E: Editing

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Ever since I was a little bookworm, I consume literature like a mad woman. The books spanned all over many genres and were a wide array of reading levels since I was above my age expectation. I always read ahead in class when most others were moving at a slower pace and I tended to get into trouble for reading books under my desk during other subjects. I remember being excited for D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time, pulling out my book and happily floating along the pages. (This particular memory has me reading one of the Wayside School books.)

Being the bookworm that I was, I found out pretty quickly that I had a knack for reading a professionally published piece of literature and finding errors that were missed by the editors. It was like a little game of mine. As I have grown older, this skill has only grown, along with my passion for reading. After a double major is English and Journalism in undergrad, I decided to start this blog over a year ago so I could combine a few joys of mine and share them with those who have similar interests. Little did I know my editing skills would find a home as well.

I have had the truly wonderful opportunity to edit for Michele G Miller for almost a year now and I’m loving every minute of it. There is something soothing and natural to me about editing pieces of literature. A comma here. An extra word there. A suggestion on wording down there. On top of this, I have an appreciation for the creative license that every writer holds; sometimes the story requires some funky punctuation choices and at other times it needs something more rigid. Being an indie editor has allowed me to adapt, but also to have my own voice. It’s my own little mark on the indie world that I have come to love so much.

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 15/16 – My Favorite and Least Favorite Things about Blogging [and Thanks]

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 15 and 16!!

So, I was out of pocket all day yesterday, thus you have a two-in-one post!!

My Favorite Book Blogging Things

  • Getting to read – Well, I’d hope this was one of my favorite things about this process, otherwise doing it would be silly!!
  • Meeting new people – I’ve met so many great authors and bloggers through this process. Having the chance to become an editor for one of those authors was even greater and that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have this blog. They’re something great about being a part of this community; we all understand the addiction.
  • Discovering new favorite authors and books – Oh my. My Kindle has SO many great books on it. I’m always finding new great books on BookHub and through book tours and recommendations.
  • Free books – Ah, does this really need explanation? This is a wonderful perk.
  • The opportunity to do what I love – I went to school for English and Journalism, so I’m happy to be able to put that to good use. I enjoy doing this. It’s fun, productive, and educational.
  • Having the chance to read books before release – Another great perk! It’s what I’d imagine going to a movie premier would be like – just without the celebrities and photo ops!

My Least Favorite Book Blogging Things

  • It can get expensive – Oh yes. Once you get hooked on an author or book series, stopping the chain of purchase is very difficult.
  • Over booking – This is so easy when there are so many great opportunities to review so many great books. I’ve recently taken a look at my methods and cut back a bit so I can get my ducks in a row.
  • Not having enough time to read everything – The plight of all major book worms.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 15 and 16

I am thankful for great friends. It’s always wonderful to look forward to fun get togethers with friends [and family.] Friends are the family we get to choose for ourselves.

I am thankful for public transportation. Sure, driving is great – but public transit allows for decompression time!

#BookBlogWriMo Day 13 – My Review Process and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 13 – My Review Process

Going into this whole book reviewing thing, I knew I needed to come up with some sort of process, but I didn’t know where to start. Instead of creating some step-by-step, I just let it flow. That’s important. Don’t let someone else tell you how to do it, just feel it out and do what comes naturally. This is my process… Continue reading

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11 – My Top Ten Posts and Thanks

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11 – #TopTuesday – My Most Popular Posts of All Time

I have actually never used this feature on my blog before, so it was really interesting to see what posts have accumulated a following and what ones aren’t as popular. Here are my top ten posts so far. My blog has only recently begun gaining more traffic as I’ve been posting more, but I’m excited to see what has been doing well.

#10 C: The Four C’s to a Great Book and a Successful Review From Me – 4/4/2014 – 22 views – This is actually one of my favorite posts on this blog. It pretty much spells it all out – what I review and what it takes to get a good rating from me. I have received some great feedback for this post and it’s a great reference for authors and other bloggers who are looking for ideas on a reviewing system.

#9 Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway – Inevitable Detour by S.R. Grey – 10/10/2014 – 22 views – Blog tours are always great traffic drivers.

#8 Book Boyfriends and Lady Loves – Updated 2/6/2014 – 23 views – Ah, another one of my favorite posts on this blog. I haven’t updated this in a while, so I’m due for another few lovely fellers and ladies.

#7 #BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog and Thanks – 11/1/2014 – 26 views – Self explanatory. From just a few days ago!

#6 Book Review: From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller – 7/9/2014 – 29 views – For those who don’t know, I am Michele’s editor. This is awesome. Beyond awesome, really. I met Michele through my blogging, joined her street team, then the rest is history. I started editing for her on the third book in this series – All That Remains. This series is awesome and Michele is a phenomenal author.

#5 A Little Bit About Me and My Love For Books – 3/7/2014 – 32 views – This post has a whole lot of information about me in interview-ish form. Worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more.

#4 Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger – 2/27/2014 – 37 views – My first ever book review! Not really a huge fan of the book, though. Ha!

#3 My First Rafflecopter Giveaway – 10/24/2014 – 50 views – Another milestone! Hoping to do a huge giveaway in January when my blog hits one year!

#2 Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway – #Nerd by Cambria Hebert – 11/3/2014 – 51 views – Part of a blog tour, #Nerd was a fun read and I’m excited that the next book will be coming out soon. 🙂 If there’s a tour for that one, I will definitely be participating.

#1 Blog Tour – Review – Unlit Star by Lindy Zart – 10/10/2014 – 95 views! – This is one of the most incredible books I have read. When I go into the search stats for my blog (aka, how people found my blog and posts) many of them have been searches for “Unlit Star” and the various characters and plot points within. I’m always on board for Lindy Zart’s book tours, as she’s one of my favorite authors.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 11

I am thankful for all of those military men and women – past and present – who put their lives on the line each day.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 4 – Why I Blog and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 4 – Why I Blog

I blog because it’s always been on my bucket list. And because it’s fun. I enjoy writing and I enjoy reading, so what better way to put the two together than to create a book review blog? I’ve had many outlets in life and writing is one of them. My creative juices just don’t flow as much these days because of work and school, but keeping this blog helps keep me fresh.

I was an English and Journalism double major in undergrad, so I have all of these skills that I paid good hard money for (and will be paying until I’m old and wrinkly).

Blogging has introduced me to some really great individuals I wouldn’t have otherwise met. Because of this blog I now edit for Michele G. Miller (a really great author… go check her out. Seriously. No bias, I promise.)

This blog is still in it’s early life and I’m still a blogging newb, but that’s ok. There are some wonderful communities out there and more established bloggers who provide great advice and mentorship.

And hey… free books and swag aren’t bad either. (I gladly accept such things, though I prefer the real book vs. e-books. So, if you ever find yourself wanting to pass on your books, I am starting a blogging book and swag shelf at home. Wanna be on it?! haha.)

Joking aside – I enjoy this. I appreciate the opportunities blogging has opened up for me. And hey, I’m doing what I love in all facets of my life. I look forward to seeing where this blog is a year from now.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 4 

I’m thankful for these two little loves:

kitty babiesDobby and Winky StairsDobby Sirius (black cat) and Winky Ginevra (grey cat) have been a part of our family since August 2013. They’re brother and sister adoptees from our local animal shelter. They’re every bit as adorable and perfect as they look and fit into our little family just right. Pets aren’t just animals who happen to live with you, they’re family. You’ll meet another one of my pets another day this month.

Until then… what are you thankful for? Do you have any pets? Share pictures. 🙂

 

#BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog and Thanks

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first post for Book Blog Writing Month! I’m really excited to take part in this challenge. Thanks to Book Bumblings for getting this started! If you’re also a book blogger and you’d like to take part, head on over to their post to find out the daily prompts and get your blog on the list. I’ve also decided to spice it up a bit and add in a “30 Days of Thanks” bit each day. I will also throw in some fun facts or other fun posts here or there, so please enjoy! Let’s get started. Shall we?

#BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog

I’ve always been a book lover and a critic at heart. I was a journalism and English double major in college and always had a taste for stating my opinion. I was always very busy, but overall writing and reading were my outlets. Along with theater and music. After graduating college, I spent a few years figuring myself out. I decided that English and Journalism weren’t the career routes for me, at least not full time, but I knew I still needed to put my skills to good use. Last December I decided to take a risk and start a book blog. I put together all of the plans, figured out my reviewing format, and then launched on January 3rd, 2014. That first post was a bit nerve-wracking as I pressed publish… well, after I read, and re-read about 15 times. And then there was my first book review.

I’ve had some struggles along the way. It’s been slow to start as I’ve been building relationships with various authors and finding my groove. As I near my one year blogiversary, I find myself looking back and thinking Jeesh, I definitely could have done that differently. Sometimes there’s a little bit of Oops, didn’t put in the right date for that book review. But overall, things have been wonderful. I sign up for tours and have found some great authors along the way.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 1

I am thankful for many things.. but today (and every day) I am thankful for books. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic when I think back to the beginnings of this blog; books are where it all began. I’ve been reading since I was very little, I started very young and haven’t been able to stop since. Books make my world go round and I can’t ever have enough. Of course, I prefer those good ol’ sturdy paper copies, but I’m warming up to my Kindle. There’s nothing like that smell of book, mixed with the crinkling of paper as pages turn. The first page is the first step into a new adventure. I’m thankful for such a wonderful escape. It’s like the Pagemaster – I can choose if I want fantasy, horror, adventure… humor, serious, psychologically thrilling… it’s all at the tip of my fingers and I’m very fortunate to own so many wonderful books. My collection grows all the time as my husband and I fill out bookshelves with everything we love, and even some we don’t know yet.

Hey.. if you’re ever looking to pass on some amazing books, keep me in mind.

Thanks for reading, everyone! I look forward to sharing these next 29 days with you. If you haven’t liked my Facebook page yet, head on over and share this page with your friends.

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Book Blog Writing Month and Giveaway!!

In November, I will be participating in Book Blog Writing Month, hosted by Book Bumblings. The month of fun will consist of the following:

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I will also be throwing in some fun posts of my own in addition to these. Check back throughout the month or follow my blog on Facebook to see what the daily dish is.

Visit Book Bumblings to join the fun!

As a reminder, I also have a giveaway going on until Halloween, so go enter. The prizes are great and so are your chances. So many easy entries with just a click of the mouse.

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