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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writer Wednesday: The Secret Garden


On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Several years ago, I saw the movie of this. I knew it was one of the books that I wanted to read this summer. Gardens and summer naturally go together.

Photo of the Secret Garden Book Cover on Writer Wednesday Blog Post from Writing Consultant and Author Megan Easley-WalshAs I read this story, it was absolutely charming and delightful! There's a magic to this book that has to do with much more than a garden growing behind a locked and hidden door. It begins with Mary Lennox in India. Much like the garden that she will later find, Mary is also overlooked and tucked away. Her journey of discovery, when she is forced to move to the countryside in Yorkshire, England sees the world unfolding around Mary. The friends that she meets and the lives that she changes are like the sleeping garden in the winter that need the warmth and sun of spring to blossom fully alive again.

One particular part of the story I liked was when the robin befriends her, as I had a robin visit me in the garden as I was planting flower seeds as well They really do chirp around you and seem as if they are speaking to you.

This book has found its place among some of my favorite classics. Would you like to read it? You can do so for free! It's available on Project Gutenberg.

Have you read The Secret Garden? What books do you think are great for summer? What are some of your favorite classics?

My best to you all,

Monday, August 15, 2016

Keely Brooke Keith: How To Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready: an inte...

Today Keely is hosting me on her blog, where we're discussing editing. Join us through the link below!

Keely Brooke Keith: How To Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready: an inte...: Today, I’m interviewing Megan Easley-Walsh, writing consultant with Extra Ink Edits . Megan’s specialty is content editing, and I can tell...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Writer Wednesday: A service to help the writer

On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Frequently, it's a book that I've recently read. One of the books that I'm currently reading is a manuscript by a writer that I've previously worked with in the past. I'm offering a general impressions service to her.

What's that?

A general impressions service offers a writer the confidence of having an expert opinion of a writing consultant and professional editor on his or her manuscript in a timely manner. Much of publishing involves waiting. With Extra Ink Edits, writers have minimal waiting time while their manuscripts are being reviewed so they can get back to the important business of revising, editing, writing and
ultimately publishing.

Who is this service for?
If you've finished a manuscript and want to know if it's working or if it needs more work, you're the right person. If you want to know what to do to improve your writing, this service is for you. If you're looking for a professional beta reader, with over eight years of experience in helping other writers and in experience as a college English teacher, this is for you.

Great! So what do I do?
Send me an email at [email protected] or visit Extra Ink Edits.

I look forward to reading your writing!

My best to you all,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five Top Tips to Make you a Better Writer Today

As part of my ongoing series on tips from a writing consultant, I'm sharing five top tips to make you a better writer today.

Shelf of Classic Books from the Blog Post Five Top Tips to Make You a Better Writer Today from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultant offering Editing Services for Writers1. Read something classic.
It doesn't have to be a huge volume. It could be as simple as a poem. The classics are classic for a reason. They resonate across generations and geography. 

2. Carry a notebook with you or something to record digitally or your voice. 
Then, when ideas inspire you, jot them down. You don't have to wait until a genius plot idea pops in your mind. Simply write down what interests you today. 
"I wonder who built these buildings"There's a simple thought that might span an interesting area of research to lead somewhere.
"I love the way the cinnamon brings out the chocolate flavor in this cake." — Now you have an interesting beginning of a realistic description to add texture to your next story. 

Hand Holding Pen from the Blog Post Five Top Tips to Make You a Better Writer Today from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultant offering Editing Services for Writers
3. Observe people. 
What do you notice? Chances are, it's not their eye color. Or hair color. Unless it's super obvious for some reason. New writers tend to overplay the physical characteristics when describing characters. It's more effective to describe characters in the way that they actually appear. For example, I just glanced out the window and a man walked by. This is how it struck me— "He strode with purpose, his arm swinging aggressively at his side." That conveys much more than his eyes were blue. Besides, were they? I have no idea. He was across the street. Eye color implies intimacy. You have to be close to someone to notice. If you mention eye color, let it be for a specific and special reason. 

4. Look up hashtags on Twitter. 
#amwriting, #writetip, #amediting, #pubtip, #querytip, #amquerying
Those are a few helpful hashtags where you may find some useful information. 

Frog Holding Pen from the Blog Post Five Top Tips to Make You a Better Writer Today from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultant offering Editing Services for Writers5. Write something.
Maybe it's a sentence. Maybe it's a paragraph. If it's one page or fifty, writing is what makes you a writer. Go on then. Write. 

My best to you all,

For personalized help from a writing consultant and editing services for writers, visit Extra Ink Edits

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cover Reveal for Aboard Providence!

Hello! Today I'm taking part in a cover reveal for author Keely Keith!

I'm excited about this book, as I was privileged to read an early version and offered some editorial advice. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win an autographed copy of Aboard Providence!

My best to you all,

Here's the official cover release press information....

Book Info:

Title: Aboard Providence
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Publisher: CrossRiver Media Group
Released Date: October 20, 2016
Pre-order Link: CrossRiver Media

One Sentence Summary:
A voyage aboard Providence changes Jonah’s plans, but can it change his heart?

In November 1860, Jonah Ashton is determined to finish his studies at Penn’s Medical School before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. When he learns his father has joined a group of Virginia families planning to sail from America to form a new settlement elsewhere, he travels to his family’s estate intent on saying goodbye. However, when an accident leaves his father in need of a physician, Jonah agrees to serve as ship’s doctor, but he resolves to return to medical school as quickly as possible.

While aboard the Providence, Jonah falls in love with former classmate Marian Foster. Despite their love for each other, Marian has no desire to return to America with him.

After an arduous voyage, Providence runs aground on an uncharted land in the South Atlantic Ocean. While the rest of the settlers celebrate finding the land they wanted, Jonah takes off to explore the island and he soon discovers a startling truth that changes everything, but can it change his heart?

Quotes about the book:
A delightful adventure reminiscent of Swiss Family Robinson, Aboard Providence is one of those novels that will stick with me because I feel I’ve lived it. A captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale I can confidently recommend to a wide range of readers.” –Heather Day Gilbert, author of Amazon Norse bestseller God’s Daughter

With vivid settings and multi-layered characters, Keely Brooke Keith whisks her readers off on a page-turning journey, not just across the ocean, but within the heart. You won’t be able to put Aboard Providence down until the final word is read and then you will long for more.” –Brenda S. Anderson, author of the Coming Home series

A blend of history and romance with a compelling inspirational message, Keith expertly weaves an intriguing tale. Fans of the Uncharted Series won’t want to miss this journey.” –Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

Keely Brooke Keith is a master storyteller, weaving adventure, love, and wonderful characters into a vivid story that will take readers on an unforgettable voyage to a new place. Full of inspirational messages and tales of God’s love, readers will find themselves longing for more. Keely’s story teaches all of us that the journey is just the beginning!” –Christina Yother, author of the Hollow Hearts series

Author Info:

Author Bio:
Keely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in surprising ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ten Facts About Me

Image of Top Ten Tuesday in Yellow and Orange on Top Ten Tuesday Blog Post of Editor and Writing Consultant Megan Easley-Walsh of Extra Ink Edits

Today's top ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is a fun theme. It's ten facts about the writer of the post... so, here are ten facts about me!

1. I've lived in a lot of places. I grew up in a military family and now I live in Ireland with my Irish husband. I've previously lived in Germany, Alaska, California, New York, Illinois and South Carolina.

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2. I'm a writer and researcher. I also own a writing consultancy, where I am a professional editor.

3. I live beside the beach, enjoy hearing seagulls sing and have seen more rainbows in Ireland than the rest of my life combined.

Image of Ursula Le Guin quotation, "But when people say, 'Did you always want to be a writer?', I have to say no! I always was a writer." from Extra Ink Edits, Provider of Editing Services for Writers on Blog Post

4. I "wrote" my first story when I was three. My mother had to actually write it for me, as I didn't know how to read or write, but I told it to her. Hence, I love this quotation ----------->>>>

Image of Altesch Glacier in Switzerland, largest in Europe, on Blog Post of Top Ten Tuesday from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultancy and Provider of Professional Editing Services

5. In high school, I went ice climbing on the largest glacier in Europe.

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6. I'm a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and earned my Gold Award.

7. I've played the flute since I was 11 and love to sing also.

8. I like both history and humanity subjects and science subjects so much that I combined them together into my international relations degrees.

9. I am a certified English teacher and taught writing to international college students in the UNESCO literature city of Dublin.

10. I love donkeys (they're extremely sweet and friendly!) and art photography included. Here's a photo I took of donkeys.
Photograph of Two Donkeys on a Fence Post with Yellow Flowers and Hills by Megan Easley-Walsh, Owner of Extra Ink Edits

My best to you all,