International Literacy Day

Yeah! Read a book. I’d be honored if you read one of mine. Here’s the latest–God Father’s Day. Get it here:  http://amazon.com/author/lyndarees

Successful, attorney, Justin is on the fast track to manage Yancy’s dad’s empire. Justin rushes to his critically ill father’s bedside to make the most of what time they have left together. Nurse Becky avoids men. Vulnerable at his lowest point, Justin’s broken spirit penetrates armor opening nurse Becky’s fragile heart. Her strength carries him through his ordeal. Neither of them believes in love; and Becky can’t compete with his wealthy, sexy fiancé.

His dad reveals he’s not the man Justin thought. A murderer seeks his next victim at their sleepy, lakeside resort. Confrontation is eminent. What matters most when you’re losing it all?

 

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Read a Book Day

I’d be honored if you read one of mine. How about a spicy romantic historical about a woman’s survival in the Alaskan Gold Rush. Meet the hero and heroin, widowed Jessie Blackstone and lumberjack Logan Pace.

A marriage of convenience turns Jessie Blackstone into a young widow responsible for the livelihood of many in savage, lawless Skagway, Alaska. Jessie faces severe weather, brutal landscape, her sordid past, and her attraction to virile lumberjack Logan Pace. She must learn to thrive in a man’s hostile business world.

Get the mother lode here:  http://amazon.com/author/lyndarees

 

National Dog Day

This is Tuffy, the best dog ever born. He’s also a character in my first romantic suspense novel, Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine. Tuffy is the man in Lemon Sage Benton’s life until she butts heads with Sheriff Wyatt Gordon. Get the story at http://amazon.com/author/lyndarees

Tuffy

WRITING, READING AND PUBLISHING

by Lynda Rees, Award Winning Author

For the most part writing is a solitary business. We spend countless hours pouring our hearts out to a keyboard because we have much to say and a desperate need to tell the story. It takes guts to begin and even more to finish a piece of work. It’s important as a writer that we acknowledge the successes along the way.

As you type THE END, take the time to celebrate. It doesn’t matter how you choose to do it, only that you do. Have a cappuccino or glass of wine. Buy a new pair of shoes or dress. Go on a cruise—whatever you want to do and can afford to mark the occasion in some meaningful fashion. Pat yourself on the back. Your accomplishment is noteworthy.

Now comes the hard part. The re-read and/or rewrite and the editing process are brutal but necessary steps to perfecting our work to make it reader-worthy. Take a long, hard, unbiased look at your manuscript, and do a thorough edit. Take out redundancies. Fix grammar errors. Remove “edit-out words.” (If you want a copy of my edit-out word list, email me. I’m happy to share it. lyndareesauthor@gmail.com)

Then re-read it again to find holes where you can boost emotion. Check POV. Ensure there are no inconsistencies and no confusion. Make sure everything makes sense and all loose ends are tied up.

It’s perfect now. Right?

Wrong. As hard as you are on yourself and try to see it through the eyes of a reader, there’s no way you can be completely objective. This is your baby we’re talking about. You gave birth to this work. This is where you need to engage beta readers and/or a trusted group of critique partners. Ask them to read and provide constructive criticism. It may hurt at times, but it’s a gift when done with tact and a helpful frame of mind. Once you have their feedback make necessary changes.

Now it’s time to engage a professional editor. Don’t try to skip this stage. Depending on who you use, it can be expensive. In the long run it’s worth every penny. Take the editor’s advice. After all, you hired this professional and trusted them with your creation. An editor knows what will make it print-ready or submit-able and saleable.

It’s finally time to submit your finished manuscript. This is where your work description changes. Until now you’ve been a writer. Now you need to sell your work. There are different ways to do that, either in traditional publishing through and agent or direct to a publisher who accepts submissions from authors. Most require agent submissions only, and some only look at recommended works. You can sell to a small-press publication. Or you can self-publish your work. Take the time to weigh pros and cons of each publishing method, then go to work at your new job—book sales person.

Lynda Rees was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. She is an award-winning Novelist. The author of “God Father’s Day;” “Madam Mom;” “Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine;” and several others in The Bloodline Series of horse country-Kentucky suspense novels. Her latest is “The Bloodline Trail.” Her books can be found at http://amazon.com/author/lyndareesMadam Mom.

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Book Lover’s Day

Here’s one of my favorites, book 1 in my Bloodline Series – Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine. Get it here or visit your local library.  http://amazon.com/author/lyndarees

These are the characters. Meet Sheriff Wyatt Gordon, racing mogul Levi Madison and widowed organic farmer Lemon Sage Benton. Sparks fly when these three get together and find a murder victim.

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