Swordsmaster / writing

Writing Wednesday: If I Only Had an Editor…

Weekly Goals:

I made my three blog posts last week, AND made some more comments on others’ blogs (but it has been a struggle with the continuing turmoil of our home repairs.

I finished the LAST last LAST clean-up of Swordsmaster (which included formatting the paperback version. I should have the proof in a couple of days so I can see what else is wrong with it (yes, such a positive attitude have I…); I hope to have that version all straightened out and ready to go by the September 27th release date. I logged 1,100 words of fiction last week.

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And sometimes, even though I say that “I don’t need and editor; I can edit my own work just fine, thank you…”, I find evidence that life would be easier if I had some help.

Currently, when I create a work, I have one draft that I work from. I proof that a few times (usually 2-3 for short fiction, at least ten for Swordsmaster.) This is while formatted to Standard Manuscript specs for submission to various publishers (I created extra work for myself with Swordsmaster – I KNEW I was going to take it straight to self-publishing, which means I didn’t need it to be in Standard Manuscript format (underscores instead of italics, a specific font, double-spaced, etc.) – I could have formatted for ePublication and saved a step (a massive step in a 100,000-plus-word document.)

THEN, assuming I haven’t made a sale to a publisher (a pretty good assumption so far), I’m ready to format for ePublishing. It seems almost inevitable that while I’m formatting for my first eBook version (Smashwords) that I’ll find some more errors (usually small stuff, like repeated words or a misspelling.) When I’m finished with the Smashwords version, I copy it and remove/change the parts that Amazon doesn’t like in the Kindle version, and sometimes I STILL find an error or two, which I then have to go back and correct in the Smashwords version. Then, if I’m creating a paperback as well, that’s a whole ‘nuther kind of formatting, and WOULD YOU BELIEVE that I STILL find errors that I then have to correct in the separate Smashwords and Kindle versions.

If only I had had a dedicated editor to purge all these errors from the original, pre-Smashwords draft. Who knows how much time it would have saved me? and how much humiliation from the times that I’ve discovered errors in my already ePubbed short fiction when I went to put them in a collection? (strange – as much as I use fear of humiliation as a driving force in making my writing goals, why doesn’t fear of this humiliation work? I guess it just isn’t on my list of priorities.

We all have to decide what’s important to us, don’t we?

Just saying…

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The preorder campaign continues for Swordsmaster.

Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.Swordsmaster4

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

Swordsmaster is my very first novel, and is really worth a read if I do say so myself (WHICH I DO! How can you go wrong with a story that’s been FORTY YEARS IN THE MAKING?). The release date is September 27th (only NINE DAYS left!), but Swordsmaster is available for preorders now at a SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/954501

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNK79FM

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William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Truth in Advertising” – can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri

To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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