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I have a Kickstarter up for publishing the Jane book!

I would super super super love it if you could help, even just the littlest bit. Most of you know that for a long time the Jane book seemed to be on an endless meandering road to nowhere, and that was not a good thing. Having this Kickstarter, if it gets funded, gives me the means to take control and put the book out there. This is kind of huge.

Donations start at $1 and go up to whatever you want to give, and there are some rewards up that I think are pretty decent.* Probably the best of them: if you have a book that you want edited I am offering to edit an 80,000-word manuscript** for $1,000, which is literally one-quarter of what that would usually cost. I have professional experience in editing books and I am good at it. There are plenty of other rewards as well, all listed on the page. Autographed copies are popular at the moment.

So, yeah. If you can help it will make me squee. A lot. ^.^


*My personal favorite ones are the ones where you can chat online with one of the characters in the book or where I write a bonus short story about the book for you, but thus far those are unpopular because nobody has read the book yet and therefore nobody has any interest in the characters yet. Things I should have predicted.
**Length may be negotiable if your book is longer.
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I like this meme. Even though I'm sure those of you who have read a number of my stories and going "you think THOSE are your biggest repeating mistakes? Oh, honey, let me tell you." I'm sure I'm oblivious to my real, what shall we call them, personal quirks. But it was fun to think about nevertheless, and I hope lots of my writerly friends steal this.

Ten Ways You Can Tell a Story Is Written By [ profile] slammerkinbabe:

1. It has lesbians in it somewhere. This isn't a particularly good one, actually, because I may not tell you the lesbians are, in fact, lesbians. But I know who the lesbians are inside my own head, and I do not remember the last time I wrote a piece of fiction with no lesbians in it, no matter how fleeting their role.

2. The sentences are entirely too complex, with tons of semicolons, colons, and em-dashes.

3. One of the characters sounds exactly like me.

4. There are at least three metaphors that sound like the author was drunk when she conceived of them. One of them is likely an extended metaphor.

5. There is insufficient visual description, especially of the main characters in the book. Occasionally this gets broken when visual description is central to characterization, but characters' looks are not described unless the story cannot be told without said description.

6. Mental illness is a prominent theme, someone is probably in therapy, and it is highly likely that someone winds up in a psych ward at some point. There is also a high probability of a suicide attempt. Someone on the psych ward probably has an improbable affair with their roommate.

7. When and if the plot gets blocked, someone gets drunk and unblocks it by saying or doing something stupid and/or revealing.

8. Attention to researchy details seems to be good at a glance, but that is only because I only write about things that I have personally experienced. See also: #6, #3, #1.

9. If the characters have to eat something in the course of the book or story it is almost inevitably chicken over pasta.

10. There is a hot butch character somewhere in the book - someone that I would sleep with in real life. Even if there is no actual sex in the story, this is apparently necessary to maintain my own interest. (Oddly enough I think the Jane book broke this rule, but I'm back on it in the Beth book.)

With the exception of #10, I've been working really hard to keep most of this out of the Beth book. In particular, it was okay to let 1, 3, and 5 go in the Jane book, but I have got to make some major changes in writing the Beth book or it will be clear to me as well as everyone else that I am a one-trick pony. So I'm trying something different. Eek.


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