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Elizabeth May is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Seven Devils and Seven Mercies (co-written with Laura Lam), The Falconer series, and romance novels under the pen name Katrina Kendrick. She is Californian by birth and Scottish by choice, and holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews. She currently resides on an old farm in rural Scotland with her husband, three cats, and a lively hive of resident honey bees.
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Elizabeth May Thank you so much for the lovely message. It's always wonderful to hear from writers, so hello!! :)

While I'd definitely advise you to focus first on f…more
Thank you so much for the lovely message. It's always wonderful to hear from writers, so hello!! :)

While I'd definitely advise you to focus first on finishing a manuscript (which is always the hard part -- at least, it is for me!), making goals and plans for your writing/books is always a great, great thing. I'm glad you're asking about it!

Here are a few things to consider for when you finish:

1. Take a bit of time to polish the manuscript. If one of your goals is to have someone read your work, then editing is key.

For me, when I write the words "The End" on a manuscript, that very first draft -- for the most part -- isn't all that readable. I shorthand a lot of scenes; the sentences are messy; sometimes I have scenes where a character shows up and then I decide, "Oh, this person doesn't work here," and so I drop them completely to finish out that section. The first draft is all about feeling your way through a manuscript, seeing what works, and being OK with making mistakes.

So during the polishing stage, I go back through the manuscript and sand away all the rough edges. I do this before anyone sees the book and before it goes into edits with my publisher. So this is where those shorthand scenes become extended; where the messy sentences are fixed; and where Suddenly Dropped Character Who Wasn't Working is taken out completely to make the scene more coherent.

The book may still need work after this (which is when I do edits with my publisher), but all of this makes for less work later. Polishing puts your book in shape to be read by someone else.



2. Consider finding a critique partner (or several!). A critique partner (CP) is someone who not only takes the time to read and critique your work, but also someone whose work YOU read and critique in return. (Some people have non-writing CPs, but I find that it feels more reciprocal when I can say, "Please send me your work, too!" Personal preference, here.)

An ideal CP relationship involves trust. This person should be your biggest cheerleader. When they love your work, they email you and say, "I love this! This is AMAZING and wonderful and fantastic and here are all the things I like about it and also a few things that could use a bit more work, but I still love it!"

However, KEY: they are also someone who can be completely honest with you and tell you when something (sometimes even a whole manuscript) isn't working. And if you trust them (here's where trust is vital), you know they're right and listen to their suggestions on what you can do to fix it.

Finding this wonderful person (or persons!) can be a bit challenging. Sometimes you go through a lot of people before connecting with someone whose critique style suits your needs. One of my critique partnerships has lasted about 15 years (with fellow author Tess Sharpe), but I also had others who -- for whatever reason -- just didn't work out. It happens.

To connect with people for reading and critiquing your work, I recommend:

http://critique.org/ - This site has been around since the internet's baby years (1995!), and yesyesyes absolutely I was a member in my early writing days. It's where I got my first critiques.

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forum... - also fantastic for connecting with other writers and asking craft questions.

http://www.wattpad.com - is a really popular website to post your writing and to read other works. This is a great place for teen writers in particular.

Maggie Stiefvater also does a Critique Partner Love Connection around the beginning of every year, which is definitely worth waiting for.


3. The first 2 steps I would consider vital for any writer once they finish work and want to share it. But what you do next depends on your personal goals.

Some writers continue polishing their manuscript and make it better based on feedback.

My choice was to use the critiques I received to write new manuscripts. I read a lot; I wrote a lot. I found my authorial voice. I completed a lot of manuscripts before trying to get one published. It was many years of work, but I lovedlovedloved writing.

So basically this point is: see how you feel after/during feedback. Consider whether you'd like to continue working on the manuscript you have, or maybe by then you'll have another book idea that you want to try.

Either way, keep writing! Keep enjoying the process! Whatever you decide will be the right choice for you.

And, of course, happy writing! :)(less)
Elizabeth May It picks up pretty much right where the first book left off, so they'll be well read back to back. :)…moreIt picks up pretty much right where the first book left off, so they'll be well read back to back. :)(less)
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SEVEN MERCIES UK cover reveal

I am so pleased to reveal the cover for the UK edition of Seven Mercies!

Seven Mercies will be released in the UK on January 20, 2022. I can’t wait for you to read the concluding story of our badass devils in space!

 

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“Aoram dhuit,” he breathes. “I will worship thee.”
Elizabeth May, The Falconer

“You know my mother thinks the waltz is indecent."

"Your mother would find the sight of a chair leg indecent.”
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“I'm like him. I'm a monster, too.”
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