I just finished re-editing all my Markee books (14 of those), and about 6 or so of my Eryn books. I cleaned up any typos, and slowed the pacing a bit on some of them. It took me about six months to do that, because I re-read them all at least 3 times. I also 'retired' all my hard cover books.
I'm going to work on the rest at some point, but those books were the oldest and needed to get up to 'speed.'
Next up...I get to WRITE again! YAY!!! How exciting is that? I'm thrilled!
I'm re-editing a book of mine (Wishing on Mistletoe Mountain) and came across 'Rebecca sat alone in the living room of her parents' home, replaying the night's events in her mind.'
For some reason, parents' home stuck out. Should it be parent's home instead? Parents is a group of people. A crowd's home would be apostrophe s, after all. Or should it be with an s apostrophe since parents are plural?
Off I went to the Internet. I found it should be s apostrophe. That's when I had a revelation.
Parents' home is the HOME OF THE PARENTS. Parents is with an 's' at the end, so it HAS to be an s apostrophe, like parents'.
Night's event is the EVENT OF THE NIGHT. Night isn't with an 's,' so it's apostrophe s, like night's.
The other night, I woke up around 3:30 with a dog's four paws shoved into my back. I was facing toward the side of the bed and knew my bed real estate was diminishing. I moved my leg...another dog had curled up around my foot and up my calf. I was just waiting for the third dog to move on top of my head. It'd happened before.
Usually, I just shove the dogs over to my husband's side of the bed, but this time, I lay there, trying to ignore the claws that were bound to make an appearance if the dog at my back started to dream. I couldn't sleep, so I plotted.
Why is it the best plots happen in the middle of the night, but when you fall asleep and wake up in the morning, you've forgotten all of it?
I used to have this practice of taking a 'plotting nap' during the middle of the day. I usually didn't sleep, but I'd close my eyes and get rid of all other thoughts except for the story I was working on. Since I have other things to do during the day, my plotting sessions are usually brought on by snoring dogs with a hugging agenda.
Anyway, this time, I remembered a lot of the plot. So a-plotting I go! Lucky me!
Have you ever seen H/T or h/t on an article and made up words like here/there? Well I finally looked it up. H/T means 'hat tip.' It gives a nod to someone who gave them the idea or information for the article.
If you've never read any of my books (or if you have), I have trailers for all of them at YouTube. They were fun to work on and I learned a lot by doing them. First, I had to remember the plot of all 56 of my books. That's a feat in itself. Then I had to pick out pictures and music to tell a teaser for the story. I used Paintshop, Paint.net, Movie Maker, and YouTube's video creator to make them.
If you're ever interested in making book trailers like this, I think you'll enjoy it. It's not too bad, actually!