I spent all day yesterday fine tuning my new John Lee Quarrels book, Jackpot. After making the corrections suggested by my proofreaders, I then spent several hours running it through ProWritingAid.
It is a program I recently acquired that is designed to help authors polish their work before publication. It has a lot of tools, including the usual spelling and grammar checkers, but also things like catching run-on sentences, suggesting synonyms for words in a manuscript to make it more interesting and readable, and much more. The program also has many other features, some I might find useful and some I probably won’t. I can’t say that I agreed with every suggestion it made, or even most of them, but I think it was worth the time spent.
When I finished with that, I printed the entire manuscript out for Terry, and she will spend the next couple of days giving it one final read through to see if there’s anything that may have been missed. While she is doing that, I will finish the teaser chapter for the next book in the series, which will go in the back of this one.
Then there are several other tasks that need to be done, including updating the mailing list for my free author’s newsletter and getting it ready to go out when the book goes live, and contacting different online book review sites and blogs to announce the upcoming book. As I always tell people, writing a book is the easy part. The real work begins when you’re done.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series and the book that launched my career as an author. When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town. With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation,
To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – sometimes you meet someone and you know from the first moment that you want to spend the rest of your life avoiding them.