Write. Write some more. Then keep writing.

Okay, maybe in that picture I'm just typing an email. It's hard to say for sure. But my husband took that picture around the time I started my novel--in the year 2000 or 2001. And that's the laptop I started writing it on (RIP first laptop) and the desk I was sitting at. I certainly …

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The 2nd Bite of Bacon! The Long Journey To Paperback!!!

My publisher, Plum Tree Books, writes a bit about the process of bringing a book out into the world. Writing may be solitary, but publication takes a village. Thanks to everyone who helped, and thank you to everyone who helps the book continue its journey.

Niamh Clune

It is HERE! The paperback version of Marta Pelrine-Bacon’s Book: The Blue Jar! test cover 3 gradient

Marta has always wanted to hold her book in print. Well! Now, she is. And even if I must say so myself, I am delighted not only with Marta’s great story, but with the book’s velvety look and feel!

We all know how much work goes into the writing of a book. But do we know how much work does into its production? Writing is the first stage, but then comes the rest: the editing process, which is exhausting for the author and exhaustive for the editor!

Every sentence must be combed through for flow, syntax, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, verb usage ~ subject/verb agreement and verb tense. Then there’s adjectives, adverb/verb agreement, neologisms (if used, do they add to the story?) Spelling, sense, shadow words, repetition, dialogue being consistent with various characters, accents, era and setting ~ all must be…

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And it’s here!

My novel arrived today. I'm trying to think of something clever or insightful to say. I'm too gobsmacked. All I can manage is to wish you vast amounts of luck and deep wells of persistence in whatever dream you're pursuing. I think Woody Allen is a jerk, but this quote of his still works for …

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Still the Same Story

Soon, I will have an actual physical copy of my book, The Blue Jar, in my hand. That's going to be amazing and unbelievable. There's the feeling of finishing something. Then there's the feeling of putting that something out into the world. I started this novel as a writing prompt on a Tuesday afternoon in …

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