Friday, April 2, 2021

Archway editing service for "Track Lessons"

 I got great ideas for improvements to "Track Lessons"  from my five "friends and family" editors, and I decided to invest approx $1500 in Archway Editing Services to clarify my writing style in general and, more specifically to make this book as good as possible.

The Archway editing service offers three editing processes, the first, "Developmental Edit" is a complete reading by an anonymous published author for a high level, comprehensive overview/critique of the book.  I am VERY happy with the results of this edit that Archway has forwarded to me.  The editor did a thorough job and made about ten constructive suggestions that I am still digesting. The next two edits will focus more on detail writing techniques and conventions.  I think the process will provide a LARGE step up the learning curve for me, and will speed up my other writing projects.  This process has added about six months to my publishing schedule for "Track Lessons"...but then...why hurry?

BTW, I highly recommend the Archway editing services for new writers, you can learn more about this service at Archway's web site.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Yahoooooo!!! Jeff Heino has given me his permission to use this great photo on the cover of "Track Lessons" - - PERFECT!


Jeff Heino #23 racing his Harley Davidson Sportster at Daytona in the early 90's.   Synchronicity ?  "Track Lessons" protagonist, George's race # has been #23 from day one!

This week I sent all "Track Lessons" items (manuscript, author photo, about the book, about the author, draft & notes for cover, etc.) to Archway Publishing.  I was VERY happy about all their work putting "Walt" together and I'm looking forward to how they do everything for "Track Lessons".  Hoping to have the book on the market for Christmas.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Three cheers for "Grammarly"

 The friendly efforts of my wonderful editors encouraged me to sharpen my writing.  Mainly to be more precise and clear, to ease the burden on my readers.  For now this means learning more about punctuation and grammar.  And to be more consistent and simpler in general.  More careful, less "sloppy".

With this in mind, I signed up for one year of "Grammarly - Premium" ($75/year "special price') and worked my entire novel ("Track Lessons") through Grammarly.  I spent about 30 hours doing this (30,000 words) and found it enjoyable and very productive and educational for me.

I use Apache "Open Office" for WP, so I did this entirely on the Grammarly web based system but will probably start using MS Office for WP in the future to have Grammarly checking everything as I write. I liked Apache because of the stable nature of their system (very few little unsolicited changes).  I have a 30 year old hammer that works just fine. :-)

So, I highly recommend Grammarly!  Try it for free on-line!


Friday, July 10, 2020

Great editors! All four of my wonderful "friendly" editors completed their work by July 4...GREAT work!

I sent my manuscript to my editors June 1, and asked them to get back to me by July 4, which they all did.  Two of them beat me up on grammar and punctuation sending me back to the books on these two subjects.  And it urged me to think more about my personal style of using and presenting DIALOG for telling stories.  Think about it, sharpen my tools. A VERY constructive, unanticipated side trip for me.

So now, I'm hoping to work on these things for a few more weeks, and have the upgraded manuscript ready for the publisher by the end of July.

Also checking online sources for Harley Davidson race photos for the cover.

So, BIG thanks to Barbara, Skip, Maisha and John for pushing me up the author learning curve.  Somehow your combined work has encouraged me and led me to work in totally new ways to find my personal writing voice.  Wish I could describe how this synergy happened and what a grand blessing it is for me, but I can't.   THANKS to y'all, and, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow."

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

About ready to send "Track Lessons" to the publisher

Rules, lessons, generalizations, CoronaVirus, statistics, probabilities, and soft eyes.  Generalizations are helpful but come from a poor place, often from laziness, or just the newness of a situation, or no time to study,  "Times up! Fight or Flight".   "Track Lessons" shows how rules become lessons as the generalizations are refined. For example Lesson 6 is "Some lies are OK".

Altogether 10 chapters, several started out as stand alone short stories, but now they all have to come together, same font & size.  Character's names, dates and whereabouts have to be consistant, all in one novel, one Word document.

I start with 10 separate documents, one for each chapter. I edit each document using Grammarly for punctuation, spelling and small improvements, and note inconsistancies (For example, George's sponsor is "Lancaster Harley Davidson" in Chapter 3, but is "Dexter's HD" in chapter 7) into my "edit notes".  Next I will join all ten documents into one, carefully following Archway's guidelines.  Then re-edit this new document using my "edit notes".  Then I will send this out to my 6 "Friendly editors".

In the month that this editing process is going on I'll work on cover design. (HELP!  Any graphic artists out there, interested in a three motorcycle kurfunkle scene for the cover?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Never cross racing lines at other than racing speed

One more chapter to go for "Track Lessons"!  In this chapter we're dealing with lessons, rules and depth of knowledge.  It's one thing to "know" a rule because the teacher told you, and quite another to "Know" it because you understand why it is taught and a bit more if you had some memorable experience with it.  So that's the point of chapter 7.

When my son John was a teenager we had some father/son clashes and one thing that helped a lot when we were trying to communicate was our mutual love of motorcycles and motorcycle racing.  So a lot of our important conversations were in terms of issues on the track, "track lessons".  The various metaphors we used usually came from the track, we sharpened our values by discussing heroes, villains, and events from the race track.  It is noteworthy how theses same lessons show up in school, on the job, in relationships, and , yes, in church.

Some things are easy to "know" but there's usually a lot more to know about them.  For example, the area of a circle,
not hard to know or remember, but nor really "intuitively obvious".

Rules and lessons.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

LAVIDGE Publicity press release

Check out the press release here

Got a little bump on my web site (this site) and several interesting inquiries already