Guest post: Janet King, aspiring author

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Guest Posts

This is one of a series of guest posts, which will allow published and aspiring authors to talk about their work. I met Janet through Twitter. We support each other on our journey. Q: Janet, what is the working title of your book? A: The Soul Difference. Q: Where did the idea come from for the book? A: I  was once  made to feel so bad by an appraisal at work, that I literally felt my life was turning upside down and that there was no way through it.  I’d worked for a very long time for the same company. Working hard and long hours. Over the years, the workload took its toll on my health and I couldn’t cope any more. Behind the scenes, it felt like there was a conspiracy going on,  plotting against me.  The angst just grew and grew.  I sought the help of a spiritual intuitive, and from that day forward, I was slowly, on the way back to finding my soul and my health. Q: What genre does your book fall under? A: Spirituality and enlightenment.   I have travelled a long journey since those ‘black’ days. There is light now within my life. Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? A: Julia Roberts without a doubt! Think “ Eat, Love PRAY” ~ GOD dwells within. Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A: Love your life. Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? A:  I believe in me and will take the necessary steps to publish in any guise. Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A:  In all honesty, the draft took minutes. It was like time standing still. Thoughts, the questions and answers abound though. I’m filling in all the spaces constantly. Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? A: “You can heal your life” Louise L. Hay and “A little light on the Spiritual Laws” by Diana Cooper Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book? A:  My own progress through adversity and the love of God. Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? A: I hope to offer encouragement to believe in yourself and the higher good. The Universe really does deliver. You just have to believe to receive; live in the NOW, act and live your life in pure intent and kindness. What you give, so shall you receive, in wondrous guises you never thought possible before. I trust in my every day, that it will be wondrous and become abundant in many ways.   I am truly blessed and will be guided to live it for the higher good. Read  Janet’s blog here: Thanks...

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From A to P – F – Frantic Editing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in On Writing

This post was posted in September 2011. In July 2011 I put up a post here on editing my novel, The Istanbul Puzzle. I had spent six weeks doing a thorough edit based on suggestions from my publisher Harper Collins. I submitted my heavily edited version soon after and hoped that that would be it, bar a final check for minor problems. I was wrong. A few weeks later the manuscript came back. Another editor at Harper Collins had gone through it and had a number of general issues for me to consider, as well as cuts and suggestions for every page. At first I wondered was this unusual, was my manuscript in need of extra help because it was so poorly written. The monster of self-doubt doesn’t need much encouragement to come trampling across the garden! So, I called a long published author friend, with a dozen novels under his belt. He told me what was happening was more common that not these days and was called a “second pass” edit.  Slowly I learn the truth. And the thought that came to me as I scanned through all the suggestions was this; don’t ever get involved in trying to get published with a major house if you don’t want to work hard. Very hard. Like seven days a week 3 – 4 hours a day until your brain hurts and your patience frays atomically thin. But I’ve survived. And it’s over. I submitted the revised version yesterday. And I have to say that the suggestions from HC were really very good.  A much better novel is emerging. The changes are in the following areas: cuts for pace, there were many of these and every rambling paragraph or word has been spotted by HC, cuts in myths and legends. I had packed in too many. The new version sticks to the very best. Sean and Isabel, getting their relationship right, and describing Sean more clearly early on will help readers understand the main characters better. The ending. I have twisted the ending further, adding depth and a smoother ride to the bloody finale. The novel stands at 100,700 words now. About 7,000 have been cut. It is with my editor. I await her response. I am quite happy to have another run at it, if she feels it needs it, but with the date for publication fast approaching (Jan 19) and a self-imposed deadline for a first draft of my next novel in the series,  The Jerusalem Puzzle, coming up in January too, I do hope the next edit will be a little less taxing. For a first time published author with Harper Collins UK the big surprise for me in the past few months has been the level of hard work and the nitty-gritty editing that has been required. The editors at HC spotted every little thing that...

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