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I got my copy this morning. Thanks Abbs

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THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
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Sorry about that - It slipped my mind. You should have it now.

Last night I listened to a webinar about using Pinterest for marketing. There's one tonight on email marketing basics and one Wednesday on release strategies, which I hope to encompass next year.



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Abby still waiting to hear from you.

I finally finished editing. Now to format. Also in about a few weeks will re-edit again after reading and then hopefully start to send it out again. It sounds a lot better now.

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I don't know how to tell MW to indent. So I just do it my self. I also have to indent dialogue.

I am on chapter l7 and have to get to 24. Then edit again and may resend to that editor.

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Mani, I think I understand now what the editor said about formatting. You can tell MSWord to indent each paragraph instead of pressing the TAB key yourself.



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Right now as a "beginner" myself, my "writing focus" is to help ensure that our beginners and even our seasoned writers have a place to come for information that helps start them off or refreshes.

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I have the indents for paragraphs and dialog done and have edited up to chapter 5. It is reading a lot better now and I have rearranged things too.

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Started the third story. Yay!



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I didn't write today. The allergies are driving me crazy. The ac is on and it was l04 out in sun according to the temp and 84 in shade and tomorrow and Sun hotter. I have to be in the mood to write. Have not heard from anyone so good thing as my story needs fixing and is way different than when I sent it out.

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Yea, that sounds tough.

I am putting down stuff on a page and then going back to copy and paste in the story.
Sometimes, an idea comes to mind so I just type it in MW and put it under the character and then go back to it when I am writing again.

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I think tonight I will do my character list for the hero of the next book. He's going to be hard because it seems like he has everything he wants.



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It is a publisher called Rockhill publishing. I know I never came across this before. I have no intentions of remitting. Seems like they want you to do the setup and they publish it. It is a lot of work. If you go to this site it will tell you how to set up an ms for a publisher.



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...is this an editor or agent that wants it this way?
Actually, that doesn't sound right. Agents shouldn't need it formatted, and editors have people to do that according to their own standards. That's weird.



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He wants it like the book. Chapter l inserted in the middle. Then 7 spaces and you begin and indent the first paragraph. Then you indent the dialogue. You do this all through the ms. Others just said to send it in the way it was. Look at the outline in the paperback book. That is how he wants it sent in to him.

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What do you mean in format?



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I am putting my story in format. Have you done that?

As for articles they are easy to write. No format just quotes from the people you are talking to and a story on what happened. I am trying to get back to that. In between, I send out my children stories.

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I have been finding that out and cutting stuff to make it move forward in a direction you want to keep reading. The only problem is the word count but as I mentioned the pub that wrote me said over 50 but less than 90 as word count does not make the story. I have been working on it as a hobby so in no hurry. Still have 3 more waiting on.

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Yeah, it can be tough to keep the story inside your own parameters when there's lots of things you want to include. If it doesn't move the story forward, it shouldn't be in the story. Good luck!



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I don't know but she just said to do more showing what she does instead of telling what she does.

The publisher sent me some information on what he is looking for.
l. Make sure you have a plot and you know where it is going with the tail.
2. How to come to a conclusion.
3. Where the climax and resolution is.
4. Each character dialogue is a new paragraph.
5. Be aware of too many tags like he said she said, use names.
6. Make sure you construct sentences correctly.
7. Watch grammar and spelling.
8. Do not repeat something you said before.

I only sent him two or three chapters and he wants me to work on the story and said they like more than 50 but less than 90. When I feel it is the way I want it to resubmit. They also want it in an ms form. I even looked that up.

Word term

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So, I wonder if your friend meant you don't need to show all the details? Like, if your characters are driving somewhere, you don't need to show them unlocking the door, opening the door, getting in the car, closing the door, putting the key in the ignition, etc.

I don't know what you mean about word/term for grammar.



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I heard from Rockport Publishing and they want me to work on the novel and resubmit.
So I will have to go over it again and incorporate some stuff and work on other stuff.
I thought my plot was the soldier not knowing about his son. The conclusion was when his son found him. In books, I saw they repeat something whereas Rockport does not want that.
They said to use word/term for grammar and constructing sentences correctly. I thought grammar did all that?

Sounds like a headache to me before I resubmit.

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I only sent her the first chapter. She goes with Wings. It is confusing because you could be saying she put the tea kettle on for tea and then sat down till it started to whistle. You are showing what she is doing. But telling I would think you could say the same thing. Gets confusing. Then again you could say she had severe pains in the stomach that felt like her stomach was going to burst. Then again you could say severe pains in the stomach made her keel over as she dialed 9ll.

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So what did your friend mean, then?



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I feel I have enough description. And I have said how each felt about each other. I do say how she feels about him not wanting to have sex and how she dreams of him at night, or him taking a cold shower because he is not ready to have sex and have to break her heart because he is not over his lost love.

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As in show, don't tell, or you don't have enough description?



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A friend of mine who write books too told me maybe I need to show more. So I will look it over and see where I can.

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Well, it's done and with my critique group. We'll see how it goes.



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It is easy and I do have some in there but I took the shower one out. I will have to see if I still have it in my other copy. So is sort of a tease and it still does not work with him. She puts on an exciting nightgown when he is sleeping over and he tells her to take it off because nothing is going to happen tonight and he goes in to take a cold shower.

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So write it. It should be pretty easy to do. ;)



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I could use sex scenes because she wants sex and keeps trying to get him to have it with her.
He does not want to go into a relationship because his bride married his best man and left him at the wedding. He doesn't want to get hurt again. So she is always trying to get him excited.
I think it is funny at times but then again I am the writer.

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If a scene doesn't move the story forward, or reveal something about a character, then the scene has to go. This includes bedroom scenes. I'm not writing sex for the sake of sex. There's plot involved.

If your sex scenes don't have plot, then it's probably a good thing that you removed them.



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I read so many books that have sex scenes it would be so easy to write but I am more interested in the plot when I write. My novel has a guy who had a bad relationship not wanting another one and a girl who makes him change his mind. She is the daughter of the man who never knew he had a sun until his son finds him.

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Okay. Just checking. :)



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I don't write bedroom scenes but it would not be hard for me to write one. I did put one in my book but after talking to the 70 crowd and 80 women I am on another spark program, they said they would not buy the book so I took it out. I guess only younger women would and sexy old ladies. LOL

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you say you don't write bedroom scenes? :P

Writing the action isn't too bad - but filling in the emotions and sensations is what's tough for me.



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I have six that do books that I sent out to already. So see what happens.

The bedroom scene should be easy. Why do you find it so hard?

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Very few romance publishers are doing print books first. Based on the latest statistics, a HUGE percentage of romance readers buy digital. So it makes sense that finding a print contract is going to be HARD.

Today I hope to get to my hero's black moment. I've skipped the bedroom for now - too much pressure.



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Yes, but then there are comas that come and sometimes I do not catch all of them.

I did go over it again and add more to it. Trying to find publishers in romance and not digital is hard. A lot are looking for fiction, not romance. I have it out to two on the novel and one on the children book.

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You can write the way you want and turn off your grammar notices. Fragments are okay. I use them all the time.

Elf, there's a pre-teen book (name escapes me) where one chapter ends with something like, "It couldn't get any worse."

The complete next chapter was,"I was wrong."

I remember my kids reading that and showing it to me. :)



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As you age you will find your sleeping will not be the same as before. Join the club.

I didn't mind reading the short chapters. I went over my book again and didn't I find some errors. Microsoft word did not catch some comers. I hate when it does that. Then there were fragment clauses and I had to change them. I don't see why you can't write the way you want without all this grammar stuff. I hate grammar.

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The short chapters can be common in particular writing styles and genres because it's something the readers of such like. It can used for a couple of things in particular. Some readers get satisfaction from being able to finish several chapters without taking hours. They tend to not like long epic fantasy stories for example. Beach or vacation reads, or whatever those style books are called, tend to be short to give the opportunity for breaks even though many of us want readers to not want to put the book down. Shorter can also help with pacing. Some of the action focused books use short chapters to help create tension through speeding things up and giving the sense of urgency through that pacing.

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I have been working on two chapters, middle and end I had to send to Rockhill Publishers along with info on me. It took a while to get it all done. Hope I get some good news. Nothing on the London one yet.

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Short chapters annoy me, for the most part, but if the story is good, I can be on board with it.

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I hate editing. I don't mind the first read but had all the others. Sometimes, I find I add stuff and delete too. I was reading a book where it had so many short chapters even one-pagers. What do you think of that? It was like every time something happened differently it was in another chapter. The story is interesting. It is A Girl From Summer Hill. by Jude Deveraux. I like her books.

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I'm editing, so I don't have to worry about getting stuff on the page. It's already there.




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Some days you can write for hours and other days nothing comes out. I haven't touch a my dog book as have been concentrating on sending out children stories to publishers too.

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I figured out yesterday that if I can conquer five pages a day for the month of May, I'll be done with this draft of Cupcake of the Month. yay!!!



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I had a shower scene and asked my other club the 70 what they thought about sex scenes and they said they would not buy the book. So I guess it would favor the younger group. They are always interested in reading about sex. I think it would embarrass me to write something really sexy. When I read a book and the sex is right in there I usually skip it.

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...which makes them hard to write. I mean, I can do the physical, but adding the emotion and advancing the story is difficult.



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Different authors write love scenes different. I notice D. Steele does not go into detail nor Debbie McComber, or Diane Palmer, etc. Do you go into detail or leave it to the reader?

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