Friday, 13 January 2017

Update


Welcome back!
I apologize for my delay in returning to the blog, but life got in the way. I've also been preoccupied with the busy-ness of getting published. And that's what I thought I'd share with you today. My fellow writers waiting in the wings may find this informative. My friends and readers may just be curious. If it is of little interest to you, here's a great video about a dog and a hummingbird you might enjoy instead. I won't be offended. Off you go. J

I was not required to revise any aspect of Cutting to the Chase. After reading about so many authors struggling with requested revisions, it was a great relief not to have to tackle that particular mountain on this first climb. For proofreading and copy editing, I was assigned an outstanding editor. Lisa knows her stuff. She caught some word omissions (they're hard to spot because you subconsciously insert those missing little beggars as a writer and as a reader), and taught me a comma lesson I somehow missed both as a student and a teacher. Even Keev, my resident grammar guru, was unfamiliar with this particular comma rule. In researching it—yes, I question everythingJ—it seems, in most instances in my novel, both ways are considered correct. One is a traditional approach, the other contemporary. And my choice was contemporary! I was quite surprised, as I would have classified myself as a traditionalist.

Lisa was supportive and responsive to all of my questions. She assured me that commas are the single most contested issue with editors and authors, and that it often comes down to preference. Publishing house preference played a large role in the edits. Spelling had to be changed to American versions, Oxford commas had to be inserted (I use them instinctively but had removed them as many in the industry have moved away from them, especially in young adult novels) and formatting had to be adjusted to fit Evernight Teen's printing specifications.

The marketing team has connected with me and encouraged me to launch a variety of media. Many of you now see me on Facebook, a place I was hesitant to enter but am enjoying tremendously. On the practical side, there are several private Evernight Teen groups in there that offer me support and promo opportunities. I will soon set up my author page on Facebook as well as on Goodreads and Amazon. For Facebook, I am merely awaiting my cover. For the other two, I need my ISBN to set up.

I have long been active on this blog, Twitter and Instagram. However, these accounts were designed to support the launch of adult material in Historical Fiction and Historical Romance. I still intend to continue writing in those genres, so I want to maintain my presence under the name Rose Rambles as is. To that end, I have alternate accounts for my young adult launch. You can find my new blog at rosephillipsya, my second Twitter handle is @rosephillipsya, and here is the YA Instagram. These last two are directly linked on my YA blog.

If you're a little confused following all of that, welcome to my head. Spinning is a daily state of existence. There is plenty to think about and a long list of things to do. Next up will be the cover reveal, which I will share everywhere. After that, Cutting to the Chase hits the cyber shelves. That's both exciting and nerve-wracking, and I can hardly wait!
 

9 comments:

  1. Wow, busy. So exciting though! Can't wait to read it.

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    1. On a different, note, the buttons on the top right of your page, for people to tweet this post and for people to find you on twitter, where did you get those? I've been looking all over on blogger and can't find them.

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    2. I sent you a PM on Twitter with the information on buttons.

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  2. All those account! And I'm a Facebook fan, but nothing else has clicked yet. I'm sure I'll have to learn if I'm ever published. Good for you, Rose!

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    1. Zan Marie, you won't need to run two of everything. I didn't necessarily have to either but I really wanted to keep my other writing separate from my YA work. As much for the sake of those readers as for myself. :0)

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  3. The hummingbird is adorable! ;) Would you like to share that comma rule you were taught with us? I'd be really interested - learn something new every day, as they say. Oh, and will your books "only" be published through the Internet? I'm just wondering since you wrote "cyber shelves" and nothing about real bookstores.

    Waiting for February...

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    1. Nicole, this is the rule. "If a parenthetic expression is preceded by a conjunction, place the first comma before the conjunction, not after it." I was holding to the rule " If the dependent clause occurs in the middle of a sentence, use commas if it is nonessential." Many times that would have been fine (a style choice) but sometimes it really was wrong, so there would be inconsistency in format to switch back and forth. We discussed it on the forum more extensively if you're curious. I think I called the strand "Grammar Help Please."

      To the best of my knowledge, Evernight Teen does not distribute to bricks and mortar stores. It will be available, in both ebook and hardcopy, at Amazon, Barns & Noble, Kobo...and a few others I can't recall off the top of my head...as well as on their own site.

      I love your curiosity and am warmed by your continued support of my writing. Thank you.

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    2. Nicole, I should add that Diana Gabaldon agrees with my editor. Needless to say, that sealed it for me. :0)

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