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Sunday, November 25, 2018

A bit about self-editing

cj Sez: Writers live and writhe on reviews . . .
but this note from one of my Facebook friended authors puts reviews into perspective:
“You have officially arrived when someone makes a Goodreads account JUST to one-star your book that isn't even out yet. Ha! Do watch for the trolls, ladies. They are everywhere.”
   The moral is: We want them, solicit them, need them, but take your reviews with a grain of salt.  

   Author/editor Joyce Sterling Scarbrough gave a wonderful presentation on self-editing to the Mobile Writers Guild recently. She left us with a slew of important tips, and I thought I’d share this one:

Order of Cumulative Adjectives
(Does not require a comma)
Pronouns, articles (his, my, her, the, a, an, etc.)
Quantity (two, many)
Opinion (beautiful, expensive)
Size, Shape, Length (big, round, long)
Age (old, new young)
Color (red, blue, neon)
Nationality or religion (American, Catholic)
Material or purpose (cotton, athletic, yoga)
   I hope everyone survived Black Friday shopping with their credit cards intact because do I have a deal for you, and you don’t have to leave home to buy it.

Hometown Heroes, a Christmas Anthology . . . a collection of short stories that celebrate every day heroes. A portion of the proceeds is being donated to the Cajun Navy, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping neighbors in distress.

   Available for pre-order now on Amazon (digital is 99 cents).  I leave you with some blurbs to pique your interest:

Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby
    "Courtship and Courage,” a short story sequel to the novel FORTITUDE, takes readers back to Dauphin Island, Mon Louis Island, and Mobile, Alabama, in 1898 with Claire O'Farrell and Joe Walker.

When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold & J D Boudreaux
    Jacqueline Jones leaves New York City, going ninety-to-nothing. Nick Lapointe leaves Louisiana at a much slower and easier pace. Their worlds collide in the Tennessee Smokey Mountains at Christmastime.

Hobbes House Noel by cj petterson
    Merrill Cowper plans to spend Christmas alone. DivorcĂ© Bradley Warner plans to spend Christmas with his son. Hobbes House is the catalyst that unites everyone for a new beginning and a Merry Christmas.

Talking in Code by E. A. Hale
    Management terminates suffragette Evelyn and gives her job to war veteran James. Then a Christmas gala that fetes Choctaw Code Talkers and an explosion at the factory bring them together in a way that has everything to do with love. 

Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant
    Year after year, Haven Cross returns to the Chateau Rouge to relive the bittersweet memory of the death of her fiancĂ©. When she meets the charming Chance Montgomery, she’s unsure if she’s brave enough to risk giving her broken heart to a new love.
That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

Books make great Christmas gifts:
The anthology is still available on Kindle.  Buy at

Choosing Carter

Deadly Star

The Posse, a Western anthology

Pieces, a Mobile Writers Guild Anthology

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