The Editing “Struggle” and a Goals Update

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Editing your finished work–a real pain in the a**, right? Not always. In fact, most of the time I enjoy going back through the entire novel, chapter by chapter, and finding ways I can improve it. I naturally edit each chapter as I write, but I probably go through the book two to three times after its completion in “edit mode” before I feel it’s ready for my professional editor, who, of course, finds another gazillion things to make it better. Thank goodness for professional editors!

After six books with the same editor, Patricia Woodside, a woman who, very literally, taught me how to write good, publishable prose, I have moved on–with tears–to a new editor. Though unarguably top-notch in her field, Patricia only plied her editing excellence part-time. The turnover for one pass editing on one book was lengthier than I wanted.  Nevertheless, for those who have the time, I highly recommend Patricia Woodside, Story Dazzle Editorial and Publishing Services. Her excellence is second to none, and her rates are very reasonable.

With the goals I have for this year and the years to come, I felt I had to seek out a full-time editor.

Enter and welcome Natalie G. Owens – Divas at Work Editing Services.

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Book 7 in the REQTHIEF series is now with Natalie, and she’s expecting a quick turnaround (maybe a couple of weeks?). If so, Book 7 could easily be published by the end of January or early February.

That brings me to the update from my last blog.

I started editing The Price of Notoriety, but very quickly realized that editing alone would not cut it. The book needed a complete rewrite and my heart just wasn’t in it. I had all these other plotlines cooking in my head for REQTHIEF and the new series I’ve been tossing around. The new series won out. I was unable to get the concept out of my mind. Thus was born (pun intended) Born to Steal – Thief à la Femme Book 1. It didn’t take long to get my phenomenal cover design artist, Jeffrey Kosh – Jeffrey Kosh Graphics working on a cover. First… here’s Jeffrey:

Jeffrey Kosh - Cover Design Artist              Jeffrey Kosh Graphics

All of the covers for the REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF Series were redone by Jeffrey, and they are exquisite. He’s amazing!

Here’s what he did for the new series:

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Needless to say, I’m over-the-top excited about this new series (which does not connect in any way to REQTHIEF… well, except with who is the current FBI Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division (CID)… I kept him!). I’ve already written three chapters, including an opening heist. I hope to have it published this summer.

Rest assured, however, REQTHIEF fans, I have no intention of abandoning the REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF Series. In fact, Book 8 – Thirteenth Rule of Theft is already percolating in my devious little brain. Maybe a Christmastime publishing date for “Thief #8?” Guess we’ll see!

Stay tuned for updates!

J.A.

 

A New Year – A Plethora of Goals

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First… Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas!

In 2017 I published two full-length novels in the REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF Series and finished writing one:

<5> Steal Trap – Published January 28th, 2017

<6> Once a Thief – Published July 4th, 2017

<7> Always a Thief – Finished writing the manuscript on December 13th, 2017

Goodbye 2017!

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Hello 2018!

My goals for this coming year are to publish Book 7 – Always a Thief (hopefully by March)…

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and to edit and republish the first book I ever wrote: THE PRICE OF NOTORIETY as the first prequel to the REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF Series. “Price” is the story of how the Hadyn thieving legacy began–about the two outlaws, Cayle and Skye Hadyn (circa 1864-1885) and how they became “the best bank robbers west of the Mississippi.” I have not as yet contracted my design artist to create a new cover for “Price” but here’s a picture I was working with [B.J. — Before Jeffrey, lol] that might give you a basic idea…

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I can’t wait to see what Jeffrey Kosh (Jeffrey Kosh Graphics) does with the cover for “Price!”

I’m in my personal editing  phase for Book 7 right now, so it’s not completely finished. I intend to send it to my editor by the end of the first week of January.

2018 looms before me with exciting possibilities. There’s Book 7 and Prequel 1 to publish, but there’s also Book 8 in the series – <8> Thirteenth Rule of Theft to write, and a possibility to branch out with a new series – Thief à la Femme <1> Born to Steal.

One thing is for certain, as long as I am able, I will not stop writing and publishing. There is nothing I enjoy more!

Happy New Year REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF fans! I love you!!!

J.A.