An Introduction

Hi! I’m AE McKenna, but you can call me AE. Or McKenna. Or Miss Lady Ma’am, but don’t call me Shirley.

Okay, let’s try this again.

Hi, I’m AE McKenna, and I write fantasy. A couple things you already know about me are my loves for kayaking and German industrial metal. What you don’t know is I hate cilantro. Someone passed a nasty gene down to me that makes the free salsa and chips at my favorite Mexican place taste like soap. First, I was in denial. Surely if I ate cilantro enough, I’ll like it. That’s what happened with fish. Then I promised to drink less if I could experience what other people liked so much about cilantro—I’ve heard great reviews. I became bummed. It ruined my salsa, my falafel, even my Cuban sandwiches. How dare cilantro taste like soap to me and something awesome to someone else?! That’s where I’m at right now. I’m angry. I hope eventually I’ll accept that cilantro will never be delicious to me, but at least I can stew in my pitcher of margaritas.

Enough about me. You’re probably here because you’re interested in one of my editorial services or my upcoming book release. I don’t have a firm date for the book release, so let’s talk about my services.

Critiques.

Already that comes off as intimidating, but I swear I’m gentle. I help writers tighten their settings, expand on their character’s emotions, and evolve realistic dialogue. I also help writers delve deeper into motivations, and give advice on how to make your character’s lives harder because we all love drama. (It’s why we read, right?) I check paragraphs and chapters for flow and pacing. I’ll let you know if I’m confused and why. Lastly, I will inform you if my attention wanders.

I want to talk about the last two points just a little more. Reader confusion and boredom are extremely serious. As a reader, if I become confused, I’m pulled out of the story, I’m reading sentences or pages over again to try to understand, and I’m frustrated. I might set the book aside. If I become bored, I’ll skim, and eventually set the book aside. No one wants that, and I certainly don’t want that to happen to you.

If you’re interested in a critique, contact me for a free sample of your first chapter or 3K words.

Proofreading!

Your book is edited and you have a release date. I will read your book as a reader, but I will check you for continuity, other things like missing quotation, hidden characters (You don’t want a paragraph break in the middle of your dialogue!), and homonyms and homophones. You have no idea how many published books I’ve read that had taunt written when an archer is pulling their bowstring taut. Scandalous!

Contact me before it’s too late.

Now that I have this introduction post out of the way, I can focus on other things like cats, puns, and video games, but that’s for another date.

Take care!

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