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review 2019-05-07 05:12
Revision of Justice (Benjamin Justice Mystery #2)
Revision of Justice - John Morgan Wilson

Ben is a glutton for punishment, y'all.


So in this one, Templeton asks Ben for help with a society piece for a magazine. They head off to a Hollywood party and of course, murder happens! Ben again gets involved with a jerk involved in the case, and he also befriends the murdered guy's roommate, who has AIDS. Ben's lover died of AIDS several years before, but Ben had ducked out and avoided the end, and it's been eating at him ever since, so now he's going to be there for Donny.


This isn't as sad and maudlin as it could have been, thankfully, because AIDS is a heavy subject. There's still a lot of detail about the disease and its effect on various characters, infected or friends/loved ones of those infected. So be forewarned if this is a sensitive subject for you.


The mystery was pretty decent. It could have gone a couple of different ways from the beginning, but it became clear what was going on about 2/3s of the way through, and then it was just a matter of getting enough evidence to go after the whodunit. There was a lot of focus on Hollywood and all it stands for, which was on the boring side, but since Ben wasn't into the glam, seeing it from his POV kept it from getting cheesy or hokey.

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text 2018-02-05 07:16
The benefit of a bounty of Beta-Readers


I am constantly amazed at how many errors there are in my manuscripts.


And I don't mean the first draft.


Nothing is more frustrating for me than finding errors in my books, or worse, having others point them out. As well as being patently unprofessional I feel it shows a lack of respect for the work, not to mention the reader. I suppose this could be resolved by hiring a professional copyeditor.


Bookbaby's Copy Editing services include, "A word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues." My soon-to-be-released novella, Cold-Blooded, The Mattie Saunders Series Book II, is about 100 pages and would cost $700.00 to be copyedited by Bookbaby


If I sell the e-book edition of Cold-Blooded for $3.99 on Amazon my royalty will be $1.40, which means I'd have to sell 500 copies to pay for the copy editing alone (in my dreams). So I'd rather recruit non-professionals who are committed to making my work error free.


Beta readers can be anyone, though I tend to shy away from friends and absolutely won't use family. I'm not asking them to review or comment on the story (though I don't discourage it), just read it and make note of the errors. Right now I have two who had previously reviewed my books (favourably). I contacted them to see if they'd like to beta-read my new works. The other one is a friend. None are professionals and they all do it for a free copy of the finished book with their name on the acknowledgements page.


Prior to sending the manuscript to my beta readers, I've developed a process to make it as error-free as possible.

1. Each time I sit down to write I re-read and revise what I wrote during the previous session.

2. After I finish a rough draft I revise it thoroughly, then let it rest.

3. After I've got the story out of my system, which means I no longer have instant recall for each line written (minimum three months), I pull it out and revise it again with fresh eyes.

4. Then comes the computer spell-check.


Then I send it out to my three beta readers.


I used to be pretty confident once I'd done all that I'd caught at least most of the typos and filled in the dropped words, but it's embarrassing how many errors they still find. It's also remarkable how what one misses the other catches.


Once they get back to me I do the corrections which entails another revision. Finally, uploading it to Smashwords, Kindle and Draft2Digital gives me another opportunity to check it since I always do a visual review for formatting glitches.


I strongly urge you to begin recruiting beta readers - from your email list, through your website, on social media, a supportive friend, a note pinned on the bulletin board in the local library, or like I'm doing here in a Booklikes blog (see below). You simply cannot have too many and they tend to fall away.


If you're patient, methodical and persevere you can self-published a respectable book.


Besides, there are no guarantees a professionally edited, self-published book will have any more success than one that is carefully vetted by a group amateurs committed to making your work the best it can be.


Plus you'll save a lot of money.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs




If you'd like to become a beta reader and have an opportunity to read (and improve) my new work free, please send me an email at rod_raglin@yahoo.com




Web links associated with this article:

Bookbaby Editing Services https://www.bookbaby.com/book-editing-services

Kindle Direct Publishing https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US

Draft2Digital https://www.draft2digital.com

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com

Rod Raglin's Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU



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url 2017-09-23 01:28
An Author’s Checklist: 9 Techniques For Crisp, Powerful Revisions

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review 2016-10-21 10:19
Revision & Self-Editing Review
Revision & Self-Editing: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Finished Novel - James Scott Bell

Perfect for beginners

Let me just start by saying that this book would be ideal for writers who have no experience writing. Why do I say this? Because the first half of the book is dedicated to small summaries of how you could (should maybe) write and examples of plot etc. (the basics). I’m not saying the first half is useless, but I didn’t find anything new in there, and it wasn’t that relevant to the title of the book (a little misleading).



I like Bell’s tone throughout the book. He has an excellent voice and is easy to read and understand. He clearly states whose books you should emulate (to become a best seller) and gives examples of say opening lines or paragraphs from Stephen King or other thriller writers. I guess this book wasn’t directed to fantasy audiences as I noticed most of the examples he quoted were thrillers.



I would go as far as to say I found his revision techniques at odds with my own (but it’s good to see and experiment with them). Unfortunately for this review, I can’t quote off the top of my head what he suggested. But I remember him writing that revision for your first book should take a while and that your first draft is utter crap. I guess he expects all authors just to write down uninhibited what they think the story should be, or how it should go. My first draft was crap, but not that far out from what I expected as I had planned the story from the beginning. So, I haven’t been able to use his techniques for revision. I think he also suggested you have a log of all that your character says, so you can keep it consistent. Well, I appreciate that would work, that’s a bit too far out of the scope for how I want to revise.



If you want techniques for revision, this book does have them (just in the second half). I would recommend you get this book out on loan if possible. Bell has an easy to read and conversational style that will keep you reading through the book. The only thing I find is that the title is a little misleading.

Source: www.amaitken.com/book-review/revision-self-editing-review
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review 2015-04-15 00:00
Revision - Andrea Phillips excellent book, had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until it was finished.
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