Journeys in Editing

This week, I completed another round of editing with for my upcoming YA fantasy adventure book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon.  It was such a pleasant process and a bit different from the last book I released with a publisher. So I thought I’d give a brief overview of the different types of editing you have to undergo when you get traditionally published.

Pre-Edits

This process is something I went through with both of my traditionally published books. Basically, it’s conforming the manuscript to the publisher’s specific formatting requirements–such as having only one space after a period, or all numbers should be written out, or the removal of certain words the publisher doesn’t like. Doing all this first saves time later.

It’s a bit of a tedious process, and I found out I use the word “that” more than I should. But it also tightens up the manuscript. All told, not to bad. But it took a longer time than I thought it would.

Content Edits

This is where the editor goes through and suggests changes to your manuscript. With my first book, Lucas, Guardian of Truth, my editor suggested removing a large chunk of my story and revise some of the character interactions. I did so, and it made the story so much better. This time around the content editing was minimal.

This is the process that can be a little hard for a writer to bear. Your editor will take a good look at your story and be brutally honest about what needs to be changed. However, all the editors I’ve ever worked with are so supportive that even when major changes were suggested, I felt comfortable accepting their criticisms. And it helps to remember that they want your story to work as much as you do. In the end, though, the decision was mine to make.

Line Edits

Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon is the first time I’ve worked with a line editor, and all I have to say is, “Where have you been all my life?” From my understanding, the line editor is the typo catcher. Mine caught grammar mistakes, awkward sentences, missing words, and things like that. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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So that’s my journey into editing so far. I am waiting on my release date, the book cover, and everything else, but I’ll keep you posted on all that.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

More Crochet

Progress on my crochet project–part of Dearest Debi’s crochet-a-long.

C3 original

Yeah . . . I’m enjoying this pattern so much, I made two more.

 

I’m also working on a children’s book for my mom’s church. Just finished a mock-up for it. I’ll look it over on Monday and possibly send it off so she and her pastor can review it.

Also, I have another short story appearing in an anthology soon.

Don’t really have much else to say . . .

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Staycation

So last week I went on a “staycation” and watched SGDQ2017 (Summer Games Done Quick)–the speedrunning marathon for charity. It’s a bunch of people who play video games really fast while other people donate. So much fun to watch. While watching I completed my latest crochet blanket.

It’s so pretty in real life. I’ve got to learn how to take model shots so you can get a full representative of it.

Anyways, I received edits back from my publisher this week, but because I put myself on vacation, I haven’t looked at them yet. Monday, I’ll get back to work. I’m nervous; it’s never easy to look at what others think of your work, but I have to believe that it’s going to make the story better. Hopefully, by Friday, I’ll be able to tell you all how it went.

In addition, I plan to upload more about the characters from this book and a little about the world–no spoilers, though . . . obviously.

Hope you’ll join me for the ride.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Book Cover Reveal

Well, it’s that time. Time for book cover reveals!

This is the cover for the 6th story in the Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. Here it comes!

© 2017 M.R. Anglin. Cover Font © 2017 Corel Corp. and its Licensors

It may look different from the others because I did the art myself this time. Think it’s rather nice.

Book is coming April 7, 2017!

BTW: Still working on the graphic novel version of Vol. 1. I’ve inked up to page 9. Two more pages to ink and I’m off to toning. After that, I’ll start uploading it while I work on the second chapter.

Love ya!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Book Binding

Making a BOOOK–from scratch! 

 

Got into bookbinding lately—that’s the process of making a book from scratch. It’s a pretty natural progression, I guess . . . me, being a writer and all.

I love it because it’s not an expensive hobby, and you can get great results without being an expert. Decorative paper is less than $1 a sheet (much less if you get them on sale or with a coupon), the interior can be made from any type of paper, and cardboard at Walmart is also less than $1. That, and some thread, a larger needle, a thumbtack (an awl is the proper tool), something to help make your folds crisp (I use a metal ruler), glue, and an exacto knife (or if you can cut a straight line, scissors) are really all you need to get started.

It takes about 1-2 hours for me to finish, but most of that time is taken up with waiting for the glue to dry. I’ve made two—one for my niece and one for my nephew—as well as a third for my sister. I made mistakes, but now I think I’m pretty good at it. And since my niece and nephew haven’t destroyed theirs yet I think that they’ll last a while.

I’ve just finished working on my fourth book. This one is a watercolor notebook I’m making as a present for a friend. Here it is below.

Not bad, huh? Not perfect, but . . . I get better and better every time.

Last night, I realized I need to keep a notebook with me to jot down blog ideas–so hopefully I’ll post regularly from now on.  I’ll probably get to it after Christmas.

And maybe next time I’ll post progress pics. But first I need a good camera.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Books Based on Movies

Piggy-backing off of last week’s topic, I’d like to know what you all think about movies that are based off of books.

I’ve noticed this trend for several years . . . perhaps even decades. There’s a book series that’s popular so they decide to make a movie off of it. Some examples that come to mind are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The City of Ember, The Tale of Despereaux, The Golden Compass and most recently The Hunger Games, which will be coming out soon. Some books are even released with a movie adaptation already in progress.

Now, I understand why people make these movies and why people watch them. After all, there is nothing like seeing your favorite characters running around on the big screen. It’s fun (and sometimes disappointing) to see how other people interpret what you’ve read in your mind. (I, for one, can’t wait for The Hobbit).

But I also wonder, does this mean that the movie industry is losing their creative edge? Are they relying too much on book writers to come up with the next big thing instead of coming out with something original? More and more we see less original movies and more movies based on books or remakes of old movies or shows. Or perhaps, I’m being silly and am overlooking all the good, original movies. Perhaps I’m blowing it all out of proportion.

So what do you think?

Do you like this trend of turning books into movies? Why or why not? Is this trend putting undo pressure on writers to make a book that will translate visually, or do you (as a writer) welcome the challenge? Do you even see it as a challenge or an opportunity? Is Hollywood becoming less creative? What is a book-based movie that you loved or can’t wait to see?

To be clear, I’m sort of neutral about it. The trend bothers me a bit because I feel as if everything is being recycled, and that saddens me. I want to see the new and original. But I also like the trend because I get to see characters that I love in motion, and it gives me hope that my characters can be up on the screen someday too. So I guess it’s a love/dislike thing.