Fiona’s Interview with Me on Authors Interviews Blog


“Fiona’s Interview with Me on Her Authors Interviews Blog,”

I am very honored. Fiona McVie interviewed me on her blog:

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/here-is-my-interview-with-joan-y-edwards/

I’ll give a free critique of 1000 words to one lucky person who leaves a comment on her blog by midnight March 5, 2015. Random.org will choose the winner. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, March 6, 2015 on her blog comment area and here on this blog, too.

 

Sincerely,

Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards

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Kathleen Burkinshaw and Michelle Karene Won a Free Critique


Winners Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Winners
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Kathleen Burkinshaw and Michelle Karene Won a Free Critique” by Joan Y. Edwards

Dear Readers,
There were 25 people who left comments on the post, “Signed Contract for LARRY, THE TERRIFYING TURKEY with Ravenswood Publishing.”

I am so lucky to have you as readers. You make my life fun because you read my blog and leave me comments to cheer me on.

I asked Random.org to choose a number between 1 and 25.
It first chose number 2. Then I asked it to choose another number so I could award a bonus prize of another 1,000 word critique, and it chose number 3.

1.    Karen Tomas
2.    Kathleen Burkinshaw
3.    Michelle Karene
4.    Susanne Kessaris
5.    Kaen Cioffi
6.    Kara Stewart
7.    Sarah’s Book Reflections
8.    Carol Federlin Baldwin
9.    Gretchen Griffith
10.   Widdershins
11.    Susan Hornbach
12.    lindamartinandersen
13.    Dr Bob Rich
14.    Samantha
15.    mona861
16.    Brenda Madole
17.    lauraboffa
18.    sjdoherty1
19.    ajschildrensbooks
20.    Donna Earnhardt
21.    J.Q. Rose
22.    Cynthia
23.    Vijaya
24.    Janis Silverman
25.    Wendy Lane

Therefore, Kathleen Burkinshaw and Michelle Karene won a free 1000 word manuscript critique.  Congratulations! Kathleen and Michelle. Please send me your 1000 word manuscript to joanyedwards1@gmail.com. I will give you my “Blue Ribbon” critique. Along with points for improvement, it will point out 3 Blue Ribbon passages that I believe are your best writing.

I hope all of you will visit my blog again soon and I hope you win next time.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan

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Grab Your Reader’s Attention: Use Irony


Grab Readers' Attention: Use Irony  Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Grab Readers’ Attention: Use Irony
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Grab Readers’ Attention: Use Irony” by Joan Y. Edwards

What is irony?

Irony is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words. Angela Janovsky states that irony shows a discrepancy between reality and what appears to be true.

There are many forms of irony. I’m going to discuss three of them. To learn about all five of them, see Irony on TVTropes.org: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Irony.

Write. Revise. Add irony where it’s appropriate.

Verbal irony is when someone says one thing, but they mean the opposite, definitely not what they said:

  • If you are mixing cement for a sidewalk and you spill the cement in the road. If your boss says, “Good job, Tex,” it means the opposite, this is verbal irony.
  • It is verbal irony when someone says, “What a beautiful view!” overlooking a huge dump with rats and smelly garbage.
  • It is verbal irony when someone says “I love you, too” when they are holding a knife to your chin.

Situational irony is when actions have an effect that is different than what was intended, is a deviation from a pattern, or deceptive appearances.Therefore, the outcome is contrary/opposite to what was expected.

  • For instance, it’s situational irony when Ben is chuckling at the misfortune of a man. However, unbeknownst to Ben, the same misfortune is happening to him.
  • Wizard of Oz‘s plot revolves around a situational irony of Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow going to the Wizard for things that they already had and Oz wasn’t really a wizard.
  • It’s situational irony with unintended consequences in Pretty Woman when the boutique owners wouldn’t sell Vivian any clothing, it was not their intention to deny themselves lots of money in sales.

Dramatic Irony is when the audience knows something that a character does not know.

  • For instance, in a murder mystery, the main character might not see the bad guys following him, however, the camera shows the audience a man with a gun who follows the main character close around the corners.
  • In My Cousin, Vinny – The audience knows that the police arrest Billy and Stan for shooting an attendant at a gas station. Ironically, these teens believe they arrested them for stealing a can of tuna for which Billy forgot to pay.
  • In Home Alone, at the beginning, the audience knows that the cop is a thief dressed like a cop, but Kevin’s family doesn’t know it.

Carson Reeves, a screenplay reviewer says, “You’ll have a huge advantage if your concept contains irony.”

Blake Snyder says, “The number one thing a good logline must have, its single most important element is: irony. Irony gets my attention. It’s what we who struggle with loglines like to call the hook, because that’s what it does. It hooks your interest.”

Screenwriters say the logline (pitch) has to have irony or contradiction in it to grab movie-goers attention. The same can be said for the pitch for books. When you show that the main character receives the opposite of what he wanted, it pulls people into it. It makes the character more human. Readers relate to these characters because they have also experienced receiving the opposite of what someone promised them or the opposite of what they expected as a result of his actions.

I’ll bet your story already has a little irony. However, you may not have flaunted it in your pitch (logline, short summary, blurb).

Take a little time today to revamp your pitch to include the irony that is present in your story.

Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear examples of irony from your favorite stories and movies!

References:

LiteraryDevices Editors. “Irony” LiteraryDevices.net. 2013. http://literarydevices.net/metaphor/ (accessed January 28, 2015).

Sara Heddleston.  “Here Are The 31 Best Incidents Of Irony Ever Photographed,”http://www.viralnova.com/funny-ironic-photography

“Irony,” TV Tropes, http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Irony

“Situational irony.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc., http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/situational irony 

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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Signed Contract for LARRY, THE TERRIFYING TURKEY with Ravenswood Publishing


I signed a Book Contract Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

I signed a Book Contract           Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Signed Contract for LARRY, THE TERRIFYING TURKEY with Ravenswood Publishing” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I signed a contract with Kitty Bullard, Owner and Editor of Ravenswood Publishing, LLC to publish a three-book series of Chapter Books, the first one is “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” The second one is “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey Tames Billy the Bull.” I haven’t written the third one yet.

Selling Pitch/Blurb for Book Cover:  Larry, the Terrifying Turkey, Chapter Book, Ages 6-8, Grades 1-3

Scarred by her mother’s pet turkey and taunted by her third grade classmates, Sara Brown searches for a way to get back at him. Will she face the turkey square in the gobbler or will her parents ground her until she is twenty-one after she wrecks her mother’s new car?

I will illustrate the cover and create one black and white drawing for each chapter.

When I was five years old, Mother had a pet turkey that flogged me badly. My sister, Judith, helped us escape from him. In March 2010, my younger sister, Janet and I went to a writing workshop near Charleston and I wrote this story. It’s kind of ironical that it was a short story workshop. I told the instructor I didn’t know if I could write a story for adults. I wanted it for children. The main character in the story has no sister, so she has to trouble learning to fend for herself.

My granddaughters, Kylie and Kirstyn Hackett loved to hear me tell about my adventures with the turkey. My grandsons, Luke and Wyatt Chewning love the story, too. Wyatt wants a copy of the book to share with his classmates when Ravenswood releases it! Isn’t that sweet? I’m dedicating the book to them because they listen and laugh at my stories.

The release date is for 2015.

Ravenswood Publishing is currently closed for submissions.

A special thank you to my husband, Carl Lansdale Edwards for always believing in me, even when I haven’t been able to believe in myself.

Thank you to Pub Subbers group and all of you who read my blog and encourage me to submit my work.
Thank you to my sisters, Janet Meyer and Judith Carolyn Thomson.
Thank you to the Savvy Wordsmiths and Illustrators critique group in Fort Mill, SC

This FREE GIVEAWAY contest for this blog post is over. Kathleen Burkinshaw and Michelle Karene Won a Free Critique. Congratulations to them. I will have another contest in March.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up

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Cover for “Joan’s Elder Care Guide” by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing


Joan's Elder Care Guide cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing

Joan’s Elder Care Guide
cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing 2015

“Cover for Joan’s Elder Care Guide, by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing” by Joan Y. Edwards

Color me excited, over the moon (Thanks Donna Earnhardt, bright, smiling, happy! See me dance, sing, and shout! Celebrate with me!

I’m one step closer to reaching my goal of being published by a great traditional publisher, 4RV Publishing.
I’m in the final stages of editing the manuscript, the 7th Edit. It’s not the last, but it’s getting closer.
I’m in the process of revising the blurb for the cover.
I am thankful for Aidana WillowRaven, Vice-President of Operations, 4RV Publishingfor doing an outstanding job of combining two photographs of my mother, Ethel D. Meyer, for the cover.

I am amazed.
I am thankful to God.
I am thankful to my family, friends, and caregivers who encouraged me and helped me care for Mother for 14 years and then encouraged me to write this book and share it with other caregivers.

I am thankful to Vivian Zabel, President of 4RV Publishing, for believing in me and my elder care guide.
I am thankful to Carla Ralston, editor for 4RV Publishing, for encouraging me to expand my book from ten to twenty-two chapters and giving me ways to improve it.
I am thankful to you, the people who read my blog. You give me life. You help me believe in myself.

I’ll do another post when I know the exact release date.

Believe in you.
Believe in your manuscript.
There is a publisher out there for you.
Write your story.
Revise it three times.
Get your work critiqued.
Submit to a publisher, agent, or contest.
Be a Pub Subber.

Believe in you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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Writing Goals Chart – Step into Success! Reward Yourself for Reaching Daily Goals


Step into Success! Reward Yourslef for Reaching Your Goals Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Step into Success! Reward Yourself for Reaching Your Goals Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Writing Goals Chart – Step into Success! Reward Yourself for Reaching Daily Goals” by Joan Y. Edwards

Perhaps January was busy, busy, busy. You didn’t get as much writing done as you planned. That’s okay. Life enters in. Enjoy living. But set aside time to write. Draw. Exercise. Whatever your goal is. I created a chart for writers, but if you are an illustrator or you want to chart your daily exercise, or some other goal, you can use this chart to help you. A friend of mine told me he’s revising a manuscript and has to take out words. I told him he could change his goal to the number of words he cut and still use the chart.  If you start late in the month, that’s okay. Keep track for the days that you’ve participated.

Back to writing. You say. I want to do more writing. Oh yes. Writing. I challenge you to keep track of the number of words you write during February. What kind of prize would get you to write a little more? Decide.
Promise to give that prize to yourself if you reach your goal.

If you think of a quote that starts you going or keeps you going, let me know. I’ll make a post once in a while during the month to keep us all going on our goals.

If you don’t write one day, see if you can double up the next day to make up for it so that you still meet your goal.

In the middle of February is a special holiday, Valentine’s Day.  So you have two days of grace to celebrate it with your family, friends, and loved ones. So decide how many words you promise you’ll write each day multiply it by 26 days and you’ll see how many you’ll have at the end of the month.

I have it in a word document. It didn’t show up really well here. If you’d like a copy of it, send me an email to joanyedwards1@gmail.com.

Good luck. This will help you step into success!

 

February 2015 Writing Goals
“Never give up. You can do it.”
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards
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Next month I plan to

Thanks for reading my blog. Please leave a comment and let me know if you think this chart will help you and how you plan to reward yourself for reaching your goals. Please share your favorite quote for getting things done.

Celebrate you now.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards
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The Winner of a Free 1000 Word and Summary Pitch Is Sharon Hope!


Sharon Hope Is the Winner

“The Winner of a Free 1000 Word and Summary Pitch Is Sharon Hope!”

Thank you to the following people who commented on my Happy New Year post!

  1. Karen Cioffi
  2. Sharon Hope
  3. Linda Martin Andersen
  4. Sandra Warren
  5. Dr. Bob Rich
  6. June Phyllis Baker
  7. Becky Shillington
  8. Susan Hornbach
  9. Sharon Full
  10. Kathleen Burkinshaw
  11. Jennifer Larson

I asked Random.org. to choose a number between 1 and 11. It chose number 2. Therefore, Hip Hip Hooray! Sharon Hope won a free critique of 1000 words of a manuscript and its summary pitch. Sharon, please send it to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

I have asked God to bless you and the other commenters in a special way today so that you know that He loves you and that you are important to our world.

I hope you will come back and read my blog again! Good luck with all of your writing endeavors.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan

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