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Road Trip: TCHS Reunion 2015

J Logo smI haven’t been able to attend my high school reunion since 1985, so I’m heading up north to South Dakota. I’m sure I’ll need name tags and photo I.D.’s in order to know who I’m talking to. Considering that it’s been 46 years since I graduated, I’m just hoping to see happy, healthy classmates and a whole slew of home town friends and neighbors.
Just in case my memory fails—which is a strong likelihood—I’ve been flipping through my high school annuals. Here’s a few laughs for you.

Homecoming 1969:  Proud and thrilled to represent our senior class.

Homecoming 1969:
Proud and thrilled to represent our senior class.

Fall 1969, and probably the last time I ever had really short hair. [Those were borrowed cheer uniforms as ours weren't in yet.]

Fall 1969, and probably the last time I ever had really short hair. [Those were borrowed cheer uniforms as ours weren’t in yet.]

Yeah, I created my share of trouble/fun. The 1968 annual staff photographer asked me to pose. What would you have done? LOL!

Yeah, I created my share of trouble/fun. The 1968 annual staff photographer asked me to pose. What would you have done? LOL!

Junior Class Play - 1968 Some of the most fabulous students in our class, and boy did we have fun. [[pay no attention to the noted scene stealers, Prissy Pet Jan and Alley Cat Dave.]]

Junior Class Play – 1968
Some of the most fabulous students in our class, and boy did we have fun. [[pay no attention to the noted scene stealers, Prissy Pet Jan and Alley Cat Dave.]]

High School humor: vintage 1968. Not sure where I got this, but found it in my junior class annual. Love the spelling, too.

High School humor: vintage 1968. Not sure where I got this, but found it in my junior class annual. Love the spelling, too.

Ye Olde Editor’s Hat

An editor's dream: a Jewel of a manuscript in the submission pile.

An editor’s dream: a jewel of a manuscript among the submissions.

Hello! It’s the “other” me, Janet Clementz, chatting with you today. As an editor, my job is to make an author’s already fabulously written manuscript shine like a gemstone. My goal is to give readers the payoff they’re looking for, to fulfill their expectation of a great reading experience. That’s it, in a nutshell, but there’s a whole lot more that comprises my editor life. For now, let’s concentrate on where it all starts: the submissions that find their way into my Inbox.

The word is out. I’m receiving submissions quite regularly now. My auto-reply to first time queries says to allow at least two weeks for a personal response. So far, I’ve beaten that every time with a short “I’ve got it, thank you!” type of response within a day or two of receipt. Yes, I know what it feels like to be on the other end of the waiting game.

When I read a submission, I’m mining for buried treasure. I’m looking for that gem of a manuscript I can’t quit reading, the story that captures my heart, and with characters who become living-breathing people in my head.

I’m thrilled to have recently acquired novel-length manuscripts, from two very talented authors, and I’m looking forward to when their books will be released sometime next year. When I find a manuscript I can’t walk away from, it’s like finding a diamond. Hence, the loose jewels picture, above-left.

I want to acquire great stories, so I’m not looking for errors and mistakes–unless there are so many that it’s obvious the author isn’t taking my time as seriously as his/her own. Sadly, I’ve received a few of those. What breaks my heart is having to send a rejection letter to an author whose manuscript I desperately wanted to love. A great story just isn’t good enough. I don’t have time to re-write their sentences so the words on the page make sense and mean what the author intended. That’s not editing, it’s re-writing. These are the manuscripts that are not yet ready for submission to an industry professional.

I work on just one project at a time, but have other editing responsibilities too, so every day brings something new. My current Romance wish list includes Historical (any era, any location, up through 1960’s), American Westerns, Time Travel, light Paranormal, and Suspense. Give me powerful stories packed with emotion, and with characters who, regardless of genre or era, leap off the page and into my senses. In other words, BRING IT!

Check out the Soul Mate Publishing website at THIS address. Then, click the Editors tab and scroll down to my name to read my editor’s bio, or click Janet Clementz.

Send a query letter with the first three chapters (up to 50 pages) to me at Janet@SoulMatePublishing.com.

Questions, comments? Feel free to contact me directly. I’d love to chat with you!

“The Lalalas” and Barbara Vey!

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Back row, L-R: Kristal Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, Mary Behre, Amanda Sumner, Melanie Pikor, Valerie Bowman, Jaye Garland, Jodi Vaughn, Alison Atwater, and Maura Troy. Sitting, L-R: Virginia Lee Boylan, Wendy LaCapra (behind VLB), Arlene Hittle, Ashlyn Macnamara, Beppie Harrison, Kathleen Bittner Roth, and KC Klein (behind KBR).

Back row, L-R: Kristal Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, Mary Behre, Amanda Sumner, Melanie Pikor, Valerie Bowman, Jaye Garland, Jodi Vaughn, Alison Atwater, and Maura Troy. Sitting, L-R: Virginia Lee Boylan, Wendy LaCapra (behind VLB), Arlene Hittle, Ashlyn Macnamara, Beppie Harrison, Kathleen Bittner Roth, and KC Klein (behind KBR).

I got to meet the fabulous Barabara Vey on the last day of the RWA14 conference in San Antonio. Wonderful story of how my online critique group came into being. And, check out the drinks listed on the bar menu!

Here’s the recipe written by Nashville bartender, Johnny Kimball on a piece of tape pulled from his cash register: J’s Release.

Click HERE to go to Barbara Vey’s blog. Thanks Barbara, for highlighting The Lalalas!

 

 

HUGE Book Signing Event!

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Yup, my name’s on the list! I’ll be at RWA’s 2014 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. 

If you’re anywhere near the San Antonio area this coming week, I hope you stop by this annual event. It’s sponsored by Romance Writers of America, and I’ll be signing my debut novel, THE 25th HOUR. This is a mega book signing with hundreds of your favorite romance authors. I hope to see you there!

Follow this link for more details.  Here are the deets:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
3rd Floor Ballroom
101 Bowie St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Y’all come!

Hello again, world!

J Logo 75JUST moved my WordPress site over to my hosting site, so now my web address is back to my original domain name: http://jayegarland.com

Yeah, GoDaddy tech support is AWESOME!

WooHOO! I’m HAPPY DANCING!