Frustrations Known-The Thoughts of Simple Perfectionist Scorned

As I work through my final edit of Hardship & Devotion, I am both exhausted and relieved that the process is almost over. This novel, which I started back in 2012, has been something of a learning project for me. In my excitement to publish, I let my judgement become clouded and the novel was published with too many mistakes. I pride myself on being something of a perfectionist, which is why I decided to do a complete revision of the novel.

When I decided to publish through Trafford Publishing, I was thrilled when they told me they offered an editing service. I figured, why not? It would save me the time and I was interested to see what their editors had to say about my work. Now, when you hear the words “editing service,” what are your thoughts? If you are anything like me, you might find yourself thinking of phrases like, “zero mistakes,” “perfect grammar,” or “polished manuscript.”

As my email went “ping” and told me I’d had a new email, I was elated to find my “edited manuscript” in my inbox. Granted, it was covered with plenty commentary and red markings to show my mistakes. It was what I’d expected from an editing service, yet my first thought was “Holy crap! I suck at writing!” Then I began to look through the pages and found most of them to be minor grammatical errors and typos I’d missed. I felt better about myself afterward.

In the excitement of wanting my novel out there for all to read, I pressed “ACCEPT” to all changes and signed my name on the dotted line. Worst thing I ever did. Before I knew it, I had copies of my novel being sent to my home and reviews coming in. It was one review that made me pause, especially when I read these words: “In her first novel, McKaylin shows the promise of a talented and thoughtful writer. I sensed that in her enthusiasm and excitement to publish, she may have rushed to print. But if Hardship & Devotion is ever reprinted, the scattered typographical errors in her manuscript will be easily corrected.”

If any of you have ever heard such words about your writing, you can only imagine how my stomach turned. I was a mess. The first thing I did was open up my book and read it cover to cover, and found that there were mistakes clear through it. I nearly gave up, completely daunted by what would be needed to fix the mess. And here we are, two years later, and it’s just now nearly finished.

I will say this about Trafford Publishing, they are helping me fix the issue with professionalism. I know that this is mostly my fault, seeing as I didn’t take the time to go through and combed through their suggestions thoroughly. The excitement got the best of me.

I learned quite a valuable lesson. Not only is one edit not enough, but I quickly learned what a beta-reader was and why they are so important. Three wonderful women have beta-read Hardship & Devotion, as well as have there been three separate edits completed. I still cannot believe the trouble I’ve had to go through to fix my mistake, but I know that all the blood, sweat and tears will have all been worth it in the end. I’m proud to call this novel mine, and can’t wait for the finished product to be reprinted and available for all to share.

Back to Life!

In the craziness that has become my life, I’ve neglected this blog. I aim to change that!

I’ve been considering adding a few chapters of each of my newest projects, so that my readers get a glimpse of what’s to come. This would include the revamped Hardship & Devotion and the new works: Unexpected Choices, The Irish Bred Series, and The Mystical Forest Series. Why go through all this trouble?

As I work on these works, I’ve found that with my excitement in writing them, I have a need to share just a little bit of them. I hope people become as excited about them as I am. Many authors have done just this, or in the least, shared their thought process as they revised and edited their works. I get a kick out of reading their posts and I’d like to do the same for all of my followers. To ensure that I don’t give too much away on either novel, I’ll only be showing off the first two chapters of each work. I’ll be doing this in the beginning of the New Year of 2014, so keep an eye out! 🙂

I wish you all a very blessed New Year!!!!

HARDSHIP & DEVOTION Facelift

To all those that have read or are wanting to read my first novel, Hardship & Devotion, it is currently going through another edit. After several comments regarding the story line being fascinating and the characters wonderful, there are enough errors that I’ve decided to fix the mistakes that my “editing” team supposedly fixed.  It wasn’t until it was already published that I realized how wrong I’d been in putting so much faith in an editing service. I WILL NEVER make that mistake again. I’m hoping that by end of this year, the newly refurbished novel will be available for all to read. I apologize to all those that have already read this piece and had to suffer through the errors. If it weren’t for honest reviewers, I probably wouldn’t have noticed the errors myself.

I’ll make sure and keep you updated. Also, I’ll be writing a post in regards to my first individual publishing story as well. This will give you all insight into the individual publishing process and the lessons I learned. There are many that were learned, aside from the editing service, and I wish to share them with you all. Individual publishing is a great thing for authors, but it’s important when going through an individual publishing company that you’re made aware of what to watch for.

For now, Happy Writing and Reading everyone!

WEBSITE IS OFFICIALLY UP AND RUNNING!

Hello all!

HARDSHIP & DEVOTION UPDATE: Hardship and Devotion’s website is officially up and running! This gives a link to Trafford Publishing’s website to buy the book directly through them (bringing in more money to myself :)), as well as information regarding “About the Book” and “About the Author”. The website is: www.hardshipanddevotion.com If you have some time, check it out! I think the web design team at Trafford Publishing, did a wonderful job incorporating my cover art and the overall feel of my novel into the site.

MANY THANKS: I also want to personally thank all of you that have been so supportive throughout this wonderful journey, as well as for those of you that have already purchased my book! If you find yourself liking what you’ve read in Hardship & Devotion, be prepared to hear more on my next novel, “Unexpected Choices.” It is currently still in the writing process, but is coming along quite smoothly. It’s going to be quite the page turner if I do say so myself! 😉 I’ve been putting a lot of me into this next novel. One thing I do know is that none of this would be possible without those that have supported me through all this; my husband Joe, my mother Kellie, my father Tom, my siblings, family, friends and yes, my children, for enduring all my “homework” — as my four-year old calls it. 🙂

PERSONAL UPDATE: Something else to look forward to is that I will be starting school at the beginning of the year to finish my Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing-English-Fiction. I know that many authors that are successful today have been able to get there without the help of a degree, but I hope to use all my knowledge to benefit new authors. Through this blog, my experience in self-publishing, and research I do on a daily basis, I hope that I will be able to help answer any questions you might have if you’re wanting to publish your own work of art.

Happy Writing & Reading,

McKaylin L. Felton

Hardship & Devotion is officially available to the public!

Hardship & Devotion CoverIt’s finally here!

My first novel to be published is finally available for all to read! I would love for everyone to get the word out! If you like a love, romance, tragedy, and steamy sex, then you’ll love this book.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition):

http://www.amazon.com/Hardship-Devotion-against-prevail-ebook/dp/B00AMNRYJA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355419250&sr=8-1&keywords=hardship+and+devotion

Amazon.com (Soft/Hardback Copy):

http://www.amazon.com/Hardship-Devotion-against-odds-prevail/dp/1466968532/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355419250&sr=8-2&keywords=hardship+and+devotion

Barnes and Noble.com (Soft/Hardback Copy):

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hardship-devotion-mckaylin-l-felton/1113923956?ean=9781466968554

Trafford Publishing’s Website:

http://bookstore.trafford.com/Products/SKU-000600804/Hardship–Devotion.aspx

What to do Now That You’ve Finished Writing?

In my hour of researching this morning, I came across a great article on ehow.com that gives some great steps for what to do after you’ve written your book. For myself, I decided on individual publishing through an individual publishing company, Trafford Publishing, though I am considering trying to do it the traditional route this next time around. This article is great because it goes in to detail based on if your work is fiction or non-fiction, if you’re wanting to go individual or tradition publishing, and even has tips located at the end. I wanted to share it with you guys in hopes that it might help you in some way as it has for me.

Link: “Steps to Do After Writing a Book,” by Rachel Kolar:

http://www.ehow.com/how_8285185_steps-do-after-writing-book.html

I would love to hear your thoughts or if you have anything else to add to help other authors in this process.