The Amazingness of Proofreaders!!

This is an appreciation post to highlight the wonderful work of my Australian proofreader, Desanka Vukelich, who I’ve worked with on three of my four Medoran Chronicles books. I’m currently going through her edits of Graevale, the fourth book in the series, and gah, she’s just so amazing!

The thing is, when you write a novel, there are a LOT of words involved. Sentences, paragraphs, sooooo many places where mistakes can slip by unnoticed. And truthfully, there’s probably not a book in existence that doesn’t have some kind of mistake (the trick is to have it be so engrossing that readers don’t notice those mistakes, or if they do, they don’t care). But while errors in printed books are almost always inevitable, you still want to have as few as possible. That’s why authors really need to be able to trust their proofreaders, since those proofreaders are, essentially, the final line of defence.

To be perfectly honest, it actually scares me a little every time I receive a proofread manuscript and see just how many mistakes Desanka has managed to uncover. I mean, she only ever sees the manuscript AFTER all the editing stages (structural edits, copy edits, line edits, ALL THE EDITS), so in most cases, many eyes have already checked (and re-checked) for problems. So when there are STILL problems, it just really brings home how integral it is to have a professional (and experienced!!!) proofreader checking things right until the very end. (She even looks over my ‘Acknowledgements’ section!)

Will there still be errors in the printed version? Probably. I mean, hopefully not, but when we’re playing with around 130,000 words (give or take), the chances are pretty high that something might still slip through the cracks. But just think of how many more mistakes there would be WITHOUT an amazing proofreader?

All I can say is that I’m so incredibly grateful to Desanka and her meticulous eye when it comes to my books, and I hope I get to work with her on many more projects in the future!!

I wish I could give multiple examples of the (sometimes hilarious) mistakes she’s found, but for fear of revealing Graevale spoilers, I’ll just share this one. It’s only a simple typo, but I actually laughed out loud when I realised how it would have read if she hadn’t flagged it:

… Because everyone wants their clothes to be insulted, right? LOL! (And oops!!)

As far as I’m aware, Desanka actually works freelance, so for any writers who might be on the hunt for an amazing proofreader, be sure to check out her website here.

 

“This or That”

It likely comes as no surprise that I’m not wonderful when it comes to making decisions. I mean, there are just so many options to consider, even with things that should be simple, like being asked my favourite colour. (Am I wearing it? Looking at it? Is it for a car or a house or for something artistic? What mood am I in, or what mood do I want to be in? Etc., etc., etc.)

Due to my inability to give a straight answer, the following video clip with me responding to a “This or That” game (filmed while I was at Sydney Writers’ Festival last month), is somewhat hilarious. You’ve been warned!

Interview Fun!!

While I was at Sydney Writers’ Festival just over a week ago, the lovely Kaysia (@bookskay) interviewed me, asking all kinds of questions about The Medoran Chronicles, Whisper, future projects, and random author-y stuff. There’s also a bloopers section at the end, which is hilaaaarious. Honestly, this interview was so much fun — enjoy! xx

“DRAEKORA WEEK”

I’ve been so swamped with book release craziness this week that I haven’t had the chance to share about DRAEKORA WEEK!! (And yeah, I know — silly, right? BUT in my defence, I didn’t know about it until this week!!)

Thanks to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie making an appearance along the southeast coast of QLD today, my Brisbane book launch scheduled for tonight has been postponed since Brisbane itself is literally underwater right now (and yes, I mean ‘literally’) — so I find myself with some free time before my flight tomorrow morning for my Sydney launch events this weekend. (Fingers crossed the weather clears overnight!!)

SO! Without further ado:

DRAEKORA WEEK

Honestly, I’m so overwhelmed by the amazingness of this, but I’ll try and explain it as best as I can. Two of my seriously WONDERFUL readers, Jenna from Adelaide and Kaysia from Sydney, bonded over social media thanks to their mutual love of The Medoran Chronicles, and they’ve teamed up and secretly planned an epic “Draekora Week” in the lead up to this coming Saturday’s official release date. 

Every day this week, both Jenna and Kaysia have been posting all kinds of things to do with the series, including hilarious video clips on their YouTube channels. (And when I say ‘hilarious’, I mean laugh-out-loud funny! ESPECIALLY day two when they each went off and endured their own Stealth and Subterfuge adventure thanks to a riddle from Hunter himself!)

They’re also hosting a readathon (and/or re-readathon) of the first two books in the series in the lead up to Saturday, and inviting anyone and everyone to jump in at any stage.

If you want to know more about Draekora Week, they definitely explain it better than me, so check out their videos below. (And seriously — you do not want to miss the Stealth and Subterfuge ones, haha.) You can also find them on Twitter (Jenna = here … and Kaysia = here) and on Instagram (Jenna = here … and Kaysia = here) .

DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY ONE: The Medoran Chronicles Book Tag:

DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY TWO: Stealth and Subterfuge Class:

DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY THREE: Book Mash:

DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY FOUR: Why You Should Read The Medoran Chronicles:

DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY FIVE: Pronunciation Guide (Jenna):

DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY FIVE: Draekora Predictions (Kaysia):

Days Six and Seven still to come! Stay tuned for more — and keep an eye on their channels/social media! Also feel free to jump in with them at any stage!!

MASSIVE thank you to these two amazing girls, both of whom I ADORE and can’t wait to see when I’m in Sydney this weekend! Jenna is actually one of my critique readers, and Kaysia won ‘The Chosen One’ competition last year (and so perfectly released the cover of Draekora to the world), so I am so ridiculously excited for us all to be together at the one time! Two days to go!

If you’re in Sydney and free on Saturday, my Draekora launch events include a Q&A at Galaxy Bookshop in the CBD from 12noon-1:00pm and a YA Bookmeet at Dymocks (George Street) from 2:30-3:30pm. Hope to see you there!

 

Book Launch(es) – NEXT WEEK!!!

For those already following my social media, you would have seen the announcements about the multi-state book launch events coming up for the release of DRAEKORA next week. For anyone else, the details are as follows:

As you can see, there are events in Brisbane, Sydney, and on the Sunshine Coast. I will be at all these places to sign books and chat with readers. For more details about each separate event, please visit my events page.

There is also an additional “secret” Sydney event — a meet and greet — that is open to only a select few “Chosen Ones”. If you want a chance to win a place at this event, here are the competition details for the one double pass that I’m allowed to give out. Entries close at midnight this coming Friday 24th March and the winner will be notified on Saturday:

Lastly, in the week following the launches I will be running four separate “Youth Week Library Workshops” with Brisbane City Libraries. The details are as follows:

If you can’t make it to any of these events, don’t worry! DRAEKORA will be officially released on April 1st. The paperback will be available in all good bookstores (Australia/NZ) and the e-book available worldwide.

NOT LONG NOW!!!

AKARNAE e-book on sale!

Amazon has a huge sale on the first book in The Medoran Chronicles right now — just AUD$0.99 (US$0.75)!! Total bargain! It’s a great time to start the series with the third book releasing on April 1st, and it’s especially awesome for anyone outside of Australia who has been wanting to have a read!

In a nutshell, Akarnae is basically Harry Potter meets X-Men and Narnia and it follows the journey of 16-year-old girl who finds herself stranded in a fantasy world where she attends a school for teenagers with supernatural gifts while she searches for a way back home. There’s combat classes and archery lessons, sentient libraries, immortal beings and a whole host of memorable characters and exciting twists and turns.

It’s a fun, adventurous, clean read with no overly mature content — numerous schools are now using it as part of the curriculum for grades 8 and up (ages 13+), but there are also readers as young as 8 and 9 years old reading this series — as well as 80 and 90-year-olds! It’s a book for all ages and genders!

Don’t believe me? Then here’s just a sample of the reviews:

“… natural and humorous… cool and scary… good fun and a solid recommendation for YA readers…” – Books & Publishing

“… when it comes to sheer inventiveness, the book would satisfy any fantasy devotee…” – Sydney Arts Guide

“Lynette Noni’s world-building is spectacular…” – The Geekiary

“… a treasure for connoisseurs of the genre…” – Mid West Book Review

So, what are you waiting for? At this sale price, it’s a total steal! Jump in — and happy reading!

How Do I Get My Book Published?

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is along these lines:

“I’ve written a book… but how do I get it published?”

The thing is, as simple as that question might seem, the answer is considerably more complicated—and lengthy. But given how many people ask, I figure I should try and answer it as best as I can, so here goes.

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