Finding and Working with an Editor: Everything You Need to Know for a (Nearly) Pain-Free Edit
Finding the right editor can be daunting. And the wrong editor? Devastating!
What if an editor doesn’t get you as a writer? Or doesn’t understand your voice? Or doesn’t have the experience they said they had? Or what if your personalities don’t mesh? How do you protect yourself–and your book–and yet build trust with an editor? Simple. Let a seasoned editor give you all the information–and secrets–you need to know! From knowing what editors do to evaluating if you’re ready to be edited to guidelines for effective contracts with an editor, this book will give you all the insider information you need to find and work with the best editor for you!
The Genre Guidebook: 7 Genres, 3 Golden Rules to Satisfy Your Readers!
There’s more to writing fiction than just writing.
There’s something out there that you need to know. And understand. Or you––and your books––will be in trouble. What is this element?
It’s only when you understand your genre––and the expectations readers have when they choose that genre––that you can craft a compelling story to capture those readers and keep them coming back for more.
This guidebook is developed for you, the writer, to help you do exactly that. Two publishing professionals with over 35 years of experience writing and editing fiction share essential tips, how-tos, and golden rules for seven popular genres:
Caught in a blizzard, they expected to fight for their lives. What they didn’t expect was a miracle… Renee and Gabe Roman are on the edge—relationally and spiritually. Both believe they are followers of Christ who know God. So why is their marriage so difficult? After years of struggle, they wonder if it’s all been for nothing. Then, on an anniversary trip to a remote resort, their truck hurtles down the side of a mountain. Suddenly, they find themselves at the mercy of the rugged Oregon wilderness, forced to fight for survival by relying on each other. But both must surrender their last defenses if they are to come home at last—to God and to each other. Can the Romans overcome their greatest obstacle—themselves—in time?
There’s no way sheriff’s deputy Dan Justice could have prepared for this. He spent a lifetime ensuring his actions and faith live up to the meaning of his name-Avidan: “God is just” Then injustice invades his world, ripping away what matters most, forever robbing him of the life he once knew. Can his sisters and small-town community-especially one woman who loves Dan-help him overcome the horrors he’s facing? Or will bitterness and anger shatter him forever? What happens when justice fails the lawman?
Wilderness and weather are easily overcome. But betrayal? Annie Justice sees things differently. Her unconventional condition, synesthesia, helped make her one of the most sought-after stained-glass artists in the country. And teamed with her German shepherd, she’s just as successful in her work with the K-9 Search and Rescue Team, finding people seemingly hidden from others’ eyes. But no one knows her expertise for hiding the childhood insecurities that plague her – until Jed Curry comes along. Then the search for a missing child goes awry, and Jed must reveal his true identity. He’s prepared for Annie’s anger, but not the hurt. And neither of them is prepared for the real trial ahead – something far more sinister and dangerous than their search. Can Jed and Annie overcome their unknown enemy – and the insecurities and secrets keeping them apart – before it’s too late?
Nothing’s going to stop Kyla… until the ground crumbles beneath her feet. Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend’s suggestion that she sell her business and marry him–and most especially not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy. Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars–and the nightmares–to prove it. Though he can’t fight overseas any longer, he’s found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived. Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won’t carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there’s only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real–and surrender to God. In other words, risk everything…
Anne knew God would answer her fervent prayers for a baby. That’s why, when her daughter was born, she named her Faith. But as Faith grows into a teenager, mother and daughter rarely see eye-to-eye about anything—including God. When Faith erupts in rebellion, Anne’s world is shattered. Now Anne must leave her precious daughter in God’s hands. By God’s grace, Faith survived a turbulent youth—a terrible time when she hurt those she loved most. Faith has since grown close to her parents, especially her mom. But then her mother falls seriously ill. As Anne weakens, Faith struggles with the reversal of their roles. Though she finds strength in God, fear is her constant nemesis. Will God answer her prayers as He did her mother’s?
This rerelease of the first Palisades romance by Karen Ball tells the story of a young widow who learns to love again. Taylor Sorensen has a secret: there are wolves on her ranch. Taylor’s new ranch hand, Connor Alexander, has a secret, too: he’s a wildlife biologist who’s been sent to find out if, after sixty years, wolves have returned to Wyoming. Caught in a fierce battle against angry ranchers and centuries of superstition, Taylor and Connor are drawn together by their desire to protect these wild, majestic animals. What they don’t know is that there’s someone else out there who hates the wolves — someone who’s as determined to get rid of them as Taylor and Connor are to protect them.
In this collection of three whimsical and fresh stories of romance in unusual settings, Karen Ball’s writing will delight readers of all ages and in every season. Infused with love, tenderness and humor, the stories are threaded together with common characters and themes.The protagonist in “Valentine’s Surprise” has been unlucky in love, so her sisters conspire and set her up with a blind date they’re sure will be “The One.” The date is surprisingly successful…until she discovers she went out with the wrong man!In “Jericho’s Walls,” a widow’s grown children try to forestall her annual April Fools’ Day depression. They trick her into pet-sitting a ferret, and talk her into a major house renovation–to be done by the good-looking but distant Jericho Katz, whose spouse also has died. But can you help someone who doesn’t think she wants it?”An Unlikely Angel” is the story of a very successful lawyer who believes he’s got everything he wants and needs in life. Then a charming but destructive Siberian Husky turns up. The man comes to learn what is truly valuable, with help from an even more charming and quirky girl-next-door, and the gentle nudge of…an angel?
Warning: Laughter ahead! Three novellas make up this delightful triple-header. In Karen Ball’s “Bride on the Run,” an heiress defies her father’s demand that she marry a man she doesn’t love. If only she hadn’t waited until her wedding day to do so! So it’s out the window, down the rose trellis … and headlong into one escapade after another. Liz Curtis Higgs delivers “Fine Print,” where a businessman and the speech coach he’s hired have no idea there are matchmakers at work on their behalf! The “giggle” comes from Carolyn Zane, whose “Sweet Chariot” drops readers in on two little old ladies who purchase a motor home sight-unseen, then drag their adult grandchildren along for cross-country antics. Thoroughly fun!
Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe
Sometimes you seek out love, and sometimes is broadsides you…
You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to derail her life.
Through his laugh-out-loud antics and escapades, Henry will steal readers’ hearts. Anyone who has ever owned a dog, especially a canine catastrophe like Henry, will enjoy this lighthearted book about a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.
Henry hauls author Erin Taylor Young and her readers into mischief, mayhem, hilarity, and heartwarming adventure. Come join Henry, canine catastrophe extraordinaire, as he romps through an all new collection of true life—and near-death—tales. You’ll laugh yourself silly—and maybe even shed a tear or two—as Henry shows that there’s a lot more to life than merely surviving.
For anyone who’s read Young’s first book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, it won’t be a surprise to learn that she couldn’t fit all his antics into one book. For readers who haven’t yet met Henry, here’s to your full-tilt initiation.