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Long Overdue Newsletter - January 2024


Note - The illustration above is from Kate Buss' book Little Green Frond. This was our 4th collaboration with Kate, the Buss Family, and Ice Cream Fine Storybooks. Our 5th collaboration is not too far away, stay tuned!


Quote of the Month



"If you just don't interfere with yourself,

you're quite interesting."


- Robin Williams

 

So, I finished writing my First Draft. Now what?


January (even the very last day of the month) is the perfect time to talk about editing. Maybe you completed or attempted National Novel Writing Month back in November. Or your New Year's Resolution is to start writing your "long overdue" book. Or maybe there's a dusty manuscript or an old Microsoft Word file that's ready to see some new life in 2024.


Whatever the backstory might be, I wanted to share four clips from a webinar we hosted a little over a year ago with three fantastic professional editors -- Adina Edelman, Jeanette Smith, and Emily Price Soli. The full webinar is up on YouTube and, speaking of long overdue, I'm about halfway through a more in-depth recap post with additional clips and key insights. My goal is to have that link ready for next month's newsletter.


First Draft - The Importance of Developing Your Characters and Story First, Worry about Grammar Second



What does Self-Editing and Preparing for a Cleaning Service Have in Common?



Don't Fear the Red Pen! - Why the Editor / Author Relationship is far More Collaborative and Supportive than First Time Author's Might Expect



Wait, so there's Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading. Which one's which? And what comes first?



There were so many helpful insights on this webinar and we're extremely grateful for Adina, Jeanette, and Emily sharing their time with us leading this discussion. Those three are great at taking the confusion and intimidation out of the Editing Stage. And they're just darn good editors too. Highly recommend! As mentioned earlier, look for a full recap post coming soon (like next 2 months soon, not "over a year" soon.)


And to anyone reading this who might be at an earlier stage of the book writing journey or maybe a later stage, maybe you've gone through the editing stage already and you're looking for more information/insights on book design or the different publishing options out there, we will continue to add resources focused on writing, editing, book design, illustrations, and publishing. Or you can always reach out to us directly. We'd love to hear about your book and your author journey. Email - library@longoverduestories.com


 


"This was great stuff on editing.

But um, how do I use the keyboard?"


- Crash, Team Dog

 

Best place to keep up with all things Long Overdue is a tie between our monthly newsletter and our Instagram page. If you enjoy this newsletter and know someone who might enjoy it as well, let us know, we'll make sure to add them to our subscriber list. We also got back on Facebook recently, you can follow us here.


And check out our website - Long Overdue Books. Long Overdue Books is a community for creating books. It's a place for authors (and soon-to-be-authors), readers, editors, artists, and designers to come together and move their stories from ideas to finished books.


Also, if you have any questions, ideas, stories to tell, you can reach Cal the Librarian at - library@longoverduestories.com



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