Friday, 17 July 2015

The importance of editors. Upset authors.

     I’ve seen so many posts lately on social media about editors, and sadly, most of these posts have come from upset authors. It seems there are a lot of editors out there at the moment, who have no idea what they are doing. They just want to cash in. I find this so disheartening. Don’t get me wrong, there are also some AMAZING editors, too. Those people are worth their weight in gold, and should be appreciated greatly.
     I, myself, have dealt with four editors. Both over here in the UK, and in the USA. I am the first one to admit that where editing is concerned, I’m basically crap. I know a little, and I can help out with a few things, but other than that, yeah… I’m useless. When my debut novel was first published, I thought it had gone through a good edit… oh how wrong I was. I was young and clueless. Only when the reviews started coming in, did I realise something was terribly wrong. To cut a long story short, I left this publishing house and joined another in the US. My book went through another edit, and I thought that THIS time, it would be much better. I signed several novels over to them and edits were performed on each.
     Once again, reviews came in… guess what? The main issue people had with the books was the editing. I was devastated. One reviewer even put in their review “Has this book ever seen an editor?” I thought, wow, actually it’s seen two. What is going on? The second editor changed a lot and took out a lot of the punctuation. Then, another said, “Unedited novels should not be put up for sale.” That was the entirety of the second persons review. I cannot express just how upset I was.
     I cannot remember exactly how it came about, but I was speaking to a friend and found out she had studied English Lit. She also told me she had always wanted to become an editor, but was rather scared of putting herself out there. She took a look at my books and was brutally honest with me. They were not in a good way at all. It seemed all the bad comments in the reviews were completely justified. Said friend then proceeded to go through ALL my books. I left my second publisher, and went down the Indie route. I can honestly say, since this woman has gone through my books, I have NEVER received a negative comment about the editing. True story. You’re more than welcome to check this out for yourselves.
     There are no words to express how grateful I am to her. My books read better now than they ever have. I have also learned a lot from her. She’s open, honest, but friendly. She is supportive, reliable, and what she doesn’t know about editing… simply is not worth knowing.
     She has since opening her own editing business and has worked with several authors. Her name is Jodi and she owns TJS Literary Editing. You can find a link to her Facebook page below this post, or in the left menu bar.
     I just wanted to share my own experience with people.
     1) So that others who are currently going through the same or similar, know they are not alone.
     2) So that these authors know there are some genuinely amazing editors out there.
     One thing I do believe is that these editors who go above and beyond should be credited. I credit Jodi and her company in every book. I believe she deserves it, and it may help others to find a good editor, and all around person, to work with. I will NEVER work with another editor for as long as I’m producing novels.
     Please don’t let bad experiences get you down too much. It’s a bump in the road. But I assure you, there are good ones out there, and you will find one. Keep your chin up, keep writing your stories, and don’t let these experiences put you off.

Have a great week everyone!! 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Book sale!

Hey everyone!

I'd like you all to meet a new friend of mine, Angela Fattig.

Angela spent most of her childhood reading any book she could find. That’s when her passion of writing was born. When she was 10, she started writing short stories and poems and kept quite a collection.
In 1998 she met Paul and they have shared a life together for 16 years. In 1999 she introduced the world to her first born, Brandi, and again in 2000, Sarah.
Today, when she is not doing what she loves, writing, she spends time with her beautiful family and the addition of two dogs named Izzy and Herly.
Angela’s inspirations have always been Stephen King, E L James, and Poe to name a few.

Angela is currently having a sale on one of her books, and we thought we'd share it with everyone. All the details are below, along with some teasers. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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From the darkness comes a story of hope and love...

Each book is a standalone but is best if read in order.

While reading Out of the Darkness you will experience emotions you didn’t know existed and the crazy part is you will feel them all at one time!

Joy, Sorrow, Hope, Love, Helplessness, Betrayal, Laughter, Hatred

Out of the Darkness: Jaden & Chase
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You can find out more about Angela by visiting her website -

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Some new pre-made covers.

These are a couple of my latest creations. Just wish I had a story in mind so that I could keep the Raven one.

For more information on cover design, either see the tab above, or visit my Facebook page by clicking here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Thunderclap complete!

I just want to post a little thank you to all those who supported my very first Thunderclap campaign. It has now exceeded the 100 needed. I just want you all to know how much I appreciate your time and help!
Have a great day!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Please support me on my first Thunderclap.

As you know, its rare that I ask people for anything, but could I please ask for some support with this. You don't have to join or sign up to anything to help. Just click the link below and follow the simple instructions. If you could share this I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Short story rewrite - Guilt of the Innocent.

My short story, Guilt of the Innocent has undergone a rewrite and polish. Now I just need to finish writing the sequel.

You can try a sample of GOTI for free by clicking here.

Rayne Marlow is trying to live a normal happy life. She has a good job, friends and boyfriend who she loves with all her heart. But Rayne has secrets and a tragic past that seems to endlessly haunt and torment her.

When Rayne’s dreams turn violent and she is harmed by a creature lurking in the darkness, her lover is determined to get answers and cure her once and for all. Rayne must now relive her past, reveal her secrets, believe in her innocence, and defeat the demon who is preying on her. Intent on dragging her soul into the depths of hell.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Break away. Historic sites and inspiration.

Last weekend I went up to Northumberland. There were seven of us, me and my other half, my mum and dad, and my sister, Craig and my little niece, Faith. It was a nice relaxing break away. Friday to Monday. 

As some people know, I have a love of history. I especially enjoy visiting historic places. It’s a passion, and I also get to do some of my photography. While I was away, I was able to put my English Heritage pass to use, and visited Lindisfarne Priory and Etal Castle. Both places were beautiful and very inspirational. There is just something about these ruins that fascinates me. When I walk around them my imagination goes into overdrive. I can almost imagine myself walking through them hundreds of years ago. I can picture the people walking past me and going about their lives. I often think that if the walls could talk, they would share some amazing stories and secrets. To me, it’s magical.

I wish I could feature all of these places in my books, and who knows, if I continue to write for the rest of my life (which is what I dream of) maybe I will be able to. 

I thought I would share some of the photos on here. One, in case they can provide inspiration for others, and two, because they are simply beautiful. 

Please note. You do NOT have permission to take these photos. They are copyrighted to me. This is embedded in the photos metadata. I'm sorry for the copyright symbols that have blocked some of the detail on the photos. But I do NOT want people taking these and using them as they wish.

Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. It is still a place of pilgrimage today, the dramatic approach across the causeway adding to the fascination of the site.
St Aidan founded the monastery in AD 635, but St Cuthbert, prior of Lindisfarne, is the most celebrated of the priory's holy men. Buried in the priory, his remains were transferred to a pilgrim shrine there after 11 years, and found still undecayed - a sure sign of sanctity.

Etal Castle

Etal Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the village of Etal, Northumberland, England. It was built around 1341 by Robert Manners, and comprised a residential tower, a gatehouse and a corner tower, protected by a curtain wall.

I'm now looking forward to going away again. I just have no idea where we're going yet. For now, it's back to writing and my art.