All posts tagged editing

Editing…a necessary evil. :)

Published August 31, 2013 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

strong is sexy editing

Today’s emphasis, as the title suggests, is about editing. I know, I know. You’ve written your book. You’ve edited it yourself. You might even have had a few friends suggest changes or comment on how well it’s done. However, none of this takes the place of professional editing.

You look forward to publishing your book and building a reader base–right? You might even be wondering how you’re going to compete with all the other books and authors out there. Well then, you need to hire an editor. Guaranteed that if I purchase a book riddled with grammar issues and/or typos and such, I will not buy that author’s work again.

Authors, be proud of your work. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it a good one by releasing the best product you can possibly deliver.

That’s where my friend, Tara Chevrestt, can help you. She’s a top notch editor and is a joy to work with. Here’s what she has to say…

With today’s self-publishing industry, everyone can make their dreams come true, and I’d like to help you do that. You have a story and the words with which to tell it. I have the skills to make it go from great to fabulous.

Don’t let typos hold you back from the bestseller list.

I’m currently seeking to expand my client list. I have lowered my rate from $3.25 per thousand words to $3.00 per k.

Experience: I have been editing for two years and have completed over a 311179_128145580674487_2005484053_nhundred manuscripts in that time period. Genres include nonfiction, fiction, romance, young adult, historical, contemporary, erotic, and more. Authors I have edited for: Lorraine Nelson, Victoria Vane, Megan D. Martin, Laura DeLuca, Lacey Wolfe, and others. I can provide a CV upon request as well as references.
What I do: My above-mentioned fee includes two read throughs of any MS. I do both content and copy. I watch for misspelled or misused words, head hopping, passive voice, comma usage, hyphen placement, dialogue and action tags, telling vs showing, and more. All of my changes are tracked.
Contact Tara –tchevrestt(at)yahoo(dot)com
Check out her blog for yourself. Mention my name so Tara knows who sent you. Together, you’ll make your work shine. 🙂


Published March 9, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

As you know, if you’ve been following my blog, website, Facebook or Twitter accounts, I signed 5 contracts in January. Since January 30th I’ve completed 12 rounds of edits. Yep, 12! Three titles are completely done. Yay!

Coming March 16th!

Hawk’s Woman, my first western historical, is releasing March 16th in the Evernight anthology entitled Virgins Behaving Badly.

Coming March 26th!

A Cowgirl’s Pride, Book 4 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series, is releasing on March 26th.

Breathless Press has signed on for 4 titles. Her Unlikely Bodyguard is edited and ready for release on June 15th. The 1st round edits on Blessed Homecoming, my first inspirational, are finished and I’m waiting for the next round. Then it’s on to Love on the Rocks, a romantic suspense, and Finding Baby J, a medical romance.

At first, I considered edits to be a nuisance, a necessary evil. LOL But I’ve learned so much through my lovely editors, that now I consider them, the editors and the edits, a blessing. Their input has made for a much more detailed and interesting read in every case.

I love dialogue! When I get into the heads of my characters, or them in mine as the case often happens, I enjoy writing up their conversations. Unfortunately, I forget about everything else when that happens, but my editors are quick to remind me about all 5 senses. It’s not enough to know what they’re saying. What are they seeing, feeling, touching, smelling, doing while they talk? Or tasting…my characters enjoy eating. lol

Then there is the comma guru. Since I obtained my business education back in 1980, someone up and changed some of the rules of comma usage. Not sure when that happened, but I’m learning, slow but sure, and hoping my editors don’t pull their hair out in the meantime. So far, they haven’t run away screaming, so it’s all good. 🙂

Sometimes I disagree with them and have to question the why of things, but in the end, we compromise and carry on. I love my editors! Emma Shortt, Dana Horbach, and Tara Chevrestt. They know how to draw every ounce of love and suspense out in the open, which makes for a much better, more saleable novel.

I’m living my dream, and with the support of editors, publishers, and most importantly, my readers, it makes all the hard work worthwhile. I can work from home, at my own pace, crafting beautiful, believable stories of romance and suspense. For me, life couldn’t get any better.

So, until my next set of edits arrive, I’ll be writing Cameron’s Quest, Book 5 of my Thunder Creek Ranch series. He’s been screaming at me to get his story told…a story of secrets unveiled, family love and loyalty, and murder. Hoping to have it written, subbed, and edited for a May release. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank you all for your support.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Evernight is Almost One Year Old

Published September 20, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

October 1st is Evernight Publishing’s first birthday and they’re stronger than ever. To celebrate, they’re having a week long party for authors and readers, Sept. 25 – Oct. 2nd. Join in for a fantastic time of blog hopping and giveaways.

Evernight will choose one commenter from EACH participating blog to win a $5.00 Gift Certificate. In addition, Evernight will choose three separate commenters from ANY of the blogs to win one of three grand prizes: a new Kindle eReader, $50.00 U.S. (gifted via PayPal), and a $40.00 Evernight Gift Certificate. Not sure what the 3rd prize is, but I’ll keep you posted.

Also, on October 1st only ALL e-books will be 75% off on the Evernight Website. http://www.evernightpublishing.com/

Now, on the personal front:

Final edits for Zakia and the Cowboy were finished and sent yesterday afternoon. Impatiently waiting for the actual release date and hoping it’ll be out before October 1st. 🙂

Still tweaking His Christmas Wish and hoping to have Mistletoe and Mr. Hoe available for sale in ebook form by Nov. 1st.

Round One Edits

Published August 28, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Finished my first round edits on Zakia and the Cowboy on Thursday and sent them off. They weren’t nearly as troublesome as I’d expected. Now I’m waiting for Emma to review what I’ve done and set me up for the next round. Still in line for the book to be released in October, 2011.

Meanwhile, I’ve submitted a short story for the EP Christmas anthology. Waiting to hear as I work on the sequel to Zakia, Trouble at Thunder Creek.

New Release from London Saint James!

Published August 15, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Coming soon from Evernight Publishing, Enchanted, by London Saint James. This is book 1 in a 4 book series entitled The Heart Of Winter. Available Aug 17th.  at www.evernightpublishing.com

Book 1 in the Heart of Winter series.

Can love withstand the test of time?

Winter never truly understood love, nor did she have time for men until she met Austin Wells Carlyle.  He was the man who would rock her world to its foundations.  He would test her notions, give her something to believe in, and change her misguided thoughts regarding happily ever after. Strangely, she was going to allow him to be the one thing she never believed in—her soul mate.
 Satisfy Your Passions…
      Fulfill Your Fantasies…
             Experience The Desire…

Want more information? You can find London at:

LSJ Romance

 Also available from Amazon, All Romance Books and Barnes & Noble.

Edits have Arrived!

Published August 14, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Zakia and the Cowboy, coming soon from Evernight Publishing

Zakia and the Cowboy… coming soon from Evernight Publishing


My life as an author includes edits. Mine arrived last night for Zakia and the Cowboy, the first book in my Thunder Creek series. Managed to get the first couple of chapters done before bed and am about to tackle them again. So far, nothing too major.

One of the things I still do is two spaces after a period. Have. to. stop. that! 219 pages, and an untold number of sentences, after which I have to delete one space. Betcha I won’t make that mistake again. lol Now that I know, I’ll have to go through my other manuscripsts and do the same thing. Oh well, one at a time.

I need to do a little work with dialogue tags and ramp up the heat a bit. So far, so good. Doable. As I progress, I’ll find out what else Emma has in store for me. 🙂 So it’s back to the editing cave for me.

Happy reading and writing to all!

Have a great day!


Evernight Publishing – Update on Contracted Books

Published August 8, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I feel as though my writing career is finally taking off. My publisher, Evernight, has assigned me an editor… the fantabulous Emma Shortt.

I feel as if I’ve gotten to know her already through the Evernight Author’s page. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, supernatural and fantasy romance and has several books in circulation. Read more about Emma here: www.emmashortt.co.uk

Others authors have said she’s great to work with, which gives me a positive outlook on things to come. Here’s hoping the edits aren’t too dastardly. lol Whatever she comes up with, I’m certain it’ll make for a stronger, more defined story.

Now back to the writing cave. Work on Trouble at Thunder Creek, the sequel to Zakia and the Cowboy, is beginning to progress nicely. Trying to make a little more headway before the edits come rolling in.

Happy writing and reading to all!

Lorraine Nelson


I’ve added a couple new recipes that my kids and grandkids gobble up in no time. 🙂