Two Editing Gems & Cover/Pre-Sale Update!!!


Hello, my lovelies!

This will be the shortest post I’ve written in a long time. I read somewhere that an ideal blog post length is around 500 words. Since I usually publish 2000+ words, I’m happy I won’t bog you down this week!

In next week’s post, there’s a chance I’ll be revealing the cover of my memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder and I’ll provide an Amazon link where it’ll be available for groovy pre-sales!!!!

I’ve scanned books on Amazon for years. (Don’t ask me how many books I’ve bought for my Kindle because it’s downright freakish.) It will be incredible and surreal to see my book on my Kindle Fire’s fingerprint-covered screen.

Aside from avoiding being a tasty nibble for our neighborhood mountain lion


I’ve continued editing every day.

I’ve killed more darlings! (I must admit every “murder” has felt good!)

I invested in two awesome, relatively inexpensive editing tools: Grammarly Premium, and  ProWriting Aid, which is relatively new and remarkable to boot.

I learned about ProWriting Aid at the awesome * Beyond Your Blog by Susan Maccarelli. I encourage you to read Susan’s review “How A Non-Human Leveled Up My Writing.” ProWriting Aid has been the most helpful to me, and has more features than Grammarly. You can try ProWriting Aid for free, and if you want to purchase it, you can do that too! With Susan’s discount code provided on her blog post, I received 20% off the cost. I paid less than $40 for a year’s subscription, which is the same amount of money I’ve been known to blow at the Italian-owned, dreamy Ben Lomond Baking Company down the road; they made me gain ten pounds – it’s all their fault.


Damn you, Ben Lomond Baking Company! I can’t quit you!

ProWriting Aid has been worth its weight in chocolate ganache cupcakes and gold.

That’s all the news that’s fit to blog. Phew!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for putting up with my being incommunicado during the home stretch to publication! And thanks, as always, for reading!



p.s. I can’t take all the credit for editing. My ghost writer Lucy has been working very hard too.


With her hedgehog baby


Stretching before returning to take over the laptop


After an intense editing session, Lucy took a dognap on Craig’s pillow – please don’t let him know, although in truth she’s the cleanest member of our family!

* Beyond Your Blog is “a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. Susan also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.” 



Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder with a foreword by Dr. Carol Henshaw (co-author of The Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatry) will be published by Post Hill Press in October 2017.

15 thoughts on “Two Editing Gems & Cover/Pre-Sale Update!!!

  1. It’s awesome that you read so many books, it must also help you be such an awesome writer and blogger. I’d love to preorder your book, but I want an autographed copy!

    • I adore you! Of course you’re getting an autographed copy, you SuperSoulSillyMommy! (I had too much Tazo chai this afternoon – the stuff is loaded with caffeine!) XOXOXOXOX

  2. Okay Dyane…if I but a copy of your book I would like it personally signed by you! 😉

  3. Hey, thanks for the tip on grammerly and Pro Writing Aid! Can be more specific on why you found the latter to be so useful with edits. Thanks!

    • Hey Becky, thanks for your comment! Because of my deadline I’m swamped and that’s why I didn’t go into details like I usually would.I suggest you read Susan’s blog about her experience with ProWriting Aid, and since you can try it for free, that will definitely give you an idea how it could help improve your writing. Good luck! 🙂 take care, Dyane

  4. Captain now, do I just sugarcoat and em stop at my excitement with the book? Yes, I’ll like an autograph copy but having a copy in my kindle too ain’t gonna kill it. But well, as your fairy GM, let me say how concerned I am by your patronizing that place and now laying the blame on them for the inconvenience on your body and mind you know will come. I know you are indulging to keep the editing pressure at bay, but could there be some alternative methods? Don’t find me tough to warrant an e spank please, but know it’s out of love for your holistic wellbeing. Once more, courage with the book… Wow the fall of 2017 is around the corner 🙂

  5. Just lovely to hear the editing’s not been as painful as walking past that bakery oh my GOSH those pastries look AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I’m sure I’d acquire my own extra poundage there, too. 😉 Hope Lucy doesn’t work you too hard on those darling-hunts! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    PS: watch your mailbox for a little pick-me-up from Wisconsin! 😉

  6. Wow! I find it so inspiring to read about your struggles and recovery– and the fact that your book is being published. I’ve been trying to get my memoir about bipolar disorder published (or find an agent) for almost a year now. I am getting used to the rejection but it is always hard. One thing I wanted to say about my bipolar is that it is extremely seasonal– and spring is coming– my worst time of year. But I am trying my best. Anyway, you go for it! It’s so encouraging to see your progress.

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