Monday, June 18, 2018

SUMMERTIME: What's Up With Me & What's Next for Writing Belle Publishing


I'm one of the few people in the Central Valley who really likes the heat. Why? Because the heat means that it's summertime. Summertime is my favorite time of the year (it's not just because my name is Summer). I love the smell of fruit on the trees. I love the long evenings and swimming parties. I love having a break from teaching and being able to cut my work days in half for a couple of months. Summertime is simply the best - and I always get my best reading done during the summer. Seriously. Every year! 

What's up with me? 
When I write What's Up With Me articles, I always try to condense everything that's going on in my life into a collection of paragraphs. Let's start with my books. I just released Resurrection: Civil War, and it's doing amazing! Thank you for supporting and reading the series, and for keeping Cassidy Hart on the front lines of the fictional world. A lot of people have been asking me what's next for Cassidy. Her next installment, Resurrection: Sign of Six, will release on schedule, either in December 2018 or January 2019. We don't have an official date yet! 

In July 2018, I will finally be releasing Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel. I am also beginning work on a brand new historical novel that I am ridiculously excited about! I will be doing research on the book this summer, and I can't wait to share with you all what the novel is about. It's going to be different, fun, and enlightening. In addition, I've got a couple of other ideas that I'm refining, but none of them are quite ready to share yet, either. 

In all, expect about 3 releases from me within the next 8 months. I will keep you all up to date as things progress! 



What's up with baby? 
Some of you may have already heard that I'm pregnant with my first baby. This summer definitely looks a little different for me because for the first time, I'm beginning to realize that I'll be a mother in just a few months. YIKES. This pregnancy has been rough so far. I've been really sick and learning how to manage the sickness has been an interesting challenge. Outside of my constant sickness, my baby is growing healthy and strong, and I thank God for that! 

So many people ask me if I'm having pregnancy cravings yet (I'm a little over 10 weeks along). I've been so sick that hardly any food has appealed to me. I've been asking for cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, celery, and carrots. I also really like cashews, nectarines, and oranges. Anything else grosses me out at this stage! And another fun little side note that a first-time mama like me is discovering: "morning" sickness is a total myth! It should be called "24/7 sickness," because it NEVER. ENDS. If you suffered while you were pregnant, you know exactly what I'm talking about! 


The Author Program! 
I usually run an author program every year at Writing Belle, and while I will be taking maternity leave from January 2019-March 2019, I plan on booking features ahead of time. This means that you should be contacting me NOW if you want to be featured next year on Writing Belle. Remember, my features are free for you. I'll start the author program in February, so hit me up. Spots always fill up fast. For example, the entire calendar years for 2018 was booked in just a couple of weeks. 

How can I get on your ARC program? 
To be an advanced reader, you have to keep your eyes peeled on my Facebook page. I will open up a sign-up sheet on a random day and the first 20 people to sign up (sometimes more), will receive a book. Usually, sign-ups hit the ceiling almost immediately. 

What are you reading right now? 
Well, because I've been so ill the last few weeks, I've downloaded some great books on my Kindle to keep me busy. For a while, I couldn't read without getting a migraine (this baby is a beast, I'm telling ya), but I've managed to figure out how to outsmart the tiny bean in my belly. More nutrition = more stamina for reading! And let's face it...reading is all that matters, right? 

At the moment, I'm almost done with the phenomenal Wolf Road by Beth Lewis. I highly recommend the book, as it wraps all of my favorite elements into one: survival, Alaska, wolves, the wilderness, and a strong heroine. Seriously, run and get this book. It's amazing. I am mesmerized by it. The writing is raw and gritty and as unforgivingly realistic as the post-apocalyptic landscape it's set within. Beth Lewis is legendary. 

I'm also tiptoeing through What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, by Lysa Terkeurst. She's one of my favorite Christian non-fiction writers. Her books are uplifting and touching in a way that speaks to women's souls and hearts. I also highly recommend her work - all of it, including her Proverbs 31 Ministries. They offer encouragement daily on their social media feeds, and I especially enjoy Lysa's 60-second podcasts of encouragement to help you jumpstart your day with the right mindset! 

I just downloaded The Gender Games, by Bella Forrest (YA dystopia) and The Last Thing She Ever Did, by Gregg Olsen (adult mystery/thriller). Lastly, I'm looking forward to reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, written by Dee Brown. It's a non-fiction look at the utter tragedies and ultimate destruction of the beautiful native American tribes here in the United States. It will be very educational, I'm sure. 

Next Week...!
The author program will continue next week with a fun romance series and its respective author. I can't wait to share. Until next time...enjoy your summer and eat lots of watermelon! 








Friday, June 15, 2018

RESURRECTION: CIVIL WAR RELEASE DAY! + WIN A REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GIFT PACK



Title: Resurrection: Civil War
Author: Summer Lane 
Series: Resurrection #2 
Release: GET IT TODAY on AMAZON and Barnes & Noble
(Note, the print copy will be available next week. Today heralds the international digital release ONLY!)

Synopsis: 

THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE NEW SERIES!

CASSIDY HART’S PRESIDENCY IS IN TROUBLE.


A house divided against itself cannot stand.


As the Western Republic and the Eastern Coalition are thrust into the beginning of a civil war, President Cassidy Hart fears for the survival of the country that she has worked so hard to protect.


A new, dangerous Omega Chancellor has taken control of the Eastern Coalition, heading up a new division of technological warfare, in an attempt to crush the Freedom Fighters and the entire structure of leadership built around Cassidy’s presidency.

While a new type of advanced warfare begins, Cassidy and her team penetrate the dangerous underbelly of Omega’s remaining secret societies to get closer to the Chancellor and to seize Omega technology…before it’s too late to save the Western Republic.

Torn between loyalty, duty, and love, Cassidy Hart will go down in history as either the most beloved – or most hated – president of all time.
This means war.



From the bestselling author of 20 hit novels, including the popular Collapse Series, Summer Lane. This novel continues the adventures of the Resurrection Series and beloved heroine, Cassidy Hart.



To celebrate this release, enter to win a Regal Entertainment Gift Pack, courtesy of the author (U.S. Shipping Only). This includes two movie tickets! Also up for grabs are two free print books from Summer Lane, Running with Wolves, and Bravo: Apocalypse Mission. 




Thank you all so much for reading and for supporting Cassidy Hart! This is the twelfth overall book concerning Cassidy's story, and my twenty-first publication. Wow! For this weekend, Resurrection: Shadows of Omega will be available for 99 cents, in case you haven't had a chance to read it yet before Civil War. This should give you a chance to catch up! THANK YOU AGAIN, and have a WONDERFUL weekend! 








Monday, June 11, 2018

TAKE SOMETHING WHEN YOU GO - Poetry Collection from Dawn Leas



Title: Take Something When You Go 
Genre: Poetry 
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Synopsis:
Navigating the open highways of our life decisions, Take Something When You Go shows us how to let go while still holding on to love, memory, family, and friends. We can learn to identify our many beginnings and endings, and come to terms with loss and renewal. And while it’s always okay to acknowledge what’s in the rear-view, we must constantly strive to move the odometer forward.



Accolades For 'Take Something When You Go'

 “Dawn Leas’ first book, Take Something When You Go, is the work of a mature writer, both in her life and craft. These poems explore the tenderness and tensions of a long-married couple, empty-nesters who suddenly must confront the emptiness at the center of their relationship. Leas explores with great passion and strength, with equal parts guilt and desire, the moment when we tear aside the veil to confront uncomfortable truths, and to discover how to reanimate the old life or prepare for the messy, terrifying, possibly exhilarating journey into a new one.”


—Neil Shepard, author of Hominid Up and Vermont Exit Ramps II

“Take Something When You Go by Dawn Leas is powerful in what it says and what it whispers… “a wish, or a prayer. / Almost a dream. Almost real. Always moving, toward and away.” Her poems reveal the “View from Canyon Lake Overview at the Top of Superstition Mountains,” the eye of Hurricane Sandy, the mystery of imaginary numbers. They travel through time, through different stages of the body, and lead to powerful healings. Pay attention to the light as “The Morning Wakes Up”… “We circle Sugar Magnolia / twice with the emerging sun, / breathe in the silence.” Her language transmits music, image, body presence, emotion, and spiritual awakening. This book is a joy to read.”

—Diane Frank, author of Swan Light, and Yoga of the Impossible, and editor of River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-First Century



 Special Selections from Dawn's Collection


Empty Cars
You walk into the kitchen,
shaking the February cold
from your coat,
flecks of snow melt in your hair.

I stir a pot of sauce, its steam carries past Sunday
dinners at my parents’, kids playing Go Fish

in the family room. You lean against the island
and cross your arms. I’m slicing cloves of garlic

when you say that empty cars, dark and idle,
in the driveway, make you sad sometimes.

I stop chopping and for the first time since the boys left,
I see you, really know you. I no longer question

what keeps a marriage together through years of northern
winters, no sun, only grey clouds, slick ice,

what moves people past the fringe into longing again.

               Kith

The party always began in the back yard—
            coolers filled with ice, beer and soda,
            burgers spitting into lighter fluid and charcoal.

A circle of lawn chairs with frayed webbing
            held aunts in bell bottoms and halter tops,
            their gossip only interrupted to yell at children

running with sparklers in hand. Inside the Victorian,
            grandfather sat for hours at an old upright
            against the back wall of dining room, a line

of Budweiser cans sweat circles into the wood's grain.
            Playing by ear, he ran through his song list
            always ending with “Danny Boy” or “When Irish

Eyes are Smiling” just as the marathon game of Jeopardy
            fired up around the mahogny table, siblings
            and spouses divided into teams with red, green, and yellow

clickers in one hand, Coors Light and Camels in the other.
            As the game entered its third hour, arguments rose
            over Potent Potables and who forgot to shout

their answers in form of a question. The kids were a patchwork den carpet
            using each other as pillows, the youngest in charge
            of cranking the volume on the console to make

Gilda Radnor's laugh win over dining-room noise. Cigarette
            smoke coiled through the first floor, hung above the kids
            for just a second before escaping through open windows

dissolving into the dark back yard while mosquitoes
            skittered against dusty screens, always
            a frenetic dance toward unreachable light.




About the Author 

Dawn Leas is the author of a full-length collection, Take Something When You Go, (Winter Goose Publishing 2016), and a chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in Literary Mama, Southern Women's Review, San Pedro River Review, The Pedestal Magazine and elsewhere. Her work won an honorable mention in the 2005 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In past lives she has been a copywriter, freelancer, English teacher, higher-education administrator, and stay-at-home mom. Currently, she is an independent writer, editor, and writing coach. For more information, visit www.dawnleas.com.





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Monday, June 4, 2018

25 YEARS INSIDE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: Special Interview with Entertainment Director Jerry Green


Jerry's Big Adventure



Jerry Green was a kid from the sticks of Panama City, Florida, who dreamed of going to Hollywood and becoming an actor. He made it to Hollywood, but instead of acting, his rural-to-riches story put him at the epicenter of a theme park revolution—the one without the mouse.
Like a lot of kids in southern California, Jerry was a regular at Disneyland. But it was the nascent Universal Studios Tour that captured his imagination, and soon after college he became one of the tour guides, Universal's tram-bound counterparts to Disney's Jungle Cruise skippers.
Jerry had a knack for connecting with his audience. Before long, he was hosting Universal's popular audience participation shows, and then he ascended to the upper echelon of Universal management, becoming the studio's entertainment director. From there, he was sent to Orlando to assist in the development of Universal Studios Florida, where he worked on rides and shows that wowed the crowds on opening day, and sent Mickey-down-the-road into an existential crisis.
Full of humor, celebrity encounters, stories of Universal's cast and culture you've never heard before, and healthy doses of "jerryosophy", Jerry Green's memoir of his 25 years with Universal Studios is that rarest of business books: a truly fun read, loaded with laughs and appropriate for theme park fans of all ages.





How many of you have visited Universal Studios? While I haven't yet had the pleasure of traveling to the Orlando location, I have gone to Universal Studios Hollywood. It was so much fun! Since I've been there, they have opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a Fast and Furious attraction, and a Walking Dead Walk-Through attraction. Universal is the competitor to Southern California's Disneyland and Florida's Disney World. Like any theme park, Universal is fun for the whole family. 

I'm so excited to feature Jerry Green on Writing Belle today. His memoir, 25 Years Inside Universal Studios, is the perfect read for anyone who loves and is fascinated by theme parks. Jerry began as a tour guide on a tram and eventually worked his way up to become the entertainment director.  Over the course of his career, he has hosted more than 32,000 live shows - how amazing is that?! He even wrote and directed shows for the Florida park's debut. With such an incredible and fun career, I was thrilled to be able to interview Jerry and ask him about his life experiences at Universal. I hope you enjoy this interview. Remember to check out his book on Kindle and paperback

Interview with Jerry Green 



Thanks so much for being here! Can you give us a little background on yourself? Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Thank you for a wonderful opportunity to talk about writing, something I’ve come to love.

I was born in Panama City, a small town of 50,000 located on the panhandle of north Florida.  For many years our beaches were considered the most beautiful in the world.  Also it was the busiest Spring Break destination in the world for many years … that is until the city council banned liquor on the beach during Spring Break.

I left there at the age of fourteen when my mom remarried and moved to Phoenix.


How did you find your way from Florida to the bright lights of Hollywood and Universal Studios?
Honestly, growing up in a poor family I never envisioned getting out of Florida, but my mom moving to Phoenix was all part of a providential design.  I lived in Phoenix for six years, married at the age of 19 (I know, way too young), and for our honeymoon we drove west to visit the tourist hot spots … Disneyland and Universal Studios.  Once I saw Universal I was hooked.  Interesting side note: when I was in the 7th grade in Panama City I took an aptitude test and scored highest in show biz related vocations.  Who knew?!

On our first anniversary my wife and I returned to California and Universal.  I discovered they were taking applications for tour guides the following week. We couldn’t remain in Hollywood and wait for the interview, so we went home and a week later I flew from Phoenix back to Burbank (my first time in an airplane) and interviewed for the job.  Much to my surprise I was told, “You’re hired.  Training starts Monday.”  Yikes!  Too soon!  But I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity, so I called my wife and told her, then called my boss in Phoenix and told him.  So much for giving a 2-week notice.

Describe your journey from tour guide to entertainment director? 
I actually envisioned my job as a tour guide as the stepping stone to becoming a great actor.  That pursuit occupied the first several years of my life, acting classes, interviews, etc.  That’s a story that is on the horizon for one of my future books – Show Biz for Christians.

I worked as a tour guide for a year and a half, then was drafted into the Army, served for 2 years, then came back to the studio.  I returned to the position of tour guide, but when business slowed I was transferred to the wardrobe dept.  No, not making clothes, but handing out costumes to people like Frankenstein, Phantom, Woody Woodpecker, etc.

After 3 months of doing that my boss came in one day and said he liked my attitude, never complaining and doing a good job, and he was moving me to the Screen Test Show.  I was going to host a live stage show.  That was going to be the most defining part of my professional life and my job for the next many years.  Over the course of my career I hosted over 32,000 live stage shows at the studio, plus more in other places across the U.S. and Canada.  I also co-hosted a live stage show with Joan Embrey, the San Diego Zoo’s international ambassador.

In 1984 the boss called me to his office.  Again, Yikes!  I wasn’t sure what that was all about.  But long story short, I was offered the job as Director of Entertainment.

 Hosting a show at Universal Studios with Mike Douglas (wearing police uniform) as guest star


What exactly is the job description of an entertainment director?
During my 25 years, Universal Studios Hollywood, as it’s now called, had six live shows.  The entertainment director is responsible for overseeing all shows, including the performers, maintaining performance levels, hiring and firing, plus oversight of the strolling characters I mentioned before, and also a variety of other employees working in the theaters, stage managers, show control, park attendants, etc.  There were also special effects under my supervision, such as the KITT car, a talking car from the very popular TV show Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff.
Depending on the time of year I had up to 350 employees.

Did you often run into high-profile entertainers or celebrities during your time at Universal? Any funny or interesting stories that stick out?
I met a plethora of celebrities, many of whom I talk about in my book, one of them none other than President Ronald Reagan.  Meeting him was the highlight of my professional career..  But one I forgot to mention in my book was Michael Jackson.  I co-hosted an event with Lew Wasserman and Steven Spielberg in Manhattan announcing the building of Universal Florida.  Wasserman was the CEO of MCA/Universal, and truly the last of the Hollywood movie moguls.  But it’s interesting the number of events and people I forgot to talk about when writing my story.

I imagine that the theme park business is high pressure and intense. What do you think is the key to running a successful theme park?
Interesting you should ask that question.  I was just talking about that yesterday.  The key to any business is the employees.  I guess it’s a general understanding whether talking about business or life in general.  My employees represented the studio and me.  My belief is that if we treat others with respect, most will live up to that trust and do a good job.
But the theme park business requires constant care.  It isn’t like making a movie where the director oversees the performance and can have a retake or edit out the missteps in postproduction.  Our shows were live every day, four to sixteen times a day. There were no retakes for the audience.  It was one and done.

During my years at the studio, MCA owned Universal and the executives were tight with the dollar.  Universal Florida, which I also worked to help develop, came after years of struggle with the ‘big bosses’.  The studio is now owned by Comcast.  They are throwing literally billions of dollars into it.  They’ve discovered that the theme park business is a safe investment while the movie and television business is always a risk.  Universal has become an entity on par with Disney.

Hosting a show at the San Diego Zoo.  The horse is the Black Stallion from the movie of the same name

Any favorite memories from your time at Universal?
My life is filled with memories.  Those were the best years of my life.  While hosting shows we had a team of five guys who became family. We worked together for twenty years and got along famously.  How can 5 guys work together for that long?  In my book I talk about ‘blood lettings’ we had from time to time.  Blood lettings – we guys would go into our break room, a room with no windows, take a seat, and turn off the lights so the room was pitch black.  Wait for it, don’t imagine what happened.  With the lights off each guy could say whatever he wanted about anyone on the crew, i.e., performance, attitude, appearance, etc. The person couldn’t respond until it was their turn.  They could then make a defense or apologize.  It was a catharsis that kept us together.  Three of the five guys have died but Don and I are still great friends even today.

Tell us, briefly, about what readers will find in your book.
I’ll quote what my publisher said when I first submitted the manuscript to him –
“Just finished your manuscript – and loved it.  Lots of details, anecdotes, and most important, well-written.  Overall, an easy, fun read, which is exactly what a book like that should be.”
My story is just that, my life at Universal during the early years.  Until 1964 the public wasn’t allowed inside a working studio.  The studio and I grew up together.  I was a young buck of 20 and ‘Universal Studios Tour’, as it was called then, was only four.

I talk of celebrity encounters, opening a show in front of a full house of 2,000 people plus media, with absolutely no rehearsal.  “Jerry, we have to do a show.  The press is waiting and we promised a show today.”  I said, “Okay, let’s do a show.”  I picked up the microphone, walked to the front of the stage and … “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Screen Test Show.”  And with that we were off and running, making it up as I went along.  The first show took two hours.  But after a few days we trimmed it down to 35 minutes.

I remember opening day for the Star Trek live stage show with all the celebrities.  The intent was for William Shatner to co-host with me, but the crew forgot to have a microphone ready for him.  However, the show had to start.  The audience was waiting, plus hundreds of the press corp.


Universal wanted to create a more 'user friendly' monster.  A press event I hosted - the 'Birth of Baby Frankenstein'

If you could offer one piece of advice to anyone hoping to achieve their dreams, what would it be?
My advice may not be what your expecting, but I would tell anyone to never compromise, not even if that carrot is dangling just beyond your reach.  Character is more important than temporary success.  And ‘temporary’ can be twenty or thirty years, maybe more.

Another piece of advice is to be persistent – not in an annoying way, but pursue your dream with integrity.  Be a person who can be depended on.  Someone who’s done their homework and is prepared to perform, even if it’s in a business other than show biz.


Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us today. 

Thanks Summer.

Visit Jerry at his Official Website.








ABOUT JERRY GREEN

Jerry Green was born into a very poor family in a small town in North Florida, the very deep South.  He admits he never dreamed of getting to Hollywood.  His dreams weren’t that big.  But through a series of unexpected turns that’s exactly where his path led.  And although acting was his goal, instead his rural-to-riches story put him at the epicenter of a theme park revolution, on the precipice of an industry that was about to explode.  His park, however was the one without the mouse.

On his first two visits to southern California, Jerry made the regular tourist stops,   
Disneyland and Universal Studios. But it was the nascent Universal Studios Tour that captured his imagination, and his timing couldn’t have been better.  The tour was only four years old.  He took a chance and applied for a job as a tour guide.  “You’re hired,” he was told.  “You start training in two days.”

Universal’s upper echelon quickly discovered that Jerry had a knack for connecting with his audience so they moved him through the ranks and before long he was hosting Universal's popular audience participation shows.  After hosting over 32,000 live stage shows he was promoted to Director of Entertainment.

When the green light was given to develop the studio in Orlando he was sent there to write, produce and direct several projects for the mega-attraction - Universal Studios Florida, which opened with higher attendance and approval ratings than Disney MGM Studio the prior year.

Filled with humor, celebrity encounters including President Reagan, stories of Universal's cast and culture you've never heard before, and healthy doses of "jerryosophy", Jerry Green's memoir of his 25 Years Inside Universal Studios is that rarest of entertaining/business books: a truly fun read, loaded with laughs and appropriate for theme park and show biz fans of all ages.”

Bob McLain
President
Theme Park Press





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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Advice from the Red Pen: Volume 2 (With Stephanie Parent)



Volume 2 

Today, we're visiting with my editor friend Stephanie Parent. Stephanie has worked on a few of my own books, and is currently an editor for hire, too! I had fun being able to chat with her about her take on editing, and I think you'll find her advice insightful and interesting!

Editor Q&A


As an editor, what types of manuscripts do you enjoy reading the most, in terms of genre or characters? 

Actually, one of my favorite things about editing is getting to read such a wide variety of genres! No matter what I’m reading, though, I’m always drawn to character-driven stories. I also have a soft spot for romance and new adult novels, since that’s what I edited the most of when I was first starting out. And my greatest love as a reader is YA and children’s books, so of course I love to edit those as well!

What annoys you the most as an editor? 

I think I’m a pretty easygoing editor—I can deal with a lot! One thing that can bother me is when authors don’t mention something they’re particularly looking for from an edit. I’m happy to tailor my style to individual authors, but I’m not a mind reader—you have to tell me what you do or don’t want!

Do you think that an editor has to be as much of a storyteller as the writer? Or does it depend on the editor and what they're looking for in the manuscript? 

I do think that depends on the editor. For me personally, I work with a lot of self-published authors who have a clear idea of what they want and who don’t have to worry about meeting a publisher’s needs, so I try to preserve the author’s vision as much as possible. From my brief experience writing YA and working with agents, I believe editors at traditional publishing houses are more likely to fall into the “storyteller” category. These editors have to be a lot more concerned with making sure books conform to current market trends—luckily I don’t have to worry about that unless an author requests it!


What is your favorite part about editing? 

Reading was my greatest love as a child, and I always wished for a job where I could read all day. I’m happy to say I pretty much got my wish! I also love being able to work in coffee shops instead of an office.

How many times do you think a manuscript should be edited before it goes to publication, and why? 

Ideally a manuscript should be edited at least three times—a content edit for issues with plot and character, a sentence-level copy edit, and a proofread to catch any errors the copy edit missed. Of course, there are always exceptions. Authors who use detailed outlines might not need a content edit, and authors who want their books to be completely error-free might want to use two separate proofreaders.


What advice could you offer to other editors or writers who are working on their manuscript? How could they work to make their writing cleaner or more efficient? 

This is a hard question to answer, since everyone’s writing and editing process is different! I would suggest that authors familiarize themselves with basic grammar rules and take note of mistakes they frequently make, words and phrases they tend to overuse, etc. One good way to identify your writing habits—although it might make you cringe!—is to look at something you wrote a few years ago. You’ll have enough distance from your work to spot repetition or awkward stylistic choices you can’t see in something you just finished. Of course, you may have evolved as a writer over the intervening years, but it’s still helpful to do this from time to time. If nothing else, it will show you how far you’ve come!


To contact Stephanie, visit her Official Website!



About Stephanie Parent
I am a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, and I’ve worked as an editor, copy editor and proofreader for many publishing companies and individual clients over the past ten years. Companies I’ve worked for include Dorchester Publishing (former publisher of the popular Loveswept romances), Cobblestone Press, The Wild Rose Press, and many more! I specialize in copy editing and proofreading—I have an eye for detail and I love to make those sentences shine!—but I offer full manuscript critiques and substantive editing as well. I am also a writer myself, so I understand how important your words are to you and am very mindful of keeping the writer’s voice and intentions as my first priority.



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