|Writing Workshop: Self-Editing
Book Launch: NEVER SAY DIE
Saturday, July 12, 2 pm: If you’re
planning to seek a traditional publishing contract, your manuscript
needs to land before an editor as clean as possible and in publishable
condition. If you think you’ll be self-publishing, that same
novel will need to be professionally edited and copy-edited before
it reaches the market. Either way, good editing must be part of the
equation. The trouble is that most self-editing material only teaches
you how to address the small issues — polishing, in effect.
It doesn’t show you how to address the big-picture concepts
that might make or break your novel. And freelance editors typically
command considerable sums.
But you can learn to do much of the process yourself. Award-winning
author, writing instructor, and in-demand editor,
Kris Neri, will lead you through the editing process with a
checklist of questions that will show you how to tackle both the individual
big and small picture issues your novel might present.
Today, Kris launches the re-publication of NEVER
SAY DIE, a thriller featuring edgy triathlete, Zoey Morgan.
NYT bestselling author William Kent Krueger, author of ORDINARY GRACE,
says of it: “…delivers everything a discerning fan of
the genre could desire: a tough, engaging heroine, plenty of suspense
and romance, and a complex mystery that stubbornly refuses to be solved
until the final pages. Add to that the fascinating insider’s
view of the grueling sport of triathlon and it’s clear that
Kris Neri has penned a winner.”
Kris Neri also writes the Tracy Eaton mysteries, the latest of which
is REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist,
and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty magical series,
the last of which, MAGICAL ALIENATION, is a New Mexico-Arizona Book
Award winner. A three-time Lefty Award finalist, Kris novels have
also been nominated for such prestigious awards as the Agatha, Anthony,
Macavity, and International Book Award; she is a three-time Lefty
Award finalist. Kris teaches writing online for the Writers’
Program of the UCLA Extension School, the Sisters in Crime Guppies,
and in private classes in West Sedona.
||Book launch & talk:
Benefiting the Gary Sinise Foundation
Saturday, July 26, 2 pm: A
HERO’S JOURNEY is an uplifting anthology of poetry, short
stories, letters, music and so much more. With over thirty contributors
from across this beautiful country, it is a keepsake for anyone who
is either in the military, has a family member serving or knows of
someone who does. All profits from this anthology will go to the Gary
Sinise Foundation, which honors our troops and first responders. A
HERO’S JOURNEY also includes journal pages for writing personal
thoughts and photo pages for placement of the military hero in the
reader’s life, creating a beautiful scrapbook feel to it.
A HERO’S JOURNEY will bring hope
to those who have lost it, and an outlet for their pain. It is a keepsake
for anyone who is either in the military, has a family member serving
or knows of someone who does. Appearing with us will be
Erik J. Ekstrom, editor and publisher of A HERO’S JOURNEY,
who will talk about the book. A HERO’S JOURNEY is dedicated
to the brave men and women of our military and their families who
patiently await their safe return home.
As an author for many years, Erik has brought the multicultural flavor
and dangers found in big city life to his literary works. The scenery
is precise in every detail; his characters are fully developed becoming
almost real on the page and his plots twist and turn with each mastered
stroke of his pen. His writing has been described as “cinema
on paper.” His genres include young adult, historical fiction,
and psychological thrillers. He has also produced three fine children’s
His book titles include: The Storyteller, Storyteller II: Chicago
Blood, Everett Holmes: The Case of the Forged Fingerprint Killer,
Everett Holmes Sanctuary of the Damned, Pugs Visit to Santa, Pugs
Dream Come True, Pugs First Visit to the Park, and A Hero's Journey.
All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
This is your way to help service members and first responders.