Cover Reveal and Editor’s Review of Lord and King by Bestselling Author, P.L. Stuart

Cover Reveal and Editor’s Review

I am so excited about this book!

Last night, on Blaise Ancona’s Under the Radar SFF Podcast, Blaise went live with an interview with fantasy fiction author and my friend, P.L. Stuart, in which they reviewed Stuart’s books A Drowned Kingdom and The Last of the Atalanteans and they revealed the cover of Stuart’s latest book in the series, Lord and King.

This is not a traditional reader’s ARC review because I am proud to say I was the editor of this book, the third in The Drowned Kingdom Saga by the insanely talented bestselling author, P.L. Stuart. As a fan of the first two books in the series, I couldn’t wait to read the third, Lord and King, and when Stuart asked me to be his editor, I almost cried for joy and gratitude for the opportunity. I have never had so much fun as an editor, and Stuart made my job easy because he’s a brilliant writer.

I may be biased, but I am a fan of this man’s phenomenal storytelling, first and foremost. He is a master and has created one of the most compelling, multifaceted fictional characters ever in the vainglorious Othrun, King of Eastrealm. If you love medieval literature, a fully realized unique world, a complex protagonist, challenging, exciting antagonists, realistic battle scenes, mystery, magic, and fabulous love scenes, Stuart’s books are for you! And I was waiting for that fabulous love scene! Lord and King does not disappoint.

Lord and King is a thrilling page-turner that will keep your pulse pounding and your heart in your throat. The unexpected tragedies Othrun must face, as well as the addition of Queen Undala, who could potentially be the most formidable adversary Othrun has faced to date, make for what I think is the most exciting book in the series so far. And this fan cannot wait to find out what happens next!

Author’s Synopsis of Lord and King

Finally, Lord and King of Eastrealm, Othrun, aims to restore the glory of his drowned homeland, Atalantyx. But dangerous warlords are determined to stop Othrun from rising to further power.

Furthermore, Eastrealm’s ruler must confront internal forces that could tear his new kingdom apart. Embattled Othrun is also devastated by personal tragedy. His belief in his Single God, and his ambiguous guiding spirit, has never been more tenuous.

To fight his enemies, Othrun needs more than faith or his formidable knights. He needs a mage on his side. Is the conniving Queen Lysi, with her divided loyalties and her own designs for Othrun, the ally he needs? Or, are there other mages who can help the beleaguered young king, who he can trust?

And, Lysi is not the only formidable queen Othrun must contend with. An inexorable power, tied to ancient founders of Eltnish civilization, is coming. A legendary ruler, the likes of whom has not been seen for centuries, plans to reclaim what’s owed to her.

She is named, Undala.

Fear for Othrun and anyone else who dares stand in her way.

Othrun is clever, bold, resourceful. Yet, kingship comes with many challenges, including facing the cunning, powerful, vengeful enemies surrounding him, marking him for death. Will Othrun’s reign end on the battlefield, in blood, before it’s barely begun?

Expected publication April 30, 2023

The Top Ten Things Writers of Nonfiction Should Know

Nonfiction Writing

Nonfiction writing is a challenging and rewarding endeavour that requires great skill and dedication. But whether you are writing a memoir, a history book, or a scientific study, there are certain things that all writers of nonfiction should know to produce high-quality, engaging, and informative work. From researching and organizing your material to using storytelling techniques and getting feedback, let’s explore the top ten things writers of nonfiction should know to excel in their craft. So, if you’re an aspiring or experienced nonfiction writer, keep reading to discover the essential knowledge and skills needed to take your writing to the next level.

  1. Research is essential: Whether you are writing a memoir, a history book, or a scientific study, research is necessary to make your work credible and informative. Therefore, using credible sources, such as primary sources, peer-reviewed journals, and reputable experts in your field, is essential.

  2. Be clear and concise: Nonfiction writing should be clear, concise, and easy to understand. Use simple language and avoid jargon unless it is necessary for the subject matter.

  3. Use storytelling techniques: Nonfiction writing can be dry and dull if it is only a list of facts and figures. To make your work more engaging, use storytelling techniques such as setting the scene, introducing characters, and using descriptive language.

  4. Use evidence to support your claims: It is important to use evidence to support your claims in nonfiction writing. This can include statistics, expert opinions, and case studies.

  5. Organize your material: Nonfiction writing should be well-organized and easy to follow. You will break up your text and make it easier to read by using headings, subheadings, and bullet points.

  6. Be honest and transparent: Nonfiction writing should be honest and transparent. Avoid exaggerating or misleading your readers and be upfront about any biases or limitations in your research.

  7. Use a variety of sources: To ensure that your work is well-rounded and balanced, use various sources. This can include interviews, surveys, books, articles, and online resources.

  8. Write for your audience: Nonfiction writing should be tailored to your target audience. This means using language and examples that they will understand and relate to.

  9. Revise, revise, revise: Nonfiction writing requires a lot of revision. Make sure to read your work multiple times and make changes as needed.

  10. Get feedback: Nonfiction writing can benefit from input from others. Seek feedback from beta readers, writing groups, or writing coaches to get a fresh perspective on your work.

In conclusion, nonfiction writing is a complex and challenging task requiring much research, organization, and skill. By following these top ten things nonfiction writers should know, you can ensure that your work is credible, engaging, and well-written. Always be honest and transparent, use various sources, and revise your work multiple times to make it the best it can be. With hard work and dedication, you can write a nonfiction piece that readers will enjoy and value for years.

Writers Save Money by Understanding the Different Types of Editing

Writers Save Money by Understanding the Different Types of Editing

My dear fellow writers, before you hire a copyeditor, ensure that you understand the different types of editing, as knowing the difference will save you money! I can’t tell you how often a writer has submitted a manuscript to Publish and Promote, the company I work for or to me at Bodacious Copy, thinking all they needed was proofreading. They were given a quote based on proofreading, and then when I received the work, I realized it required line editing, which is far more involved, takes an editor longer, and costs more. No one likes to be surprised by a substantial increase in their invoice.

Editing is an essential step in the book publishing process. It ensures that the manuscript is clear, coherent, and error-free and meets the publishing industry’s standards. In other words, editing focuses on the meaning of your content, and copyediting focuses on the technical quality. However, a book may go through several different types of editing, each with its specific focus and purpose.

The first type of editing is developmental editing. This type of editing focuses on the overall structure and content of the manuscript. The developmental editor works with the author to identify and fix plot holes, inconsistencies, and other issues that may weaken the overall story. For example, suppose you’re writing a nonfiction book. In that case, a dev edit will help you to structure your outline and introduction, develop your chapter titles and subtitles, and ensure you stay on point as you explain and prove your key points before writing your summary. This type of editing is typically done before the manuscript is submitted for consideration by agents or publishers.

The second type of editing is copyediting. Copyediting focuses on the mechanics of the manuscript, such as grammar, punctuation, and style. In addition, the copyeditor checks for errors and inconsistencies and ensures that the manuscript conforms to the guidelines set by the publisher or industry standards. Copyediting is typically done after the manuscript is accepted by an agent or publisher or once a self-publishing author completes it to their satisfaction.

The third type of editing is line editing. This is what I do best. This type of editing is a combination of developmental and copyediting. The line editor focuses on the content and mechanics of the manuscript. They will work with the author to polish the manuscript and make it the best it can be. Line editing is typically done after the manuscript has been accepted by an agent or publisher or once a self-publishing author has completed writing their book before publishing it.

The fourth type of editing is proofreading. This type of editing is the final step in the editing process. The proofreader checks the manuscript for any remaining errors or inconsistencies. If applicable, they may also check that the manuscript is formatted correctly and meets the publisher’s guidelines.

In addition to these four main types of editing, several specialized types may be used for specific books. For example, technical editing is used for nonfiction books that contain specialized or technical information. This type of editing ensures that the information is accurate and easy to understand. Likewise, medical editing is used for medical books, such as textbooks or patient guides. This type of editing ensures that the information is accurate and up-to-date.

In conclusion, editing is an essential step in the book publishing process. It ensures that the manuscript is clear, coherent, and error-free and meets the standards of the publishing industry or simply becomes the best manuscript it can be before you self-publish. There are several different types of editing that a book may go through, each with its own specific focus and purpose. Developmental editing, copyediting, line editing, and proofreading are the four main types of editing, while specialized types of editing, such as technical editing and medical editing, may also be used for specific kinds of books. Knowing the difference in editing types before hiring a copy editor will save you money.

Meet Gary Benoit, Author of A Call for Service: Overcoming Adversity through Resilience

First-time Authors

In his new memoir, A Call for Service: Overcoming Adversity through Resilience, former Edmonton police officer Gary Benoit shared his strategies for overcoming PTSD and Occupational Stress Injuries. He authored the book to provide all active and retired frontline personnel and their families with the tools and guidance needed to reduce stress, strengthen relationships, build resiliency, and achieve work-life balance. It will also give readers a foundation to improve their physical, emotional, and mental health.

I am proud to be the editor of this superb book produced by Publish and Promote!

Gary Benoit is also the co-founder of Benoit Wellness Consulting (BWC), an Edmonton-based social enterprise that launched the Front-Line Resiliency Project (FLRP) to support frontline families by improving their mental health and building resilience.

A CALL FOR SERVICE gives readers a unique view and subsequent insight into the lives of frontline workers.

Declining mental health is fast becoming one of the most debilitating concerns for society, and building and maintaining resilience is necessary for every human on the planet. But unfortunately, mental health concerns and PTSD or Occupational Stress Injuries continue to climb among frontline workers.

A Call for Service: Overcoming Adversity through Resilience provides actionable steps for developing resilience for those working the front line. It aims to assist readers with understanding that they are not alone in their struggles with mental health and that there is hope to heal. In addition, The Front-Line Resiliency Project helps to provide alternative ideas to those seeking a better life to live their desired life. Cultivating resilience is a daily practice; anyone can build and maintain it. By sharing his story and the situations he had to overcome, Gary Benoit hopes readers can draw similarities and take that first step on a journey of healing.



WHAT FRONTLINE PERSONNEL ARE SAYING:

“First responders are faced with dramatic and emotional calls throughout their careers, which affect their mental health like no other in society. Often, we compartmentalize to try and cope with the effects. Gary provides deep personal insight into how devastating these calls affect your mind, body and spirit.

Any first responder reading his story will immediately recognize and reflect on their own personal demons in their career. Thankfully, Gary was able to overcome his own personal battles and provide reflection, self-awareness, and healing. A Call for Service will help you understand and acquire perspective to realize healing can occur and you’re not alone.”

Michael Elliott
President – Edmonton Police Association
Director – Canadian Police Association

A Call for Service is an exceptional book giving us a rare view and subsequent insight into the lives of all of our frontline workers. While clearly based on the trials and struggles from a police perspective, I can absolutely relate to the stories and struggles in this book as a Firefighter Paramedic. For the everyday person, it shows the concept of what it is like to put your life on the line every day you go to work and its real perspective. The humanity and empathy shown for people in all kinds of states is incredible. This book reminded me that we all have our own struggles and our own journey. It also gives options to start your own journey in building resiliency and overcoming any personal demons you may have. A great read!

Matthew Wood
Firefighter/Paramedic
Mindset coach/speaker

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