Editors for Every Budget


Great info!

Originally posted on Winter Bayne:

And yes, I do indeed mean every budget. Even the ramen noodle budget.

Authors trying to get into publishing houses or writers wanting to self publish grapple with the editor dilemma. I personally think they are well worth the investment. One of the biggest investments when it comes to publishing right along with book covers (if you happen to be self publishing).

Editors are demi-gods, just don’t tell them that before they review your work. ;)

This week alone I’ve been asked by three different writers about editors they could possibly use. It’s happening more and more now for some reason. Here is my generic response and you’ll probably find something here to assist you.

The editor I’ve used is James of Story Medic. I can’t promise he’s cheap, but I do enjoy working with him. I got accepted twice by publishing houses didn’t I? I didn’t do it alone…

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Writing Prompt: Travel


This week’s writing prompt was prompted (pun intended) by Damyanti at Daily (w)rite. Her question to the masses was “What was the last city you traveled to and how did it make you feel?

My most recent travels were to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

As you can see from the above image, the view was very picturesque.  I’m a huge fan of the colors in nature.  Not just because they are so beautiful, but because I’m always in awe at how splendid God makes things around us.

In addition, this trip was relaxing and enlightening.  It was a good chance for me to take a moment and just breathe and enjoy the sights and people around me.  It also allowed me to see how natives of the island lived.  On one hand, I felt sorry for them because looking at the conditions of living quarters was a complete contrast of the villa I stayed in.

On the other hand, as the manager of the villa explained, the attitude of locals can often be so laid back that they do not try to better themselves or their native land.  Instead, others from countries near and far have a hand in what will be though they may not even live there.  Once again, it saddens me mostly because it’s like giving up or just accepting whatever without giving a voice or input.

All in all, I love to travel.  I have a life’s  goal to see the rest of the U.S. (26 down, 24 to go) and various parts of the globe.  I’m interested in not only seeing the tourist-y side, but also learn about the different cultures and see how others live.  On most of my travels so far, I have found that there are just as many similarities as there are differences.

Where have you traveled?  What has been your experience?


XOXO, Melanie Dawnn


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Writing Prompt: Love



butterflies, wishful dreams, hopes, sweaty palms, anticipation, infatuation



joy, happiness, memories, romance, intimacy, quality



ups, downs, better, worse, commitment



patience, understanding, communication



faith, loyalty, unconditional, everlasting



Alpha, Omega, I am, God

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

Photo:  Public Domain Pictures,  Suzanne D. Williams

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Writing Prompt: Happiness

happiness-balloonsWhat is happiness? Is it a fleeting moment of pleasure or when things go our way? Is it a consistent feeling that happens everyday without thought? How would you describe your happiness? How is it achieved?

For me, happiness feels more like fleeting moments. In other times, either I’m consumed with what I call life…work, family, and other thoughts or actions that require my attention. When I do feel happy, it’s usually when I’m relaxed and doing something that makes me feel good. Like being able to sleep until my heart’s content and wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed. Or sitting in the park writing about the creative and imaginative things that come to mind. It’s even in the times when I travel to new places or experiences encountered. Overall, when I assess the happy moments of my life they have been ones that were the simplest. No huge parade of things. Just time enjoying peace and people who I love and care about.

 What’s your happiness?

 XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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Writing Prompt: Anger

this_is_my_angry_face_2_by_reitanna_seishin-d4ief9uWhat is it that drives us to anger? Is it the conflict between what we expect and what we don’t get? Is it the clash between our beliefs and those of others? Or is it just something unexplainable that gets under our skins to the point of wanting to scream or claim straight lunacy? Whatever the cause may be, person, situation, thing, or something still unknown, being able to control the anger emotion is key. It can be the difference between being at peace within when all hell is breaking loose around you and being tried for a crime.

 I have found that there are moments lately where some of the situations in my life have made me very mad or angry. Mostly because the events that have occurred failed my expectation or overstepped boundaries that had been set. I’m the type of person that will chalk the first incident up to a “didn’t know”. After that, my inner thermometer starts to rise.

It’s frustrating to feel, or rather think, that there is no control over a situation. But what helps is looking at it in a different way. It’s like framing what may be an ugly or unflattering picture in a new frame. Instead of letting the situation get the best of us, sometimes it’s best to find positive outlets or distance ourselves (when possible) from the conflict.

 How do you deal with anger???

 XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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Fly on the Wall

Writing Prompt 5

“Think of your favorite book and insert yourself into the plot line as one of the central characters.  Write a short piece with you integrated into the story!” (Tiana Lopez, Zealous Scripts)

I think the above writing prompt is just excellent. It’s one thing to read and imagine yourself inserted into a story…it’s another to be a part of it. So, I’ve dug deep into the cockles of my brain to figure out which book to use for this writing prompt. Honestly, not a one came to mind. Either that means that the authors were so good that no other characters were necessary, or I’m just not in my imaginative, creative mode.

flyonwallWell…maybe I am. If I had to insert myself in a story, I would be a fly on the wall. The one that can buzz around, sometimes unnoticed, to see and hear what really went on. In Maya Angelou’s Gather Together in My Name, there were scenes that I could only paint in my mind based on how she described it. For instances, her interactions with Tolbrook – how he “sweet talked” her in the restaurant, how he convinced her to live in a whore house, and when Maya found out where he lived…with a wife. It was obvious to me that this was an older man who took advantage of a young mother who wanted a man to love her fully. Instead, she found a snake in the grass.

Being a fly on the wall, I could have seen and heard the others that may have warned her about this man. I’m sure he was known. Or maybe I could have been the fly that continually buzzed around as a distraction from his BS. Either way, it would have been nice to know about the other perspectives that may have been trying to help Maya from making a mistake with him.

 XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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Is Age Just a Number? What’s the Best One?


“Write about one thing that is special about being your current age and why.” ?” (Tiana Lopez, Zealous Scripts)

As a young’in I used to think that anything past the age of 25 was just old. Once I reached 25, old seemed like 50 and beyond. Now that I’m 40, I’m not so sure what old is anymore.

Watching people like Betty White and others in their 90s and centennial years shows that being youthful is not just an appearance, but a state of mind as well.   In recent weeks, I’ve seen a 98 year old woman break the record for the 100 meter dash. Mind you, it was for her age group, but still. Then there was something on tv where two 80-somethings discussed the fads and entertainers of the present. They knew a lot more than I did.

So to stay on track with the writing prompt, here’s my take. I’m proud to be 40. Getting to this point has allowed me to grow with wisdom as well as knowledge. I feel like this is a special age to be because of the stability that has come with the passing years since high school. My twenties were more of trying to figure out what it means to be an adult without having prior experience. Thirties were walking in what I found out and making corrections along the way, but my entry to 40 has shown that the work and wisdom acquired have paid off. I am more self-confident, a better communicator, make better use of resources, and more established personally and professionally. With the lessons learned and goals for the future, I see myself being around for quite awhile – and I’ll enjoy every minute of it. J

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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