Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The pies are cooling on the counter--well out of reach of the cat. I'm looking forward to spending the day tomorrow with friends, enjoying a fantastic meal and a lot of laughs.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter, and lots and lots of pie!

Be safe in your travels and remember to give thanks for your blessings. If you have to think about what those are, look around the table.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Exciting News!

I've received notification that my novel, FINDING HOPE, has finaled for an EPIC Award. I am so excited. I'm in some very prestigious company on the finalists' list. I'm hoping to attend EPICon in March in New Orleans where the winners will be announced at the EPICon banquet on Saturday, March 6 at the Sheraton New Orleans. The conference is also offering some great workshops, and Deb Dixon--author of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict--is the keynote speaker. So, come on down and join us in the Big Easy for a great time.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Hat's Off to Copyeditors

Copyeditors out there--listen up! You have my utmost respect and appreciation. Two years ago, I took an online course on editing and copyediting. Those of you who know me, know I'm not one to follow the rules. (See previous blog post about mismatched socks :) Copyediting is all about knowing and following 'the rules.'

I recently took on a freelance job to copyedit a small non-fiction work for a friend's religious congregation. My course notes have gotten quite a workout. So have my eyes.

I now have five published novels. I've had good copyeditors, one remarkably good copyeditor, and one...well, let me just say I copyedited the galleys for one book myself at the last minute. But after copyediting documents all day today, I have a profound respect for the work copyeditors do. You literally search for needles in the haystack.

So, if you are a copyeditor--here's to you. If you are an author--be kind to your copyeditor, and he or she will (hopefully) make you look brilliant in the end.

Happy writing!