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Why do I write?

Why do I write?

 

I’ve been pondering this question for a few months, while trying to work through some emotional issues and stressors.

My original premise was:

  • I write to work through life issues and desires
  • To daydream
  • Hehe, for lack of a better term, “to boldly go” where I have never gone before
  • To make the thousands of different voices and dreams and “stories”, quiet down. If I could just get them on paper, maybe my mind would feel a little less chaotic. Plus I like the idea of reading my crazy stories on paper. 😉
  • To tell a story no one has ever told

Hmmm, since this seems to be more and more difficult to do…

  • To retell a story with my own creative twists

And lastly,

  • To feel alive

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Words, stories, music, drama (not the kind on social media, LOL. The kind where two opposing characters meet, and work through their differences in sometimes, the noisiest, yet most beautiful imagery.)…

It all awakens me. It gives me purpose. It builds me up. Words and music fill my cup, break me down, build me up.

Stories (both written and on screen) give me hope when I have none. They make me feel beautiful, even when I feel I am not. They give me strength to push through another day, and make that one count.

I think that’s why I prefer Disney stories and shows / movies with cheesy, sentimental endings.

The Princess Bride, Ella Enchanted, Never Ending Story, Frozen, Chronicles of Narnia, Seventh Heaven, High School Musical, pretty much all Cinderella movies, Maleficent…

They all bring me joy. ‘Happily ever afters’ make me feel like anything is possible.

This is why I write. I write to connect with my soul, my passion, my energies, and hopefully, with others.

 

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It’s 9:30 am, Sunday morning, and this is the first time I have felt clear minded enough to articulate my thoughts in a good while, so I’m typing them down as quickly as I can, before I lose my clear moment.

For those who don’t know; I am staying away from social media for a while until I can get my emotions and life back in control.

A good friend blessed me by suggesting I craft and do what made me happy. So I’m knitting and making scrabble tile jewelry. (And as crazy as it sounds, I am cleaning!) I’m also purging the house, little by little, to get rid of all the “junk” we don’t need.

I’m hoping to start writing again soon.

Good Lord, you would not believe the killer stories I have mostly written, plus the new ones that are floating through my head!

They are so different and amazingly crazy- LOL, I know, I should probably try for a few less “out there” stories. But these are the ones my creative side keeps bringing to the table.

And this is one of the reasons I write.

  • I write to embrace my crazy, creative side.

Anyone else? Why do you write?

 

Thanks for stopping by. I’m off to knit. (I’m almost finished with my daughter’s birthday blanket. I started it in September. Hehe, her birthday was in October 🙂 )

 

 

Sex and Writing

Hey y’all! Cara Bristol is hijacking my blog for the day, so I can get some biiiiiig stuff done. 🙂 Thanks, Cara. Take it away!

Sex and Writing

A quickie for those bi-curious about writing

By Cara Bristol

 

Erotic romance authors use words to write about sex. But what if we used sex to describe writing?

 

Foreplay – Writing exercises or rituals that get you into the mood to write.

Ejaculation – Sending the completed manuscript to an editor or agent

Premature ejaculation – Sending the manuscript too soon, before it’s polished and ready.

Oral sex – Talking about writing, rather than actually doing it.

Polyamory or ménage –Working on multiple manuscripts at the same time.

Bi-curious, bi-sexual –Writing in two different genres or subgenres.

One night stand – Sneakily writing something other than the manuscript you should be working on.

Infidelity – Same as a one night stand, only it lasts longer and can result in the abandonment of the original manuscript.

Bondage – Contractual obligations to write a book.

Discipline – Having a regular writing schedule. Writing when you don’t feel like it.

Orgasm – Getting a book contract, a royalty check, or an email from a fan.

Getting fucked – A drive-by one-star review.

Quickie – A short piece of writing.

Libido – The desire to write.

Dysfunction – Writer’s block

Making love –Writing something that brings you great pleasure

 

Author Bio

Cara Bristol is the author of Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus and 17 erotic romance novels and novellas. She’s been published by as Loose Id, Decadent Publishing, Blushing Books, and Black Velvet Seductions. She is best known for her Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline erotic romance series and the Breeder sci-fi erotic romance trilogy. She holds a B.A. in journalism, but took several human sexuality classes in college because she thought they would be easy As. (Two were, one wasn’t). Married with two grown step kids, Cara lives in the sunny state of Missouri where people often look askance when she tells them what she does for a living.

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Naughty Words for Nice Writers Blurb

If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus can help you break through those barriers. Cara Bristol, the author of 17 erotic romances, has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology, and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is available in paperback, ebook, and PDF (for your laptop or tablet).

 

Naughty Words on Amazon – Paperback and Kindle

 

Barnes & Noble – Paperback and Nook

 

PDF on All Romance

 

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Author Share – Formula Writing

Hey friends,

I know I have been a bit remiss with the Author Share posts lately. Sorry. 🙂

But when Patricia Green agreed to explain formula writing to me, I had to jump on this!

Please comment below. I would love to hear your experience, either from the writing or reading side. 🙂

Ok, let’s talk about Formula Writing.

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Katherine Deane: Thanks for joining me today, Patricia. I have heard a few publishers and authors mention this term before. What is formula writing?

Patricia Green: “Formula” is about taking tried-and-true tropes and gluing them together with certain plots, in order to fulfill reader expectations. Tropes are often-recurring scenarios pertaining to specific types of genre fiction. Spanking romance has certain tropes, romance in general has certain tropes (see here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RomanceNovelTropes and here: http://allthetropes.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Romance_Novel_Tropes for lists), westerns have tropes, as do mysteries, and suspense/thriller stories.

Katherine Deane: Can you give an example of what this could look like in spanking fiction?

Patricia Green: Applied to spanking romance, you take one of the tropes given above, and add a bratty heroine, a dominant guy who isn’t afraid to assert his authority by spanking, and you’re ready to rock ‘n roll.

Katherine Deane: Why does formula writing work?

Patricia Green: Formula writing works because it meets reader expectations. Whether a reader realizes it or not, when she picks up a book in a specific genre, she’s expecting certain things to happen. Here’s a good list of what ought to happen in a romance novel: http://howtowriteshop.loridevoti.com/2012/07/five-scenes-every-romance-novel-needs/ If your intention is to hook a regular romance reader (of any subgenre, including spanking romance), you want to use a plot that basically goes like this:

 

  1. The meeting
  2. The conflict
  3. The attraction which overwhelms the conflict
  4. Conflicting emotions which leads to a dark moment
  5. Resolution and HEA

 

Katherine Deane: That explains why my editors and publisher sometimes give me suggestions that differ from my original plan. (Like a very dark scene they suggested I tone down a bit. Best suggestion ever. I think my readers would have been very emotionally drained if I had not edited that scene.)

Katherine Deane: When does it NOT work?

Patricia Green: If you’re writing literary fiction, you have no formula. It’s a free-for-all, and once again, that meets reader expectations. If you’re writing any kind of genre fiction, though, writing to formula will get you more publisher interest, more positive reader reviews, and a greater likelihood of success. That is not to say that you cannot be a maverick, but to do so means you are taking a chance that readers will be disappointed. Writing contrary to formula is a risky business.

Katherine Deane: Is all spanking romance formulaic?

 

Patricia Green: We’d all like to think that we’re writing something new and different, something no one has ever done before. And, in terms of our heroes and heroines and their adventures, we might very well be presenting something unique. However, if you want to fall into any genre fiction category (which is the majority of fiction, these days), you will be using the formula for that genre. That’s what readers are looking for, and what you, as an author need to provide. There are so many tropes, so many things you can do with a formulaic plot, however, that you don’t need to feel constrained. Your hero and heroine are unique, with unique methods of dealing with their conflicts and emotions. That’s what makes your work special and what captures the attention of avid readers – readers who often don’t even realize they are hooked on formula.

Katherine Deane: I can attest, from the reader side, Patricia. I like the stability usually, and don’t like to be surprised. However, there are the occasional stories that push me, emotionally. And I have enjoyed them. But I might not have read them if I had just looked at the tags. (I can totally see an Author Share about tagging coming soon! )

Thanks so much for sharing with us.

 

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Patricia Green’s latest book is Rescued by the Spy. It’s a f/M/f sci fi spy adventure, with a whole lot of sexy parts. (I actually was confused by the acronym, because I usually read M/f. Here’s how Patricia explained it for me)

 f/M/f (note the capitalized M in there) means two submissive females and one dominant male, but the females do not engage each other sexually (the reason they are bookends to the M)

 

I loved this book! It definitely pushed my comfort zone boundaries a bit, but I am so glad I read it. It was amazing, and oh, so sexy!

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You can buy it on Amazon  (click on the Amazon link)

Patricia’s blog link – http://patriciagreenbooks.com/

 

Thanks again to Patricia Green for sharing her experience with us.

And check out her new book (it will knock your socks off!)

Thanks for stopping by.

Note- I am trying to plan out some cool “Author Share” Posts for 2015. What are some topics you would like to hear more about? Here are some I am thinking about:

– tags

– series writing

– making a bad guy into a good guy (sequel writing)

– sequel writing

– chat with a publisher

 

 

 

Erotica Writers and Erotic Lives, from Patricia Green

Hey Friends!   Patricia Green is taking over my blog today. Enjoy!

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Erotica writers must be twenty-five year old models or superstars who are keeping themselves anonymous by using a pen name and a clever disguise. Well, that’s what a lot of people think. But the fact is, erotica writers are just like everyone else. They are all ages, all sizes, from all walks of life, with husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends (sometimes more than one), with kids, without kids, employed, unemployed, disabled or exercise buffs. The things they have in common are a fertile imagination and a desire to make the reader excited. No one writes published erotica without thinking about how it will affect the reader.

Like all kinds of fiction writers, erotica writers are going for a reaction. Not just any reaction, but one that makes the readers’ toes curl and a blush steal over her cheeks. Sometimes, it makes them squeeze their legs together, or hide their private parts under a pillow. Oo, la, la! The point is the reaction. We never want you to be bored or skip over the sexy bits to get to the “good parts.” And, although we want there to be a story, too, to us the “good parts” include the erotic content.

Where do erotica writers get their inspiration? Do they all have phenomenal sex lives? You’d have to ask a lot of erotica writers for honest answers to Kinsey-esque questions. But, exactly like their variations in social status and family life, I’m betting there is a complete spectrum of sexiness among erotica writers. Some are more intimate than sexy. A few are crazed sex maniacs. Most are somewhere in the middle, with healthy sex lives that are influenced by everyday events. When the kids are sick, the sex life goes on hiatus, but the intimacy continues (we hope). Intimacy doesn’t always mean sex. It often means a glance and a shy smile, or holding hands on the couch, or sharing a spoonful of crème brulée. Many of these things find their way into erotica, especially erotic romance. Intimacy is the ultimate in romantic. And sex, for an erotic writer, can be wild and crazy or slow and steady. If he’s a good erotic writer, there will be a mix in his book, as there is in real life relationships. Even one night stands are often a mixed up melding of styles meant to excite the primitive urges.

The bottom line is that you don’t have to live an erotic life to write erotica. You have to have an imagination, the desire to make the reader feel something special, and a strong grasp of what intimacy and romance are. The writer might not be interested in romance, but she has to know what qualifies. There are some pretty dirty stories out there, and they certainly can be erotic under the right circumstances, but not every one will move you. If one does, it’s a keeper, meant to be dog-eared and marked up and a sexy friend for life.

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Patricia Green is a full-time fiction writer specializing in erotic romance. She writes love stories that emphasize fun characters with quirky personalities. Patricia is the author of more than 20 published novels and novellas.

In her personal life, Patricia is married and the mother of twins. When she’s not being the angel of domestic harmony and a semi-crazed creator of fictional friends, she loves to read, crochet, knit and watch hockey and baseball.

You can reach Patricia Green in the following ways:

Email: pig (at) patriciagreenbooks (dot) com

Website/Blog: http://www.patriciagreenbooks.com

Spanking romance pages: http://patriciagreenbooks.com/books-featuring-spanking/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Patricia.Green.Romance

Twitter: @PatriciaIGreen

Google+: http://plus.google.com/+PatriciaGreen

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Green/e/B002RCB0IK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4541511.Patricia_Green

 

Author Share – Editing

 

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I am so excited to have three amazing women here with me today, talking about the editing process. I have worked with both Kate Richards and Jamie Miles, and have to give them a huge shout out for not only being thorough, but also personable and friendly in their support. I love working with each of them, and appreciate the different aspects they bring to the editing process. I am also super stoked to have Erica Scott here today to talk about copy editing. When I found out that my favorite “bottom” was also a proof reader and copy editor, I just had to bring her into the mix. I’m thankful that they all shifted their busy schedules to share their experience and talk with me about the latest “Author Share” – Editing.

So let’s jump right in!

 

Katherine Deane: Thanks for joining me today, ladies. What is the biggest thing you each edit for?

Jamie Miles: I am lead editor at Stormy Night Publications, a highly author-centric publisher for spanking and BDSM romance and erotica titles. My primary role is in content editing, but I sometimes do copy editing.

Erica Scott: I work as a freelance proofreader/copy editor and have had several clients, but my two regulars are polar opposites: Stormy Night Publications (spanking erotica), and a company that produces courses on medical topics! I sometimes find myself, in one day, reading subjects that range from anal punishments to the treatment of pressure ulcers.

Kate Richards: As executive editor at Decadent Publishing and co-owner of Wizards in Publishing, quite a variety of genres cross my desk. For example, at Wizards, we recently edited a non-fiction called Open Doors about the lives of women living on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian border for a charity that helps women to gain the skills to take care of themselves and their families throughout the world. I edit more erotic romance than anything, and I really enjoy spanking fiction, lesbian fiction, and BDSM. And historical romance. And mysteries….

Katherine Deane: What is the biggest mistake that newer authors make?

Erica Scott: I don’t think there is any one biggest mistake, but I do see one error fairly regularly with newer authors—underestimating their readers. They state and restate certain things, over-explain the situations, over-describe their characters. In their eagerness to convey what’s in their head to the readers, they overdo it.

Jamie Miles: I agree that there isn’t a single “biggest mistake” that authors make, since each author is different. If I had to identify a single issue which is one of the most common, I would say that quite often authors don’t identify their target audience well enough. Just because an author wants to write about a dinosaur from outer space who spanks naughty girls with a hairbrush doesn’t mean anybody else wants to read about that.

Kate Richards: I can approach this best as an author, I think. The biggest mistake I made as a new author was completely panicking the first time I received edits. I allowed the colorful, comment-dotted manuscript to make me think I couldn’t write. And, once I breathed again, I learned more from that editor than any since.

Katherine Deane: Kate, I’m so glad you brought up the colors. I admit I actually did panic a bit when I saw my edits the first time. 🙂 So, why the different colors? What do they mean?

Kate Richards: Different editors use highlights in different ways, some don’t use them at all. But, generally, they are a handy way to point out repetitions or repeated issues that an author can then address. Like seventeen uses of “hand” or “tongue” on a page. Or consistent overuse of names, or passive verb phrasing. If an editor does use this method, they should provide you with a guide and some instructions.

Katherine Deane: What’s the difference between a Developmental edit and a full edit?

Jamie Miles: Stormy Night doesn’t use specific terms for the revision process, but the depth of the edit depends on many things—the author’s ability, the plot, the subject material, among other things. Some books will require extensive changes, such as reordering, cutting, and/or adding scenes and chapters, while some books will only need help with things like wording, unanswered questions, plot holes, overused words, and superfluous description.

Kate Richards: I agree with Jamie. No two edits are alike, but a developmental edit will be broader, help the author with character development, plot, story arc. Often a content editor will work with these things, too, but more in depth on a line by line basis.

Katherine Deane: Erica, what are some of the biggest grammatical errors and typos you have found? Inconsistencies?

Erica Scott: How many pages do I have? 🙂 In the olden days of typesetting, before Autocorrect and Spellcheck, I saw a lot more misspelled words (“teh” for “the” was common). Now, the errors are a little trickier; punctuation errors (missing commas, commas where there should be semi-colons, hyphens instead of dashes), words that are properly spelled but used incorrectly (“too” for “to,” etc.), and cases where the author clearly meant one word, but mistakenly typed another that sounds like it (I once saw “plummeted” instead of “pummeled”). Inconsistencies cover a broad spectrum. With stylistic choices, the author will often lose track of which style he/she has chosen (e.g., using “okay,” “OK” and “Ok”), or spell their characters’ names or other proper names differently (Lily on page 12, then Lilly on page 124).

Katherine Deane: How do you show the difference between a POV shift and a chapter break?

Kate Richards: Every publisher has style guides that tell the author and copy editor how to show this in the manuscript, but otherwise, it varies. I think the important thing is that POV shifts aren’t too often.

Jamie Miles: I don’t use copy editing marks; instead, I just write out the necessary change using words.

Katherine Deane: In developmental edits, what do you normally suggest for overall character and plot development (for the spanking romance genre).

Jamie Miles: It depends on the nature of the plot and the author’s interests. One thing I usually suggest is that a spanking scene come sooner rather than later. No one wants to read halfway through a book to find the spanking scenes.

Kate Richards: Exactly. Spanking fiction has quite a variety of storylines. But, absolutely, readers of spanking romance expect spanking. They want to see how that element moves the romance and therefore it must be present. If there’s only one spanking scene at the end, readers will not be pleased.

Katherine Deane: What if the author doesn’t want to make the changes you suggested? Are these written in stone?

Erica Scott: As a proofreader, I will often find things in books or other works that I think need more editing than I’m supposed to be doing. So I will write a note to my client and suggest that they speak to the author about the sections/characters/whatever in question. After that, it’s out of my hands, although I’ve had clients often say “good catch” and “that makes a lot of sense” to me, so I’m hoping they are able to convince the authors too!

 Jamie Miles: Some are written in stone and some are not. We do have some content guidelines and we will not publish a book if its content does not fall within those guidelines. On the other hand, when we are asking for revisions which are not related to our content guidelines and the author does not want to make them, we have to make a judgment call on whether the book is still publishable without the changes.

Kate Richards: Editing should be an interactive process. We make suggestions, the author replies. Sometimes the author will not want to make a change and, if it is important, I will explain why. With a publisher, the final call belongs to house style, with an indie, the author holds that right. But if you, the author, continually disagree with the suggestions made by your editor, perhaps it’s just not a good match.

Katherine Deane: What is the difference between “ –“ (emdash?) and “…” (how are they used?)

Erica Scott:  An em-dash (“—”) signifies a break in thought, an alternate way of indicating a parenthetical statement. If you take out the copy between the dashes, the sentence still makes sense. (“My co-worker’s incessant gum-cracking—not to mention her constant throat clearing—made for an unpleasantly noisy work atmosphere.”) Ellipses (…) can signify the shortening of a list, or a stylistic trailing off of a thought, or a hesitation in speech.

 Jamie Miles: Also, when used in dialogue, an em dash can signal an abrupt break in speech, such as when a character is interrupted. For example:

“Young lady, I’m going not going to tell you again—”

“I’m tired of you bossing me around like a child!” she interrupted him. “You know I’m all of twenty years old…” Her voice wavered as he glared back at her, unmoving.

Katherine Deane: Thanks. And great example of dialog tags also. I would love to go into more detail about them at some point.

Katherine Deane: Why can’t I WRITE in ALL CAPS? I’m trying to REALLY make a point here!

Erica Scott: Because not only does it look like yelling, but it’s the lazy way to emphasize. You’ll get the same effect, without the angry look, if you italicize. If you want to be especially emphatic, you can (very sparingly) use bold italic. But over-emphasizing in any way (whether it be caps, italics, bold, or exclamation points) makes for tedious reading after a while.

Jamie Miles: Tsk, tsk. It looks like someone needs to give Katherine Deane a spanking for writing in all caps when she clearly knows it’s against the rules. As Erica explained, it looks like shouting and not emphasizing, but even when a story’s character is shouting, using italics still looks better.

Kate Richards: What they said. 🙂

Katherine Deane: LOL, Jamie. I believe that was incentive for more All Caps from me 😉 (That would make a great story, by the way 🙂 )

Katherine Deane: Ok, are “LY’s” really Satan’s spawn?

Erica Scott:  Are you talking about words that end with “ly,” and the improper usage of them? If that’s the case, I would like to express my nails-on-the-blackboard frustration with “more importantly” and “I feel badly.” Stop saying and writing these phrases, people! They’re wrong! “More importantly” does not mean the same thing as “more important”; it means “in an important manner.” And if you say “I feel badly,” you’re basically saying that you’re lousy at touching people.

Katherine Deane: Ooh, I just read about this in the “Grammar Girl” book. The word “badly” describes the verb “feel”. So I cannot “feel badly” about being mean to someone. This would mean after I was mean to this person, I turned around and did a very poor job of touching the objects around me. Hehe, I “felt badly”. 🙂

Katherine Deane: What if I have more than one female in a scene, and the POV is the MC Female? I know I am supposed to take out a lot of the names, when in MC’s POV. But it gets tricky, when there are so many she’s going on.

What then?

Kate Richards: It’s something that takes practice. After a while, it becomes natural, but reading out loud helps to be sure you are making sense without name bombing the reader.

Jamie Miles: I don’t think there is a set rule about this as it seems to be a more visual thing and more about what sounds right. But that being said, I would probably go with using “she” for the most part when talking about the MC. Then I would use the side character’s name more often, although I would try to use “she” for the side character when it makes sense that the side character is the one being talked about.

Katherine Deane: Can you explain show vs tell? I have been told this a lot. Turns out, I would be a great writer for onstage musicals.

Throws hands in air; walks away; smiles; sits down 🙂

Jamie Miles: For me, showing your characters doing actions that have a deeper or implied meaning is huge. If a character stutters just a tiny bit when trying to answer a question, or if she shifts her eyes away, that implies many things. Perhaps she is nervous, lying, or frightened. When other bits of detailed description and interesting conversation surround characters doing actions that could have a deeper meaning, you have a good story.

Kate Richards: This deeper meaning allows the readers to be more a part of the story. If you tell me the day was hot, okay, I get the point, but if you show me the beads of sweat on the hero’s muscular chest, the condensation on the glass of chilled white wine, the glare on the windshield, the heroine’s languor in the warm afternoon….I’m there.

Katherine Deane: What are some common issues found, that authors could fix themselves?

Erica Scott:  Spelling errors, certainly. If you get a red squiggle when you type a word, and you’re not sure about it, take a moment to look it up. If you cite anything from a geographical reference to a historical figure, make sure you’ve spelled it properly. Also, the aforementioned inconsistencies. Certainly an editor or proofreader can pick up on these, but it helps if the author stays on top of things and checks/double-checks their styles, name choices, pertinent details, etc., to make sure everything follows. If your character was 18 in 1975, then she’s 57 in 2014, not 53.

Jamie Miles: Mid-scene point of view hopping can easily make writing look less professional than it would otherwise. Giving readers the thoughts, emotions, and experiences of only one character at a time and using either a chapter break or a scene break to signal a shift to a different character’s point of view is something that quickly improves a story.

Katherine Deane: A final personal question for each of you- What do you most enjoy and / or least enjoy about the editing process?

Kate Richards: The most enjoyable part of editing are the same as writing. I love the beginning, and the possibilities, and the end when there is a beautiful shiny story that is everything it could be. The middle is the hard work that gets us there.

 Erica Scott:I take a lot of pride in taking someone’s good work and making it even better. I have a lot of respect for writers and never wish to step on their toes. By the time the copy gets to me, it’s relatively clean. But if I can take a phrase that’s unclear, or a misspelled name, or a choice of word that doesn’t quite fit, and tweak it just a little to perfect it, I get a lot of satisfaction from that. Things will slip by even the best of writers, and that’s where I come in.

That being said, the work can be tedious at times. My eyes get tired and if I don’t take breaks, I miss errors, which really frustrates me. I mean, I’m being paid to find things, not miss them! But sometimes, if there are more than the usual amount of typos, and I’m fixing three errors in one sentence, I might overlook the fourth. Which is why I have to remind myself to go slowly and carefully, and never rush a job. I tend to prefer to work with clients without breakneck turnarounds necessary, for that reason.

 Jamie Miles: The least enjoyable part of my work is that it captures my mind—sometimes when I wish it wouldn’t. I’ll lie awake in bed thinking about an author’s plot, characters, and scenes, contemplating ways to add to them. I even dream about editing. Maybe I need to get out a little more… But the most enjoyable part? Seeing my work and the author’s very hard work come to fruition.

Katherine Deane: Thank you so much ladies! I really appreciate your time and support , not only because of your willingness to go the extra mile in the editing process, but also your extra support with this blog post. This has a ton of great information that I cannot wait to share with the others! Thanks again!

 

Fellow authors and readers, thanks for stopping by today. So let’s get the discussion started! Let’s talk about eidting editing. 🙂

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Our wonderful co-hostesses for the day:

 

Jamie Miles

Jamie Miles has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and cannot remember a time when she hasn’t thrilled to the magic of characters brought to life on a printed page. When she graduated, her goal was to get into the publishing business, and she has recently found spanking romance and erotica to be an exciting corner of the publishing world. For the past year, she has been editing for Stormy Night Publications and is excited to move to a full-time role with the company. When she’s not editing spanking books, she can be found either engrossed in a good novel or finding new ways to brat the loving, firm-handed man who spanks her, which, she assures readers, is as good a hobby as any.

email – jamie@stormynightpublications.com

 

Kate Richards

Kate Richards divides her time between Los Angeles and the High Sierras. She would gladly spend all her days in the mountains, but she’d miss the beach…and her very supportive husband’s commute would be three hundred miles. Wherever she is, she loves to explore all different kinds of relationships in her stories. She doesn’t believe one-size-fits-all, and whether her characters live BDSM, ménage, GLBT or any other kind of lifestyle, it’s the love, the joy in one another, that counts.

She explores the editorial side of things as a partner in Wizards in Publishing and executive editor at Decadent Publishing. In working with authors and editors, she has learned the ins and outs of the author/editor relationship and the value of strength and open communication in such an intimate situation. Preserving the author’s voice, being open to the editor’s input, finding the jewel in a book that may still have some rough edges are all critical to the process.

Facebook Fan Pagehttp://on.fb.me/14Vqx48

Goodreads Pagehttp://bit.ly/19yVcWh

Twitterhttp://bit.ly/17AeWeM

 

Erica Scott

Erica Scott has been a proofreader/copy editor for over 30 years. She is the author of three books: What Happens to Naughty Girls?, a compilation of spanking stories; Late Bloomer,her autobiography; and Correspondence Hall of Shame: One Woman’s Adventures with Online Idiocy. She posts regularly in her blog, Erica Scott: Life, Love and Spanking, and is active on Twitter, Fetlife and Facebook.

Blog:www.ericascottlls.blogspot.com

Twitter: @EricaLScott — https://twitter.com/EricaLScott

FB: Erica Scott — https://www.facebook.com/EricaLScotthomepage

Fetlife: Erica_Scott — https://fetlife.com/users/16939

 

Author Share – Putting it All Together

Author Share black letters

 

Thanks for joining me today in the first of the “Author Share” series. I have asked Cara Bristol, Patricia Green, and Renee Rose to share with us some of their experiences in the broad topic of “Putting it All Together.” These women are amazing at what they do! And I am blessed to call them each, friends.

 

Katherine Deane: Ladies, thank you so much for joining me today for the first of the “Author Share” Series.

You three are at the top of your game – selling books like wildfire. They’re fantastic, and I adore them!  But there seems to be more to it, than just book writing. I read your wonderfully written blogs, see your promotions, and follow your posts on Facebook. You make it look so dang easy!

Now for a gal like me, just trying to get a handle on all this juggling, I feel overwhelmed just watching you.

So, how do you do… IT?

How do you combine writing, blogging, promoting, and social networking into a workable routine without burning out. (I remember an awesome series by Patricia Green about Burn Out, recently).

 Cara Bristol: When I am actively writing a first draft of a new book, I write a minimum of 1K every day and shoot for 10K per week. Writing comes first, promotion is second. But a big second. Recently, I started reserving Sundays for blog time—writing a week’s worth on that one day, leaving me free to focus on writing during the week. When I have a book release, the week before, during and after, I generally ONLY work on promotion.

Katherine Deane: Do you have a percentage that you use for each activity?

Renee Rose: I wish I could break things down that way, but while I do consider myself a full-time writer, I’m also a mother of two kids who go to two different schools (one hour each trip for pick up and drop off for school) and I see clients during the week for my Feldenkrais practice, teach dance, organize PTA events and generally run around like a chicken with my head cut off.

 

Cara Bristol: When I was a new author, I spent about 90% of my work time writing and 10% on promotion. Now that I’m multi-published, it’s about 50/50, but it varies by where I am in a book project. Of my social media time, the allocation is probably 50 percent blogging, 30% FB, 5% Twitter (used to be more), and 15% all other combined.

 Patricia Green: Not exactly. I read somewhere that an author should spend 80-90% of their time on writing and the other 10-20% on promotions/marketing. I try to use Mondays for promotions (like this interview, blog posts on my blog, blog posts for other people’s blogs, community outreach, etc.) and then use the rest of my week for writing. I do post on FB and Twitter nearly every day, but that takes maybe 10 minutes of my time altogether.

Katherine Deane: What does your weekly schedule look like?

Cara Bristol: I write six days a week, on the seventh I blog. I am on FB and Twitter every day. I catch other social media (Pinterest, Goodreads, Google groups, etc) when I think of it. I’ve found that it works best to focus on two or three things rather than engaging in a smattering on many. But one has to keep one’s ear to the ground because what used to be the “go-to” place can change.

Renee Rose: Basically, I do the email/social media stuff in all the snippets in between. I can retweet from my smart phone while waiting to pick the kids up, or read emails, or laugh at FB posts. I always write in the hour or two after my kids go to sleep, and I hold that time sacred. The rest I fit in if I’m not booked with clients, or if the kids aren’t especially needy, etc.

 Patricia Green: My schedule is weekly, but I keep a “blogging calendar” to keep track of the various obligations I have.

Katherine Deane: What is the most important of them all? (Please don’t say “all of them”. LOL, I’m overwhelmed as it is!)

Patricia Green: By far and away, the most important task I have to do is write. If I don’t do that, I’m out of business. If I have a writing deadline, if takes precedence.

Cara Bristol: This varies by author because it all depends on how much you invest in the activity. For me, it’s blogging. I post about four times a week. With blogging, I can control the message, and I’m not limited by space requirements. And I enjoy blogging so I’m motivated to do it.

Renee Rose: I don’t know. Blog posting, I suppose, but I get more sucked in to the Facebooking.

Katherine Deane: If you had one tip for new and aspiring authors, what would it be?

Cara Bristol: Get socially connected so that people know your name before you publish. Get your blog established, build a cadre of FB friends and Twitter followers, get to know other authors in your genre.

Patricia Green: Write more books!

Renee Rose: Join the Spanking Fiction Facebook group! Once you’re in there, you have a whole community to gain from.

Katherine Deane: And for my own sake, do you have a house cleaner? Seriously, there seems to be a direct correlation between the messy kitchen and piles of laundry and my good writing days.

Patricia Green: Yes. I have a housekeeping service. The only thing they don’t do is laundry and window washing. I have a window washing service for that twice a year. It’s an expense I’m willing to shoulder because I like a clean house, my back is wonky, and I’d rather spend my time working. My husband doesn’t do housekeeping. We divided the chores up early, and the housekeeping fell to me. It’s his job to make big bucks. 🙂

Renee Rose: I agree, my good writing days correspond with messy house, too! 😦

 Cara Bristol: I do have a housekeeper. I rewarded myself with one when my royalties reached an arbitrary goal I’d set. But my housekeeper only comes twice a month—so the daily stuff (dishes, laundry, sweeping) still remains. But I have learned to turn a blind eye to the house until I have completed my daily writing, and I have stopped picking up after DH all together (he does his own laundry and he is responsible for cleaning his office/the library and his side of the master bathroom).

Katherine Deane: LOL, I’m glad to see we all have something in common! My next big goal is to sell enough books to afford some weekly cleaning help. 🙂

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As we can see, each author does things differently. They have found what works for them. Writing, blogging, promoting, social networking – it’s all important. But the gist of it, is to combine these activities into a cohesive structure that works for each of us.

My plan is to figure out how to do each of these different activities through specific blog posts utilizing the experiences of other SMEs (Subject Matter Experts). Stay tuned as I delve deep into this thing called authorship.

And please don’t forget to reply. I’d love to hear your experiences and suggestions! And if you have any further questions for the authors, about this week’s topic (Putting it All Together), please reply below.

Next week’s “Author Share” post will be about blogging. I can’t wait to share our discussion!

Thanks again to Cara Bristol, Patricia Green, and Renee Rose for getting this series started.

Happy Spankings Writing!

🙂

 

About the authors:

Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol has written everything from mainstream long and short fiction to nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles. She sold her first erotic romance in 2009. She is best known for her spanking romances, but she has also written in the science fiction romance, contemporary, and paranormal genres. Multi-published, she has released more than a dozen erotic romances, including two series: the Rod and Cane Society (spanking romance) and Breeder (science fiction romance). Cara lives in the Midwest United States with her husband. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching reality TV shows.

Author website

Twitter @CaraBristol

Facebook

Email: carabristol50@yahoo.com

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Patricia Green

Patricia Green is a full-time fiction writer specializing in erotic romance. She provides the reader with love stories that emphasize fun characters with quirky personalities. Patricia is the author of more than 20 published novels and novellas.

In her personal life, Patricia is married and the mother of twins. When she’s not being the angel of domestic harmony and a semi-crazed creator of fictional friends, she loves to read, crochet, knit and watch hockey and baseball.

You can reach Patricia Green in the following ways:

Email: pig (at) patriciagreenbooks (dot) com

Website/Blog: http://www.patriciagreenbooks.com

Spanking romance pages: http://patriciagreenbooks.com/books-featuring-spanking/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Patricia.Green.Romance

Twitter: @PatriciaIGreen

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Green/e/B002RCB0IK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Renee Rose

Renee Rose is a multi-published author of erotic spanking romance.  Her latest release The Bossman, won Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author contest. Her blog can be found at www.reneeroseromance.com. She can also be found on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Liebster Award

liebster award

Thanks so much to spanking romance author, Tara Finnegan for nominating me for this award and for her awesome questions. Click the link on her name above to get to know more about Tara. 

 For future Liebster Award recipients, here are the rules:

 

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

(Ok, I did not adhere perfectly to the rules, but I came close. Thanks!)

1.   How often do you blog, and why did you start?

Hehe, that is a good question! I started just over a year ago, and am still trying to get consistent with my blogging. My goal is three times a week. Wish me luck!

2.   What was the first full book you ever wrote?

The first book I ever wrote and published, is called The Winter Storm. Casey McKay, Renee Rose and I each wrote different stories, and put them together into a “group story”. It was a lot of fun!

3.  What prompted you to start writing?

Hmmm, I don’t know. I think I liked what I read so much, that I wanted to create something too. And I had so many ideas running through my head, it made sense to try to put them down on paper.

4.  Aside from writing, what is your favorite pastime?

I love to run (but haven’t been able to get consistent with it yet, this year), sing, do crafts, and sew. (I make a mean tutu, and made the flower girl dresses and Bridesmaid dresses for my sister’s wedding 🙂 )

5.   What is your proudest achievement either in writing or in life?

Well, in writing, I officially became a published author just over a month ago! That was a pretty big moment for me.

As far as life goes, I’ve had a lot of blessed moments. These are just a few that come to mind:

Becoming an All American on the Track in College (5000m)

Finishing my first marathon

The births of my children

Singing the National Anthem at the Military World XC Championships

6.  What do you want most to achieve in life? Have you already achieved it or are you actively working on it?

Honestly, I don’t know. I know that I want to be remembered for being a blessing to others, and when I die, I want to look back at my life and be at peace, knowing I truly accomplished something worthwhile.

Most people, by the time they finish college, know their direction. I’m 41 (closer to 42), and still don’t know what I truly want from life.

I think I just want to have peace in my heart (not just happiness. That’s an emotion that can come and go. But true peace). I want to give my all in whatever direction life takes me in each moment.

I want to achieve a peace in my heart, and know that whatever accomplishments I have, whether they are big or small- if I give it my all, then I have succeeded.

Hehe, I think I might be a hippy at heart. Which conflicts greatly with my Type A personality and need for control. (Don’t ask. It confuses me too!)

7.   If you had the opportunity to meet one person you really admire, who would it be, and what would you want to ask them?

Ok, you know I can’t just go with one! 😉

Julie Andrews (amazing actress and singer. I adore her, and know almost all her songs by heart! I love her! And she’s just as good now, as she was 20 years ago!)

Erica Scott (ok, I am a huge fan of hers. Her book, “Late Bloomer” was what gave me the push to talk to my husband about my spanking desires. It also opened up lots of fantasies in me. 🙂 I wish I could do spanking videos. I would love to play the part of a kicking, howling young woman getting her bottom blistered.

Here’s a pic from her blog. (She was kind enough to let me post it!)

erica scott_srah gregory spanking

 

Unfortunately, this doesn’t fit with my conservative family life right now, so it will have to wait a few more years. 😦

But if god blesses me with a decent body, in my 50’s, I am sooooo doing a video! (there’s my bucket list addition, hehe)

Here’s another cool one from her blog, called “The Stranger

Ok, this is probably going to give me nightmares and “really happy dreams” all night!

erica scott_the stranger

 

8.   What makes you happiest?

Chocolate twizzlers and red wine! Mmmm

Actually, I am at my happiest when I make a goal for the day (any goal, it doesn’t matter), and I accomplish it. LOL, this happens less often than you might think. I tend to be very creative (flighty?), which means tons of thoughts collide and overwhelm me. I’ve had moments where I couldn’t even read a book, because I was so overstimulated that I couldn’t decide what to read. Too many choices. Phew! A huge cycle of ‘ugh’.

Even funnier, is the fact that I am Type A and very in need of control.

These two dichotomous energies battle, sometimes leaving me worn out and mumbling. Hehe, poor hubby gets a little nervous when those cycles hit.

Luckily, they don’t hit too often. Maybe every 2-3 months 🙂

Anything else?

Let’s see…

Fave movies – Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Fave songs to sing – On My Own from Les Miserables, Star Spangled Banner, My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music

Fave outfits – Gap loose fit jeans and Target t-shirt; black yoga pants and t-shirt; no bra whenever possible

Fave food – anything chocolate

Fave drink – merlot and cabernet

 

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

I am tagging Joseph McNamera, Corinne Alexander, Celeste Jones, Natasha Knight, and Renee Rose

Here are your questions:

  1.  When did you start blogging and why?
  2. How often do you blog, and what about?
  3. What are your favorite genres to read?
  4. Who has been your biggest influence in writing and or life?
  5. What is your happiest memory?
  6. Do you have a spanking relationship in real life?
  7. Kirk or Picard?
  8. If you could only choose one implement to be spanked by (or spank with), what would it be?
  9. Who is your favorite written character?
  10. If you could travel in time, what time period would you go to?
  11. What grounds you?

Thanks!

Happy Spankings!