by Charlotte Carter
Sometimes not so much.
I received a massive TWO PAGE revision letter on my November Love Inspired release, Big Sky Family. Yikes!
The worst part is that my editor, Emily Rodmell, was RIGHT! I really hate that.
I had totally messed up one scene and should have known better. My hero and heroine were determined not to talk to each other; I had to whip them into shape. Emily didn’t even mention all the typos I’d let slip through.
Emily did what editors are supposed to do: she made my book better. I appreciate that and readers will too.
In the process of transitioning from writing secular romance to inspirational romance, I’m also learning words/phrases NOT to use, at least in a Love Inspired.
- Do not mention the heroine’s ‘rear end.’
- A person cannot be ‘ticked’ off.
- Kisses are not sensual.
- You may not say, “What the ---”
- A character may not be referred to as a ‘blow hard.’
- You can’t say ‘In heaven’s name . . .”
- Characters may not pray for ‘signs’ of what they should do.
- Characters are not allowed to ‘swear’ under their breath.
I’m not required to explain why the above is so; neither is the editor. Them’s the rules!
Nonetheless, next time you get a revision letter, or your critique group gives you a hard time, smile. It may be the best thing that could happen to you.
Books that leave you smiling
from Love Inspired
Big Sky Reunion, 4/2011
Big Sky Family, 11/2011