in The Hunger Games. I’ve found them in Nora Roberts books, Dean Koontz, and maybe once in a Stephen King. Can’t be sure of that one. Plus the more we work on it, the better we get. So while I hope there aren’t too many in my own new baby (book) or even this post, please feel free to point them out if you find any.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to ‘prepare’ you for a book riddled with errors. But I’ve read my own manuscript so many times that I truly can’t see them anymore. I have great faith in my editor and proofreaders, but at the end of the day, we’re all human. I’d also appreciate it if you e-mail me the info in lieu of tagging me on Facebook or Twitter where 2,000 other peeps are likely to read it.
If you plan on reading my book or if you already have, please be sure to leave a review on Amazon. Reviews are important to authors and readers alike. Take a look at the meme I originally created for my author page for tips on reviews. Thank you for any time you’ve spent reading any sentence I’ve written. I truly appreciate you.