Who doesn’t dream of a do-over? When I received word that my first publisher was closing, I wasn’t sure how to feel. The downside was that I lost over a year’s worth of royalties. The upside, my book rights were returned to me. I started writing eleven years ago, and I’ve learned a lot over the years. Yep, I feel like I’m being given a do-over.
I don’t know a single author who enjoys edits. That said, I don’t know a single author who can publish a quality book without them. So, I try my best to make peace with the process. I tackle them one at a time from beginning to end. I try not to scroll through edits upon first receiving them because it puts me in a negative state of mind. However, if I take each correction as it comes, I find I can finish them without throwing my laptop across the room.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I groan or growl in frustration, but for the most part I simply tackle and beat the suckers into submission. I do have issues with repeated words. I’m not talking about using a word like gigantic too many times. I’m talking about simple words like said. Said is a very common word, and in my honest opinion, it disappears on the page when I’m reading. However, if I substitute returned or replied, that sticks out and interrupts the flow. This is something I’ve always disagreed with my editors on. I realize there’s a huge difference between said and argued or said and growled, but what’s the difference between said and returned? Yeah, exactly. Said is a word that relays to a reader which character is speaking. It doesn’t have an actual part in the storyline, so why would I want it to stand out?
My other issue with edits is that they are a constant reminder of just how country I am. When I’m writing, I say the dialog out loud most of the time. The problem comes when I have bits of dialog written as I say them and I find out I’m saying them wrong. What? Me? When the editor questions aspects of my dialog, I try to figure out if it’s a United States thing or a Midwestern thing? If it’s Midwestern, is it a Kansas thing or a small-town Kansas thing? Is it a small-town Kansas thing or is it a Carol thing? I’m known, even in my own family, for saying things that other people don’t say. I use expressions that are unique to me. For example, when I really like something, I say, “That’s good as gravy.” Yes, my love for gravy is epic, but why do I say that? It makes no sense. Heck, even to me it doesn’t make sense.
When I originally wrote A Cowboy’s Secret, the publisher decided to change the title to Sex with Lex. I hated it, but I was new to writing, so I caved and allowed the change. Pride Publishing gave me a second chance to release A Cowboy’s Secret with the title I love. Yep, they’ve given me a do-over, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Will Lex be willing to sacrifice his long-held secrets for true love?
Nick Barker was thrilled. A summer working on his college roommate’s family ranch was a dream come true for a veterinary student. He didn’t anticipate his reaction to his best friend and roommate’s father, though.
Lex Whitefeather hired his son Sam’s best friend for the summer. He figured he’d be generous and help the kid out. He wasn’t expecting the young Adonis who stepped off the plane. Nick Barker was no kid. Years of repressed sexual desires rose to the surface that summer.
When Lex and Nick finally come together and admit their feelings, Lex is plagued by guilt. He’s not “out” to his family and friends. Lex pushes Nick away with his unwillingness to open up to his family.
A few years later, Nick is back on the ranch…
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Carol Lynne – An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of romance. While writing her first novel, Branded by Gold, Carol fell in love with the M/M genre. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. With close to 150 releases, one thing is certain, Carol loves to keep busy writing sexy cowboys, shifters, bodyguards, vampires and everything in between. Although series books are her passion, Carol enjoys penning the occasional stand-alone title.
As founder and President of GRL Retreat, Inc., Carol helps organize the annual GayRomLit Retreat. Now in its seventh year, GayRomLit is an annual retreat that brings together the people who create and celebrate LGBT romance for a one-of-a-kind, must-attend gathering of dynamic, informal, and diverse fun.