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Award Winning Indie Novel – A Great Summer Read!

Check out this press release for my latest novel, A Brief Moment in Time!

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Award-winning novel

CALGARY, AB, July 03, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Novel Ink Publishing is pleased to announce author Jeane Watier as the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal winner for visionary fiction. A relatively new genre, Visionary Fiction has been defined as fiction in which the expansion of the human mind drives the plot.

“I’m thrilled to be included in this exciting, thought provoking, and potentially life-changing genre,” says Watier, who has been writing visionary fiction for 6 years and has published a trilogy as well. “I’m proud to stand with others on the leading edge of thought, because thought is powerful; it is the stuff that creates worlds.”

A Brief Moment in Time delivers all that a reader might expect from this type of fiction. An elusive romance, shifting realities, and paranormal twists entertain as subtle truths confirm the reader’s deep inner knowing. “My readers expect a story that incorporates metaphysical concepts,” Watier says. “They expect a romance novel, but it’s fun surprising them with twisted plot lines and shifting realities.”

Awards were presented at the 16th annual Independent Book Award ceremony on June 4th, 2012 in New York. The “IPPY” Awards, launched in 1996, were designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 2,500 “IPPYs” have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. It is now the world’s Largest Book Awards Contest.

Praise for A Brief Moment in Time: “I’ve just finished reading your latest masterpiece and am speechless. I’m not sure if it is the similar experience I had emerging from a coma, but this book touched me. I resonate with it so much!” – Cristy Lynn Hayden, author of Love and Accept if All, A Journey from Near Death to Bliss.

“Finished your book (A Brief Moment in Time) last night. WOW! I loved it. Many golden nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout a brilliant storyline.” – Lisa Francis, Bright Lights Marketing.

About the author

Jean Watier lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family. She has been studying metaphysical concepts, particularly the Law of Attraction, for many years. Her desire to share what she’d learned blended with her love of fiction and her passion for writing. The result: powerful novels that teach while they entertain, and transform lives as they captivate readers. All of Jeane’s books – including her latest novel, A Brief Moment in Time – are available in paperback and e-book formats through Amazon and other major online booksellers.

Visit the author’s website: http://www.jeanewatier.com
Follow her on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/jeanewatier
Enjoy her “Novel Insights” Blog: https://jeanewatier.wordpress.com


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Manifesting the Big Stuff

I’m not surprised…really. And yet when something big happens – even when you have that “feeling.” You do what you know works – you believe, you release resistance, you receive. Still there’s that, “Oh my God! I can’t believe this is really happening.” sensation.

If you haven’t heard (Really? I’ve been telling everyone!) I just won an international book award for my latest novel, A Brief Moment in Time. In exactly three weeks, I’ll be in New York Receiving a gold medal at the Independent Publishers book awards ceremony. I’m all tingly and excited.

But wait a minute! I created this. I desired to see my books go to the next level. I felt inspired to submit this particular book to the biggest book award contest in the world. I even practiced saying, “Award Winning Author of Visionary Fiction.” It sounded really good, so I prepared a new image for my Facebook page adding the words by my picture –  and within an hour of being notified that I had won, I posted the new image for all to see.

Maybe this is just the beginning, (it feels like it is), or maybe I’m not used to my desires manifesting – the big ones that is. Little stuff shows up all the time. Or maybe I’m finally beginning to realize that there isn’t any difference to the Universe. It’s only big or small in my mind – and as long as it remains BIG!!! in my mind, it can’t manifest in my reality.

Winning an award, having my books acknowledged in a bigger way was the next logical step. And I’m so excited to be on this journey. What’s next?? Well, I’d say it’s a contract with Hay House’s new fiction division!! I’ll keep you posted.

 

Visionary Fiction – A New Genre?

I’ve heard this term before, even listed my books on Amazon under this genre with a general understanding of its meaning. But this past week I came across an article that defined it more specifically. Michael Gurian does a great job of not only defining, but promoting the genre, which for many of us is new.

He describes it asfiction in which the expansion of the human mind drives the plot.’

Mystical experiences, visions, telepathy, hallucinations, dreams, paranormal experiences, channelling, intuition, NDE’s, a sense of unity with ALL that IS, profound insight that brings joy…these are not just inconsequential things that happen to the characters, they are the essential elements without which there would be no plot.

Gurian goes on to say that ‘Visionary fiction has been integral to human storytelling, whether secular or sacred, since the beginning of our historical record.’

The reason is that the human mind keeps expanding. Our desire for knowledge and understanding never ceases, and storytelling is often the easiest way to convey new ideas to one another, thereby expanding consciousness.

Classic examples of visionary fiction could include: C.S. Lewis’ novels, The Celestine Prophesy (James Redfield), The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), and Illusions (Richard Bach) to name a few of my favorites.

The term was coined by John Algeo (at the suggestion of Renee Webber) and can be found in an article published in the American Theosophist, May 1982. He describes it as a ‘kind of story generally set in our own world—cornflakes for breakfast, eight hours at the office, and an evening with friends or in front of the television. But visionary fiction reveals aspects of this world that are sharply at variance with the common assumptions of the man-in-the-street about what his world is really like. It helps the reader to see the world in a new light, to recognize dimensions of reality that we commonly ignore. It transforms our vision of ourselves and our environment. For this reason, it can be interpreted as one of the signs of spiritual revolution in our time.’

As a writer, I’m thrilled to be included in this exciting, provocative, and potentially life-changing genre. I’m proud to stand with others on the leading edge of thought, because thought is powerful; it is the ‘stuff’ that creates worlds. A simple thought can become a belief which can become a belief system which inevitably becomes a reality (however you choose to define reality).

Author, Monty Joynes claims that a ‘good novel has penetrating power to individual awareness because it involves the reader in the deep process of human character. The good novel is more than information, more than entertainment. It is a pathway to the reader’s subconscious mind. If the reader has immersed himself or herself in the process of the character, the experience is more than vicarious. It is profoundly real; and within the subconscious mind, the reality is not separate from feelings that actually occurred to the reader in his or her physical domain.’

I hope my latest novel, A Brief Moment in Time, will do just that. My desire is to entertain, to inform, and ultimately to immerse my readers in experiences so ‘real’ that they are profoundly changed. If I can help them to see the world in a new light, to view reality in an expanded way, and to deepen their understanding and awareness of All that Is, then I have succeeded—touching lives one story at a time.

A Brief Moment in Time is now available in both paperback and e-book  (Kindle) formats on Amazon and other online bookstores.

 

EDITING TIPS

1.  Get the best editor that you can afford. If that happens to be you, learn all you can, refer to reputable sources in print and online, and always have people around you that can read your work and offer you feedback. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned through trial and error about the editing process.

2.  Editing practices have changed over the years. There are way too many so-called experts out there. Editing manuals even disagree on some of the specifics. So it can be a confusing, frustrating experience at the beginning. By listening to too many different “advisors,” I’d make changes to my manuscript based on one piece of advice then hear something conflicting and change it all again. I finally put together my own editing guide/style sheet – general rules, specific examples, and a watch list of common mistakes I’ve made in spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. The Chicago Manual of Style has become my bible. My work is consistent now. I’m no longer second guessing myself. I feel more confident as an author. Doing it yourself isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a perfectionist like I am, if you have a love of the English language and a desire to learn, you can become your own editor.

3.  I use a five step editing process. The first is a quick read through to check for consistency of thought, general flow, and readability. I say quick because it’s tempting to start fixing every little mistake. Don’t. Highlight things if they need attention, but the main goal here is to get an overview, a sense of how the book reads. I highlight sections and make notes as I read. Afterward, I add detail if necessary for clarity, move sections around for better flow, create (or add to) my character profiles, and often chart relevant events on a timeline. I may do further research or verify specific details at this point.

4.  The second step is a thorough paragraph by paragraph edit. It can take me weeks to get through a 400 page novel, but the result is a much more polished manuscript. If I was an artist creating a sculpture, this is where I would smooth out the rough edges, refine specific details, get rid of any unnecessary bits. I look at a sentence and ask myself, “Can this be stated more clearly, more concisely? Is it in the active or passive voice? (Which would work better here?) Do I need to add more detail to get my point across? Is it properly punctuated?” In this edit, I go over my watch list (using the find feature on my word processing program, I search for commonly misspelled or misused words). This is where a tool like Cliche Cleaner

http://www.cliches.biz/clichecleaner/index.html

would be useful. (I haven’t tried it; it’s not available for Mac.)

5.  My third step is audio editing. It’s using your ears instead of your eyes to pick out mistakes in your work. This can be accomplished in various ways. Simply reading aloud will expose many of those sneaky little errors or omissions that your eyes miss. I use my computer’s text to speech capability. On Mac, highlight the section you want the computer to read (or it will start reading from the beginning of the document) and right click. Then click speech -> start speaking. (I have mine set as a shortcut key, so it’s convenient and fast.) When I used Windows XP it was in the tools drop-down menu. You even have a choice of voices to choose from and you can adjust the speed. A third option is downloadable software. I’ve heard good things about NaturalReader.

http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.htm,

It’s free, but check out your options. This is something I use daily – even to edit a Facebook post before I press enter! I’ve come to trust my ears – especially after my eyes have been staring at the screen for hours and really need a break.

6.  Formatting is an important part of my editing process. Formatting the book allows me to see it in a new way. I go through the book page by page, but rather than looking for errors, I’m lining up the pages (I like all the bottoms to be even), removing orphans (single words by themselves on a line at the end of a paragraph), tightening up lines (using character spacing and/or manual hyphenation), etc., and as a result, I often find things I’ve missed in the previous edit. Just a word or two here about formatting. It can seem like a daunting task and you may want to have it done by a professional, but if you’re up for the challenge you can create a professionally formatted book using Word (or Pages on Mac).

7.  FInally, I print out the formatted manuscript and proofread the paper copy. At this point I like to get feedback from a few close friends and family. This is also where I’ve had to learn to let go (I could keep on tweaking forever!) and allow others to be a part of this production. A qualified proofreader is a valuable investment and hiring a professional is a good idea at this stage.

8.  Lists: Compile lists of synonyms for common words such as “amazing,” “awesome,” “nice,” “beautiful.” These descriptors are often overused in fiction. Another handy list you can create and refer to is alternatives for “he said.” Consider descriptive words like, “he barked,” or “she grumbled.” Or better yet see if you can omit those tags altogether. Create a watch list of common mistakes you make in spelling/grammar/usage and use the edit -> find feature on your word processing program to locate all the occurrences of a problematic word or phrase in your manuscript. Here is a great article I cam across:

http://ajbarnett.hubpages.com/hub/400-Alternative-words-for-said

9.  Tools: Keep your online dictionary and thesaurus open in the background and refer to it often. Check words to make sure you’re using them in the right context. A dictionary will also show you how to properly hyphenate, how to use the word in various tenses and even list common phrases. As for your thesaurus, use it if you find yourself repeating a certain word, but keep in mind that clear and concise is better than pretentious, so avoid words that sound pompous or grandiose. Other editing tools I’ve come across: Cliche Cleaner and Natural Reader (as mentioned) and ErrNET to proofread your work.

http://www.errnet.net/product_information.html

ErrNET takes only minutes and runs on their server so there is no need to install software. The program uploads documents through your web browser and calculates price based on total number of pages. Once payment is received, ErrNET checks for errors, marks them in your document, and generates an error report. My latest book in it’s unformatted form is 120 (8.5 x 11) pages, so the cost was $50.

10.  Allow time to be your friend. A week or two between edits clears your brain and rests your tired eyes. Things you missed before will pop out as if they were highlighted. And one final tip: stay connected and enjoy the process. Life is supposed to be fun!

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