Here’s a vital tip for my fellow authors. Don’t go cheap with editing your book. Plan your budget to include a reputable editor/proofreader. Don’t try to save money by doing it yourself. You won’t catch everything. In fact, you will be surprised by what you miss. Also, don’t ask family or friends to help.
I once bought a book for authors that stressed the importance of editing your work. The funny thing is the book was full of typos. Evidently, he didn’t practice what he preached.
I would also avoid most people of FivR, or whatever it’s called. I’ve seen proofreader ads with typos in them.
The best thing to do to find help is to ask other authors for recommendations. That’s how I discovered my proofreader/editor. She did a great job on book 2 (I wish I found her before book 1 went to the publisher), and I’m planning to use her for book 3. And she wasn’t expensive, which surprised me. I guess I got lucky.
Most importantly of all, have fun with your writing.
As a sci-fi writer and lover, I grew up watching a lot of sci-fi shows. I was a Trekkie before it was a word. Since I started writing, I find myself more aware of bloopers in film. For instance, my wife and I were surprised to find a new disaster movie on Amazon we hadn’t seen before called San Andreas: Mega Quake. It was made by Asylum this year. It’s full of action, and the acting is pretty good, considering past Asylum movies we’ve watched (sorry, guys, no scantily clad women in this movie). It starts out right after the big one hit California, a 12.7 earthquake. But it’s not over yet, a bigger one is coming within 7 hours that will send half of the state into the ocean.
Then came the bloopers. The first one is in the scene where two of the main characters are racing through Berkely, CA, in their car when a smaller quake hits. As they show the scene of the two people inside the car, look out the windows. You can’t see anything, they’re all white. No buildings or anything. My wife said it’s from all the dust in the air from the quake, but when the movie showed the scene of the car speeding on the highway, there’s no dust.
The second blooper? Well, when the main character picked up his ex and started racing through Berkely, the time remaining was 7 hours. They almost crashed into a truck during the quake and passed out. When they came to later, the show stated it was 5 hours to the mega quake. Later, after they got to their destination, the show showed 6 hours.
And don’t get me started on how long 4 hours till the quake lasted with everything that was going on.
Asylum needs a new continuity person because whoever they have now don’t seem to be paying attention.
Hey, Asylum, I’m available. And I’ll work cheap.
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Whew! It’s been a while since I last posted. I just didn’t have anything new to say, and I just didn’t want to tell you about the food I ate that day.
Yesterday I set up a book signing table at Lancaster’s 2nd Saturday on the Square, an outdoor event. Now, to those who don’t know, Texas in the summer is full of 100 degree days and, boy, did we have one yesterday. It was a bright, sunny, hot day, but it didn’t keep people from coming. It was a great turnout. I met a lot of interesting people and learn a few things. Two other authors were there, as well. Linda Carlow, who wrote Seth’s Door and Deanna King, author of Twist of Fate – A Jack West Novel.
Hopefully, when I go back again in September, it will be a little cooler. And I hope to see ya’ll there.