The Craft of Writing

Free or not so Free

My writing career has reached a milestone. The stories keep coming, the editing is getting easier and I actually see an improvement in my skills. I keep putting them on paper, polishing them until I have something I am proud of. I have a few colleagues, friends, that will take the time and read through my work and make suggestions on how to improve my work.

If I continue to offer my books for sale on Amazon, or Smashwords, or even privately is extremely rewarding. Holding a printed version of my book in my hands was a dream come true, even if it was only a copy printed at a local printer. I fully understand the excitement one must feel…continue reading ⇒

An international cover affair

Let me share the story about the creation of the cover for my latest work. I decided to try and change to existing cover for my series and found I couldn’t do it. A number of years has passed since the original work was commissioned and I may have lost the original files. I’m not sure what had happened to them.

Ericas LogoI checked in with my Crit partner, Alex Binkley, about suggestions on who to contact concerning the creation of a new cover. He had previously put me in touch with Rayne Hall and I participated in a number of her online courses and really enjoyed them…continue reading ⇒

Editing, I really dislike it

“Did I ever tell you that I hate editing?” That statement opened a conversation I had with Jasmine Aziz, author of ‘Sex & Samosas’. Her response was ‘You are going to love it.’ Six months after that conversation and I still hate editing, but we are learning.

Editing, shudder, is that process which we employ to try and remove the excess verbiage from our baby without destroying it. It is also the process we use to make sure all the words are in the right place and included in the text. Isn’t it amazing how we automatically fill in missing words as we read through our pride and joy? I am really bad for it and have been…continue reading ⇒