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FRIDAY MUSINGS   Leave a comment

If you follow me on social media you know what a rough year it’s been for me and my family. We lost my step-father in March after a brief, unexpected illness and his birthday is coming up on Father’s Day, so yeah…that will be a sad day for me. My mom (now gone) married him when I was fifteen so I always called him my dad. He was a kind, generous man who loved life and football, especially the University of Michigan Wolverines! He is sorely missed. IMG_0656

Dad 1928-2016

Then, we lost our 14 year-old cat, Zeus to cancer a few weeks ago and I still miss her.

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ZEUS 2001-2016

We are struggling financially and are looking for ways to cut bills. We take the bus/Metro when we can (not always feasible in Los Angeles), have cancelled cable and eat meatless meals most of the time (pasta casseroles are our go-to meals).

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We’ve had some good things too, both kids are graduating and looking for jobs. One has a part-time job and another one has a summer job but hasn’t been able to find housing (it’s 300 miles away from us) yet.

I’m still trying to make it as a full-time writer and am one step closer thanks to getting into the writing contest, Query Kombat with my historical, middle grade manuscript inspired by the British invasion of The Beatles. In the contest it’s called, THE BRITISH ARE COMING. I’ve already made friends and had a blast on the Twitter feed so it’s a win for me even if I don’t get any requests from agents.

WRITING WITH A FOUNTAIN PEN

I am trying to find editing clients (have extensive experience editing as a teacher/educator and editor) but it’s slow at the moment. I have a sale going on and will edit your manuscript for half-off, includes three passes of your query/logline too! See website and look under Editing Services tab at: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com

If you know any writer who is looking for a “big picture” editor, send them my way! I’d love to be able to pay bills and not get evicted this coming month. Yes, it’s a real possibility and not a joke. I wish it was.

BIG BANG NERVOUS

If you can help me and my family out by engaging my editing services, we’d appreciate it. I’d love to be able to help my kid pay for their first month’s rent too.

And if you or a friend isn’t in the market for editing, maybe you’d enjoy a new book. Check out my Amazon page. Most of my books are in eBook and print. Many of my books are listed on my website with links to the actual books.

We made it so far and I’m sure we’ll make it again. It’s just difficult right now. But I never lose hope that something good is around the corner and that’s what keeps me going.

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

 

Thanks for listening.

NEVER GIVE UP GIF

Best,

Kathleen

 

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EDITING SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE!   3 comments

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

On my to-do list this year was to get an agent (check) and to start earning monies using my writing/editing skills. I decided to start offering editing services for writers who write young adult or middle grade novels.  The details are on my website here: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com look under Editing Services there or up above on the header on here.

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

I like weird books!

For the holidays I am offering a quarter off the regular price of one cent a word! I will look at plot holes, characterization, anything that might be confusing or might not work and give you an editorial letter of what can be improved. There is no guarantee you will get your manuscript published but I do have a discerning eye and have edited many manuscripts for myself and for writer buddies.

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There are online writing contests coming up and you want your manuscript to be in the best shape possible, don’t you? Yes, of course you do! Maybe you are getting ready to query and you need fresh eyes on your query. Email me!

I am a fast reader and editor and can get your work back to you in a timely manner!

writing-is-hard

And so is editing and it’s difficult to edit your own writing.

 

I’m a former college English instructor and a former high school teacher with a Master’s in English.

OH MY GOD I NEED HELP

I can help!

I don’t do line edits on full manuscripts unless something stands out like a typo or misspelling.

I do have a third year law student who will line edit your manuscript for an additional flat fee of $25.00 USD only as an add-on to the content editing price. This service is not separate.

No first drafts! Please make sure your manuscript has been read by a beta reader or critique partner before you send it to me. My editing service should be the last step on your journey. No manuscripts over 100K unless it’s by special arrangement. Email me to ask!

IS THIS A KISSING BOOK

I will edit most categories in YA or MG but I prefer fantasy (all subgenres), horror, science fiction or historical. If in doubt, email me to ask!

Please email me at: kathleensalleneditsATgmailDOTcom for information on pricing or to book a slot! My prices will go up after January 1st, 2016!

I look forward to reading your work!

Best,

Kathleen

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7x7x7x7 Challenge   2 comments

In this challenge you go to your seventh page of your WIP, go down seven lines and post the next seven lines and tag seven authors to do the same. I tagged mine on Twitter.  , , , , , ,

All right, here is mine:

Title: WITCHLANDS-YA FANTASY

 

Filled with recipes, old sepia photos of friends or relatives long dead, pressed nosegays tied with pale yellow ribbons, love poems to long-forgotten beau, intricate sketches of birds—mostly Ravens—in various poses—eating, flying, building a nest using human hair, feeding their babies, and one drawing that puzzled me. It was of a boy with the wings of a Raven, in all other aspects he was human. In the middle of the book was a large black Raven’s feather. This I took out and rubbed on my cheek. So soft. The scent reminded me of something. My eyes closed and the smell of darkness, of night, of blood and magic streamed into me and I squeaked dropping the feather.

Have fun!

Posted August 30, 2015 by kathleea in fiction, writers, writing, young adult

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Celebrate the Small Things-June 19, 2015   4 comments

Greetings All!

This past week was an improvement over last week since I wasn’t sick! Yay for the virus finally going away.

  • I’m about a quarter of the way through a revision on a YA pirate book I wrote. The plot needed to be overhauled and so I decided to tackle it.
  • I spent time at Barnes and Noble yesterday and looked through a few Young Adult books I want to read.
  • I’m going to see Jurassic World this weekend!
  • The kitten keeps growing, which is good! She looks like a grown cat but acts like a kitten. She loves to be held and rocked, so sweet. The older cat is still annoyed with her though.
  • I’m trying a new medium. I’m designing a comic book to enter into a contest. I believe it helps to focus your creativity in a variety of ways. I figure it will only enhance my writing.
  • Yesterday was Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday. So happy belated birthday, Sir Paul!

And that was my week, how was yours?

Here’s hoping this next week brings you good news!

Kathleen

My Writing Journey   Leave a comment

I decided to blog about my writing journey. I put a post up yesterday on a different blogging tool about my process. Today I’m going to break it down step by step.

My journey begins…

It all started at the age of three when I learned to read. Wait, too far back.

It all started at the age of eight when I wrote my first book of poems. Nope, still too far back.

Okay, it started when I was fifteen and had my first poem published. Better but not there yet.

When I was seventeen I wrote my first novel, Robinshire Castle about twin brothers, who happened to be Dukes of Cornwall (well, one was, Colin and Connor were their names). A seventeen-year-old girl came to the castle to be a governess to Colin’s daughter (can you sense a Jane Eyre theme here?). She falls for Connor (the evil twin, duh-duh) who killed his sister-in-law and attempts to kill the daughter because Colin is set to inherit the castle. Long story short (oops, too late) the girl saves daughter, pushes Connor off a turret and marries Colin and becomes a Duchess. THIS WILL NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.

I started getting poems published, short stories and flash fiction. Time goes by (hums) and eventually I wrote my next novel, WITCH HUNTER, I did as part of a Master’s in English degree. I worked on it for two years and ended up self-publishing it because it was a novella not a novel. I self-published AINE and FAERIE FOLK around the same time and PLEASE TO SEE THE KING, a book of short stories based on characters from English/Irish ballads. Next I published, FITZROY: THE BOY WHO WOULD BE KING about the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. It’s a top seller in the UK.

I’ve published with two small publishers, two YA fantasies, LORE OF FEI and WAR OF FEI with Muse It Up Publishing. Two murder mysteries, IF IT’S MONDAY, IT MUST BE MURDER and IF IT’S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE TROUBLE, and a YA contemporary;  HOW TO BE ALMOST FAMOUS IN TEN DAYS with Gypsy Shadow Publishing.

I am on the lookout for an agent, (that elusive beast rarely seen in captivity) with my latest novel, a young adult gothic horror. Check out my website for more info on my writings. You can also see my inspiration boards on Pinterest.

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Posted May 17, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writers

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