Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ethan's Editing Process - Part 1

I've had a few readers asking me what's happening behind the scenes for The Keepers: Ethan at the moment so I thought I'd share a little more about this process.

And yes, it's a process.  I blogged a few weeks ago that Ethan's book is finished.  Happy high fives and champagne all around.  

But what happens after that?  Here's a glimpse of my experience with the editing part of my books:

1. The book is sent to my editor for her to read.  It's usually 2-3 weeks before I hear back from her - and all I can do is take a breather from the deadline madness and W.A.I.T.  (Whilst trying to keep my fear monster and doubt crows under control and reminding myself that the book is great and the parts that aren't so great can be fixed during the edits :)

2.  My editor loves it!  More champagne and high fives!

A glimpse of the line edit during The Keepers: Declan
3.  The book comes back to me with structural and line edits - this is usually to check that the structure of my story makes sense, that timelines add up, and that everything flows.  My editor's suggested changes are highlighted in red - and sometimes has this weird ability to make me cringe!  But there are often encouraging or excited comments in the margins too that are always fun to read.  This part of the editing process is possibly the hardest for me. Sometimes it requires a lot of changes and for other books - like with Ethan - there were only a few.  Once I've worked through this, I read the book again before returning it to my editor.

4.  My editor (or a freelance editor) will proofread the book.  This is to check for comma placements, repetition, spelling errors etc.  

5.  After 2-3 weeks, the book bounces back to me and I have about a week to accept or reject any suggested changes.  This is a much quicker and easier process.  When I'm done, I read the book again and return it to my editor.

And step 5 is where we are now!  I'm busy with the last of my edits and I'm aiming to return to my editor by the end of the week once I've had another chance to read it.

Again.  :)

Although this process is tiring and long and often challenging, it's fun and I'm slowly starting to appreciate the edits rather than dread them.  I'll explain more of this in another post.

If you have any questions or comments about this process, please leave a comment or get in touch via my contact page.

I'll be back soon to explain the rest of the process as we go along.  We're almost there!

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Author Spotlight: Jane Hunt

If you're a fan of romantic suspense books, then you might want to check out the latest offering by lovely author, Jane Hunt.  I haven't read this one yet but it's been added to my reading list.  Such a gorgeous cover!  


After a tragic plane crash kills Jennie Taylor’s guardians, she returns to her childhood home—and her first love, Jared Stewart. 

At just eighteen years old, Jennie had left the Unicorn Ranch in Texas to seek a life in the outside world. But she wasn’t just running toward independence. Heartbroken and confused, Jennie fled her home after Jared harshly rejected her on the eve of her birthday. Now she must choose between making a new life on the ranch she has grown to love, or returning to her simple but empty life in England. 

The choice seems obvious at first, but nothing in life is simple… Jared is forced to share control of his beloved ranch with the woman he wants but can't have. When Jennie receives an anonymous note, she goes to Jared for support. But what she finds is more than she was prepared for, driving the two further apart than ever. When an old friend is murdered and suspicious accidents escalate, endangering Jennie’s safety, Jared becomes her reluctant protector. Jennie knows Jared is hiding something, but does he really want her gone from the ranch? And if so, could he be the one behind the ominous threats? Determined to prove Jared isn't involved, Jennie turns detective. Can she succeed in her courageous but reckless investigation…or is the truth a dangerous gift she won’t survive? 

And for readers interested in the author behind the scenes of The Dangerous Gift, Jane's here to share a little more about her writing journey: 

"The publication of ‘The Dangerous Gift’, my third book, made me look back over my writing journey so far, which I would like to share with you. Most authors asked, 'When did you first start writing? Answer, something like, ‘As soon as I could hold a pen’, but for me the story is a little different. I loved reading from any early age but only started creating stories when I was about seventeen. At nineteen, I took a writing course and wrote my first stories. None of these were ever published because 'Life Happens’, as they say. 

I went to University and then worked in health service management, until I had my children. During the nineties before the ‘eBook’ revolution, when I was lucky enough to stay home with my kids, I wrote two books. Both rejected by a well known publisher. Disillusioned, I gave up writing for a while to go back to my health service career. Busy years followed; bringing up my children, enjoying a busy career and caring for my mother, until her death in 2004. An Illness ended my career abruptly but rather than look at this as a setback I viewed it as an opportunity and I started writing again. 

By 2012, I was a full time writer. ‘The Dragon Legacy’ was published a year later with the sequel in 2014. 'The Dangerous Gift' my first romantic suspense was published last week. Set in Texas, it has a sexy cowboy hero and an amateur detective heroine. I love reading mystery thrillers, with a strong romance thread running through them. ‘The Dangerous Gift ' is my interpretation of these. I am currently finishing my first historical novel, working title ‘Past Shadows' which I started a couple of years ago. I am also looking forward to writing another romantic suspense story."

About Jane:

'Writing has touched my life in every decade. At fifty, I took a risk and made writing my career, fulfilling a lifetime ambition.' I enjoy writing blogs, book reviews and especially stories. Vivid imagery, atmospheric settings, strong females and sensual males are essential for my stories. Everyday life and ordinary people inspire me. How would someone react, if faced with something extraordinary? A thread of romance runs through my all my books, whether they be suspense, fantasy or historical. I want to let my readers escape their lives for a while, experience new places, new people and most importantly, new emotional lows and highs My favorite parts of the writing process are; finding a person, event or place that makes me want to write a story about it and the writing itself; when your fingers cannot type fast enough, to transcribe your thoughts. Family is very important to me. My two children are my greatest achievement to date. I am an animal welfare supporter and regularly use social media to promote animal welfare issues.

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