Need a good editor? I’m now accepting clients! #amediting #editing #amwriting #freelance

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday and happy leap year!Since it's such a unique day, I thought I'd make an announcement.I'm now accepting editing clients! Woo hoo!Nothing makes an impression--good or bad--on readers like having a book that has been improperly edited. Don't skimp on this step; hooking lifelong readers and getting good reviews depends on it.Who can pass up an opportunity for #editorcat to use her Purple Pen of Doom on your work?She's cute and ruthless.For a list of what I do, there's more information here on my blog (never noticed that little "editing" tab on top, did ya?) and at my Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/sarahallanauthor/ so check those out for a round-up of my services.But if you're interested in something you don't see listed, feel free to hit me up anyway and we'll chat about it. For example, I have corporate clients for whom I edit drafts of letters and web content.In a nutshell, if you're interested in my services, please contact me...
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Back at it!

Just a quick check-in...So, now that things have calmed down a bit here (still checking stuff for damages, but we're doing really well on that!), I'm going to get back to writing.The problem was that for a few days, I was convinced I'd misplaced everything I had for Fate's Awakening. Whoops.But never fear! I excavated it from a plastic bin (it was hiding among other look-alike folders, the bastard) and I'm gonna be all over it like a fat kid on cake.I'm also working on what to do for the April A-Z Blogging challenge this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated!xoxo Sarah...
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Writing Goals and When to Beat Yourself Up (or not)

I have a confession to make--I recently failed at a goal I'd set for myself. A writing goal, to be precise.It was sometime in October or November that I set it, and I don't think it was an entirely unreasonable goal: To outline and add in scenes to Fate's Awakening from another character's perspective.But things got in the way--mental exhaustion from the busy year we've had, holiday prep, less-than-ideal (for me) writing conditions. All legitimate reasons to fail. And some not-so-legit ones, too--Netflix, finishing Buffy and devouring Jessica Jones.No matter how you slice it--fail fail fail fail fail.In case I wasn't clear...The carrot at the end of this was to enter a writing contest I was interested in. The deadline was sometime in mid-December.But first, let me be clear--the contest involved an excerpt from my story that wasn't going to change, so it's not like I needed to meet my goal before entering. I consider my story finished, but going through rewrites due...
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Interview Time with Keira Andrews! @keiraandrews

Hello, lovely readers! Today I want to introduce you to the fantastic Keira Andrews. She writes M/M romance (male/male, for those who aren't familiar), and she does it well. She's one of my favorite authors. Hi, Keira! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Can you tell everyone about yourself and how you got started writing?Thanks so much for having me, Sarah! When I was a kid, I’d always make up elaborate stories for my favorite soap characters. I was writing fanfic and didn’t realize it! As an adult, I wrote more fic for various shows, and then branched out into publishing original novels in 2006 with Love Match, about two male pro tennis players who fall in love. What are your favorite and least favorite parts about being a writer? Now that I’m able to write full time for a living, my fave part is the freedom to set my own schedule and work from anywhere I can bring my laptop....
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“Jessica Jones”: The Most Progressive Show on TV? #Marvel

Marvel and Netflix teamed up earlier this year to bring us the awesome original series, Daredevil. Husband and I watched it, and, as other collaborative series were announced (namely Jessica Jones and Luke Cage), we held our breath--though Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter on ABC were good, with Daredevil, they'd set the bar high. Was it too much so?Image from comingsoon.netJessica Jones was released in full (Netflix releases all episodes of their original series at once, unlike traditional television) this past Friday. With Melissa Rosenberg at the helm as show-runner (she's a fantastic producer/writer whose previous finest work includes some of the best episodes of Dexter, and she also wrote the screenplays for the Twilight Saga, but, hey, not everyone can hit a home run each time), the show was in good hands.We spent the weekend watching all thirteen episodes, each one better than the last. Krysten Ritter was fantastic as the title character, and David Tennant was delightfully evil--chillingly...
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Why Fandom was Important (Happy 10th Anniversary, Twilight!)

About a year ago, I made a series of 3 posts where I basically "came out" as a fan fiction author. If you want to check them out, I'll make it easy--you can read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 here.All caught up? Okay, then.I caught some flack for it (as I expected--the fact that people look down on fanfic authors isn't foreign to anyone who writes it) but, in honor of Twilight's 10th anniversary, I thought I'd stick my neck out again and review why the fandom was so special to me and continues to have a place in my little writer heart.The Twilight fandom gave me the courage to write. Sure, as I mentioned in the previous posts, a good deal of my writing fanfic in the first place was because I was annoyed with the source material--hey, you've gotta start somewhere. But the encouragement from others--positive feedback via reviews and emails, trusty beta-readers to look over...
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Awesome Writing in Media: Mean Girls

Continuing on with the Tina Fey love-fest (Tina, if you're reading this, I swear I'm not stalking you), I couldn't resist posting a bit about one of my all-time favorite movies: Mean Girls.This is one of those movies I'll happily sit through again and again, and it was actually everywhere this past weekend because October 3rd is, unofficially, "Mean Girls Day". It's from a line in the movie. The voice-over (done by Lindsay Lohan who plays Cady) is talking about a boy she has a crush on who is in her math class. I'll let the picture explain it:That's it in a nutshell. So, of course, the movie was on, and we watched it. For the record, my husband loves it too. Mean Girls is for everyone.Quick summary: Cady Heron is the new girl at school after years of home-schooling and living in Africa with her academic parents. Unsure how to navigate teenage social norms, she befriends the "Plastics"--the queen bee...
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Awesome Writing in Media: 30 Rock

Okay, so I've given up with the "Part 7" or whatever in this series. It was too much to keep track of. But don't worry; I'll post the links to the other entries in this series at the end so you can check them out, and will continue to do so when I write each new Awesome Writing in Media post.This post is about what I'm now pretty sure is my favoritist show EVER. I see you making that "Oh, really? EVER in shouty-caps, you say, Sarah?" face.Yup. And I'm preemptively apologizing for the love letter that follows.30 Rock was created by (former) head-writer and occasional cast member of Saturday Night Live (and occasional Sarah Palin impersonator) Tina Fey. It's a satiric comedy loosely based on her time on SNL--30 Rock revolves around a fictionalized live sketch comedy show that airs on NBC. Fey also stars in the series as Liz Lemon. Alec Baldwin plays her arrogant conservative boss and mentor,...
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The Maryland Romance Writers’ Auction is LIVE! @MarylandRomance

You guys! The Maryland Romance Writers' fundraising auction is LIVE!  It'll run from September 21st through October 26th.Click HERE to go directly to the auction site!Go check it out--this is the only fundraiser this great writers' group does for the year, and there are some sweet items up for grabs.Some of the awesomeness:-- Career consulting and self-publishing sessions-- Gift baskets with many different items: chocolate, coffee, tea, books, etc.-- Critiques on the first few chapters, certain numbers of pages, query letters, etc.-- Signed books-- Jewelry-- Personalized sessions, like for tutorials in writing software (Scrivener), social media, web design, etc.-- And many more!Anyone can bid, so come on by!Shameless plug:  I have a gift basket up for grabs, and I'd love for it to go to a good home.xoxo Sarah...
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The Maryland Romance Writer’s Annual Auction is Coming Up! @MarylandRomance

Ladies and gents, it's that time of year again! The writer's group I belong to, Maryland Romance Writers (the Maryland chapter of Romance Writers of America) is setting up its annual fundraising auction.The auction is our only fundraiser for the year, so it promises to be spectacular! Among the items will be signed books, gift baskets, and skills (web design, editing, career counseling, etc.) up for grabs. You may even get one of these for far below retail/real-world prices!The auction runs from September 21st through October 26th, and I'll post the link when it goes live. Get your wallets ready!xoxo Sarah...
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