Hello! It’s a pleasure to have you here.

Hello, and welcome to my little corner of the wowiweb (I am far too lazy to type world wide web, and besides, it’s fun to say wo-wi-web in my head. :) ).  Right off the bat, you can see I have an offbeat sense of humor. I hope no matter your own humor, you will stick around!

On this site you will find my blog, information about my books and me, along with other people and things I find worthwhile.

My first book, The Beauty Thiefis available for pre-order on Kindle. It is the first title in my series called The Chronicles of the Twelve Realms. It’s genre is YA fantasy fiction. My hope is that you’ll not only be curious but that you’ll read and enjoy each story I write.

BT for funBetween January and April of 2014, I wrote the original manuscript for The Beauty Thief. I then self-edited several times before enlisting the help of a few smart women I know to clean up the grammar and give valuable feedback on the story.

I sent the manuscript to my independent editor, Susan Hughes, in mid-November. She worked through it with great diligence and returned it to me at the beginning of January, 2015. It was ready for final editing. This book has been combed over and smoothed out. I have taken great care in making sure The Beauty Thief is not only a sweet tale, but that it also looks and feels professional from the cover, to the formatting, to the writing itself.

The entire writing-a-fiction-novel process has been a huge leap into the dark for me. And trust me, I’m not one to leap without looking. Just ask my husband. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but for most things I deliberate a great deal. Once I take a leap, though, I dive in and give my best. You could say, I’m only in if I’m all in.

IMG_20150112_224025I’ve learned countless new things about the art of writing fiction, blogging, social media, new computer programs, publishing, e-publishing, cover design, and even myself. For instance, I knew I had a tendency to be highly focused when working on a project (especially artistic), but writing and editing my writing have made it abundantly clear that I’m on a subway, in a tunnel, every time I’m in the writing zone. I cannot get off just anywhere.

Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section of my blog or by email.

You can always contact me by email: writingraci@gmail.com

And I’m available on Twitter @RachaelRitchey and Facebook WritingRaci, too.

In the mean time, enjoy a perusal of my variety show called a blog!

8 thoughts on “Hello! It’s a pleasure to have you here.

    • I downloaded Scrivener, and it has made formatting for epub a lot easier, but it didn’t quite do everything I need for formatting to paperback. I’m learning to appreciate all the little-used functionality of Word. I have also spent a ton of time in Corel PaintShop, which I enjoy. Scrivener is helpful with some basic formatting. I’ve heard of another one for ebooks I’m curious about called PressBooks (it’s by WordPress!). For paperback, I’ve also heard of, but not experienced, a program called Book Design Wizard. I’m tempted to purchase that one because the templates for Createspace are not as user-friendly as one would like! :)

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      • Thanks for the tips! My experience has so far been with Word (because I already have it and it’s cheaper) but my next book is going to be more complicated with artwork inside it. I hear Indesign is the best, but it’s a bit pricey. The Book Design Wizard sounds interesting though. If you try it out, let me know how you like it :)

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          • All I know is what people have either told me or written in articles. I have a friend who is taking a college course this semester to learn about it, which is cool. Hopefully I can gather more insight from her!
            Indesign let’s you easily and beautifully create your own ebooks and design interiors for paperback. Especially useful if you have a lot of images or artwork in your book. But the program takes time to learn, it’s not something you can do quickly. The only downside seems to be: time is needed to learn and the program is expensive.

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