Postcards from the Ledge – Author Interview

Check out my interview by Seelie Kay…

Beth M James Interview

Learn a little bit about me and The Calling, my first book in the Dream or Reality Series.

Beth M James – Author

The Calling

 

 

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Lessons Learned: Enjoy the Season

Fall is here. I love the crispness in the air, going to apple orchards, having fires at night, and curling up with a nice, warm blanket. Okay, I curl up with a blanket no matter the season. My point is that it’s nice to enjoy what nature has to offer. Take a look around you. Enjoy the change.

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And remember, each season can bring new thoughts, new goals, and new energy.

Beth M James

Author of novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.

http://www.bethmjames.com

Well-travelled Nuts

From Hawaii to Minnesota…My husband and I went on a Hawaiian cruise at the end of February. One of the stops we hit was the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm and Factory. We bought six boxes of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts to bring home. One of those boxes was for my son.

From Minnesota to Germany to Africa…At the time, my son was deployed to Africa. I sent him a care package with food and items he requested. I included the box of macadamia nuts. As it turned out, his deployment ended early. The care package with the nuts arrived on the day he left.

From Africa to Germany to California…The care package was sent in the next crate with their equipment back to California. I’m happy to say, after travelling thousands of miles, my son received his care package in August—six months later. The gift box of well-travelled nuts was finally opened.

Mauna Loa Package

Beth M James

Author of novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.

http://www.bethmjames.com

New Book Release – The Calling’s Return

I’m happy to announce the release of my latest book “The Calling’s Return.” This is the third book to the “Dream or Reality” series. Like the first two, this book promises conflict, action, and jealousy when the two worlds collide. Will Jessie or Jezamina find herself?

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eBook and Print are available on Amazon.

Lessons Learned: Editing Your Manuscript Before Publishing

The last few months I’ve spent hands down on the computer getting my next book “The Calling’s Return” completed. Writing the story is the easy part. Edits are the tedious part, but the most important task to do when publishing a book.

Once the story is written, I go through two edits before I send the manuscript to my editor. When she gets the manuscript, she will review/edit three times.

At the high level, the manuscript is read to determine if the story flows, if the scene makes sense, or if there’s anything missing. Is the right POV being used? Is there enough dialogue mixed in with description? Are the characters true to life?

And then there’s the detail level. This is where sentence structure is reviewed, if the right word is used, and if the sentence makes sense. This includes making sure no space is used after the period at the end of the paragraph and that each chapter title and spacing is consistent throughout the book.

Don’t think that you can skip this part. You can’t. Someone else has to review/edit your manuscript. And once the editor is done with her/his review, you need to review it again. I’ve read published books from traditional publishers with unacceptable errors (double words, cut sentences). Minor errors do occur, it’s hard to catch everything, but they should be few and far in between.

Edits are an important part of publishing a book, especially for self-published authors. And for me, I’m almost done with “The Calling’s Return” edits. My editor is on the final review, and then I’ll review one more time.

Beth M James

Novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.

http://www.bethmjames.com

Killing Malmon

 

In the last month, I read “Killing Malmon” featuring 30 Authors…One Victim. The book is edited by Dan and Kate Malmon and benefits MS. This was my bedtime story book, and I enjoyed reading the short stories on how to kill Dan. I’m sure Kate was fascinated too –  she’s Dan’s wife!

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Killing Malmon

Kate has MS and this is their way of helping the MS Society by donating the royalties earned from their book to the cause. The stories are pretty creative and it’s amazing how many different ways you can kill one person! There’s a mix of humor, drama, jealousy, and total crime. If you have a chance, check out the book. Great stories and a great cause!