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The Ripening
The Ripening:
A Canadian Girl Grows Up

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" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" Tillie’s grit and ability to face life’s challenges are inspiring, the seeds for later discovering her artist self. Tillie takes readers on a wild ride. Join her if you dare! "

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Curva Peligrosa
Curva Peligrosa

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" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

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FLING!
Fling!

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

"Fling! is both hilarious and touching. Every page is a surprise, and the characters! I especially loved Bubbles, one of the most endearing mothers in recent fiction. A scintillating read."

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Freefall
Freefall :
A Divine Comedy

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life. "

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All This
All This

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" Indicative of the title, the poems in All This range from the conventional lyric/narrative that captures an intense moment of emotion, an epiphany glimpsed briefly out of the corner of the eye, to the more experimental. "

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No More Kings
No More Kings

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" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

Each finely crafted poem in this powerful collection comes alive on the page while she traces the days’ journeys with a painter’s eye, a musician’s ear, and the deft pen of a poet.

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Dear fellow writers: Don’t avoid editing’s many layers!

editrSmall presses don’t have the reputation that larger presses do of having high editorial standards. But my experience with these presses, especially Regal House Publishing, the one that published my second novel, Curva Peligrosa, was revelatory.

Before submitting the manuscript to the press for its consideration. I’d been through it numerous times on my own, seeking to strengthen the narrative. I also had hired two different professional editors to read and review it. They made valuable suggestions, many of which I used as a basis for additional rewrites.

But I discovered a whole new level of revising in my interaction with my publisher/editor. She did one read through where she looked at overarching problems that should be addressed. Then I went through her second review that consisted largely of line editing. She had found many inconsistencies that are unavoidable in a 350-page work. She also made numerous suggestions that helped me to add important details or to deepen/streamline the narrative. It was an invaluable experience to have this kind of attentive and intelligent questioning of passages that I thought were complete.

Of course, I resisted some of her comments, and I didn’t act on all of her recommendations—maybe two thirds. Though she was deeply involved in the characters and action, it is my creation, and she didn’t know the book in the same way as I do. But, then, that’s my role as the author. Even so, the work is much stronger because of her involvement in it.

From this experience, I’ve discovered how valuable this kind of intensive editing can be. While I gave birth to the world I’ve created, it helps enormously to have a sensitive eye that can assist in the midwifery. I feel I received a higher caliber of help in this process than I might have if a large publishing house had purchased the book. Not only is there more clarity but seeing the characters/situations/settings through a sensitive reader’s eyes gives deeper insight into the work in general.

That wasn’t the final edit (a copyeditor looked closely at grammatical/typographical errors next after I went through it again on my own), but the process was more than illuminating. My publisher/editor’s reading raised the novel to another level, something not all published authors achieve.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Barbara Drewry

    Lily – Thank you for sharing these important thoughts about editing. I wish every writer had access to all that you describe, and I’m so glad you do! God bless you in your work! I will subscribe to your blog.🌸🌸🌸 Blessings – Barbara

    • I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to respond to your comments, but I only became aware of them today! I’m happy to hear from visitors who find my posts helpful and look forward to hearing more from you!

  2. How true, Lily. Your reading and commenting, along with other Beta Readers, raised my book, The Madam’s Friend, to an entirely different level.

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