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Writer: Editing tips by Indie author Sylvia Stein

Writer: Editing tips by Indie author Sylvia Stein :    As both an indie author and editor, I know how important it is to be able to work on the best possible manuscript.   This is why I am sh...
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Foresight: New Avalon Book 3 by Author Andrea Buginsky

My author friend Andrea Buginsky was such an amazing person and talented author. Andi, as she was known to those close to her, was such a loving individual. This July 7th will mark the 3rd anniversary since her passing. As a tribute to her I am happy to let you know that her wonderful mother Laurie Schier Buginsky was able to edit and publish Andi's final book. Sylvia Laurie Schier Buginsky: "It is with great joy I am proud to announce that Andrea Buginsky’s final book is now available. While it can be read as a stand-alone book, readers will want to read the first two books in the New Avalon series as well. Here in Andrea’s own words is a glimpse of Foresight: New Avalon book 3. Foresight: New Avalon book 3.    As Elena Baxter begins her third year at New Avalon, the terror from her demons intensifies. When she attempts her own course of treatment, her life spirals out of control. Much will be learned from Mia about her own t

4 Year old is the superhero the world needs #WAWTB

We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.  Each month we bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, and I Sylvia  Stein   along with these fabulous co-hosts and, Inderpreet Uppal ,  Shilpa Garg, ,   Damyanti Biswas, ,   and Simon Falk, .  For this week I am focusing on a

New Release Thursday: The Novel Within by Lindsey Taylor

Hello, everyone, I am Indie Author Sylvia Stein and for today I am sharing a New Release my Author Lindsey Taylor.  Her novel is called the Novel Within.   Here is a synopsis: Alfreda Hitchthorn lives in a forest away from the city, tending to her home and well-being with minimal help from the outside world. A natural witch, Alfreda's magic just happens; however, as she attempts to lead a normal life with a family, marriage, and love, she's left scorned and defeated. To avoid being a lonely victim of circumstance, Alfreda throws herself into her life’s work: writing a novel about a young girl named Morna Stabes - who's not only the main character in the book, but also a slave to Alfreda's words. Her magic makes Morna real, but Morna soon realizes her life isn't her own and ventures off to find Alfreda, to take her life back by any means necessary. A bit about the author:  Lindsey Taylor has used her B.A. in Journalism for many freelance projects nati

Editing tips by Indie author Sylvia Stein

   As both an indie author and editor, I know how important it is to be able to work on the best possible manuscript.   This is why I am sharing a short editing lesson on today’s blog. This is all taken from Chapter 1 Show and Tell, and this is taken from the book by Self-Editing for Fiction Writers:  How to edit yourself into print by Renni Browne and Dave King. I will begin by showing a sample of this paragraph: The conversation was barely begun before I discovered that our host was more than simply a stranger to most of his guests.  He was an enigma, a mystery.  And this was a crowd that doted on mysteries.  In the space of no more than five minutes,  I heard several different people put forth their theories — all equally probable or preposterous –as to who and what he was. Each theory was argued with the conviction that can only come from a lack of evidence, and it seemed that, for many of the guests, these arguments were the main reason to attend his parties.

Editing: Sharing my first draft of Chapter 1 of Chasing Clarity from National Novel Month back in November 2013 and the Chapter 1 from the original Manuscript

Today I am showing all my readers the first draft that I wrote when I joined National Novel Month back in  2013.     I wanted to show the progression I made from this first draft to what it became when I finally published on  October 8, 2015.   Chasing Clarity by: Sylvia Stein  clarity is the Clearness of thoughts. Chapter 1 The longest day  Mia Gerard awoke on the cold day in October struggling to get  herself out of bed.   She knew this moment would come but that did not mean that  the pain would lessen. “ Come on Mia” she said to herself. “ I  am sure that Leo would not want you to act this way! she  exclaimed. However as she slowly got herself out of the bed she  wondered if things would ever get back to normal without him.   As she got herself in the shower she knew that this was going to  be one of the longest days of her life. “ Dammit Leo!”she cried.   “ I am not sure I am going to be able to stand it all!”   Then as she layed crying out in h