Helping hand

January 29th, 2008

I’m a fairly new writer, and though I’ve had some material accepted and published, I’m still struggling with how to make a story different enough to catch someone’s interest.  The plot and characters are obviously important, something writers strive (or should!) to work on.  The problem is when you’re writing sometimes it’s hard be objective about your own work.  “How can anyone not like this?”  Or conversly  “What’s wrong with this?  No one will ever want to read this.”  What you really need is an editor who wants to help you find a way to be better, to get that story published.  

Often we think of publishers and editors as strictly business oriented.  Your story is accepted or rejected according to their particular needs at the time and that’s it.  That’s partly true, a publisher not making a profit is not a publisher for long.  But I have come to understand that publishers and editors are very real people and for the most part passionate about writing.  They care about very much writing and would love to spend time helping aspiring authors but just don’t have the time.  I want to mention two editors that went out of their way to help me.

One is the editor for my book Talnut.  Bethany Morgan corrected approximately two million errors in the novel and was very patient explaining why each change was necessary.  It took a lot of work on her part and I’m truly thankful for her help.  I know she works long hours and cares about literature. 

The other editor I shall call Wendy, as I’m worried she might be overwhelmed with requests by other writers.  She offered to look over some of my work, including one novel, and help make them acceptable to a publisher.  That might be her publisher or another, but she has the passion to help new writers.

Beth and Wendy are two different editors with two different publishers.  But they have one thing in common.  They care about writing and want to help others achieve.  Thank you to both.  Now I shall get back to writing the Great Canadian Novel.   

New year

January 12th, 2008

It’s been a delay in writing a new blog.  The accident that happened back in December has taken a bit out of me and my wife Laurie needs my help doing things (she has a broken right foot and right hand).  All the same I’m excited that Talnut was launched and is available at Samhain Publishing.

I’m working on another couple of books.  One, I shall call “Castle” for now, is a medieval world with dragons and magic.  Castle has some science behind it, at least I try not to break every law of physics, as I want to explain how magic can work. The editing has been done on it and now I need to find a publisher for it.  Samhain Publishing wants to focus more on the romance genere and this is more Sci/fi – fantasy.  I shall keep you posted on the developments.

The other book I’m doing a broad outline and is going to be a multi-book series.  It will also be a medieval world but I shall push the boundaries on this one.  It will be more fantasy and with more complex interplay of characters.

I hope you had a good New Year.  We celebrated with friends though it was on the quiet side for us.  All the same it was great to be alive to see 2008 come in.  Cheers!

December 3rd

December 12th, 2007

Well it has been an interesting past two weeks.  On December third my wife Laurie and I celebrated the arrival of out first grandchild, Benjamin John Charles Wear. He’s doing very well and we’re looking forward to seeing him again at Christmas. 

That same day Laurie and I were involved in an highway accident with a truck that went out of control. While both vehicles are write offs everyone survived, though not without a few broken bones and a few other hurts.

We take a lot of things for granted in life. This was an experience I don’t wish on anyone but we sure appreciate what we have now.

My first novel, Talnut, is to be released on January 10, 2008. I’m excited about it, especially after the delays associated with three different editors (the first two had to leave the publishing company for personal reasons). There is an excerpt of the book on Samhain Publishing website, under the coming soon releases.  

New story

October 19th, 2007

It took a while to arrive but I have a new story at Midnight Showcase.  The story is one of four in a digest call Night Moves, ISSN 1555-5496.  The Edge of Darkness is a vampire story with a twist.  Unlike our normal image of vampires, Rodney is a small framed man who suffers from claustrophobia, allergies and works at night to make a living.  Tired of a solitary existence he decides to give romance a try.  I hope you will give it a read and I will be posting an excerpt from it soon. 

Talnut is being edited right now.  My editor became ill and I have been reassigned to another so that has delayed the release date to next year.  A little frustrating as I hoped it would be this fall at one time.  I will keep you posted on the new release date.

Thanksgiving

October 8th, 2007

This is Thanksgiving day in Canada and to all those reading this I want to wish them the best. We are having a dozen or more people this Sunday for dinner and I think everyone is looking forward to getting together.

Writing: things are a bit slow right now as my paying occupation is taking a lot of my time right now. I have a new wine to introduce to various stores and restaurants that is my main focus these past few days. However I’m still doing some editing on stories I’m planning to send in and I’m awaiting word on material I’ve already sent in. I’ll give more detail on that soon.

My wife Laurie is very busy cooking right now and I better go downstairs and help her before she finds out she’s better off without me entirely.

Cheers!

First post

October 1st, 2007

I want to say hello to everyone; I have a new, revamped website and I’m a bit nervous on all it will all turn out.  I’m a new writer and I hope to have more information on my up coming material soon.  Talnut should be available this year but a date has not been firmed up yet. 

I also have a short story coming out.  At the Edge of Darkness is a vampire story included in Night Moves Digest and will be available through Midnight Showcase Publishing soon.

I will be adding more every few days to this blog.  If you have any questions about my writing or myself send me an email and I’ll get back to you.

Cheers

JH Wear