#BookTour: 32 Seconds, by Johanna K. Pitcairn @themanicheans

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32 Seconds Book CoverTo the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.

So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.

With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?

What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.

A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.

Available on Amazon


First and foremost, thanks for the opportunity to be featured on your blog. Every indie author needs all the support they can get, and I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and am receiving.

The importance of good editing

“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.” ― Don Roff

Some people have bad experiences with self-published books because most of these books are not properly edited. And because they are filled with horrible mistakes, readers who don’t like to take risks get the general impression that self-pubbed books are just low quality and therefore, not worth their time.

Let’s make an analogy. For those of you who love tattooing, and watch TV shows about tattoo artists, “the best in the nation”, who compete for $100,000 and the title of “Watch me get my fifteen minutes via your cablebox”, you will understand what I’m referring to. Tons of people claim they can tattoo because they own a machine, some ink and their friends let them do work on them for free, because they’re too cheap to try to get a decent piece at some reputable tattoo parlor instead of on their apprentice tattooist friend’s couch. “Yeah man, my friend drew this bunny rabbit who’s sucking on a carrot, ain’t that amazing?” No, dude. It isn’t. It’s lame. And you give bad reputation to guys who actually do a legit job out there and who don’t want to be on TV. What’s popular and hip isn’t exactly evidence of talent and quality. I don’t need to make another analogy to convince you of that simple fact.

Well, writing is like tattooing. And I’m frustrated when I hear over and over that self-pubbed books suck because they aren’t edited properly. I worked with a small publisher, and published a story that wasn’t edited either. Some work was done, but the overall mud run of frustration, and the slow and painful drowning in quicksand of self-doubt during the editing process didn’t happen at all. There was no plot review. No manuscript assessment. No questioning from the publisher whether my story made any darn sense. Copy editing was a joke, and proofreading okay, I guess. So here. No self-pubbed enterprise, and my story still looked like the botched bunny rabbit sucking on a carrot freshly tattooed by a wannabe tattoo artist who had no idea what the heck he was doing. This experience led me to 1) leave that publisher 2) forget I’ve ever published that story.

Editing makes or breaks a story. It’s a pretty simple concept to understand. There needs to be a manuscript assessment to make sure the plot is solid. Then and only then comes copy-editing, and proofreading. But once these three steps are completed, you still need a few beta readers, then you grab the hatchet and go at the story again in case some skeleton still awaits in a dark and isolated corner of your plot, and bam, one more round of reading/editing, and you should be done.

So before pressing the “publish” button, revise the work as much as possible. I don’t understand how people can let some real horror out there, thinking they published something amazing, when all they did is cast another veil of stinky poo over all the others writers who try their hardest to release well-edited works. That stuff pisses me off beyond belief. But like tattoo artists, you got the good and you got the bad.

Hiding behind a publishing house as a brand of quality is, pardon my French, bullcrap, my friends. Nowadays, everything needs to be proofed a million times, no matter how the work was published. Just think of that ugly bunny rabbit. Do you see it? Good. Because that’s the image I’m going to keep in mind every time I come across a book that hasn’t been edited. There’s no excuse. Edit your work!

About the Author
Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood–authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.”
Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.
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