Archive | January 2014

To Read or not to Read

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. How many authors read their own book(s)? I mean, after the editing, formatting, editing, rewriting, more editing, and publishing the book, how often does an author go back and read the book? Just to read it. Not looking for typos or ways to improve the book. Just reading for entertainment. I have never done that. I feel like after being published, my poor books have been abandoned. I’ve been meaning to read one of my books, but haven’t set aside the time yet.

So what about you? Do you ever read your own books just for fun?


The dreaded ‘E’ word…



That’s what I’m doing today.

Luckily for me, I’ve discovered a way that makes editing much easier. It is the Read Out Loud function in my PDF document. It is awesome! Words that my eyes miss, even when I’m reading aloud, pop out when the computer is reading to me. (And who says grown-ups can have “story time”?)

Like the word ‘leaving’. I’d accidentally spelled ‘leavening’ instead, and hadn’t noticed the mistake until the computer read it that way…

This has got to be the best tool for self-published, editor-less authors. I love it!

Okay, okay, back to editing…or story time, whatever… 🙂

The Home Fire cover

After I finished re-writing my book, The Home Fire, I knew exactly what I wanted the cover to look like. Unfortunately though, I’m a terrible artist. But after finding a post advertising cover art, I was excited. I messaged the artist, Dani via her wordpress blog Fall’N Love Crafts and she painted the following cover. I was impressed. What do you think?

cover art the home fire

Finished Re-writing!

Drum roll please! I finally finished rewriting my newest western book, The Home Fire. Yippie! I wrote this book four years ago, so it was a good feeling to go back and refresh it. Of course, it’s another short story (30,000 words) but I’m confident it isn’t going to seem rushed. 🙂

Now I get to move on to the editing part… (Note that I’m less enthusiastic about this.)


The end…

For my 300th blog post, I thought it was a good time to post a very important question that has been plaguing me for some time: When is the end of your book really the end? How do you decide when its time to stop? How do you end your story? (Fine, so that’s more than one question. Yes, I know how to count…)

What is the best way you’ve found to end a book? With a quote? A poem? A question?

How do you like other’s books to end? Do you want left asking questions? Or would you rather have every question answered in great detail?

The End