Friday, March 28, 2008

Guest blog, ARC giveaway, and rewrites

I'm today's guest over at the blog of author Jaye Wells, as part of her Adopt a Vampire Novel Month. The topic is "Vamp Like Me: In Defense of Defanging," in which I discuss whether vampires have gotten too mushy and romantic in today's literature. Find out how feminism and Archie Bunker have entered the argument.

Oh, and I'm giving away an ARC of Wicked Game to one lucky commenter. But you only have one day to comment, so skedaddle!

Speaking of prizes, the winner of a signed copy of Justin Gustainis's Black Magic Woman is...Lori! Lori, please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com, and I'll pass it on to Justin for your prize.

You have until Monday to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Rachel Vincent's new book, Rogue.

I finished the rewrite of The Reawakened last night (okay, early this morning), and today I start the revision stage. I'll explain the difference in more detail in a post soon, but basically in the rewrite I change the story, rip out scenes, and add new ones. For instance, in this draft of The Reawakened, three characters who died in the first draft get to live, while three (edited: four edited again: five) others who lived get to, well, die. The ending of both Parts One and Two are completely different. The epilogue is the same, though (except without those formerly living characters).

Revisions, on the other hand, consist of going through the manuscript to see if the rewrite makes sense, filling plot holes and smoothing out character inconsistencies. The final pass is the polish, where I make every scene and sentence as strong as it can be.

Have a great weekend!

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8 Comments:

I am heading over to Jaye's blog now...another one that I have bookmarked in my favorites.

I am so excited that I was the lucky winner of Justin's Black Magic Woman.

Thank you so much Justin!

And thank you Jeri for having such a great blog.

Posted by: Blogger Lori at 3/28/2008 10:34 AM

Congrats, Lori, and thanks so much! Aren't our guests wonderful?

Enjoy the book!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/28/2008 10:42 AM

Congrats to Lori!
Hope you all have a great weekend! :)

Posted by: Blogger Bunny B at 3/28/2008 12:53 PM

Congrats Lori!

I've been reading Jaye's blog this month - there have been some great essays. I'm sad to have missed the contest since I was out of town!

Posted by: Blogger Liviania at 3/30/2008 10:33 AM

Hi, Jeri. Just wanted to thank you again for contributing. Your essay was fantastic!

Posted by: Blogger Jaye Wells at 3/30/2008 10:35 PM

(counting on my fingers) hmmm...

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 3/31/2008 4:27 PM

Thanks, Jaye!

Rob, it's up to five now. Or maybe four-and-a-half, because someone who was in the first draft has now died 15 years ago. Tragic....

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/31/2008 4:41 PM

Oof. These things happen.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 4/01/2008 1:28 AM

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