The above quote is from Hawk’s Autumn Rose, Book 3 of the Heart of the Rose Series. If you haven’t met Miranda and the Earl of Hawk, now is the time to get acquainted. All three books in the Victorian era series are available at your favorite online retailer.
You can’t go wrong with an article like this one by Martha Carlson-Bradley at Editing Queries. I published 3 books without the help of an editor and lived to regret it. I found an editor (a good one, by the way – Jenny Quinlan at Historical Editorial), but I didn’t have access to all the tips given here. With my editor’s help, I revisited the first three, and her editing was invaluable for numbers 4 and 5. My advice is to copy this. Print it. WARNING: Do not, under ANY circumstance, publish without finding a good editor. It’s just as important as your cover, maybe moreso.
It was a long time in coming, but I finally did it with the help of a wonderful editor! The three novels comprising the Heart of a Rose Series have made the leap and are now available for Kindle at Amazon! Discover the wonderful world of Victorian London and immerse yourself in the story of Miranda Kingswood and the Earl of Hawk.
Well, It’s done! Can I do a happy dance? Stand on the roof and shout it to all my neighbors? The three books, A Rose Beneath the Snow, A Rose in Summer, and Hawk’s Autumn Rose have been uploaded to Smashwords. While they’re not available anywhere else yet (pending review for the premium catalog), I’m happy to say this long journey is about over. Amazon for Kindle users is next and after that I’ll offer a print edition for those who just have to have the real deal in their hands. I’m the same way. I love the feel of a printed book.