Not sure about taking Before You Hit Send? Read some reviews!
The next Before You Hit Send writing and self-editing workshop starts on Monday. If you’re still wondering if it’s worth it, I gathered a few reviews for you to read. Registration will remain open through next Wednesday, and you can easily catch up with the missed lessons, via the workshop forum.
"If you’ve never worked with an editor or publisher before, this workshop is extremely insightful. I enjoyed Angela’s humor throughout the course and she is honest when you post examples from your manuscript."
"Not only did I learn how to self-edit in a better, more effective way, I also came away with a brighter outlook on the state of traditional publishing. It’s thrilling to know there are people like James on the other side of the editorial wall who will fuss about the nuances of a word or the necessity of this or that comma. People who flat-out love language, with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies. People who care deeply about all of it, but in the end, care most about telling strong, compelling stories.
Ultimately, James said, ‘it’s not about editing your book. It’s about loving your book.’ “
I have too many credits at Audible and I haven’t been listening to enough audiobooks recently for there to be anything I HAVE to have. So I’m going to gift to three people your choice of any Carina Press audiobook from Audible. Unfortunately, because of our contract restrictions, this is for North America only. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below and I’ll choose three winners randomly tomorrow evening.
Note: You’ll receive a claim code from Audible to redeem for your specific title of choice.
A full listing of Carina Press titles at Audible is here.
Every year I edit several holiday anthologies for Carina Press. It’s the one special project I hold on to, even while needing to pull back from editing in general. I love the holiday anthologies. This year, I was fortunate to be able to do four very different anthologies, with incredibly talented authors who wrote seriously amazing stories. I’m giving away TWO sets of the four anthologies. That means two winners will each get four holiday anthologies.
Contest is open internationally. Winners will be gifted their prize via their choice of Kobo, Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Prize must be claimed within one week of email or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
9 years ago today, Brianna was born and I thought the doctors had sucked the top of her head off because of a broken suction and blood splatter. Wow, did I feel like a bad mom right off, letting those hack doctors suck the top of her head off. Thankfully, her head was intact and she’s grown into quite the beautiful kid who’s smart, funny, sarcastic and just so much fun to be around. But you know, that feeling of being a bad mom is one that’s so persistent. Last night I was convinced I was awful because I couldn’t remember what time she was born and I went back in my blog archives to see if I’d written about the blessed event with that much detail (I did. Same post where I explain about thinking her head was gone.)
During that search, I also found another blog post, quoted below, that I wrote nearly 9 years ago, when B was about 3 months old. Reading this made me laugh kind of hard, it’s so totally me. In case anyone was wondering if I’ve changed in 9 years, this quoted post is proof I haven’t changed at all. Still parenting irreverently and talking about alcohol. Welcome to the bad mommy table! Pull up a seat if you feel you belong.
10. Keeping my daughter out past her bedtime so I can go shopping.
9. Drinking a margarita while holding my daughter.
8. Drinking a maragarita despite the fact that I’m breastfeeding (although not both at the same time)
7. The red mark on my daughter’s forehead from where she whacked herself on the margarita glass (see number 9) when she did a swan dive towards the pretty green color.
New Adult contemporary romance Running Back by Allison Parr
Available now. I loved editing this book! Features a smart, strong heroine who’s an archeology grad student, and a hero who’s a running back for a pro football team. Don’t worry if you don’t like sports, this one doesn’t feature sports as a key theme. And most of it takes place in Ireland!
Natalie Sullivan is on the verge of a breakthrough most archaeology grad students only dream of: discovering a lost city. Her research points to a farm in Ireland, but to excavate she needs permission from the new owner: the Michael O’Connor, popular NFL running back.
On TV Mike seems so charming and good-natured that Natalie figures getting his cooperation will be a breeze. So she’s not prepared to deal with the arrogant—and adamantly opposed—man she meets in person. Or the way one look from him sends shivers down her spine…
Determined to kick-start her career, Natalie travels across the Atlantic and finds herself sharing an inn with Mike, who has come to Ireland in search of his roots. She tells herself her interest is strictly professional, but the more she gets to know him, the harder it is to deny her personal attraction to the sexy sports star. And when Mike confides why he refuses to allow the dig, Natalie must decide if she can follow her heart without losing sight of her dreams.
"Taking even a 5 minute break can positively effect your creativity. Hard work is important, but so is down time."
Today’s message is compliments of my beach vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from earlier this summer. But it’s so true, and I hope you’ll remember to take time away from your work for both your own mental health, but also the health of your relationships!