Author In Waiting

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So it’s been a while since I posted because I’ve been waiting. And waiting. And waiting since my big news. 

If you know me at all, you know that patience is not my strongest trait. Of course I’m also a multitasker so I’ve been putting my downtime to good use.

I did another pass through of Reap & Redeem eliminating extraneous LY words and added several hundred words in rewrites to end at 79,389 which is within striking distance of my 80K goal.

Here’s the thing with LY words for you readers out there who aren’t or have no ambition to become writers. You probably never even notice LY words, but LY words are the TELLING part of the story. As authors we are tasked with SHOWING you what’s happening like it’s on a big screen in your head. You are going to fill in subtle details the way you want to, but we have to SHOW you body language and action instead of just telling you after the fact. That way you get to make your own assumptions and deductions (like in real life) about what’s really going on: the underlying subtext.

Sounds easy but for me at least, it’s been a real learning curve to overcome.

One of my beta readers (first readers or your work before all of the edits) suggested I look at my LY words in book one, Reap ‘Em & Weep. I did a ‘find’ in Word and discovered 1,395 LY words. Eek! I went through it word-by-word and rewrote down to 803 LY words. Still too many, but a colossal improvement. Harlequin did/is doing revisions on the copy BEFORE I did that so I expect that to be one of the many big things they suggest.

Over the past couple of weeks, I gave the same attention to Reap & Redeem. You would think the second book might be better but keep in mind I didn’t get the LY suggestion until AFTER the second book was already finished. I had 1,345 LY words in book two. Doh!

That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited and anxious to get my HQ revisions back so I can learn and stop repeating the same mistakes. I’ll probably hold off on starting book three, Reap & Reveal until this summer. July seems to be my natural starting time for some weird reason.

Between all the edits on book one and two that will be coming soon, I’ll have plenty to do, but I can’t stop thinking about the next book. A very good problem to have. From what I’ve read, book two is the biggest hurdle for success as an author. No one wants to be a one-shot wonder. I’m glad I’m past that milestone.

Another way I’ve passed the time is by beta reading for Allison Merritt. She has a great indie published series called Legends & Lovers which combines romance, steampunk and the paranormal into a fabulous and fun package of readerly goodness. Go check her out here . I beta read her third book in the series, The Turncoat’s Temptress which will be available sometime in April at an online retailer near you.

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I’ve also been hard at work compiling a Reaper Series Bible. A series bible is a collection of character sketches, settings, rules of your world, research and all the ephemera of my series so I can maintain some level of continuity from book to book. You know, so I don’t give Kylen blonde hair in book one and black hair in book two etc.

The devil is in the details. You’d be amazed how difficult it is to keep all the minutia of two books in your head. Not. Possible. At least not for me, hence the series bible.

I know soon. Very soon. I’m going to buried deep with revisions but I’m ready.

Bring it.


17 Responses to Author In Waiting

  1. It’s so fun to follow your journey!

  2. Avatar Jennifer Drogell
    Jennifer Drogell says:

    Great post Lisa!! Just taking a break from book 2 and nodding at everything you say 🙂 I had a writing instructor who hammered us for ‘ly’ constructions, I started living in fear of them and freezing every time I wrote one, then realized you can’t let it kill your flow. I think there are times when you need to vary structure and use them. Just not too much 🙂 But that’s just my take on it! I am anxiously awaiting Read Em & Weep!! Keep us posted on release dates!

    • Will do! I’ve already read The Divorce Party, but you can count me in for a SALE when the time comes…When IS the time coming??? What’s your schedule for publishing? Will you be at RTCON in KC in May? Hope so!

  3. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to send off a manuscript that was perfect the first time? What a wonderful goal. For e that would be the instant gratification. I liked your post here. Check out my last post for a painless way of seeing if what you’re writing is letting your readers ‘see’ what you’re writing.

  4. I need to start a series bible too. I already have a document full of character details–physical descriptions, personality traits, family histories, etc., but I need to make sure I stay consistent with my world-building rules and so forth as well. Kudos for all your hard work. That’s why you’re breaking through!

  5. Great post. Your waiting will be over soon. Meanwhile, the edits and weather and work should keep you busy.

  6. I enjoyed your post. As a new writer I find myself struggling with that same thing. Learning how to show in writing instead of just telling is a hurdle for me but I am working through it. I have a blog as well at if you want to check it out.

  7. Love your bible. Very cool!

  8. But its all so exciting! Very best of luck! I’m going to look for my LY words and try not to get depressed!
    Keep writing!

  9. Those pesky LY words! How they do creep into our writing. If, as we wrote, we labored to pick the perfect word it would take forever to finish a manuscript. LY words initially help to describe the kind of word, the feeling that we want, which we then can find at the editing stage.