Guest Authors & Giveaway: Joan Swan & Victoria Alexander

Wednesday, December 7

Today I have something fun, and a little bit different than my normal guest author appearance.  Debut author, Joan Swan, is not only my guest, but she is also has a special interview for us with none other than bestselling Historical Romance author Victoria Alexander!  How great is that!  It's like BOGO but with authors :)
I can't top that, so instead I'm just gonna hand it off to Joan for the day...

Welcome to the Journey of a Debut Author Blog Tour!

This is our EIGHTH week in a behind the scenes look at what’s involved in getting a debut author prepared for publication. My own debut novel, FEVER, releases Spring, 2012, so it’s coming up fast. At every stop on the tour, I’ll have a guest NYT bestselling author answering questions about their experience as a debut author and I’ll also be giving away their books!  Links for previous topics and locations are listed at the end of this post.

My guest author this week is the fabulous Victoria Alexander, and I have FIVE of her books for giveaway

Moving on to the next book, from a debut author’s point of view

Most established authors will tell you they were already working on the second, third or even the fourth book in that series when the first published. But prior to becoming a debut author, every author was trying to sell…something. And when a book is out on submission we have no idea whether or not it will sell, so investing our time in the second book of a series that hasn't sold is...risky. On the other hand, there are a lot of benefits to having that second book ready if a publisher loves our first book and offers a two or three book contract.

Again...if. Because the flip side is that if the first book doesn’t sell, now we’re in the position of having spent three or six or nine months on another book with a similar plot and similar characters. And even if we could twist it to make it fit as a first book in the series, the chances of that book selling are probably pretty low as well. Had we forged a path on a different project during that time, we’d be much closer to having another idea ready, a fresh premise to send back out to entice editors to buy.

But whether or not we work on the next book in a series or we work on a brand new idea, the best thing for a writer to do after finishing one book, is move onto the next. We are creative beings, and every worthwhile creative endeavor requires self expression. But when we worry too much about how the gift of that self expression will be received, we can virtually paralyze ourselves. I know. I’ve done it. So have countless other authors – which is why almost every author will tell you, the best thing to do once you finish one book is to start the next. 

And readers…those voracious, insatiable loves…will forever adore you for it.

The benefits and pitfalls of working on multiple projects

Although FEVER is my debut, I finished writing the novel over a year and a half ago. Additionally, I wrote the second novel in the series, BLAZE, a year ago. Since then, I’ve written a proposal for the third book in the Phoenix Rising series, but also brainstormed and written a long proposal for something completely new. During that time I’ve been promoting FEVER while meeting other authors and learning about what they’re working on. And in my spare moments (heh!) I’ve been reading and deconstructing novels I love, attempting to discover what made them work so well and attempting to apply those techniques to my own writing.

I had planned on opening an older, award-winning manuscript and starting the salvage process when I received news that my proposal for book three in the Phoenix rising series needed to be revamped.

The what?

Oh, right…. Last year. Um…give me a minute.

*tapping finger to forehead* *brain skimming through heroes and heroines names*

Teague, Luke, Seth, Mitch, Jason… No, Jason was a villain. Wasn’t he?

A few other pitfalls of multiple projects are things like characters blending from one book to another, where two or more characters take on a similar set of characteristics or start talking the same. Or where a story’s pacing pattern starts to resemble another’s. Or where one plot eerily begins to mirror the other novel.

The benefits I find from working on multiple projects at one time are energy, enthusiasm, creativity and productivity. The successful completion of a turning point in one story boosts me for the work involved in the tender love scene in the next. Or how an event in one story gives me a great idea for the next proposal.

In short, as writing begets writing, creativity begets creativity and progress begets progress.

It’s been a long time since New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander has been a debut author, but she is no stranger to success. Before becoming an author, Victoria was an award-winning television reporter. Since the publication of her first book in 1995, Victoria has written twenty-seven full length novels and six novellas, rounding up many prestigious nods from RWA, RT and more.

Her most recent release is HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS, now available!  Coming up in February, MY WICKED LITTLE LIES of the Sinful Family Secrets series, hits shelves.

Here’s what Victoria has to say about moving on to the next book.

Victoria, when your debut was published, were you still working on book #2, or had you already turned it in?

First, we have to go back a lot of years! My first book (YESTERDAY & FOREVER) came out in 1995. When I was trying to sell my first book—a time travel—I started working on the sequel. Then, after numerous rejections, it dawned on me that if the first book didn’t sell maybe a sequel was a mistake. Duh! So, I switched to something entirely different—a straight historical (THE PERFECT WIFE). Then, when I sold my first book, the second was almost finished.

Oh, and I never did finish that sequel. :)

In terms of the writing and production cycles, how many books do you usually work on at the same time? What's the most you've ever worked on at once?

I can only work on one at a time. I really get immersed in whatever book I'm writing. Unfortunately, I do often get ideas for the next book, and any number of future books, while I'm in the midst of my current MIP. I make notes on those and try to put them out of my mind.

At the time of publication for your debut, what stage of production were you in for your second book?

By the time my first book was actually released, the second was finished and I had started a third.

How do you handle the stress and deadlines of working on different projects that are in different stages at the same time?

While I don’t work on more than one book at a time, I am constantly juggling promotion for a new release and editing for the last book I finished while trying to write a new book. How do I handle it? Not well! I am constantly promising to become better organized but it's just not part of my makeup I'm afraid. Somehow though, usually, more gets accomplished than slips through the cracks. I find that amazing. :)

Did you find that writing your second book was easier or more difficult because at that point you'd already gone through the experience?

Yes and no. I think your first book is the easiest to write because you really don’t know what you're doing wrong and you're filled with the need to get your story down.

I have written 27 novels and while staring at page 1 is no longer as daunting as it once was, I think each book is harder to write than the last. You'd think they would get easier but noooo, not the way it works. But I think that's a good thing. It means you're continuing to challenge yourself, trying with each new book to write the best book you can. That's probably why my favorite book is always the one I've just finished.

What would your ideal scenario be for the production cycle? Would you wait until one book was released before even starting to write another? Or would you write them one after the other so that you could cut down on the amount of time in between releases?

Ideally, I would have one completely done, finished and released before starting on the next. That way I could focus all my efforts on one book. But that's not the way it works.

I would love to have several books done at once but I'm just not that fast.

What would be your preferred spacing between releases, and what kind of spacing do you think your readers wish for?

Oh, I would love to have a book out every month but that's not going to happen because it takes me a good six months to complete a book. I aim for two a year.

I'm as much a reader as anyone and I would love to for my favorite authors to have releases out every month. I think my readers are the same. And I wish I could. But I am trying to write the very best book I can and that takes time and lots and lots of hard work!

This last point Victoria made brought an interesting question to my mind. I also tend to take quite a while to write a book. And while I haven’t been the most disciplined writer in recent months, the number of writing hours it takes me from first draft to ‘The End’ is still longer than typical.

I’m a craft fanatic, a revision psychotic…and we won’t even go into the whole OCD issue. But as Victoria points out, my end goal is to produce the very best book I can and that hard work takes time.

The question this brought to mind relates to the current popularity of eBooks. The benefits of eBooks are many, but one is the speed with which they can be made available for readers. I’d like to know if eBook lovers have found the quality of books written with such speed equal to what they’re used to from the same authors (or different authors) who previously published more slowly through traditional publishing.

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.


Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel, FEVER, with Kensington Brava debuts February 28, 2012.  Her second, BLAZE, follows in October, 2012. 

Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

You can find Joan at her Website, Twitter, Facebook, Blog and you can find Victoria at her website, on Twitter, or Facebook.

New question:  Everyone has to let go of one thing and move on the to next in life.  How do you cope with moving on?  Or how do you deal with the stress of juggling multiple projects at once?   Any comment enters you in a drawing to win 1 of 5 books by Victoria Alexander.

Prior Journey of a Debut Author Tour posts:

Good Luck!

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Jane December 7, 2011 at 12:50 AM  

I guess many people do think quality suffers when the product is churned out so readily, but I still assume it goes through the normal editing process.

Carol L. December 7, 2011 at 2:15 AM  

Congrats Joan on your Debut. And Victoria, I absolutely loved The Perfect Mistress as well as the others. I haven't done the e-reader thingy yet but I would imagine that the talented Authors I do read would certainly write a satisfying read . I enjoyed the interview ladies. Having read and owning The Perfect Mistress I'd love to be entered for either of the two listed.Thanks for this opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

DL Thomas December 7, 2011 at 4:23 AM  

Unfortunately, In my humble opinion, I do think that quality suffers when writers have to churn those books out. You won't ever hear me complain though. I am a reader and I am always looking for the next book. How sad is that when we stop caring about the quality and just want the quantity?

Both Authors are new to me, but the books sound wonderful.

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Deb T

marybelle December 7, 2011 at 5:12 AM  

So long as I am buying quality, it does not matter about how fast, or actually, how a book is published. Then again, I still prefer a hard copy.


Tamsyn December 7, 2011 at 8:40 AM  

I've seen editing mistakes in both print and e-books so I would say it really depends on the authors and editors for quality unless it is self-published. My preference goes to print because I like holding a book in my hand but I read both and think that it doesn't really matter which format it is in as long as authors continue to write books.


erin December 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM  

Congrats on the Debut!!!

Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

I'd have to say that I'd pick quality over quantity even though the reader in me says "more, more!". I would want any of my fav authors to feel like they have the time/ability to write the story that they want, how they want. I realize that there are always deadlines but hopefully they are reasonable. You can tell when a manuscript has been rushed along with the editing. The story suffers, the editing is shoddy and I probably won't buy another book if I'm pulled out of the story b/c of these things. I'm not partial to traditional over e-publishing.. as long as I get a good book in my hands or Kindle, I don't care. However... I have found that some e-publishing does suffer from all of the above. Oh well... at least I don't spend more than a dollar and I can erase without too much hard feelings :)

Happy Holidays!

GFC: erin - usa

Artemis December 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

Good Morning Ladies!

What a way to start the morning with a new Paul cover. I'm in heaven!!!

Since I have no idea about the industry, I really enjoyed getting a peak at the writing and creative process.

Most definitely YES! I find there is a huge correlation between speed and quality. Either that or the editors and beta readers have become very lax in their jobs.

Yes, again, to the difference between print and digital books. You can also include the self-published, novellas, short stories, etc. It runs the gamut and there is no rhyme or reason. I have read a traditional mass market paperback filled with errors quite recently from a well-known author. A few days later, a brilliant piece, short story, ebook only - flawless.

All that being said, I'm beginning to think it's a crap shoot and we never know what we're going to get. I try to overlook most of the errors. But with my background as an Admin. Assist. for too many years to count and today's programming to search and find many errors...I'm just saying.

Oh, and Joan, SOLD! This one is going on the TBR!

Victoria Alexander December 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

Morning all. ☺
Carol--thank you so much!
This is a fascinating topic--quantity vs quality. And it's so individual. I know writers who write fabulous books in way less time than I do and I know writers who take way longer than I do to write fabulous books. It’s really the way you work, how the creativity comes to you.

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM  

Hi Jane,

Editing is different for every writer, every editor, every house. Indie editing is different than traditional editing.

In the end, as long as the author is satisfied with the story they've told and the reader is happy with the experience, it's all good.

Victoria Alexander December 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

As for e-books vs paper—I love them both! I love the way a paper book feels but I love the convenience of e-books—especially for traveling. I rarely get the chance to read a lot unless I'm on the road so now I can bring as many books as I want. The downside is not being able to leave books—usually those written by friends—In my path for others to enjoy. I once left a Susan Andersen book at a B&B in Florence. ☺

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

Thanks Carol,

Victoria's books make me drool! I'm petting that hardback of HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS. (Note to winner: don't mind the fingerprint streaks on the cover.)

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

Hi DL,

If you're not complaining -- then there's nothing to complain about :) I've found that while tastes may vary and there may be a harsh critic here and there, by and large, readers are far more accepting and forgiving of the minor literary infractions that I would hammer myself over in a novel.

As a reader, it's about the experience as a whole. As a writer it's about putting each piece together to create that experience, worrying that if one piece is out of place, the experience for the reader will suffer.

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

Oh, I like that, Victoria...leaving a book in you path for others.

I too, prefer paper, like Marybelle. I'm already on the computer so much, I can't bring myself to read on a screen.

I know I'll have to transition. Right now I do most of my "reading" in audio. I travel long distances to and from my day job, a perfect situation for audio.

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

Good points Erin.

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

Hi Artemis,

Is that my model's name? Paul?

This boy seriously gets around!!! Just saw another cover with him on it. He's got to be loaded from royalies on this one pose alone!

Thanks for adding Fever to your TBR!

VampedChik December 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

I have to say as much as I hate the waiting period between books sometimes it makes it alot better. There have been alot of times that I thought a book could have been so much better if it wasnt rushed. And sometimes the anticipation makes it so much better. :) As for e-copy or hard. I much prefer to have the book in hand. I'm old fashioned now I guess. :) Something about the smell and sound of a book makes me happy. Oh and the books totally going on my wishlist! Thanks so much!

The_Book_Queen December 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM  

Hi Joan and Victoria-- I very much enjoyed both of your responses; I always enjoy hearing more about the writing and publishing process. It makes me look at each book I read in a whole new light! :D

I've noticed quality of writing go down a bit in some e-books I've read, but I can't say that simply by being an e-book it's quality is going to be less than a print. I still shudder at the thought of when everyone goes completely to e-books and prints become antique relics; I see the advantages of them, but I am a book lover at heart--and I need a physical book in my hand, not some cold device that can do thirty things (and, oh yeah, it's an e-reader too *funny, I thought that was what I bought if for originally, not for all the extra crap!*).

I'll admit, it would be nice to have my favorite authors release a new book every month, but I know how impossible it is. Not to mention the fact that with my TBR mountain as high as it is, how would I ever manage to catch up with my favorite authors who publish so many a year? It would be impossible for me as well, so I would never push for it. :)


WakeAngel December 7, 2011 at 2:14 PM  

I love ebooks! I honestly to not see any difference in them in comparison to a soft or hardcover book except it's much less bulky to read!!! I also love the speed they can get it to use and authors now doing more novellas to get us through the "in-between" times in it! My bank account loves it better too......well no, not really, I find my self buying a lot more books because it's so easy and takes up less storage!:-)

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

Hi Book Queen,

You make a good point! As readers we do always have those mountains of TBR piles don't we? LOL

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 2:35 PM  

I'm with you on the smell of a book, Amber...Mmmmmm!

And the anticipation of a new release...there is something just as yummy about that as well.

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

Wake Angel,

I do see the benefit of the short stories and novellas in the eformat. So wonderful for writers and readers alike.

Full length novels can be exhausting for authors. A novella can be like a little pick-me-up, a refresher to get interested in characters again or to let characters who wouldn't otherwise take the stage get their moment in the spotlight. They also give the reader a little taste of their favorite author's voice and characters in between releases.

I've never written anything shorter than 100k, so I wouldn't know how easy or difficult they are to accomplish. I've heard conflicting comments, but I would guess it depends on the author.

Modokker December 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

I deal with stress by letting it go. I went alot of years to learn that too. You have to decide what is really important and what's not. Ask yourself that before getting into something. Before opening your mouth sometimes. That's how you do it. If need be i go for a long walk and think about how nice and quiet is it outside walking and nothing else.

This is a great interview Joan. Very enlightening. Many people writing a book is easy. I'm not one of them but i am always learning more and more about how it all works and it's interesting.

Lisa B
modokker at yahoo dot com

Na December 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

When it comes to letting go, I cope by letting go. It's not easy but I can't let mistakes, regrets or unspoken words/non-action fester from within. I believe that things happen for a reason and I can only learn from it.

Joan, when it comes to working on multiple projects, as tiring as it can be I think it's important to love what you do. From your interviews throughout the blogging world and learning about your debut and writing process, I can easily say you are full of enthusiam. I think that will take you far.


Raonaid Luckwell December 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM  

How do I cope with letting go? Well I have some amazing friends who entertain me mentally to keep my mind off.

Sometimes, just sometimes, writing about it, even if its in third person and to another character acts as a purge, puts it in a different perspective enough to make it easier.

Victoria Alexander - Love your books! I have a good many of them in my collection and to be read pile. The Prince's Bride is still my favorite!

Victoria Alexander December 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

I can't even begin to count my TBR pile!!! We literally have bookshelves in every room in the house. On the plus side--there's always something to read! :)

Victoria Alexander December 7, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

I don't deal will with stress. In my house, we all wait for Mom's annual Christmas Eve meltdown. That's when I declare there will be no Christmas!!! But, hey, it is now one of our holiday traditions. :)

Victoria Alexander December 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

Thank you Raonaid! I was just today re-reading parts of When We Meet Again (the 3rd book dealing with the royal family of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia). I do miss that little country. :)

Anonymous,  December 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM  

I really cant wait to read these books!!! They all sound so amazing!!

Barbara E. December 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

I enjoyed the post, it was a lot of fun.

I try to minimize stress by tackling the most urgent projects first and then go to the next most important. I don't always handle change well, I like things to stay the same comfortable way they've been, so it's hard to let go and move on. But I'm a big girl, so I have my little tizzy, or whatever I need to do, and then I accept the change. And most of the time it's actually a good thing and I shouldn't have complained. :D

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM  


That is good advice, and normally, I'd have to say I heed it. Lately...not so much.

My downfall is when I'm excited about something or driving hard toward a goal, I'm Miss 175%. The C in my OCD takes over. A defite problem for me. I end up hitting a wall and having one of those melt downs Victoria mentions before I get ahold of myself and put myself back on some sort of liveable track.

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM  


Well said. If I didn't absolutely love what I do and believe this was where I was meant to be and that I will be doing this for a long time, I wouldn't be here.

80% of what I do isn't for Fever, it's for my career as an author. 15% is for me as a person. 5% is for Fever (sorry, Teague and Alyssa, I love you guys, but...I've got the big picture glasses on.)

Joan Swan December 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM  

LOL, Rachel, that makes me think of the times when Elisabeth and I get our heroes together for some bitch fest. Man, is that hilarious!

Feel better about everything after one of those sessions!

Tore December 7, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Victoria Alexander December 7, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

For me, everyday stress is one thing but Christmas stress is major. Probably because I just want everything to be perfect for Christmas. Plus my birthday is right before Christmas. So I get a little insane. I do try to fight it though. Why, even now I am taking deep breaths and chanting to myself "I am serene. I am serene . . ."

Under the Covers December 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Hi ladies, great post!

Unfortunately, I suck terribly at multitasking. It's more like screwing up multiple things all at once rather than getting things done. Which is probably why I get so stressed over things. One way I deal with stress? Reading or writing. With reading your problems dissolve and you deal with another person's. With writing, its just you and your thoughts.

I haven't read an Alexander book yet. *ducks head* I guess this is a good a time as any!

Thanks for the giveaway!

alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

kimmyl December 7, 2011 at 11:48 PM  

I love paperbacks. Although I have some ebooks, but I still prefer my paperbacks. I have found a little bookstore in a town about 30 minutes away called The Book Bug. It's my favorite place to go. I could stay in there all day. Books that are hard to find, I find in there.

I love the holidays. All the cooking and shopping. It's so disappointing that you spend so much time and energy preparing for it and wrapping gifts, that it ends so fast.

June M. December 8, 2011 at 1:30 AM  

Waiting periods definitely suck but they are understandable. Unfortunately, books take much longer to write than read. But I am willing to wait to get a new book by a favorite author.
I would love to win a copy of either HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS or MY WICKED LITTLE LIES. I have THE PERFECT MISTRESS and LOVED it!!! Whoever gets that one will enjoy it.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa December 8, 2011 at 5:59 AM  

I've definitely found more editing problems with books I read on my Kindle than I've ever found on my print copies. I'm one who likes to read a series back to back and have no trouble at all letting the books lie on a shelf, often for years, till I have 3 or 4 of a series and then do a marathon read. As I've been guilty of doing this for 20 years, I always have a variety of series to read in this manner.
Reading is stress releaving for me so I see no reason to stress out
because I don't have that next book in a series.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Joan Swan December 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Such a simple yet effective solution - do the most urgent tasks first. I often find myself defaulting to doing the smallest or easiest first and stressing more because I leave the hardest, biggest or most important to last. I need to remember this one. Great reminder, thanks.

Joan Swan December 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM  


I suck terribly at multitasking. It's more like screwing up multiple things all at once rather than getting things done.

ROTFLMAO...okay, that is SO me. High-five sister!!! LOVE YOU!!

Joan Swan December 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

I'm so jealous! I miss those little bookstores so much!

And that is my biggest disappointment about Christmas, the unwrapping is over so quickly. :(

Joan Swan December 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM  

So glad you loved Victoria's books. I do so enjoy sinking into a wonderful historical!

Joan Swan December 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM  

Hi Lisa,
I understand the need to read series in order...not necessarily back to back, but I'm ocd about needing to read them from one on...

Joan Swan December 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM  


I love homes with books lining the walls, they feel so warm and rich.

Anonymous,  December 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

Wow! I never knew how much effort goes into creating a successful book series. It would be hard keeping the storylines straight after working on several at a time! Yikes!

When multitasking projects, it is always good to have a supply of chocolate available. It helps take the edge off and it tastes so good! It also makes a nice reward for task completion.

Happy Writing!


booklover0226 December 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

For moving on, I tell myself I'm starting a new adventure in my life and it's time to leave the comfort zone.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

LilMissMolly December 9, 2011 at 12:01 AM  
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LilMissMolly December 9, 2011 at 12:03 AM  

I have found the editing process is not as good with e-books. I find many more typos and grammatical errors than I'm use to with Paperbacks. I'll not shop anymore for them.
lvsgund at

Joan Swan December 9, 2011 at 12:31 AM  


Chocolate=the elixer of life and cure for all ills.

You are wise!!

Joan Swan December 9, 2011 at 12:32 AM  

Hi Tracy,

Outside the comfort zone...that's a great way to think of it. Not so stressful or overwhelming when you look at it that way!

Joan Swan December 9, 2011 at 12:39 AM  

Hi Miss Molly,

Ebooks are an evolving entity and I have no doubt that quality--in all areas, not just gramatical and editorial--will improve as both writers and publishers and marketers and formaters, etc, etc. figure out the ins and outs of the process.

I believe that ebooks are not only here to stay, but will soon be the only practical way to read the books you love efficiently, easily and affordably.

One way to minimize your frustration with typos and grammatical errors in ebooks would be to choose books from well known authors who have been print published, have been through the rigors of mulitple editing passes and understand the value of a professional content editor and copy editor.

winnie December 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM  

This is a very interesting post to read! First of all, I love hearing about these kinds of 'behind-the-scenes' stuff from authors so it's great to be able to hear from a couple of different perspectives in this post. :)

About ebooks vs. paperbacks, I do read both but to be honest, I don't think anything beats being able to physically hold and thumb through the pages of a paperback. So right now, I kind of still prefer paperbacks though ebooks are convenient and can save so much shelf space. Plus, I also agree with many others here that sometimes ebooks maybe not have gone through the extensive editing process that traditional paperbacks go through so it can be annoying to see multiple errors in an ebook.


Maureen December 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

I know change is tough for many an I am no exception so I think moving on requires me to focus on what is ahead and not what used to be. I don't think I every really considered how authors are in a totally different book when a book is published and I think it's great that they can deal with different projects at once. I have trouble organizing so multiple projects can be tough.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Joan Swan December 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

Hi Winnie!

Sounds like you are in general consensus with the masses! :) Welcome...grab a chair!

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My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both and gift cards on this rewards site)
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