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Sizzling Summer Heat - Week Five- Sherry Ricardo

All summer long we’re holding a Sizzling Summer Contest. There are ten ladies involved with International Heat; seven writers, a graphic artist, an editor and reviewer. This weeks feature star is our editor.

Sherry is an official editor, but I want to talk about her ‘unofficial’ duties. The rescuing she does for us on our works in progress to help us get to the point we authors receive a ‘SOLD’ email, which mean you get more fun books to read!!

You need to know Sherry is a hoot. She’s thorough, patient (have to be reading MY spelling) and rock on with her comments. The first thing she read for me was the original draft of Wolf Flight… She gave me great feedback and the story doesn NOT look like it originally did. The last things she told me:

TJ was a riot. Please don’t stick pins in a Sherry doll because of my comments.

Other classic Sherry-isms:

And stop writing for word count before I smack you silly! Write the damn story and make it the best story possible according to the characters!

Lines that give me shivers

Unedited work offends my sensitivities…

If you don’t want to do it don’t force it but this is fucking hot!!

Total yumminess.

Thank you for everything. You have taught me a TON, and I appreciate every comment. Now without further (or should that be farther?) ado…my tribute to Sherry.

With apologies to Robert Frost and The Road Not Taken

Two paths diverged in a manuscript,
And I attempted to travel both
And the plot got tangled and I tripped
While many favorite words I slipped
Into the scene to help its growth;

I thought this would make it fair,
Bring to me an author’s claim,
Yet over use soon brought despair;
Damn rough idea had I there
I drove her crazy just the same,

My grammar—I knew not lie nor lay
Until corrected to red from black.
Still she accepts our drafts every day!
And edits them in an excellent way,
And quickly sends them back.

I should be telling this with a sigh
But she’s fixed my work and hence:
Two paths diverged in a manuscript, and I-
I took the one Sherry led me by,
And that has made all the difference.

Thanks again, Sherry!

If you leave a comment you’ll be added to the contest list. Then go visit the rest of the ladies!

Lila Dubois blog

Valerie Tibbs

Jess Dee blog

Mari Carr blog

Rhian Cahill blog

Jambrea Jo Jones blog

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sherry ricardo
sherry ricardo
12 years ago

That poem is HILARIOUS!!!

And I believe I said, Unproofed work offends my delicate sensibilities. hee hee

And I can't remember using that questionable language. I'm getting the vapors just reading it. lmao


Viv Arend
Viv Arend
12 years ago

See- I need my editor to fix my oopsies.

And the language? I have a Canadian spellcheck. It must have changed your original words.


Karen H in NC
Karen H in NC
12 years ago

Hi Sherry,

Congratulations for being in the spotlight this week.

Love those Sherry-isms! Hope you don't mind if I steal one or two, do you? I think 'Total Yumminess' will replace my overused 'YUMM-O' from now on.

12 years ago

And I want to borrow "Unedited work offends my sensitivities…"

So true, so true. Thanks for all the great work you do Sherry! That way other sensitivities get their due ;-)

Enjoy the spotlight!

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