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This fledgling party, founded on the principles of Catholic social teaching but appealing to all people of good will, provides a way to cast a vote without compromising on matters of conscience. Join us, and help us build a better, more humane America.
We need a politics that can speak authentically in the language of love, protect all human beings from conception to natural death, enliven our sense of a shared past and a shared future rooted in a common good, and build bridges and not just walls. This is what the American Solidarity Party seeks to do.
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Just in case you get cold feet about being an indie -- here's your alternative.
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That's about right. LOL.
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Hey, all you indie Catholic authors -- my new editing service, Mitey Editing, is just for you. Earlier this week I completed my first Mitey Editing job for C. Deanna Verhoff -- Days of Darkness will be out soon, look for it! So I am officially in business. If you would like more information, stop by the website, http://miteyediting.com. All I have on the site right now is a contact form, but I hope to have the full site ready for the public within a couple of weeks. If you need an editor, let me know -- all my fees are negotiable.

If you have questions about editing (or self-editing), let me know. I'm planning blog articles, which will all be designed to help writers be better self-editors.
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I signed up for your newsletter. What kind of editing do you do?
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David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital was one of the first books I ever read about self-publishing -- and now it's free! If you're a DIY indie author, or still on the fence about how to publish your next book, you should grab this and read it. His follow-up book, Let's Get Visible, covers marketing for the indie author. It's full of good stuff.
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Picked up a copy. I will read it before Summer is out. if I like it, I will purchase "Let's Get Visible."

Thanks for the heads-up!
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Hey, everyone, I'm working on my idea for offering professional-grade editing at cut-rate prices, just for indie Catholic authors. I've decided to call it Mitey Editing. In addition to editing service, I'm going to include a blog that will teach self-editing techniques, as well as informing writers about the benefits of editing, etc. (This covers both non-fiction and fiction.) Right now, I'm starting to plan a series of blog posts, and I'm looking for ideas.

So here's my question for you all: what are your biggest self-editing/revision challenges? If you could get free, expert editorial advice at any point in your writing process, what kind of advice would you most benefit from or want? 
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+Michael Morow, one of the things I think makes a good writer is the ability to be one's own editor, in the sense of getting to know one's own writing foibles and learning how to get around them. Having an intelligent and attentive early reader can certainly be a big help. I've tried a few other tricks myself -- such as making a word cloud of a chapter. Eeek! Body parts - hands! eyebrows! arms! all in BIG letters. Yeah, I got the point.
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Read about Dave Palmer's new book, St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone. And come to the next meeting of the DFW Catholic Writers Group this Tuesday, June 14.
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Friends, I need a little creative help in choosing a domain name/naming an editorial service. My plan is to offer professional editing to indie Catholic writers who cannot really afford professional editing at a price they actually can afford. This is intended to be an act of charity, in the sense of brotherly love as well as almsgiving. (It will not be completely free -- they will need to pay something). So I don't want to call it Charity Editing because that can be misunderstood on a number of levels.

Anyway, my first impulse was to call it Right Hand Editing (the right hand of charity), but I discovered that someone already has a business called Right Hand Editing, and owns the URL I wanted to purchase. Rather than purchase a similar URL and run the risk of being mistaken for this other editor (and vice versa), I think it might be better to come up with another name altogether. So I'm open to suggestions. Anyone have any?

BTW, I'll have more information to share about the nature & purpose of this business/ministry in a few days. So if you are interested, let me know. (Send me an email at lanicholas [at] gmail [dot] com to make sure I register your interest.)
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+C.D. Verhoff you can email me at miteyediting [at] gmail [dot]com.
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Joel Friedlander's book cover templates are on sale 25% off until midnight Monday. These work in MS Word and come with a bunch of fonts + tech support.
New Template: Create Your Book Covers in Microsoft Word introduces a way for authors to create their own book covers in MS Word
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The latest in my blog series in which I compare accounts of the Great Flood in ancient literature. Coming up next: Noah in the Bible!
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This is a good article on using Bookbub to promote your fiction that doesn't necessarily fit into the fast-selling genres. Actually, there's nothing here that wouldn't apply to nonfiction as well.
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Read about Dave Palmer's new book, St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone. And come to the next meeting of the DFW Catholic Writers Group this Tuesday, June 14.
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These are all great suggestions. My favorite thing is to take a long walk along the shore of the lake where I live, looking to see what has changed since my last walk. I always see something -- a wild flower that hadn't been blooming before, an insect on a leaf (I take my camera with me and snap pictures, which I later share on Facebook), or just a bird trying to catch its dinner. I walk slowly (no power walking!), and stop frequently to look at the world around me. When I get back home, I always feel happier, more at peace, and often with a new idea for a creative project.
Ho hum, some days just don’t feel all that inspirational. You’ve tried the usual things – taking it to God in prayer, coffee, maybe a bite of something tasty – but you’re still feeling off. What’s a body to do when she just c...
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You paint a lovely picture. Thanks for sharing your solution - I feel better already!
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Education
  • University of Dallas
    Ph.D./Literature, M.A./English
  • Rockford College
    B. A., magna cum laude, English & Spanish
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Other names
L. A. Nicholas, Kit Pascoe
Story
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I read, write, think, and teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex
Introduction
After years in academics and non-profits, I am now dedicating my time to writing, and helping other writers succeed. I'm currently working on a Catholic science fiction novel (the first of a series) and have a best-selling book on the household use of diatomaceous earth on Amazon.com, as well as maintaining several blogs.

My Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas helped me indulge my love of literature, languages, philosophy, and history, all of which I've had an opportunity to teach at one time or another (currently under the auspices of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization).

For many years, I have sung with the parish choir of St Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington, TX, and I have accumulated many years' experience volunteering in charitable outreach to the poor, in adult literacy, at the Arlington Night Shelter, and working with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Evansville, IN, visiting the needy and serving meals at the community soup kitchen.

After years of experience in community service, graphic design, scholarship, and teaching, I've finally returned to my childhood love, writing. I've finally figured out that you really can "have it all," just not all at the same time! Life is good.
Bragging rights
I've published a small book on the household uses of diatomaceous earth (Naturally Healthy Living With Diatomaceous Earth), which is selling well on Amazon.Right now, I'm working on a soft-science scifi novel with Catholic themes: _Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars_. I'm available for all kinds of writing projects, but I prefer long-copy informational writing over copy-writing.
Work
Occupation
I'm a freelance writer and teacher.
Skills
Writing, teaching, editing
Employment
  • My computer
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - present
    Currently working on a science fiction novel, but available for all kinds of writing jobs!
  • Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization
    Tutor, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Dallas
    Adjunct Asst Professor, 2011
  • The University of Southern Indiana
    Instructor, English & Humanities, 2004 - 2009
  • Texas Society of CPAs
    Graphic Designer, 1988 - 1996
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Currently
Garland, TX
Previously
Arlington, TX - Fort Worth, TX - Newburgh, IN - Rockford, IL - Iowa City, IA - Madrid, Spain - Shreveport, LA - Alexandria, LA