waiting on wednesday (sept-3)

I got an email last week letting me know about a fantastic contest for CANADIAN bloggers from Simon & Schuster! It is a giveaway for bloggers to win one of twenty copies of the next book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series *happy dance*

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

I would lovelovelove to win this book! I do so adore novels that have gorgeous guardian angels *swoon* Even if I am not picked, this is obviously going on my TBR list… don’t forget to put it on yours!

If you want a chance to win the book yourself, enter the sweepstakes contest S&S is doing with Garage just for other Hush, Hush fans:

Previous Waiting: Sept-1 Sept-2

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Teaser Tuesday (sept-3)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Irish Upstart by Shirley Kennedy

“It’s an old Irish saying. I said, may the cat eat him and may the devil eat the cat.” 

“How did I happen to say, ‘Take me to the garden and give me a big, sloppy, slimy kiss’ with my fan?” 

Previous Teasers: Sept-1Sept-2

What does an editor really do?

When someone asks you to edit something for them they are usually asking you to check for spelling and grammatical errors, but that is just one small part of what editing really is. There are actually four steps to the editing process and each step may require numerous revisions.

It is necessary for every document to go through each of these steps to ensure that your manuscript is the best it possibly can be. It is in the author’s best interest to do so because it will make them appealing to the reader and thus creating a fan base. It is in the publishing company’s best interest because the better the book, the more they sell, and the more profit to be made.

So here are the four steps of editing you must go through before putting your book in print.

SUBSTANTIVE EDITING
Substantive editing is about developing the story. It requires analyzing the manuscript in a way that ensures it will be easily coherent to the reader.

Questions to Ask:  Does the story itself make sense? Is the content well-written and interesting? Are the scenes organized in a way is logical and helps move the story forward? Is there any information that is needed? Are any unnecessary  details?

LINE/LANGUAGE EDITING
Line or Language editing has some cross-over between substantive editing and copyediting, as it is about taking a closer look at the story. It is the act of ensuring each word and line and paragraph is the best it possibly can be.

Questions to Ask: Does this sentence make sense by itself? Is there a better way this can be said? Does this mean what the author is actually trying to say? Does this sentence make sense with the paragraph? Should it be moved within the paragraph? Does this paragraph make sense? Should this paragraph be moved within the scene?

COPYEDITING
Copyediting is getting down to the nit-picky details.  It involves checking that each word is correctly spelled, each punctuation mark is accurate and varied, and the style is always consistent and matching the house style.

Questions to Ask: Is each word spelled right?  Is this the best word to use for this reading level/genre?  Are the names of real people spelled correctly? Are there any redundant words? Is this word or sentence in the correct tense? Is this the right punctuation to use? Are there any slang words or jargon or foreign phrases that should be changed? Are sentences or paragraphs too long or too short?

PROOFREADING
Proofreading checks the final draft before it goes to print to make sure it is accurate. Each change can cost the publishing company a lot of money because the printer has already prepared the manuscript for printing.

Questions to Ask: Did all the required changes get made? Are the pages in the correct order and numbered properly? Is the typography and structure consistent? Are there any words that are on its own line at the end of a paragraph or starting a new page? Are all illustrations captioned correctly? Is each page aesthetically pleasing?

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Book Review: Demon Rumm by Sandra Brown

Synopsis: Demon Rumm was everybody’s hero, and the role of the lifetime for Rylan North. Wanting to understand the man’s personal persona as well as the professional, Rylan decided he needed to temporarily move in with the man’s widow in order to fully encapsulate the stunt pilot on film. Upon meeting, Rylan is immediately fascinated by the woman, the only female who wants nothing from him… even as he discovers that he wants forever.

Product: This book is incredibly well made. While a trade paperback in size, it was not as cumbersome as most by being too heavy or too flimsy. Also, after closing the book, I realized the spine didn’t crack like most pocket paperbacks are wont to do; the layout was shifted so the text a little more right than usual thus eliminating the need to open the book wider.

Cover: The artwork is pretty but doesn’t quite seem to reflect the aesthetic of the story even if it does closely match a couple scenes in the novel. Once I discovered that the title was the name of the heroine’s late husband, I felt that it didn’t fit the book either.

Writing Style: While the story flowed rather nicely for the most part, the occasional use of unusual words throws the reader off. In order to understand exactly what was happening a dictionary is needed (though not strictly required to get the gist).

Plot: While the story line isn’t entirely original, it has a unique quality that makes it an interesting read. An actor falling in love with the wife of the man he is portraying in a movie undoubtedly is a large obstacle to overcome, and thus intriguing. Yet at the same time, Kirsten’s reaction to Rylan’s advances throughout the book leaves the reader expecting something different than what actually occurs, upon discovering the cause of her fear makes Kirsten’s actions seem unrealistic and leaves an undesired overall effect on the plot.

Romance: It wasn’t surprising that two people who are in close confines for a length of time would fall in love.  The one thing that I questioned is also something that was questioned in the book: Rylan is playing the character of Kirsten’s late husband, is it Rylan she cares for or the man he is portraying in the movie?

Quote: I don’t know if I’m falling in love with him all over again or if it’s you I’m attracted to.

The Verdict: Faults notwithstanding, I actually had a hard time putting the book down.  Rylan’s depth of character made up for Kirsten’s slight incongruencey and makes the book one I would recommend if only just to read about a truly fabulous male character.

waiting on wednesday (sept-2)

Sorry you had to wait a bit longer today for Wednesday’s WoW meme! I am waiting for a book, quite literally, as it is something I asked for from the library. It is the first book in a series, and I am also on the reserved list for the second book.

Princess  for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
The Royal Treatment by LIndsay Leavitt

Now, I have not read anything by this author before, so I cannot say how good the books might be…. but I couldn’t resist  it! Any girl who ever wanted to be a princess wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to read about a female who was approached by a fairy godmother asking if she wanted to be a substitute princess. It’s like a dream come true! *L0L*

 Previous Waiting: Aug-1Aug-2Aug-3Aug-4, Sept-1 

Teaser Tuesday (sept-2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Princess by Lori Wick

I’m just the man who tried to introduce himself to the redheaded woman sitting in the kitchen, only to learn she was my wife.

Love is a choice. 

Previous Teasers: Aug-1Aug-2Aug-3Aug-4Sept-1,