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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do-overs

I have a Kindle and I buy loads of e-books. Like many of you, I often download books to support fellow authors, even if said book is outside my area of interest. The backlog of e-books I own is, well, it's embarrassing.

Amazon sometimes informs me that a new version of an e-book is available. "Significant editorial changes have been made," the notifications usually say. The frequency of these has been increasing, but I rarely take them up on it.

The reason I don't is twofold. Partly, I don't want to lose the original version of the book, and the update is apparently an either-or proposition. If they'd give me the updated copy and also let me keep the first, I'd be more inclined to accept.

The other reason I decline is on principle.

Authors can whittle and buff all they want on a pre-published manuscript, but once they hand it over to the public, that's it. Or that should be it. Shouldn't it? I have no problem with an author making a change if the formatting goes wacky or something. But when it comes to copy- and content editing, the time for that is before publication.

Maybe I'm being harsh and unreasonable, but if a published work is poorly received, I think the author should cut his or her losses and move on. S/he should learn from the experience and do better next time. To me, waiting for the reviews to come in and then changing the book is cheating.

We writers should take the time to polish our work, test the waters with critique partners and beta readers, and then hire an editor to clean up the text. We should refine each story before it's published. And then stand behind it once it is.


(This post refers to works of fiction and does not include new editions that have added 'bonus' material such as glossaries or excerpts from upcoming books.)

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I'm sure I'll take some heat over this, but give me your opinion. Do you think authors should make 'significant editorial changes' to published works?


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

$400 Amazon giveaway... times 2!

Yes, you read right--two $400 Amazon giveaways. If you enter both giveaways, you have a chance to win a total of $800 in Amazon gift cards just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! 

Enter now, and everyday until November 27th, to increase your chances of winning one or both $400 Amazon shopping sprees, compliments of The Kindle Book Review, Digital Book Today, and your favorite authors, including me. :)

Here are the two links.
(My book is included in the second one.)

https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/black-friday-giveaway-1/

https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/black-friday-giveaway-2/

Good luck! :D

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I've gone visiting

Today I'm over at J Q Rose's blog, offering some writing tips and a prize. 
I hope you'll pay us a visit.

By the way, this is a series. The schedule for this month and next is...

Nov. 6th - Joselyn Vaughn
Nov. 13th - Me
Nov. 20th - Conda Douglas

Dec. 4th - Marsha R. West
Dec. 11th - Kathy McIntosh
Dec. 18th - Helena Fairfax




Thanks for stopping by. :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

The New Mrs. Collins

Today, I'm posting a character interview with Leena Williams, the protagonist from Quanie Miller's latest book, The New Mrs. Collins

*smiles*  This oughta be good. 

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I recently discovered a novel called The New Mrs. Collins. In short, it’s about this woman who discovers that her son’s new stepmother has mystic powers. Have you heard about it?
My sister told me about the book. To be honest with you, I was quite surprised since there were details—intimate details—about my life displayed for the world to see. I can’t figure out how Quanie Miller, whoever she is, came upon that information.

Have you read the book?
I skimmed through it.

What can you tell us about it?
From what I can tell, it starts with me and the whole wedding day debacle that I’d prefer not to get into.

Why not?
Because it’s humiliating. The book also deals with Adira Collins. But you probably guessed that from the title.

What can you tell us about Adira?
She’s the novel’s antagonist, obviously. But other than that, I’d prefer not to talk about her.

May I ask why?
Adira’s the kind of person that you either survive or you don’t. And as much as I try to forget her, there are times, in the middle of the night, when I’m afraid to open my eyes because I don’t know if she’ll be there, waiting for me.

What do you think she’d do?
I don’t want to answer that, but let me just say this: there are things in this world that should be possible, and things that should not be possible. And the things that woman is capable of would scare the devil himself.

Should we read the book?
Not unless you want to know what happened to Sister Jenkins. And those poor people out there in Providence: Augustina, Patty-Jean, and that little mute girl, Felicity. And Eli. I still have nightmares about what happened to him.

Wait a minute—you mean to tell me that the things that happened in The New Mrs. Collins are based on actual events?
I suppose you want me to tell you that the book is purely fiction. If that’ll help you sleep better at night, then okay. But let me leave you with this: if you ever wake up in the middle of the night and find Adira Collins hovering over you, there won’t be any time to run. In fact, it’ll already be too late.

How do you suppose we deal with someone like Adira?
Like you would any monster: you cut off the head.

Okay…well, thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Leena. I’ll admit that I’m a bit creeped out, but I did enjoy our conversation, nevertheless.
Anytime.

*I reached out to Adira after my conversation with Leena but failed to locate her. I spoke to some of the locals in Providence, Louisiana (Adira’s hometown), to see if they could verify some of the incidents that happened in the novel, but they refused to comment. I asked why and one of the locals, speaking off the record, said, “Because she might come for me next.” I will continue to try to get Adira’s side of the story. Until next time, folks. *



Book Info
Title: The New Mrs. Collins
Author: Quanie Miller
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 13, 2014

In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great-grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart. 

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis. 


And it burns every time she does. 

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet. 

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.  

Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She is the author of The New Mrs. Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit quanietalkswriting.com.


Book Purchase Links
Amazon (US)  /  Amazon (UK)  /  Smashwords


Quanie's hideouts:
Twitter: @quaniemiller
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuanieMillerAuthor
Blog: http://www.quanietalkswriting.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/QuanieMiller
Website: quaniemiller.com
Email: quanie@quanietalkswriting.com

 Congrats, Quanie! :D