The Importance of Proofreading

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As some folks here know I’m in the process of republishing the second book in my series, Argentum. I wrote this book three years ago starting with the first draft during NaNoWriMo of 2013. I polished it and self-edited it, sent it out to beta readers, and edited it again. Then it went to my publisher at the time who edited it and sent it back to me for proofreading. I proofread, found errors that were corrected and it was published.

During the years it was published by the small press several friends found more errors that I made note of and when I got my rights back I fixed. I went over the whole thing again myself and then hired a professional proofreader who still found tons of errors! Fixed them all, read it again and sent off for a paper proof.

This week I’ve been sitting with the paperback copy reading it yet again (I know my story backwards and forwards by now, but amazingly I still like it.) And guess what? I’M STILL FINDING ERRORS!!!!

So folks remember this – it’s a process. Never assume because a professional editor has been through your work that you don’t have to check it. Check it, check it again and keep checking it and eventually you’ll get an (almost) perfect copy!

Also if you’re looking for an editor or proofreader, I do that too. Check out the Editing and Proofreading tab on the top of the page.

And remember to preorder the brand new (hopefully error free) version of Argentum releasing on December 1st.

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Virtual Fantasy Con – Renee Scattergood

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Introducing Virtual Fantasy Con. This October I along with some awesome fantasy authors from around the globe will be participating in a Virtual Fantasy Con. The Con will include themed days in different sub-genres with panels, games, giveaways, interviews, awards, and more. To get the ball rolling this week I’m part of a Fantasy Blog Tour – check out this link for a list of all the participating blogs. And here is Paws4Thought’s contribution to the tour – a guest post on fantasy world building from Shadow Stalker author Renee Scattergood.

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Simplifying the World Building Process

By Renee Scattergood

When I first began publishing my Shadow Stalker serial, the idea of World Building seemed so intimidating and well, almost impossible. There’s so much to it that when I researched it, the whole concept overwhelmed me. So I started writing without worrying about the world building too much. I just kept it in the back of my mind while writing the first draft and figured I’d work it out during the editing process.

Oddly, since I had been creating this world in my head for years before I started writing, it seemed there was little I needed to do. It happened naturally. Now I’m beginning a new series, A God’s Deception, in a new world, and I’m realizing I can’t fall back on that with this one.

To keep from getting overwhelmed with the process, I’m simplifying it. First, instead of trying to come up with everything right from the start, I’m going to do exactly what I do with my characters. When I create a new character, I come up with the basics to get the story started, but I let the character develop naturally as I write. Anytime something new comes up, I add it to my notes on the character so I can refer back to it later and prevent contradicting myself.

So far, I know I want my new story to take place on another world. It’s going to have two different religions. One is a monotheistic religion and the other polytheistic. I also know the political system is going to be based on the polytheistic religion. So I know I have to work out the basics of the world, the two religious orders, and the politics surrounding them, but things like money, technology, and more specific details will develop as the story does.

Any author who is feeling intimidated by the world building process of their story might benefit from simplifying it in this way as well. It takes the pressure of having to figure it all out from the start and allows the world to develop more naturally, which, in my opinion, makes it feel more authentic.

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Vote for Renee, Shadowstalker, me, P.A.W.S., and all of your other indie fantasy favorites at the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards.

Also P.A.W.S. is on sale this week for just 99 cents. Pick up your copy today!

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Sibling of the World Award

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Sibling of the World Award

A big thank you to Mike Wolff for nominating me.

Here are my answers:

  1. Orange or Green…Why?

Orange, because it was my favorite color when I was a kid (although I prefer purple these days.)

  1. Paper or Plastic…Why?

In reality a mixture of paper, plastic, and reusable bags (when I remember to bring them). It really depends on the store. Our main supermarket’s paper bags don’t have handles and as I often walk home from the store, that doesn’t really work.

  1. Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror…Why?

Mostly fantasy (both to read and write) because I love losing myself in a magic world. I do read a fair bit of sci-fi too though and I’m the editor of two horror anthologies (Sins of the Past and Sins of the Future), so there’s that, though generally is not my preferred genre for reading.

  1. If you had to describe your writing style as an animal, what would it be?

A cat of course. Seriously yes – I’m a discovery writer and truly if a cat a wrote a book I think it would write it this way.

  1. If you could chose a super power to have, what would it be and why?

I want Mary Poppins power – to snap my fingers and make the house clean itself so that I have more time for my writing and my puzzles.

  1. Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I read the book over and over as a kid and often used to visit Wonderland in my games. (It’s also Miri’s favorite childhood book in P.A.W.S.)

  1. What is your favorite sandwich?

Grilled cheese with mushrooms.

  1. A fairy, a robot and a zombie walk into a bar…what happens next?

The barmen looks at them and says “is this some kind of joke?”

  1. How many books to you read a year…roughly?

On average one every couple of weeks, so 21.

  1. Social Media: a great tool for the Indie Artist or a hindrance to creation?

Can be a great tool, but it’s also really easy to get sucked in. That’s why I like to take my puzzle work out to cafes to work on – no internet to distract me. (I don’t have a smart phone and want to keep it that way!)

The official rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

My Nominations:

Rebecca Jaycox

George Sirois

Nat Russo

Dave Higgins

Fiona Skye

Debra Mauldin

Charlotte Howard

Louise Findlay

Alex Brant

Margo Dill

My questions:

  1. Describe yourself in one sentence.
  2. What are you reading?
  3. What are you writing?
  4. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would you choose?
  5. Favorite band or music genre.
  6. Ninjas or pirates?
  7. If you were a shapeshifter, what would your form be?
  8. Favorite way to relax.
  9. Ever done NaNoWriMo?
  10. Favorite season and why?