It's never too early to contact me about your project! I can schedule projects up to six months in advance, and I am currently scheduling projects for June 2014 and beyond.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Book Release: Awesome Justice

Please join me in congratulating Patricia O'Sullivan on the release of her newest novel, Awesome Justice! I've waited such a long time to say that! I was honored to work with Patti on a developmental edit, a copyedit, and in designing the book's cover. Patti's fans know her as an author of historical fiction, but here she branches out into a new genre with a subject close to her heart: the clash of homosexuality and Christianity, specifically in the Deep South. Awesome Justice is a young adult novel focusing on the themes of tolerance and acceptance, or the lack thereof; what it means to be family, friends, and lovers; and having the courage to live life on one's own terms. Here's the book description:

Straight-A student, Austin Justice, is only four weeks away from graduating high school. But after being outed as gay, he’s harassed by his classmates. When he's suspended from school for fighting back, Austin has had enough. He goes to live with his sister, a college student working in a summer theater program. Pulled into the world of dark theaters, dingy costume shops, and free-thinking actors, Austin realizes that his whole life has been a dull performance. For the first time, he lives life unscripted, allowing himself to follow his heart and learning that love can overcome fear even in the most difficult circumstances.

And here's what Patti had to say about me in her acknowledgments:

And finally, thank you to my incredibly talented editor Jenny Quinlan, who believed in Austin's story and helped me turn it into a novel I can be proud of.

Ain't she sweet? That brought a tear to my eye. But I do believe in this novel. Austin's voice is authentic and he is instantly likable, and there is a colorful cast of standout supporting characters to help him on his journey to living openly as a gay man. I had a blast helping Patti bring Austin's story to life, and she worked really hard to make sure she was doing it right. I think she hit it out of the park.

Awesome Justice is available now for Kindle on Amazon, and you can add it to your Goodreads shelf. If you get a chance, stop by Patti's website and say hello!

Need some help with your WIP?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

Just for Fun Friday: I Had My Appendix Removed


I laughed out loud at this one.
Shout out to one of my fave authors, Darynda Jones, for sharing this one!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:

When Flaws go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikable Characters

7 Things Veteran Writers Know

How Long Should My Book Be? A Writer's Guide to Word Count

8 Reasons Every Book Needs a Business Plan

5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Authors

25 Tips to Make Your Writing Better

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Novel in Present Tense


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On Historical Heroines, Research, and the Infamous Medici Family: An Interview with Elizabeth Loupas for HNS

Elizabeth Loupas arrived on the historical fiction scene in grand style with her debut novel, The Second Duchess, an exciting historical mystery with a supernatural twist. In her third novel, The Red Lily Crown, on sale April 1 from NAL Trade, Elizabeth returns to medieval Italy with the tale of an innocent young woman forced into service in Francesco de Medici’s court, where alchemy, dark magic, murder, and betrayal abound. On behalf of the Historical Novel Society, I recently had the chance to ask Elizabeth a few questions about her writing, her inspiration, and her research.

JQ: What inspired you to write historical fiction?

EL: I was inspired to write historical fiction because I’ve always loved to read historical fiction. When I was in grade school, I puzzled my way through my parents’ grown-up books by Frank Yerby and Thomas Costain, and even if I had to sound out some of the words, I was entranced by the swashbuckling and the sheer romance of it all. As I grew up and began to choose my own books, I fell headlong into the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon, and later, the most formative of all, the inimitable Lymond books by Dorothy Dunnett. Historical fiction was always my favorite thing to read, and so of course it would be my favorite thing to make up for myself.

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Cover Design: Charming the Duke

Congratulations to Holly Bush on the release of her newest historical romance with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

1849 . . . Matilda Sheldon, the middle daughter of the sixth Earl of Bisset, has never been interested in the fashionable society events that so preoccupy her parents and siblings. Her loving, albeit, daft family cannot understand why. But Matilda has little use for silly rules and dramas. She would rather occupy her time with a worthwhile cause such as opening The Sheldon Home for Orphans, much to the chagrin of her mother and grandmother. They are quite certain a venture of this nature will discourage suitors. Matilda is quite certain that if suitors are discouraged it is because she is clever, plain, a bit clumsy, and inevitably compared to her beautiful sisters. 

The Duke of Thornsby is in tight spot. After receiving the title on the death of his father, he discovers the inheritance is to be gifted elsewhere if he does not marry before his thirtieth birthday. Unfortunately, our man-about-town is embroiled in a scandal, not of his own making, and the marriage mamas won’t let any eligible misses anywhere near him. What’s a Duke to do? Get invited to a house party hosted by the notoriously absent-minded Earl of Bisset, who just happens to be Papa to some young ladies of marriageable age! 

Thornsby finds himself fascinated, not with the two Sheldon debutantes actively seeking a husband, but rather with the ‘brown wren’ he first mistakes for a servant. Matilda is counting the hours until the house party ends when the necessity of conversing with the guests will be over, and ridiculously handsome men go far away. Can a worldly Duke convince a sensible girl to accept his court? Find out in Charming the Duke. 

Charming the Duke is on sale now for Kindle and Nook for $2.99. A print edition will be available soon! And be sure to check out Holly's website for more info on her historical romances!

Need a cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Book Release: Forsaken

Please join me in congratulating Gayle Mullen Pace on the release of her latest historical romance, Forsaken! I was privileged to partner with Gayle for the third time in copyediting Forsaken, the first book in the De Montbrai Saga. Set in the medieval England of King Henry I, Dane de Falaise, an outcast knight, and Morynha de Montbrai, the woman he kidnaps, attempt to bring justice down on the head of the man who was responsible for the murder of his family. Gayle holds no punches in her portrayal of this tumultuous time period and its treatment of women, and the book is a roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows with fantastic characters. Here's the book description:

Forsaken…

Dane de Falaise is a dead man, both hunted and feared. Hiding behind a mask, he becomes the Black Falcon, a man without a home, a name, or fealty to any man. He haunts the countryside, searching relentlessly for the one who slaughtered those he loved and changed his life forever.

Forsaken…

Taking her sister’s place, Morynha de Montbrai is kidnaped by a menacing, black garbed knight and becomes a pawn in a sinister game. As she and her captor struggle to find common ground, Morynha must teach Dane that some things are more important than revenge. Will they find a fierce, burning love born from the seeds of their hatred and mistrust—or will they discover that, when the good in man is over taken by evil, they are left with nothing and remain . . . forsaken?

Forsaken is available on Smashwords and for Kindle on Amazon for $2.99. Stop by Gayle's website if you get a chance and say hello!

Need an editor?
Email me anytime to chat about your WIP!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:

How to Use Profanity and Other Raw Talk in Your Fiction

7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line for Your Novel

31 Stereotypes About Book Readers That Are Absolutely True

FREE Download ~ How to Improve Your Writing Skills: The Last 10,000 Words

7 Qualities of High-Concept Stories

How to Create an Antihero That Readers Love

9 Rules for Ruthless Editing

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Book Release: Gold Rush Girl

Please join me in congratulating Suzanne Lilly on the release of her newest book, Gold Rush Girl, Book One in The California Argonauts series! I had the pleasure of working on a copyedit with Suzanne as she takes the plunge from writing contemporary fiction to historical fiction. Gold Rush Girl is a triumphant novel of one compelling young woman's determination to pursue her dreams even if it means she has to tough it out alone in the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada. Here's the book description:

When Lucinda Martin York arrives in California at the beginning of the gold rush, she is alone and destitute but holding fast to her dream of becoming one of the first women doctors. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goal. 

George Arnold has a dream of his own, one he left his family and friends behind to pursue, one that will make him a key investor in California’s golden future. He’s willing to sacrifice everything for his goal. 

Although their dreams are divergent, Lucinda and George team together for survival in the mining town of Diggers Flat. They grow close as they deal with thieves, fire, and tragedy, but in the end, it is their very dreams that may tear them apart.

Gold Rush Girl is on sale now in print and ebook formats on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords, and be sure to check out Suzanne's website and add the book to your shelves on Goodreads!

Need an editor?
Email me anytime to chat about your WIP!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, February 14, 2014

Just for Fun Friday: To Funny!


It's hard being an editor and spending time on social media.
The urge to correct (or shout) is overwhelming!