Cover Reveal! DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

Hey howdy hey! It’s cover reveal time, people! Today I’m featuring Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead, and let me tell you – this upcoming book from REUTS Publications is going to

BLOW

YOUR

MINDS.

I’m assisting with the line edits and had the great opportunity to read Deceptive Cadence and its sequel. I spent an entire weekend reading them because I couldn’t put them down. The story is absolutely beautiful.

But that’s not why you’re here! You want to see the cover! (And you HAVE to see this cover. HAVE TO.)

Cover of Deceptive Cadence

(〜^∇^)〜 *SO AMAZING*

About Deceptive Cadence:

Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?

Add Deceptive Cadence to goodreads.

About Katie Hamstead:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Blog Tour: GOLDEN by Melinda Michaels

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Howdy, people! This blog post is chock full of goodies, so let’s get started, shall we?

You remember the story of Goldilocks, yes? A little girl gets lost in the woods and finds a cottage in which to take shelter. She eventually trashes the place and passes out. Then the homeowners, who are bears (because bears are awesome), come home and after surveying the damage, find the curly-haired home invader and drive her off. We all know that story.

Melinda Michaels’ GOLDEN is nothing like that story. In New Hope, Michigan, there are larger mysteries than, “Who ate my porridge?” and “Who’s been sleeping in my bed?” This is what I latched on to when I first saw GOLDEN in its developmental phase. The fact that Hanna was descended from someone who lived “once upon a time” was incidental to me. How it affected her life (past and present), and those around her—especially fellow once-upon-a-timers William and Owen—was what I wanted to know. And, if Hanna is descended from the Goldilocks of legend, where are the counterparts from her story?

It’s my hope that lovers of magical realism and fairy tales will be as taken with GOLDEN as I am. The problem I find myself facing now is knowing there are two more books planned in this series, and I ever so much want to know more about the GOLDEN universe. I’ll just have to be satisfied knowing that the first book is out there, and hopefully the rest will be coming soon.

About Golden:

Golden book cover

*flails wildly at the prettiness! FLAIL WITH ME!*

High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

7 Questions with Melinda Michaels

The author, Melinda Michaels

Melinda Michaels

Michelle H: Without getting too spoiler­y, what are the origins of the Golden universe?

Melinda Michaels: In the Golden universe, there are people who are magically touched, for lack of a better term. They are descendants of the people who inspired fairytales and when those tales were first written down, magic to some extent did exist because people believe in it and I think when we believe in something we give it power. So these descendants are somewhat leftovers of an extinct magic, but because they are relatives, they have a few ounces of magic in them, which makes their stories repeat themselves every few generations.

MH: Who is your favorite Golden character to write and why?

MM: It would have to be Owen. He’s a pretty complex guy who isn’t secure with himself, which is difficult since his lineage sort of dictates him to be a certain way and he fights it. He can’t help being good, but he can be a jerk.

MH: What are your preferred/least preferred parts of the writing process?

MM: I like researching things a lot. Histories, names, people… It’s the historian in me. I sort of dislike the character analysis. I love when it’s finished, but when it’s blank and staring at me, waiting, I clean the house, do bills and run errands. Really anything to avoid starting them.

MH: What’s your typical (or even atypical) writing day like?

MM: I rarely write during the day. I’m a night owl, so I usually wait until six or seven, read through what I’ve written so far and then start. I make way too many cups of tea and if I’m really struck with the writing bug, I’ll going into the laundry room, turn on the machines and write hunched over my laptop for hours until either three in the morning or later depending on if I’m on a roll or not.

MH: What’s your next project?

MM: The sequel, Roses, is finished so I’m currently working on Glass, the third books in the Golden series.

MH: What books are you currently reading?

MM: I’m almost finished with Inferno by Dan Brown and I’m loving it.

MH: If you could live in any book universe, what would that be?

MM: I would live on the other side of Wall in Stardust. I’m not sure why, but I would feel really comfortable there.

MH: Bonus question! It’s super random: if you could magically acquire any accent, what would it be?

MM: I would probably go for a Spanish accent. I already have a vague, mid­-Atlantic accent and can do a British accent pretty well. I’m a bit of an Anglophile, but a Spanish accent, I think that would be pretty fun.

GOLDEN Book Trailer and Giveaway

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Cover Reveal! Golden by Melinda Michaels

Hey howdy hey, all you happy people! Today is the day! Today, March 3rd, 2015, is the big cover reveal of REUTS Publications’ latest YA novel – Golden, by Melinda Michaels.

Now, this book holds a special place in my heart, as I had the privilege of working with Melinda to get it ready for publication. She is an exceptional author, and I hope we all get to see further adventures in the modern fairy tale world she’s created.

But enough jabbering from me (after all – we haven’t even gotten to the good part yet!), behold the cover in three…

two…

one…

Golden book cover

*flails wildly at the prettiness! FLAIL WITH ME!*

Isn’t it just right?

Check out more about Golden:

High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it…

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

Everyone, I’d like you to meet Melinda Michaels:

The author, Melinda MichaelsMelinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture.

Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat.

Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series. Find more now on facebook, twitter, or her website.

Stay tuned, everyone – a book review will be coming soon!

In Which I Blog about Past Learnings

Poor, poor neglected blog. I haven’t tended to it since Halloween and I can see the dust bunnies frolicking all over it. Shoo! There is writing to be done!

When last we met on October 31, I was in the middle of my first official editing project. I started this blog with the intention of scrawling out editing tips and things I’ve learned. Now, I’m still pretty green at this whole editing thing – editing one book does not a professional make – and there is plenty for this padawan editor to learn.

You may be familiar with structural edits and line edits. These concepts were completely foreign to me. Before this last project, if you handed me a manuscript, I would’ve read it (a few times, to let it marinate in me noggin for a wee bit), then circled back to Chapter One and just edit anything and everything – this is spelled incorrectly, why is the character acting like this when…*scrolls ahead*…5 chapters later they do this? – and I would do this until I reached the words ‘The End.’

For the love of all the literary gods, DO NOT DO THIS TO YOURSELF, EVER. This makes for a painstaking editing process. I did this originally because it was the only process I knew. At the day job, I typically work with content that averages about 400-500 words or less. Just plow through it, right? The process should translate well for a project that’s 75,000+ words long, right? Right??

Oh my heavens, no.

Enter the blessed structural edit phase. Sure, you may open the manuscript and see a grievous misspelling on page one. It calls out to you. Taunts you. “Fix me, if you dare!” But steel yourself, friends…ignore its siren call for correction. You’ll deal with it and all its ilk later during the line editing phase.

When you’re at the structural edit phase, you need to go big before you go small. You’re looking at the story, from beginning to end, and quality testing it. You ask things like:

  • How’s the pacing? Is it rushing? Dragging?
  • How are the characters? Are they acting out of character?
  • How is the plot? Does it logically make sense?
  • How are the characters talking? Do the conversations make sense?
  • How’s the POV? Are we switching heads at all?

If anything strikes you as a red flag, now’s the time to address it. Maybe there’s a scene missing that you didn’t consider before. Maybe you don’t even need a scene any more. Just focus on the big picture of your story first before you start messing with the nitty-gritty details.

Once you’ve addressed all the red flags, break out the fine-toothed comb, because it’s line editing time. Now you can correct that page one misspelling – the one that’s been mocking you for days (that dick). But there are other things to look for:

  • Does your dialogue sound okay?
  • Are you overusing words or phrases?
  • Do you favor super long sentences (that start to get distracting)?
  • Is your voice consistent throughout the manuscript?

Line editing is the phase where you really pay attention to what you’ve written. If you have the time after the structural editing phase, take a break before you get into the line edits. It’ll help give you a new perspective on your project if you look at it with fresh eyes.

Also, bring chocolate (or equivalent noms). It’s not safe to edit without it.

Release Day Blitz – Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After‏‎

Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After‏‏‏‎ cover art from REUTS Publications

Once upon a time, there was a book launch for Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After…

When it comes to fairy tales, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night. Things so morbid and grotesque, so sinister and diabolical, they haunt your imagination; warnings from generations past that still manage to terrify.

In 2013, authors came together for the annual Project REUTSway writing competition, penning their own interpretive twists on stories we’re all familiar with. Seventeen were chosen, bringing twenty-five new versions to life. From The Brothers Grimm, to Hans Christian Andersen and beyond, these tales are not the ones you grew up with. They are, however, Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After. Dare to find out what happens when “once upon a time” ends in the stuff of nightmares?

An exclusive hardcover will be available from REUTS Publications in the coming weeks, but you can devour these stories now for Kindle and Nook!

This NaNoWriMo season, REUTS Publication is inviting you join us in creating the next talented collection. So brush up on your histories, legends, and cultural lore, because we’ll be looking for the most original, fantastic versions of tales that have braved the centuries. The globe-trotting of world mythology will make weekly theme stops to visit Egyptian, Celtic, and even more rich lore from other areas of the world. This all starts November 1st, so make sure to grab your pens and ready those typing muscles for the twists that will be revealed on the Project REUTSway on twitter, or on their website.

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Book Review: The Keepers

The Keepers Blog Tour

There’s something nice about being in the dark about a book. I’m the type of reader where if I’ve found a book I like, I will reread it over and over; if there’s a series, I’ll read it until the series ends, and then reread it (or not – you treated me wrong, Maze Runner series, you done treated me wrong). But there’s nothing quite like picking up a book for the first time, with little to no prior knowledge about it.

When I signed up for this book review, I didn’t research the book prior to my receiving the advanced reader copy. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it. I certainly didn’t expect the religious undertones that captured my attention, or how the world as we know it (the one where God created the heavens and the earth) would somehow also include a realm that could easily be Faerie’s and Narnia’s love child.

In the prologue, when the first death by magical creature occurs, I would have pegged The Keepers as an other-worldly fantasy. But then, as time went on, Angels started to show up. Then demons. Then the retelling of the Adam and Eve biblical story. It was suddenly grounded into a mythology I was familiar with. Anoosha Lalani built a very intriguing world, one that I wish we were able to spend more time in.

At times, I found myself distracted by the two Keepers, who serve as the book’s narrators. We get to see trials and troubles through their eyes, and Lalani makes sure that when one narrator stops, the other picks up on or around the same time to keep the story moving. Sometimes, they don’t seem that reliable, and I’d feel as if I missed something or they neglected to tell us something important. Other times, I’d come away with the feeling they made important decisions, which I would’ve loved to see, off-screen, and they’d bring us back into the thick of things afterwards. (Please bear in mind that I received an ARC, these may no longer exist in the published version.)

All in all, The Keepers was a fun book to read. Lalani created a world that we could easily visit again, and given the epilogue, we know the story isn’t completely over – we may well be seeing more from her soon.

About The Keepers

Cover of The Keepers

Sixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother’s mind, she’s left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace–an amulet barely worth keeping.

Or so she thinks.

Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she’s seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn’t so useless after all. Transported to Zarcane–the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born–Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She’s a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she’s not the only one; there’s a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn’t been revealed.

Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family’s legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:

Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?

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About the Author

The Keepers author Anoosha Lalani

The Keepers author Anoosha Lalani

Anoosha Lalani has always had an insatiable desire to escape reality. It was a childhood trait that never seemed to fade out. If Anoosha were to make one wish, it would be to have wings to journey off the face of this planet and into the worlds of her stories.

When she’s not writing, you may find Anoosha attending high school in Singapore. Having moved around so much, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to a vibrant range of cultures, which often seem to find their way into her stories. Anoosha was born in Pakistan, the setting of her most recent novel, The Keepers.

Connect with Anoosha on her website and twitter.

Cover Reveal! Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After

I have some fantabulous news – it’s the cover reveal for REUTS Publications’ short story anthology! Read on, happy readers!

It’s Cover Reveal Time!

When it comes to fairy tales, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night. Things so morbid and grotesque, so sinister and diabolical, they haunt your imagination; warnings from generations past that still manage to terrify.

In 2013, authors came together for the annual Project REUTSway writing competition, penning their own interpretive twists on stories we’re all familiar with. Seventeen were chosen, bringing twenty-five new versions to life. From The Brothers Grimm, to Hans Christian Andersen and beyond, these tales are not the ones you grew up with. They are, however, Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After. Dare to find out what happens when “once upon a time” ends in the stuff of nightmares?

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Behold the prettiness! BEHOLD IT!

 

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More About Project REUTSway

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The 2013 organization was Reading Tree/Discover Books, a “green” charity which promotes literacy in the US by keeping books out of landfills, funding library sustainability, providing books to low-income families, and more.

For the 2014 season, we’re giving you the chance to decide where proceeds will go! The new year also brings with it a new theme. So brush up on your histories, legends, and cultural lore, because we’ll be looking for the most original, fantastic versions of tales that have braved the centuries.

Learn More About Project REUTSway.

Blog Tour: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred blog tour

First of all, the book The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant shall henceforth, for the remainder of this post, be referred to as FRED.

Secondly, don’t let the title fool you. Fred is a quiet, unassuming guy, and since it’s his story, he can look back with gray-tinted glasses all he likes. However, author Drew Hayes has crafted such a delightful nerd lark, I don’t want anyone to assume this book is going to be dull.

Fred is fairly new to the vampire game. His sire pulled a bit of a dine and dash, never bothering to take the poor accountant under his wing. So, much like a pre-teen learning about the birds and the bees, Fred relies on pop culture and movies to help along his vampiric education, and except for the sunlight aversion and sudden switch to a mostly liquid diet, life seems like business as usual.

This changes when he meets up with his old friend, Krystal, at their high school reunion. A pack of werewolves attack the school and Fred discovers that Krystal also has a secret: she’s a badass monster hunter for the Feds. And she thinks Fred is cute. Bonus for getting the girl and not getting staked!

Each episode (or uninteresting tale) introduces you to a new character and, as it happens, a new side of Fred. While you get to meet the rest of the characters, you see how Fred adapts and incorporates them into his life. Some awesome people to look out for:

  • Albert, who becomes Fred’s live-in assistant (kind of an undead Pollyanna)
  • Bubba, a werepony (seriously, just read the book because werepony)
  • Gideon, who is feared by everybody and comes in the package of a creepy little child (he’s my favorite character, despite what little screen time he gets)
  • Amy, whose alchemical skills border that of a mad scientist

The format of the book is different from others I’ve encountered. There’s a major episode, which gets broken down into separate chapters until the episode is over. Sometimes Fred stops to remind you how the previous episode left off. It’s not bad, but if you’re reading multiple chapters in one sitting, it can just make you go, “But I know that, now get to the funny!” On the other hand, if you’re a sporadic reader, it’s handy, like the first page summary of a Marvel comic book.

I quite enjoyed FRED on its own, but what really sells the book for me is that there’s more coming. This is an origin story for Fred and his friends, setting the stage for more books to come. Thankfully, this has been semi-confirmed on Twitter (unless Hayes is trying to deceive us).

A tweet from Drew Hayes regarding Fred book 2

So I’m personally looking forward to what’s coming next, as we just got a glimpse into Fred’s afterlife. Let’s see what happens when Fred’s supernatural world continues to open up.

Order your copy of FRED today: REUTS Publications ~ GoodReads ~ Amazon

About the Author

Drew Hayes, author

Drew Hayes – probably not a vampire accountant

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

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FRED Release Day Blitz and Giveaway!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s FINALLY here!

Happy Book Birthday to the latest book from REUTS Publications, The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes.

The book cover for The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

Look at the shiny!

The Giveaway!

In honor of such a momentous occasion, REUTS is having a special e-book giveaway! Take a mo and submit an entry for your chance to win:

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
  • The Rose Master by Valentina Cano
  • Flux by Ellie Carstens

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About the Book

Not sure what FRED is about? Check back next week on August 5 for my book review of FRED. In the meantime, here’s a blurb of epic blurbage!

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

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About the Author

Drew Hayes, author

Drew Hayes – probably not a vampire accountant

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

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My Friend: Track Changes

When I first started working as a writing intern in college, my knowledge of Microsoft Word was pretty much ‘word processor’ and ‘an improvement from WordPerfect’. (Sorry, WordPerfect – you were on my parents’ computer too long for my taste.) Still, if I wanted to edit something, I’d print out the copy I needed, pull out my handy dandy red pen and limited knowledge of proofreader’s marks and go to town.

Then, my boss showed me Track Changes. And life was never the same.

Track Changes allows you to edit a word document in a non-destructive way. All your words are still there, and you can choose to keep or reject whatever edits were made to the document. And, for the nostalgic, it still has that look like your middle school literature teacher slashed it to pieces with the Red Pen of Doom.

Here’s a little primer on Track Changes. First, get yourself a word doc to edit:

A word document.

Nice to meet you. I’m a word doc.

Then, open up the Review tab, located between Mailings and View.

review pane

The Review Pane in Microsoft Word.

If you haven’t opened up this tab before, it looks a lot of new buttons to take in, but it’s not that bad. Just focus in on the Track Changes icon toward the middle of the pane, and click on it to turn it on.

track changes icon

Track Changes is on and ready for editing, Captain.

And now, you can edit your document. You can get REALLY crazy with it too.

edited text

It’s getting all Christmas-y up in this word doc, yo.

If you remove text, it will (usually) color it red (it can vary between how many people could be editing the doc) and strike it through. New inserted text will be given the same color and underlined. If you decide to move a line of text, it will give it a separate color from your other changes, double-strike it through, and double underline the text in its new location.

Accept and Reject icons

You pick the red button, and all of this goes away. You pick the blue button, and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…

Once your word doc is all marked up, you can go through and Accept or Reject the edits that were made to it (though I recommend saving it out to a new file before you do this – having backups is mucho important – just in case you want to reference changes later.) Choose, but choose wisely.

So, first blog post officially complete! I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. I’ll be back with more funness soon!