Contact Me

The other night it occurred to me that I have no contact info on my blog!

Yikes!

If you’re so inclined to send me a note (and I always appreciate notes that are genuine and in no way affiliated with SPAM or bad Britneys), please do:

skodobah@yahoo.com

Web site: julieduck.com

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5 thoughts on “Contact Me

  1. Julie,

    I’ve been lurking around this evening and I have to tell you – I really enjoy your writing. Not just your sample chapters but your blog as well.

    I had the same reaction to Twilight as you (I call it the Twilight Tailspin) wherein I thought, “Jeez Caroline, if Stephenie Meyer can get this published, WTH are you doing sitting here on your ass with a bottle of wine wasting your life?”

    My first book poured out of me quickly and imperfectly over six weeks last year. Unlike you, I don’t have the skills to fix it, and am having difficulty seeing it realistically. I put it aside for 8 months hoping distance would give me perspective. But I have small kids, a job, and new characters scratching at the inside of my brain that won’t leave me in peace to work on revisions and editing.

    Anyway, I was touched by your beginnings. I’m glad you decided to listen to the Universe, and that you don’t have cancer! I look forward to reading more.

    Best,

    Caroline

    1. Hi Caroline,
      Hi Caroline,

      Thank you for your kind words. It really means a lot to me when I hear that you like my writing. 🙂

      I like your term – “The Twilight Tailspin.” What a perfect description of the moment a writer realizes they need to get cracking with the WIP!

      It sounds like you have a complete manuscript. Have you done any editing? I understand that life can keep you from your writing – I have a small child, work outside the home, work inside the home, make the coffee, wash the underwear, p/u dog doo! You name it. That is why I write at night… usually later rather than earlier. If you need help or a second pair of eyes on your story, I would love to take a look at it (I beta read when I can).

      Please keep in touch!

      – Julie

  2. Hey Julie,

    I don’t know if you’d call what I’ve done “editing.” Apparently I’m a grammatical train wreck. If I had seen your response 24 hours ago I would have jumped on sending you my manuscript. Thankfully I didn’t! Yesterday I got the first chapter back from a freelance editor and I’m still seeing red this morning.

    She (FE) is a first timer. What she edited read well, but some of her changes infringed on the personality of my main character…which of course I hated.

    I’ve never been good at leaps of faith so having this woman work on my book is freaking me out. But the thought of anyone else reading it flawed is worse.

    Words of wisdom?

    Caroline

    1. Hi Caroline,

      Is this a book doctor you’ve hired? It’s difficult when someone changes our work. How different is the MC from what you intended? I never expect perfect manuscripts – that’s why I beta read, to help the writer out. Sometimes this involves line-by-line editing suggestions. Other times, I actually make the changes or provide an overall chapter-by-chapter summary. Some stories are a delight to work on, while others scare the daylights out of me! Such is writing. Good for you to make sure your story is the best it can be! I still wouldn’t mind looking at a few chapters.

      – Julie

  3. I suppose she is a book doctor! I assumed that is what a freelance editor does, isn’t it? Could I be any more naive?

    The changes she made to my MC involved checking her language and editing her slang. The problem I have with this is that Rosie is a quirky teenaged girl who swears and often makes up her own words for things. It’s part of her charm.

    The editor said a couple of times: “I’ve never heard of this.”

    Well no, I don’t imagine you would have heard it before since it’s one of Rosie’s signature words and she is a fictional character.

    I fear we have differing philosophies on the language front. If that’s the case, she won’t be thrilled when Rosie starts to have physical experiences. Above all I want what Rosie goes through to be real. Not what some people wish was real or think is right, but real. Compared to some of the things kids get up to these days I think her life is pretty tame.

    I have no illusions about my writing. I know my book is far from perfect. It needs work – which I’m willing to put in. And I need advice, I’m practically begging for it. (Pretty much silently up to this point.)

    I also know that my MS get’s better as it goes along and with the right guidance it can be great. If I’m not scaring you off, I’d love your input.

    ~ Caroline

    P.S. Is it odd that I feel better just talking to you about this stuff?

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