I left home on Thursday after having lunch with my hubby at Panda Express to head to St. Pete’s Beach, FL. I had one stop in between home and St. Pete’s, but it was short, so I was happy. I finally landed in Tampa, FL (the closest airport to St. Pete’s Beach) where I waited for Ali Lucia Sky to pick me up. Her hubby went all out and got us an SUV for all of our things and let me tell you, that thing was HUGE! When Ali first told me it was big, I was a little curious. But getting into the Jeep Wagoneer was like getting into a Hummer. There was so much room! But anywho… we got back to the hotel where I just wanted to flop on the bed and call it a night. I had been flying all day and airports always wipe me out.
It was such a beautiful view from our hotel room. Mostly rain, clouds, and wind kept us company during our stay, but to me, it really wasn’t that bad. Definitely a break from the 100+ degree heat I was coming from. St. Pete’s Beach is such a calming place and I did everything possible to relax and work at the same time. On Friday, I attended a crafty get-together hosted by J.C. Layne. We made fairy jars and cutouts of fairies, stars, and flowers. I loved how we could decorate them however we wanted to and J.C. is an absolutely wonderful person. I had such a great time.
The rest of the day was more for readers to meet authors and attend panels. I went with Ali to hers. All of the panels that afternoon were affectionately known as “The Author Said What!?!?” We all laughed at all the questions the authors came up with, including Ali, for the host to ask readers that were in the audience. Some of the questions I would have never guessed came from that particular author, so I was quite shocked when some of them started giggling to themselves or their faces started turning red. Let me just tell you, if I want to play poker, I know which table to pick LOL. Later that night, we had the “Enchanted Garden Dinner for Authors, PAs, and VIPs. The scenery was so beautiful! Sheri Lyn, Cassidy O’Connor, Jennifer Wedmore, and Patti Spell really outdid themselves with all of the paper flowers, sparkling lights, and soothing ambiance of the room. I sat with J.C. Layne and her mom, along with other VIPs of the night. We laughed, got to know one another, and learned how we all came to love books. I am completely amazed by J.C. and her skills at making miniature sceneries inside lanterns. Ali and I took pictures in front of the flower wall, on the bench, and finally, we became fairies ourselves.
Saturday seemed to have come and gone. I had a full day starting with High Tea Brunch for Authors, PAs, and VIPs and ending with the signing. I went for a walk on the beach before it stormed again since it was going to be my last day in Florida. It was so refreshing to get out and listen to the waves, feel their warmth on my feet, and feel the sand under me. I picked up some interesting seashells and watched the seagulls along the beach. At brunch, I sat with Claire Ashlynn, Danica Graham, Pamela Ackerson, and her husband along with a few VIPs. Once again, we got to chat while we had a wonderful breakfast to which I was so jealous of everyone eating pancakes. Being gluten-free is not easy when everyone around you is eating all the foods you used to be able to eat. But that’s the way life is right?
Next came the signing. I was nervous. I’m not sure why I was nervous, but I was. Ali and I sat at our table, chatted with readers and authors, and were able to see some really cool things people brought with them. Overall, it was awesome!
Sunday came too soon and I had to get up to get ready for the airport. In my usual fashion, I packed the night before (other than the things I would need that night and the next morning) so I could spend some time looking out onto the beach a little bit longer. The next thing I knew, I was at the airport to spend the next almost 12 hours jumping from airport to airport to airport to get back home. I can’t wait to go back next year for BATB 2023!
I am about to start working on a set of books and correcting mistakes on it. That set is due to be released in October. I’m also working on doing edits for a book that is set to be released on November 20. I am so proud to be doing what I love, reading. I have always wanted to do something in the book community but never had the chance until I met Melissa Pearl. She writes under a few different names, depending on the genre. The first book I worked with her on was Paper Cranes. I did beta reading and proofreading for her before the book came out. I truly loved being able to discuss things with Melissa and helping her with her book. I was so proud of her when Paper Cranes became a Gold Medal winner of the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Award in Young Adult Romance. She wrote an amazing book that I recommend to everyone I know that reads YA books. From there, I continued to proofread more of her books. Eventually, I started working with Jo Wilde for several of her books. I proofread and edited 5 of her books. After that, I joined up with Ali Lucia Sky and have been on a wonderful journey with her. I decided I wanted to branch out and also do editing/proofreading for other authors as well. I truly enjoy it and it is the most calming part of my day when I can dig into a book and help make it what the author would like for it to be. Truly an amazing job to have. Much love to all the authors out there creating worlds that they have always wanted to put down on paper for others to enjoy!
I just got back from Apollycon 2022 in Arlington, VA. It has been a very exciting and tiring 5 days for me. There were so many great authors and other attendees that I got to meet. Some of the authors I met were Corinne Michaels, Rebecca Yarros, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Ella Maven, Sam Mariano, B.B. Reid, CD Reiss, and Gina Maxwell. My friend Ali and I were able to attend several different events at Apollycon, besides the signings. The pajama party was neat because we saw some amazing pajamas that people had customized and some cute onesies. We also met this awesome dog, Granger, along with his owner. He also came to the pajama party with his pajamas on. Granger looked so cute! But alas, Sunday came around and it was time for us to leave. I didn’t get home until midnight last night. I am completely exhausted, but bought and received some really cool books and swag while I was there.
There is a lot to do as an author and editing/proofreading is one of them. Not only do you have to market your work, but you also have to create teasers, keep up with all of your social media and contacts, take care of the graphic design or at least keep in contact with your graphic designer. Then, there is your work itself. You have written down the world that you have created, and now you have to fine-tune it. Editing and/or proofreading your own work can be tiring, and it can be overwhelming sometimes.
This is where I come in. I can help you with making your work the best that you want it to be. I will work with you, keeping in contact so that you have everything the way you envisioned it. All you have to do is reach out to me, and we can start the conversation about you and your work.