Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Edits: Round One

Laundry: 3 loads down, 3 loads to go (not including folding, grrrr!)

I didn't accomplish nearly what I set out to do yesterday. In fact, I only crossed three measly items of off the colossal TO DO list, all of which had to do with completing the lastest edition of romANTICS, the newsletter of the TRW. Lots of loose-end stuff once the issue is finished. The pain-in-the-butt, were's-my-damn-secretary kind of nonsense. I enjoy doing the newsletter, but it's taking more time than I intended it to. The articles, announcements, lastest-release covers, quotes, etc,... make putting it together like assemblying a 16 page jigsaw puzzle. I fiddle, re-place, re-align, fill, fight for white space, balance text vs pics, and most-likely make it more difficult than it should be! On the upside, I have access to every other article that goes into the RWA chapters newsletters all over Canada and the US. I can't read them ALL, but having access to the plethora of knowledge-based articles is like doing an on-line course, daily! I won't be giving up this volunteer job anytime soon!!

During the madness that was my weekend, I got the first round of edits for Destiny by Design from EC. I'm excited to begin work, but with this chest cold still plagueing me, the pages of information my editor gave me is making my head spin. I know that if I take it one step at a time, everything will flow smoothly, but I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning to cope with it all. Most of the info has to do with EC style and formatting -- rules, rules, rules! Of course, this is a good thing and their strict policies on form is what makes them the best in their field.
AND - this is childishly exciting - if you go the EC's website and do an author search, I'm in there!! Not my book, yet, but my bio!! Cool, eh?

Finally - an amusing note: Following TL's lead, I hooked up to sitemeter so I could track hits and find out how people stumble upon my blog. Seems the post about Bratz Dolls with the word 'feminism' in the title has brought me LOADS of visitors. The pic itself is often a searched item and my blog comes up high on the google search along with various big-named toy stores and Mattel. The reference to 'feminism' most often comes from educational isp's (if that's the correct word).
But the funniest reference came from a blogger with a, shall we say, religious agenda, who was ranting about Bratz Dolls looking like whores -- She did a search for a picture and found my rant. Church Lady went on to say that she found it head-shaking ironic that a 'writer of erotic fiction' should also find these dolls whorish.
I thought this hilarious!! Like I sell smutty literature to children!! *shrug* Whatever.



Anonymous said...

I went to EC to check out your bio -- high fives, my friend! Wowie wow. So mega-cool! :-D

And rolling my eyes about Miss Church Lady. One gal went ballistic on her blog about how I must be a "demented sadist" because I enjoyed the tiger character in the novel Life of Pi -- my reaction was much like yours: huh?! well, whatever. It's quite illuminating (and a bit creepy) to experience the wide range of (sometimes) downright weird and irrational reactions we writers and bloggers get!

Good luck with your edits. I'm excited for you! :)

Megan Frampton said...

When does your book come out, Wylie? Sorry if I wasn't paying attention.

Vicky said...

The TRW newsletter is amazing! You did such a great job!!! And I can't speak for everyone - but I will, because who's gonna stop me? - but we all appreciate all the hard work you put into it. It really does getter better and better every month!

I checked you out on EC - LMAO! It's so funny and wonderful! Congratulations!

Wylie Kinson said...

Hey TL -- "demented sadist", eh? I'll have to ruminate on that one :)
...... *ruminating* .....

No, you're not. People are strange!

Wylie Kinson said...

Vicky -- thanks so much for saying so! I really do like doing it, but have a knack for making things more difficult than they need to be. I'm sure things will get easier and quicker once I get the hang of things.

Wylie Kinson said...

Hi Megan,

I don't have a release date yet, but it'll probably come out in late summer. Be assured, I'll shout it from the rooftops as soon as I know! I may even take out ad space in the NY Times ;)

Robyn said...

OOO! I have a religious agenda!

Seriously, I'm a children's pastor but I enjoy werewolf romances. What does that make me? I'm waiting for someone to make the claim that I'm into bestiality.

Congrats on the bio!

Amy Ruttan said...

Oh my goodness, I know a famous author! hehe!

And your romANTICS is awesome, no I didn't find any the mistakes you talked about.

I remember the Bratz rant. Too funny. Some people are misinformed and don't seek any info out and listen blindly to anything.

I am Christian (United), but I enjoy a variety of things and I don't think I'm evil.

I told a girl at my work that I was reading "The Shining", and she thought I might get possessed by a devil and that Stephen King was a warlock. I asked her who told her that, her minister. See, misinformed and in a position of authority. Pastors should be like Robyn, she knows what she enjoys and it doesn't make her any less religious or Christian.

Ok, I'm ranting on the comment section. Yikes, seriously congrats Ms. Kinson. I swear Stephen King has not put a spe .... REDRUM, REDRUM;)

Wylie Kinson said...

Thank you, Robyn,... Christians are people too!!

Amy - for Heaven's sake, you just threw me into a coughing/laughing fit with the possession!!!

Christine said...

This is so exciting, Wylie!! I didn't know my bio was up either until Vicky mentioned it to me. I love yours hehe.

I sent out my templated manuscript to my editor and will be doing my first round of edits soon. Another week or so.

I'm scared!!