Happy Birthday Jolene!

To my witchy friend, Jolene…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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You are amazing and such an inspiration to everyone around you. I am proud to dream with you and share our love of horror.

With your magic powers, you keep The Midnight Society running smoothly. I mean, to keep all of us focused is a full time job in itself!

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I hope your day is magical and full of love.

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Want to see more? Here are the links to ALL of our posts for our #1 Jolene! We love you sooooooooo…

Jenna: Happy Birthday Jolene
Kathy: A Birthday Tribute to Jolene
Victoria: Happy Birthday to the Magical Jolene Haley!
Brian: Happy Birthday Partner!
Mary: Happy Birthday Jolene

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So, you wrote a book…a guide from someone who is going to be reading your shit…



Yes. You heard me correctly. But what does this have to do with you, you ask? I cannot tell you just how many times I open a submitted piece–query, partial, or full–and my eyes cross. They literally fling themselves into the corners of my eyes in protest to the mass wall of text on my screen. The last thing we both want is for my head to begin screaming and my eyes to not focus on your words. The words you labored over. The ones you are hoping to draw an agent in. 

Trust me. You want me to focus. This is not the time to get fancy or wing it. This is when you show that you know your craft and that you can follow directions. Because to be honest, when a sub comes in unformatted, all I can think about is how much time the editing will take. Sometimes this is a difference between a “no” and a “request”. 

Industry standards are clear on how to format your writing: Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-space, 1″ margins, first line tab .5 setting.

There is a standard for a reason.

I know there are times where email can be a fickle mistress, but that is easily fixed. I often suggest to copy and paste your text into the body of an email and send it to yourself. See what it looks like. IF you formatted your manuscript the correct way in Word, Pages, Scrivener, etc., the more likely you won’t have any issues when you hit send.

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The Bleeding Heart Gets an Update!

Happy Sunday!

In just a few short weeks, The Bleeding Heart turns 3 years-old! To celebrate, I am updating content and will be posting some giveaways around the internet. Keep an eye out for some fun soon!

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Kissed by Ink Editing Page is Live!

As promised, my new editing page has gone live!

Soon I will be moving this content to a new site, but for now you can find all about my services and prices by clicking on my Kissed by Ink Editing tab. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Feel free to share with the writers in your life:)



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Words Matter

Thanks to the bf, I am putting the idea that words matter to work. I am getting ready to begin a new venture. I’ve eluded to this in a previous post, but here is the official announcement: I will soon be offering editing and proofreading services to writers.

With the experience I gained during my internships at Entangled Publishing and the P.S. Literary Agency, I am able to help writers take their stories to the next phase. Whether submitting to a small publishing house or an agency, your story needs to be its very best. And while most won’t reject a novel idea based on spelling or grammatical errors, the tighter your language and the fewer mistakes the better. I want to help get writers the chance they deserve.

Interested? Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.



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Remembering Majyk

Today, my amazing CP drops her latest novel!

Horray, Valia Lind!!

Before I introduce you to her work, let me tell you about Valia. She and I met via CP matchmaking hosted by Maggie Stiefvater. We hit it off right away, sending each other our works in progress.

We are very different. While I write horror, with lots of swearing and other naughty things, Valia is more sweet and reserved in her fantasy and contemporary stories. She is the most amazing person and writer friend a girl could have. 

Wiht all of that said, I am super excited today to help her celebrate the release of her self-published fantasy, REMEMBERING MAJYK. This book is special. With this story, Valia has entwined her Russian roots with an age old fairy tale.

Have I piqued your interest yet? Well, how about this…

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36461301-remembering-majyk?ac=1&from_search=true 

Purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Remembering-Majyk-Skazka-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B077YZ61H2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1516148062&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=remembering+majyk&psc=1

Calista Faulkner never believed in fairy tales…until she is thrust into one.

While attending a college party, she’s attacked by terrifying creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook. Fleeing for her life, she discovers that her human memories are a lie and nothing is what it seems.
Calista becomes a target and her only chance of survival is to trust the mysterious Brendan Parnell. He seems to know all of her secrets, even those she doesn’t remember herself.

Together they must fight to protect the most important part of their inheritance, the Relic of Knowledge. Unfortunately, Calista has no memory of her magical life and no idea where she hid the relic. As her memories begin to resurface with bone crushing agony, Calista must face the facts: she is a Volshebnitsya of the High Realm of Skazka and it is her duty to stop the Glava, the masters of Shadowlands.

The world around them begins to falls apart. Plagued by storms that are destroying cities and torn by the sinister monsters of Russian lore. The secrets locked deep inside her mind are her destiny and her undoing. If both worlds are to survive, Calista and Brendan must face the darkness around them—and the darkness threatening from within.


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Happy New Year!

My post might be a little late, but I’ve hit the ground running.

BTW, this is a joke. If you know anything about me and running–let’s just say my saying is that there’s no reason to run unless you are being chased.

No one is chasing me, except me. And this year I am all about chasing my dreams. This includes submitting VtMH, embedding myself further into the world of publishing, learning more about becomming an agent, and beginning my very own editing business.

Most of these items will take time, hence the not running part. I am taking my time to do things right. To take care of myself, friends, and family. To be good to those around me. I’ve hung back long enough. It’s time to take on the world.

So look out.

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