My Editing Background and College Tour

As many of you know, I own an editing company called Proof Positive. I’ve been asked many times what makes me qualified to be an editor and to run an editing business, so much so that I’ve made a video about it. I also included a tour of part of my college campus as well as the two buildings I spent the most time in. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires you to chase after your dreams. Anything is possible if you want it enough.

(If you can’t see the video, click here: https://youtu.be/K3JrSv6zL5I)

Thanks for watching!

Upcoming Writing Weekend!

I’ve really taken to having writing weekends, but especially weekends away, if possible, so that I can have different surroundings than I’m used to and get inspired. This month I’m going to be staying in a bed and breakfast room that has Victorian era-style wallpaper! Perfect inspiration – you’ll see why below. I’ll be seeing some friends I haven’t seen in years, so it will be an exciting weekend all around. My only fear is that the time will go by too quickly.

I’ve put some goals together so that I don’t forget to do anything while I’m there and I don’t come away kicking myself for not accomplishing enough on the writing side of things:

1. Start a short story for the Get Down With The #Awethors anthology. I have two or three solid ideas for this, but I’d like to try each of them out and pick one this weekend.

2. Write at least one major scene from Victorian era novel, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. I’ve already printed a list of scenes that need to be written so that I can choose whatever suits me at the moment.

3. Outline some more of the secondary WIP. There’s so much running around in my head right now with that storyline, and a lot of it is specific, which makes me afraid that I’ll lose it if I don’t get it all down ASAP.

4. Write a little bit on every floor of a particular library I love. More on this in my homecoming blog post…

5. Film a little something that I’m not going to tell you about yet. 🙂

I think these goals are achievable since I’ll have Friday evening and most of Saturday to accomplish them. Sunday is mostly dedicated to other activities. With my brain heavily focused on all these goals, I don’t doubt I can complete all of them – as long as I concentrate and don’t spend time on the Turner Classic Movie channel. That channel is so distracting…

I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking while I’m there to keep in touch and let you know how it’s going! I like sharing my experiences with all of you. 🙂 I will be spotty on email, but I’ll get back to you upon my return.

Wish me luck!

Beta Reading Special Offer!

In 2013, I will be opening my own beta reading business dedicated to the meticulous proofreading and editing of independent authors’ works. Before I open my business, I would like some testimonials. What does this mean for you? I will beta read the first 10 fiction manuscripts I receive before March 31, 2013 for free, in exchange for one testimonial. (Manuscript must be no more than 300 double-spaced pages, approximately 75,000 words.)

For all the details, check out this page on my website: http://bit.ly/WRAxXy.

This is not only an exciting opportunity for you to get your work beta read by a professional proofreader for free, but an exciting opportunity for me to read authors’ works before they are published.

Check out my offer and leave your thoughts in the comments section!