And yes, that’s exactly what I looked like after receiving my first copy edit back.
1: Does your copy editor know, read and respect your genre? My genre is epic fantasy. It’s a tough genre. You’re dealing with unusual words, spellings and definitions—often times made up, or referencing an archaic bit of knowledge no one knows, but you. If your editor isn’t privy to all the nuances of your genre, they may steer you in the wrong direction. An editor once changed the word “flyting” – which is a contest of insults in Viking culture, to “flying” – which made absolutely no sense in the context of the sentence. I realized that correction meant I did a poor job of explaining the term, but it also sent up a warning signal about the editor, namely, that she didn’t understand my genre. A good editor would have asked about the term and asked me to clarify the term to the reader so that it could be understood, not randomly corrected a wrongly assumed misspelling.
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I usually think of authors as bookish types (stereotyping, I know), but the kind of guys or gals who are quiet and reserved, lurking in libraries, rarely out and about as they are usually home, quietly reading or writing–a solitary exercise. Perhaps there are those Hollywood types such as HBO’s Hank Moody, though I have yet to meet one. Not once did it occur to me that an author of heroic fiction would actually be a real life hero.
I am officially throwing down the gauntlet. Nay Sayers, I challenge you! I am tired of hearing from agents, publishers, critics, and other authors that have been brainwashed to believe that a character with a “destiny to save the world” is passé, old hat, and unoriginal. Yes, it’s been done. And yes, it can be done badly.
While writing the prequel to ShadowLight, I realized the only knowledge I have about sword fighting is what I’ve seen in movies, tv, or read about in books. Yep. All my knowledge comes from fictional fights and sword novels. Sad, but true. And let’s face it, when’s the last time you’ve seen anyone do a slo-mo triple flip with two battle swords in hand, consequently wiping out a hoard of oncoming baddies–all while dressed in a skimpy skirt and tummy shirt? Um. Never. (In real life that is–incase you weren’t sure, we’re talking about reality right now. I know. I try to avoid it too, but that ole’ reality check keeps popping up on me.)
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I have the honor of featuring Carlyle Labuschagne, author of the soon to be released The Broken Destiny. Carlyle hit my radar a few months back when I stumbled upon her via Twitter. Her passion, talent, and generous nature immediately struck me–a woman whose undeniable spirit shown above the masses. She is a writer, a humanitarian, and an author that should be on everyone’s watch list.
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