I never win anything!

The last thing I remember winning was a bottle of Babycham from the Summer Fair raffle when I was at primary school. It promptly vanished and I never got to enjoy my prize, although my parents seemed quite chuffed (!) But, I can now say differently as I recently won a critique from a professional editor on the first 5000 words of my WIP!

I came across the giveaway on Kristin McTiernan’s new YouTube channel. Kristin is a professional editor and fellow author I know through Instagram (@kristinmagoo) and when she announced her new channel I immediately subscribed. I now eagerly await her videos to be uploaded. As someone who is self-editing one book and writing another, I devour any hints and tips I come across from editors and authors. Anything to help me improve. Her channel is no different.

One day whilst listening, I heard her mention a giveaway: a critique of 5000 words! I immediately entered with all my fingers and toes crossed. I’m nowhere near sending my manuscript off to editors, but I knew I would benefit from a professional’s opinion. Days later, a notification came through that I’d actually won!

After taking the weekend to make my first 5000 words as good as I could, I nervously pressed ‘send’ and a week later my critique arrived!

I received several pages covering “First Impressions”, “Grammar/Punctuation/Mechanics”, “Characters”, “‘Grab’ Factor” and “Editing Recommendations”.

As a teacher, I understand the benefit of constructive criticism, so the process didn’t faze me at all. It was great seeing the opening chapters from someone else’s point of view. Sequences and reactions were questioned which I would never have considered. Kristin herself was friendly with her critique but honest; the perfect combination needed to get manuscripts looking their best. I would highly recommend her and can already see improvements in my manuscript. All in all, it was a really positive experience. (Phew!)

If you’re in need of an editor or simply want to reach out, her website is can be found here.

Kindle Editing

I’m currently in the throws of self-editing The KeyMaster, as well as working on my website and writing some prequels.

Whilst researching editing, one of the articles by Joanna Penn, mentioned editing on the Kindle. After a bit more research I discovered I could email my manuscript to my Kindle to read as an ebook. (This is a whole new world to me!) Finally successful, I didn’t realise just how exciting it would be seeing my book on a Kindle!

Sadly the process has highlighted formatting issues that will need rectifying, but small steps!

If you would be interested in seeing your book on your Kindle and don’t know where to find your Kindle’s email address just message me and I’ll post some instructions.

Bye for now!

First Draft. Complete!

I am thrilled, and slightly scared, to announce that the first draft for Book 1 of The KeyMaster is complete! (Cue fanfare!)

I had been stressing, hoping to complete it before the end of July (I was wanting a nice round ten years!) My OCD half is annoyed I finished it early, but it’s finished! Huzza!

Now to edit. (I have 81,530 words and want *ideally* 70k. Yikes! Got my work cut out methinks)

Know any good developmental editors?