Workshop Schedule: EDITED

I have to be quick with this — other duties are kicking my butt today.

Here’s the workshop schedule:

Monday, July 28: Intro and Step 1 of Self-Editing

I’ll introduce the dubious joy that is self-editing and show you the first tier of issues requiring attention.

Tuesday, July 29: Step 2 of Self-Editing

Tier II self-editing issues

Wednesday, July 30: Step 3 of Self-Editing

Tier III issues and Stupid Word Tricks.

Monday, August 4: Track Changes: The Ins and Outs

I’ll show you how it works and how it can work for you

Tuesday, August 5: Track Changes: The Aches and Pains

I’ll show you how it doesn’t work, and more ways you can minimize the agony

Thanks — See you Monday


The Workshop Cometh

It’s almost time, so I’m getting ready for PBW’s Left Behind and Loving It conference series.

I’ll be tackling self editing tips, which will not only touch on things an author should look for in their own work before submitting, but also some common problems encountered during the editing cycle. Yes, that means someone is finally going to have a frank and open discussion about the dreaded Track Changes, and why it’s not uncommon that an author should want to hurl their monitor out the window in a fit of abject frustration.

Fig. 1: :banghead:

I’ve not yet finalized the topic schedule — I’ll get it posted just as soon as I’ve figured out where some stray topics should fall.

At the end of the workshop, I’ll be donating my time to give someone’s mss a thorough copy edit. And no, this is not limited to people planning on submitting to Lyrical.

Until then, back to the usual silliness…

EDIT TO ADD: If you’ve had problems with Track Changes in the past, I’m collecting horror stories so we can reverse-engineer the issues. Send all due questions and horror stories to emmawayneporter A T gmail dOt com


Click to visit the new Lyrical Press Forums

We’ve launched the Lyrical Press forums. There are hangouts for socializing and the usual silliness, of course, as well as a library for excerpts and a place to talk about the writing craft.

To celebrate launch, we’ll be giving prizes away as the week rolls on, so come on over and join us.

See you there…

Workshop Topic

While everyone’s off at RWA (July 30 – Aug 2), I’ll be doing a mini-conference for those of us left behind.

Topic: Pre-Submission Self-Editing Tips

Part of it will be a Q and A, so if you have questions, leave them in comments and I’ll answer them when the time comes.


No Rest For The Wicked


I’m over at the Romantic Suspense Blog today, where I’m discussing my worst idea ever. :batlash:

This Just In


Two Lips Reviewer's Choice Award

Thank you, Victoria! :cheer: You can read the whole review here or read it below the fold.

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Oh Buffy?

Don’t feel bad — I’m sure FOX would cancel Aristotle, too.

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Aristotle. Nietzsche. Buffy? The blond heroine of the campy TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” as well as other works by creator Joss Whedon, will be the focus of a three-day academic conference beginning Friday at Henderson State University.

The show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar won cult fame and critical praise during its seven seasons on The WB and UPN networks.

Since it ended, the series has spawned enough academic books on the philosophy surrounding the roles of friendship and feminism to fill a 15-foot-wide bookshelf at the college in Arkadelphia, said Kevin Durand, an associate professor of philosophy.

“It has staying power,” Durand said. “It’s like I tell my students in philosophy a lot of times: We’re not so much about necessarily finding all the answers as wanting to ask better questions. `Buffy,’ I think, does that. `Buffy’ never really leaves you with nice, pat answers. You have even more questions than when you started.”

Durand said more than 90 academic papers will be discussed at the conference. He expects about 150 people to attend and discuss the vampire slayer and Whedon’s other works, including the television series “Firefly” and “Angel.” Another point of discussion will be a lesser-known part of Whedon’s work — his screenplay for the hit animated film “Toy Story.”

Among the papers: “Buffy and Feminism,” “Buffy and Identity,” “Gender Stereotypes and the Image of Domesticity in `Firefly,'” “`Firefly:’ The Illusive Safety of Big Damn Heroes” and a Durand favorite by a British scholar, “Hero’s Journey, Heroine’s Return: Buffy, Eurydice and the Orpheus Myth.”

“That one just sounds cool,” he said.

Durand, who contributed an academic paper at each of the two previous Buffy conferences, often focuses on how power plays into the “Buffy” series. He said much of the heroine’s strength came from others and her willingness to work with friends in her fight against creatures of the night.