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BLOGWORDS – Monday 6 May 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – BARBARA BRUTT – GIVEAWAY WINNER

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – BARBARA BRUTT – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

JODI HASSEL

Barbara will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

 

https://www.barbarabrutt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBruttWriter/

https://twitter.com/barbarabrutt

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Barbara is offering a signed copy of Teal Paisley Tights.

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Barbara Brutt, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 29 April 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – BARBARA BRUTT

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – BARBARA BRUTT

 

Editing Mistakes: Choosing an Editor who Hates Your Genre

 

Choosing a good editor for your piece of writing is a no brainer, but have you ever considered the importance of choosing an editor who likes your genre? Yes, my good people, a crucial characteristic of a good editor is their general affinity for the genre you write.

As a newbie author (my debut novel, Teal Paisley Tights, released in November 2018) but lifetime writer, I’m always learning new things. And when it comes to editing, I’ve discovered a few things the hard way, including choosing an editor who not only didn’t enjoy the chick lit genre but pretty much loathed it.

When you’re vetting your editor options, you want to consider the cost, their skill, and the type of editing (developmental, line editing, proofing, etc.). But please don’t forget to check for their general affinity for your book’s genre, whether it be mystery, horror, romance, historical, or some mix.

As writers, allowing our work to be edited can be such a vulnerable experience. Of course, we want the writing to be the best it can be, but we also whisper that secret question, “Is it any good?” And when someone reads your book who doesn’t enjoy the genre at all (and in fact, scorns the genre) …well, let’s just say, your secret question is going to get stomped on.

For the record, I didn’t know! I had no idea that the editor I had chosen didn’t enjoy my flirty, glitzy, girly genre. I didn’t know until I was reading through the edits and comments.

Cringe with me.

While many of the comments and edits were “good,” the patronizing and disdainful tone that came across each sentence of critique chipped away at my self-esteem and belief in my story. Each comment shouted at me, “This is no good! Why did you spend hours upon hours of your time working on a crappy story that no one could ever love? Keep your day job, kid.”

I made it through about 5 pages of comments in my 80,000-word WIP.

And stopped.

I had made a HUGE mistake. Although this editor had great points and edits, their bedside manner had me shoveling out the dirt for my book’s grave. I told myself that I could still learn from their edits and that my story was still good…but, can I be frightfully honest for a moment? I haven’t touched that WIP since that experience.

Sure, the editor could have told me they loathed the genre, but as the keeper of my story, it’s vital that I choose the right people to share it with as it’s still growing and becoming what it’s meant to be. As authors and writers, we have to know both when to share our work and when to protect it.

So, my friends, learn from me. When you choose an editor, a beta reader, or just someone to read your new writing, seek someone who actually likes the genre that you write.

 

Teal Paisley Tights

Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

 

 

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

 

https://www.barbarabrutt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBruttWriter/

https://twitter.com/barbarabrutt

https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Brutt/e/B07JCG19DJ?

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Barbara is offering a signed copy of Teal Paisley Tights.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 29 April and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 6 May. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 15 November 2018 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-THURSDAY – FEATURED BOOK– TEAL PAISLEY TIGHTS by BARBARA BRUTT

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-THURSDAY – FEATURED BOOK – TEAL PAISLEY TIGHTS by BARBARA BRUTT

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Happy Release Day to this debut author!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Teal Paisley Tights
Author: Barbara Brutt
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

THE BLURB:

Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

CONNECT WITH BARBARA: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

No.

An overdue rent notice threatened me: Pay up or move out. I had one month. My mind sped through options. I didn’t have rent money because my cash flow was shot from the daily expenses: occasional retail therapy, my art hobby, and a slight coffee addiction. My full-time job hadn’t lived up to its promises. I worked all the time and still couldn’t pay the rent. And night jobs usually involved poles or polos and ball caps.

My eyes wandered the apartment. Heated ceramic floors. Lush carpets. Modern amenities. Those beautiful things had been my downfall. Mel had warned me that I should find a cheaper apartment at first, but I wanted to go big or go home. Now, I might be going home to Mom after all.

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY:

(1) winner will receive (US only)

  • a pair of teal paisley tights (one size fits most)
  • $15 Starbucks gift card

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 15, 2018 and last through 11:59pm November 22, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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