Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Crazy Year, Crit Club Deadlines and Your Questions Answered

Well, it's been an amazing, crazy, challenging, eye-opening, tick-it-off-the-bucket-list kind of year for me. And it's ended on a high with over 4,000 people downloading BREAKABLE last week!

I'm grateful for everything I've learned and experienced. And I'm resolved to share as much of it as I can with you guys in 2014.

Right now I'm planning some insight posts into self publishing (what marketing worked, what didn't, what I'd do differently next time, etc), some how-to writing posts (finding the flow, getting discriminating with describing words, how to polish, and more) and I'll be hosting some more of my favorite authors which is just a high.

If you have any burning questions about writing, editing, critiquing, or self-publishing, feel free to email me, or to ask them in the comments. I'm looking for inspiration for new blog content for 2014 so ask away! I am an open book (no pun intended).

Don't forget that I've also set up The Crit Club. We'll have our inaugural workshop in January. If you use your holiday break to finish up a manuscript and would like to join, make sure and read the FaQ's then apply before January 6th.

So, I'll see you in the New Year. Thanks for taking this manic journey with me in 2013!


Your Turn: Any questions or requests for blog posts in the new year? Ask them here, or email me at aimeelsalter (at) gmail (dot) com


  1. Have you done a blog post on the editing process? That would be interesting. I've been thinking about the editing process, after the revisions- just done a blog post on it- and am curious about how many pairs of eyes different writers get to look at their work?
    How many people did you get to look over your work before you published it?
    I think it's up to the writer to decide what's right for them, but they shouldn't be doing it indefinitely!

    1. Hi Cassandra, sorry for the late reply. I did do a post on editing in the lead up to the release (I'll see if I can find it and post it here). But in short, I had the book critiqued a good dozen times in the process, then, in the last round, I had four writers and one editor give it the once over for the last changes. At that point I was clear with the writers that I wasn't going to be making plot / character changes. It was just about finding flaws, continuity issues, any scene that for whatever reason wasn't working or needed more / less. The editor's notes were actually fairly minimal, which I attribute to the fact that I'd had it critiqued so many times in the process.

      Anyway, not sure if that helps you, but that's what I did!