Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Titles, Titles, and More Titles

Inspiration can appear in many places when you're brainstorming ideas for titles. The beautiful, fragrant lilac was my inspiration for the title of my first Hollyhill book. The Scent of Lilacs. Almost until it was ready to go into print production, I had the title The Smell of Lilacs. Then I was standing behind the old bus my husband's quartet used to travel in and being almost overcome by diesel fumes which I really hate to smell. And it hit me! A smell is not always a good smell. Ah, but when you say scent, you think pleasant odors and I definitely had in mind pleasant odors for my scent of lilacs in that Hollyhill book. Fortunately, it wasn't too late for me to say, "Hey, how about we change smell to scent?" If it had been too late, I'd have probably always been thinking diesel fumes when I saw the title instead of the heavenly scent of lilacs.

As I told you Sunday, I've been brainstorming for title ideas for my book in progress. I jotted down everything that came to mind and then looked on Amazon to see how many books were already using those titles and how long since they were published. Titles are used over and over. For instance, one of the titles I thought up as a possibility was Promise Me Tomorrow. Lots of other authors had already thought that title up. Many books with that title. Also Tomorrow's Promise was a popular, much used title. So I threw those out as too popular and too recent. 

I want my book to have a unique and fitting title.  I'm not sure I came up with any unique and fitting ideas. I really prefer to wait until I've finished the book to brainstorm title ideas, and this book is far from finished. I'm still feeling my way and not totally sure how the ending is going to go. But the publishers need a title now. Maybe I need a title now too. Maybe that will focus my thinking and let me see the story in a clearer way. My working title for the book is Far from Rosey Corner. But while I was brainstorming I kept wanting to throw love into the title or chance or wind/winds. So we'll see. The publishers titling committee will look at my suggestions and try to figure out which title would work best. They might also brainstorm new titles of their own. Since I'm not particularly attached to any of the titles I came up with, I'll have an open mind ready to consider whatever they suggest. That's not always the case when I'm attached to the title I've decided is best for the story.


Many of the titles I have come up with have ended up the final titles on my books. I've also been told that I write to the title. I do tend to intertwine the theme of the title into my story. I certainly did that with The Seeker. And I have done that with The Gifted, my Shaker novel that will be out in July since a major theme of that book is the gifts we are given by the Lord. So it will be good to have a title for this work in progress, so I can continue to brainstorm the story. 


How important are titles to you in picking a book? What are some great titles? Gone with the Wind - that's classic. I like Cold Mountain and Snow on Cedars. But sometimes it's a combination of a story you love plus a title like The Secret Garden or Charlotte's Web.  

Thanks for reading, and I always enjoy reading your comments.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

And the Question is...

"Any man who knows all the answers most likely misunderstood the questions."


I certainly can't claim to know all the answers, so maybe that means I did understand the questions. But for sure, some questions are harder for me to answer than others. Right now I'm struggling with the answer to what is my writing style.


Why do I need to know that? Can't I just write and let whoever picks up my books decide if the style is one that they like or sadly, might not like? Well, I could, but I've got this titling questionnaire to fill out about my next book. You see when a contracted book is in line to be published, the publishers have to start working on the book's placement, the cover of the book, and various other things that this author knows nothing about a year in advance of the actual book hitting the store shelves. One of the first things the publishers want to settle on is the title.

When a book is contracted, it's usually from a proposal with what is called a working title. That may or may not be the eventual final title of the book. Some of my titles have stuck. Like Angel Sister. Others have not. I don't expect my working title of this book to stick. So that means we're going to have to come up with a new and improved title very soon.

The first step to that next title is me filling out what the publisher calls a titling questionnaire. The first time I received one of these questionnaires was years ago for one of my young adult novels. That was an eye-opening experience, but at least I already had that book written at the time. None of my young adult books were contracted prior to completion. I wrote the books and then my agent at the time did her best to find a publisher. Now I'm fortunate to have a contract before I write the book, but that doesn't make filling out one of these questionnaires any easier. Especially when the first question asks me to describe my style of writing. I haven't studied writing. I just write. I tell stories. I've been writing for half a century. (I started very, very young! LOL) My style has come from trial and error. It's just how I write.

For every questionnaire I've filled out prior to this, I just made something up. But this time I decided to go out on the web and see if I could find out what styles are out there. I thought maybe there were names for styles like modern or old fashioned or hopeless. So here's what I found on Wikipedia. (Everybody's first and least trusted resource, right?) Writing style is the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her audience. A style reveals both the writer's personality and voice, but it also shows how she or he perceives the audience, and chooses conceptual writing style which reveal those choices by which the writer may change the conceptual world of the overall character of the work.

Whew! That didn't get me one bit closer to being able to describe my style. Just made me need to maybe look up conceptual writing. I do like the first sentence. However I write is how I choose to tell my readers my story. Plain and simple. Maybe that's my style. Conversational. With lots of dialogue. Character driven. That sounds good. Maybe I can claim that.

Trouble is, even if I come up with an answer for my style of writing, there are a lot more questions. Questions that are going to strain my brain to answer. But I will come up with answers. Maybe answering the questions, having to really examine my characters and my story will help me focus on the next page and the next chapter. Plus, we might just come up with a new dynamite title. That's the hope and the purpose of the questionnaire and worth a little brain strain.

Here's a quote about questions from Edgar Cayce that I liked.  "Dreams are today's answer to tomorrow's questions." So I'll keep dreaming my story and trying to figure out answers. Could be I'll even come up with an answer about my writing style.

Do you notice writing styles when you're reading? Who has a style you like?

Hope all your questions are easy this week and have great answers. Thanks for reading. Talk to you again Wednesday. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Time and Season for All Things

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. - Ecclesiates 3:1 (KJV)

It's March 21, the second day of Spring by the calendar. Normally, this time of the year we're having windy and chilly days here in Kentucky with frosts at night and five different kinds of weather in the daytime. We can have sunshine, snow, rain and sleet all in the same hour in March and the winds can be cutting. Not this March. This March we're having a week long (so far) preview of June with record breaking temperatures in the eighties. The flowers are poking up out of the ground and going, "Oh my, I must have overslept!" And so, they are hurrying to catch up to the sun. 

I've never seen so many different kinds of wildflowers blooming this early in the year. The one above is a twin leaf flower and it is one of the earlier bloomers. But early as in April. Not the middle of March. Even my mom's favorite flower growing wild over at the Rock, the Dutchman's breeches, are blooming all over the hillsides. I saw a few that had bloomed and were already turning brown. Made me want to say wait a minute. It's not time for you to even be blooming yet and you're already fading.   

But the seasons come and go as they please. Whether we'll step back into winter, I don't know. It could happen. Generally we face a chance of frost here until May. But then generally we don't have a whole week of eighty degree weather in March. 

It's not only the early blooming flowers making me want to grasp a few days and try to slow things down. I got a titling questionnaire today for the book I'm working on. Not yet, I wanted to say. How can I think about titles when the story is still seeping into my writer's well? But it's time. To every thing there is a season. Now in the life of this book I'm writing, it is the season for titling. In publishing every thing has a time to get done. So, with some imagination and a great deal of hope, I will tell them about my story that is yet flowing out of my thoughts and through my fingers onto the computer screen. I will describe my main characters and the clothes they're wearing. I will suggest words that might make a title sing. And I will continue to write my story and hope the season for writing is as full of flowering thoughts as our early spring is of blooming flowers. 


What have you seen as an early sign of spring? Or perhaps it's still cold and snowy where you are. But spring will come. For every thing there is a season. And spring is a season many of us welcome.


Thanks for reading. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Madness

Some of you who know me or have been following my blog for a while know I love basketball. I started listening to the UK Wildcat games when I was just a kid and got my first little transistor radio. I don't know why. Nobody in my family had ever attended UK or any college. We were a farm family. College wasn't expected or encouraged for my parents. My mother graduated from high school one day and got married the next. My dad, who was ten years older than her, attended one day of high school, didn't like it, and never went back. It wasn't that he didn't like learning. He worked algebra problems for fun. Very few problems stumped him, but he didn't always get the answers the way our teachers told us to. It was just that school and sitting in a classroom weren't for him. 

I don't remember my parents listening to the Kentucky ballgames. They probably followed the scores. Most Kentuckians embraced Rupp's basketball teams. They were winners and that made Kentuckians proud. And it always gave you a talking connection. A simple "How about those Cats?" could get the conversation ball rolling almost as good as talking about the weather. Still can. Kids grew up bouncing basketballs on their driveways or spots worn bare of grass in their yards and they imagined themselves winners like the Wildcats. To give a little perspective of how much we got used to UK winning, right now the Wildcats have a home court winning streak of 50 (I think) but under Coach Rupp, the Wildcats went 12 years without a home loss. Fans were stunned when that streak was broken. Some of those years must have been when I started following the Cats.

And so, I love March Madness - until my team gets beat anyway. Then I tend to lose interest.  I always fill out one of the brackets - not for a pool, but just for fun - and nearly always have KY winning it all even when I know that's an unlikely scenario. I don't study the teams. I just pick them on whims. My whims weren't too good this year.

I think we need sports. It's good to have teams that we can follow. Players we can cheer on. I've been reading about the World War 2 years. The headlines for those years include a lot of sports stories. It was good to have baseball hitting streaks to think about occasionally instead of all the war news. It also makes me think about how many of those young men of the 1940s who stepped up to the enlistment tables and volunteered to fight were eighteen and nineteen year old kids just like the ballplayers running up and down basketball courts. 

Those kids picked up guns and began fighting. They piloted planes heavy with bombs. They crawled across the African countryside in tanks. They manned anti-aircraft guns on naval ships. They huddled in foxholes. They charged the beachheads. They ended up in prison camps in Japan and Germany. Many of them died too young. Others survived the frontlines of the conflict but were never the same. Without a doubt, as Tom Brokaw says in his book, the greatest generation.

Rising to the challenge. That's what winning basketball teams do and our country knows the freedom we have today because of the men and women who rose to the challenge during those war years.

Thanks for reading. Now to catch up on some scores and see how many more bad picks I made on my brackets.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Right Now - Spring!

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." ~~Henri Matisse

Spring - what a beautiful time of the year when hope takes wing and we simply know that something good is going to happen. Actually, official spring is about a week away, but the sun has decided on pushing spring toward us a little earlier this year here in KY. It was nearly 80 degrees here today. Flowers are popping up out of the ground, ready to burst into bloom. Trees are budding out.

And those of us familiar with KY weather are enjoying the sunshine and flowers even as we worry about the frosts to come that may steal our blooms and our fruit. But as the saying goes, worry is like a rocking chair. It keeps you busy but it doesn't get you anywhere. It is definitely true that there is not one thing I can do about the weather and there's no need at all worrying over what might come. All we really have is right now.

Right now, today was a beautiful day. Right now today, flowers are bursting forth. Right now today, I pulled out a few more words to add to my work in progress. Right now today, I got a sweet message from a reader who had just finished The Outsider. Said she read it while she walked on her treadmill and thanks to me she had gotten in a few extra miles when she didn't want to stop reading.

Right now today - well, actually yesterday - I walked to the Rock to check out the flowers and the hillsides were dotted with white blooms. The creek was full and running. My dog, Oscar, and the neighbor dog, Roxie, kept me company. A wild turkey escaped their notice and made it into the woods without being chased. The day was good.

Right now today - well, actually tomorrow - I am going to be sharing the microphone with writing friend, Ginny Smith at one of the nicest bookstores in the area, Joseph Beth Booksellers. She's even got a few friends who have promised to show up in spite of the fact that Kentucky plays WKU in the NCAA tournament at exactly the same time plus the Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball tourny is goin on in the same town. Right now, I'm glad I have a recorder so I can record the game to watch later!! If Kentucky wins. I won't want to see it if they don't.

Right now, I'm hoping my story is waiting to burst forth like the flowers ready to bloom. Right now, I still have two pages to write to meet my daily writing goal. Right now, I think I won't have to sit up half the night to meet my goal. Right now.

What's happening in your life right now? Good things, I hope. Blessings abounding. Hope sprouting in your heart like flowers pushing through the deep layer of last fall's leaves to shout spring is here. Good things happening. Right now! Even if the calendar does say it's still winter.

Thanks for reading. Right now, I'm glad you're one of my reading friends.

By the way, I did finally get in touch with Anna S. of Iowa, the 2nd place winner in my Words Spoken True Louisville Celebration giveaway. She won the Louisville stoneware cup and the Starbucks coffee and flavored tea. Also, on Jeopardy tonight one of the questions/answers was Derby Pie and none of the contestants got it even though I was shouting it at them. :) But my first prize winner would have, since she got a piece of that pie in her Kentucky breakfast basket. She told me she ate the pie as soon as she got the basket. She knew how to enjoy the moment right now!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Two Bears and a Dog by Any Other Name...

What's in a name? How many times have you been introduced to somebody and the person's name made a jet fast trip in one of your ears and out the other? The same with some restaurant or store you hear advertised and plan to remember. Then later, you can't think of the name of the place for the life of you.

Well, my friends, Andy and Michael, the two guys smiling with me in the picture, aren't going to have that trouble. They came up with a great name for their book store. Two Bears and a Dog. I did a book signing at their store Saturday in Horse Cave, KY. From the first day I met Michael months ago at the KY Book Fair, I haven't forgotten the name of the book store.

That's good for me, because sometimes I'm not too sure I'm remembering my own name. No lie! We were talking about middle names on Facebook last week since it was "Middle Name" week or something. A time to admit and embrace your middle names. Got lots of fun comments about middle names.

To get the ball rolling, I was going to tell everybody my middle name, but there was a problem. I couldn't remember for sure how it was spelled. It's been years since I'd written it as part of my name because I use my maiden name as a middle name now. It seemed the least I could do since my dad didn't have any sons and he grieved about his name not being carried on.

But my middle name is Bernice. That's the way my mother spelled it when she gave it to me. At least, I think it is. Actually, I'm perfectly sure it is now, but I wasn't all that sure for a few minutes when I first thought about it the other day. Guess it's a good thing I have such a simple first name.


But then when I went to Horse Cave, KY Saturday for a book signing at a book store called Two Bears and a Dog, I figured I'd hit the jackpot in the name department. 

I love names. I work hard to come up with the exactly right names for my characters in my stories. In the original draft of Words Spoken True, Adriane was named Allison. I have no idea why she changed her name, but she did. And then in The Gifted, the Shaker book due out this summer, I wrote at least a fourth of the book about a girl named Isabella. But she never felt comfortable with her name. Finally she shook it off and became Jessamine. It wasn't until then that she came fully to life in my head. Thank goodness for the find and replace capabilities of a computer.

Last week I also got an e-mail from someone from Soddy-Daisy. That wasn't a KY place name, but our state has plenty of those kind of odd names for places too. The little community of Alton here in my home county that I base my fictional Rosey Corner on was once called Rough and Ready. Then somebody decided that wasn't a proper community name. The citizens of Horse Cave tried to do that too back in the 1870s. They changed their name to Caverna, but the railroad people wouldn't go along with the name change and kept calling the stop Horse Cave. After ten or so futile years of trying to be a town with a more sophisticated name, they went back to being Horse Cave. Any of you read Cold Sassy Trees? Seems that was one of the story lines in that book. A town in search of a better name.

What about you? What oddly named places have you visited or seen? Or share your middle name. Maybe you'll at least know how to spell yours!! Let's celebrate names this week.

Thanks for reading. Love it when you come to visit.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Talking Books in E-town

February and March have been busy book months for me with the release of Words Spoken True. The book went on a blog tour and has gotten over fifty reviews so far. Most have been very positive which is nice for this writer since the book is very different from my other recent books. You never know if readers are going to be willing to follow you along a different story trail. I'm thankful so many of you were willing to try something different, because I like writing different types of books.


But not only the book went on a blog tour, I did too, visiting numerous blogs to talk about Words Spoken True and do some interviews. I've been a regular at our post office sending out books to this or that person who won a book by commenting on one of those blogs I visited. And I still have a couple of interviews promised that I haven't done yet. I love talking about books. My books and other books too.


That's what I was doing with these lovely ladies above. We got together at the fabulous Word of God Christian Book and Gifts Store in Elizabethtown. Michele Brown was nice enough to ask me down to talk about my writing with some of her customers.

It is always enlightening to hear what readers have to say about the books they read - especially when they're talking about a book I wrote! One of the ladies there said she didn't like my ending and when she explained her problem with it, I could see her point of view. That didn't make me wish I'd written the ending differently. I think what happened in the story is what happened. That's the way stories are for me. I write down what happened. But it was interesting seeing the story from her perspective.

Some of the ladies had read my Shaker books, so of course, we did some Shaker talking too. And they told me what they liked in the books they read. I asked them if they liked romance in their stories and they said yes. I asked them if they liked sad endings and they said no. I asked what they liked best about the stories they read and they said characters they could like. I certainly could go along with that. Who wants to read a book about characters you don't like? So I had a great time talking books with reading friends in E-town.

This coming Saturday, March 10, I'm going to be going down that highway again. This time to Horse Cave, KY for a book signing at the Two Bears and a Dog Book Store. I doubt if I'll ever visit a book store with a better name. I am scheduled to be there between 1 and 4 p.m., so if you're in the area, drop by to see me and meet those "bears" and a dog.  Then next Thursday, March 15, I'll be at Joseph-Beth's Book Store in Lexington with my writer friend, Virginia Smith to talk about and sign our new books. Ginny's latest release, A Heart's Frontier has been getting great reviews. We'll be sure to have plenty to talk about with our Lexington, KY reading friends.

One of the questions I asked on one of my blog visits was "What question do you most like to have an author answer in a blog interview? Or what question do they never get asked that you would like to see?"

I sent out my prizes for the Words Spoken True Louisville Celebration Contest last week. Well, two of them. I still haven't heard from one of the prize winners. Anna S., if you're out there, please check your e-mails. I may have to redraw for the 2nd place winner if I don't hear from Anna soon. But I got this neat note from the 1st place winner, Jodi K from Wisconsin, about the basket of KY breakfast goodies she won.  "I received the gift basket today. The derby pie was heavenly and I did not share. I can't wait to make breakfast this weekend." Glad you enjoyed the pie, Jodi!

Thanks for reading, everybody. What question would you like to see answered in the writer interviews you read?






  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lyn Cote and Why She Writes About the Quakers

Lyn Cote
Hi, everybody.
Occasionally I have the privilege of welcoming another author over to write in my writer's journal. Today I'm especially pleased to welcome Lyn Cote, multi-published, bestselling author of books that tell brave stories about strong women. I've been fortunate enough to visit her blog a few times so today she's returning the favor. As a bonus she has a special offer for all your readers about some free or discounted books. Read the links and titles at the end of her interview and be sure to let Lyn know how much you appreciate her generosity.  

First, welcome, Lyn. As you know I have several books about the Shakers, who have a few similarities to the Quakers that you have used as central characters in books you have written. What caught your interest and started you writing about the Quakers or Society of Friends?


I've never analyzed before why I have always been drawn to Quakers. I know that like Ann who writes about the Shakers, I'm going against the current "Amish" flow. :-)

I think that the Quakers or Friends strong moral stands which ran counter to the prejudices of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries is what attracted my crusading spirit. My brand is expressed as "Strong Women, Brave Stories" since my heroines are usually crusaders who are at the forefront for change in their times.

According to Wikipeida: "Historically, Quakers have been known for their use of thee as an ordinary pronoun, refusal to participate in war; plain dress; refusal to swear oaths; and opposition to alcohol." Indeed in our history, they were instrumental in settling our nation and in the 19th century were the Christians who pushed for the rights of women, abolition and the temperance movement.


I've always admired the Quakers and wanted to know more about them. Sounds like your stories will help me there. Tell us about the series you just finished.

I just finished the Gabriel Sisters series which portrayed three Quaker sisters who try to bind up the wounds of our nation after the Civil War. One goes to teach at a Freedman's school in the South; one established an orphanage for the many orphans left by the war and the third who was a nurse in the war becomes a doctor in the West. Recently I agreed to write another Quaker series which will dramatically portray the Quakers' part in establishing the Underground Railroad and working toward abolition.

All those books sound really exciting. I love reading about women who made a difference in our country's history. Definitely all these ideas sound as if they easily fit into your brand of brave stories about strong women. What else have you been working on?

Last year, I had time to revise and polish my very first manuscript, La Belle Christiane. This book never sold because it didn't follow some of the unwritten rules of Christian fiction. I still thought it's a good story and now it's FINALLY available in digital and print. I did this because I didn't want it to sit ignored in my files forever. Interestingly I find that La Belle Christiane included my fascination with the Quakers (I have an older couple of Friends) and I have a crusading heroine. Here's a short blurb:


In the 1770's, after her mother's violent murder, Christiane Pelletier flees France. Daughter of a French courtesan to frontier wife to companion of Lady Washington, Christiane moves into the heart of the American rebel elite. But one man in her life can never be forgotten. Once he was her friend. Now he is her enemy. Will he become her destiny? Only God knows.

What fun to have that very first book that you've always loved finally available to readers! Thanks for telling us about it. And thanks for these special offers to my blog readers.

Okay, everybody, here's your chance to get some great reads downloaded on your e-readers for free or to get a discount on a print book. Instead of offering one free download (not print copy) of this book, Lyn is offering a free coupon to anyone who wants it today. Go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92021  and enter this discount code VM67X . This offer is good for today only. To buy a print copy, go to https://www.createspace.com/3669135.
For a discount code for $3 off $15.99 print edition, go to http://LynCote.net and click Contact and email Lyn.

And as an additional offer, you can get Lyn's Autumn's Shadow free on Kindle through Monday March 5, 2012.
http://amzn.to/y9PY6Q
The first book in the series is priced on sale at 99 cents on Kindle the same days.http://amzn.to/v8BqEz
Now Lyn has a question for you.

Did you know much about Quakers before today? And does a heroine using "thee" bother you as you read?

Lyn, thank you so much for coming over to visit and letting us know more about the Quakers and your books. And thank you, readers, for dropping by and for answering Lyn's question. We'll look forward to you sharing your thoughts, and Lyn will be back over to talk with you too.

If you want to know more about Lyn and her books, please check out her website, http://booksbylyncote.com.










Thursday, March 1, 2012

One Last Chance to Make It Right

"Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell." (William Strunk)

I got the pages for my next Shaker novel, The Gifted, dropped at my front door yesterday. I wrote the book months ago and sent it in to the acquiring editor. Then I had to sit on pins and needles a few weeks until she had time to read it and say, "Yes, the story works." Or words to that effect along with some "but you need to fix this or that" suggestions. Once those edits were done, the book headed on to the next editor in the publishing company. 

This second editor read through the book, caught more problems with the way I told the story, discovered my pet words. I seem to have some in every book. I run through a variety of them. Just. Still. Of course. Comfort words for me. Words that help me transition my thinking while I'm writing, but words that can be repetitious and often unnecessary when noted with an editorial eye. Here, with the galleys, I could fix things, rewrite things, make the story better after the discerning eyes of the copy-editor spotted weaknesses. I could also fix the things my own editing eye was able to see after a few months away from the story. 

Now, I have the pages - the stack in the photo above. At this stage of the editing process, I can't do major rewrites. I shouldn't need to do major rewrites. But if I did go crazy with my red pen, it wouldn't be good because edits and corrections are harder to make once the editorial process has gotten this far along. With the pages, I got a list of queries from the editor. Things are noted that both of us missed in the first few go-arounds. Proofreaders have read the book and their sharp eyes have noted a few mistakes here and there and have questioned this or that. Things still need fixing. I need to make every word right. 

Perfection is rarely possible. At least for me. There's always something with each reading of any of my books that I think might be worded better or presented in a fresher way. This book will be no different. But I will read through it. I will pay attention to the suggested improvements. I'll tweak a word here and there. I'll do my very best to write the story so that when you, the reader, opens it up and begins to read that the words will disappear and the story will play out in your imagination - not as words but as images. 

That's why writers edit and polish and try to make every word tell as William Strunk advises in the quote above. Words can be beautiful. The way they're put together can thrill the mind. And they can tell a story. That's all I'm trying to do - tell a story. And so, I'll read through these pages and do my best to make my words sing so that my readers will be carried away by the melody. Not perfect, but the best I can do with the help of my editor friends.

What things pull you out of a story when you're reading? Have you noted editing or writing mistakes in the books you've read?
 
On another note, all the entries are in for my Louisville contest to celebrate Words Spoken True. The blog tour for the book was last week and reviews are popping up all over the net. I'll be using Random.org to draw for the winners later today. I'll let everybody know either in a newsletter or with a special post here. 

Sunday, I'll have a special guest here on One Writer's Journal. Well known and popular author, Lyn Cote, will be sharing about her books and why she started writing about the Quakers. She'll also be offering a free download of one of her books, so come back on Sunday to see what Lyn has to say. 

Thanks for reading. Now if I can keep from sneezing long enough - I've caught a nasty cold - I'll get to work on those pages.