Christmas Memories~

Christmas Memories~

23 December 2018

 

Hello everyone,

 

What are your favorite Christmas memories spent with your grandparents? Did you used to bake cookies / other desserts with Grandma or Grandpa? Or do you simply remember being surrounded by them on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, relinquishing the cherished memories of simply being together.

 

This holiday season will be the first Christmas without my grandmother, a wonderful lady who taught me so many things in my thirty years of life. She taught me how to work hard for what you’re most passionate about, never give up, and never stop trying. She taught me that one doesn’t have to have good looks to be successful in life; among other things. Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed baking with her. Saturday afternoons growing up, I’d go next door to my grandmother’s house where she had fresh baked cookies cooling on the counter, and always offered to make me some tea. She had a ton of different kinds of tea, so she always gave me my list of options of teas I could choose from. She’d always recommend one, too, and together we’d sit together at the kitchen table, and she’d look over the day’s newspaper or magazine and ask me what I was up to these days, even if she’d only seen me a few days before. My grandma always had her dark hair, no matter how old she was, short and permed perfectly. Her bifocal glasses sat at the edge of her long nose. Her hands were spotted with age, but ones that reminded me of comfort, love, and patience as she taught me how to sew images on dish towels and kneel at the foot of the bed at night before saying my prayers.

 

I’m thinking about my grandma a lot this holiday season, such as how, every year, she created little drops of fudge and divinity for her grandchildren to enjoy. My sisters and I, my parents, and as many cousins as could come, celebrated Christmas Day afternoon opening gifts that my grandmother had given to all of her grandchildren. You could tell, simply by the joy on her face, that she adored seeing the looks on her grandchildren’s faces as they opened their gifts, while being quite humble about her own gifts. My grandma put her whole heart into the spirit of Christmas, and aside from God, family meant the most to her. I so wish I could hear her laugh again, her pleasant voice, and the comfort one can have simply by being in their grandmother’s presence. I plan to one day tell my future children about her and the woman who meant so much to me. I loved her very much.

 

This holiday season, make sure you’re humble within the spirit of Christmas, that you’re more excited to give rather than receive gifts. Cherish the sweet home holiday traditions you share with your families, and study them fondly so that one day, they’ll be rigidly clear in your mind as you think upon what once was. Bake lots of Christmas cookies and candies, even if you end up having to throw some. Buy different kinds of wrapping paper. Find lots of cute little knicknacks and streams to hang around your house, aside from a simple Christmas tree. If, in your head, you’re finding excuses to not go to a certain relative’s house or to visit this person or that person – don’t think on the negative. Because Christmas is about the positive, and sharing the season of giving and sharing with those we love most.

 

Happy Holidays, everyone πŸ™‚

 

JMK~

 

 

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Editing Services

Are you looking for a professional to write and edit something of yours? A poem, short story or manuscript or any other documents? Are you on the verge of sending something into a publisher and need another’s eye about what you have written? You’ve come to the right place! I will edit and proofread your documents while providing free feedback and criticism to you at a single cost.

Why Me?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis on Writing. I also fourteen years of my own experience, including college, to professionally give you a good writing and editing approach.

How does it work?
You contact me via email or social media with your attached document you would like edited. If it is a short story or manuscript, I will provide free constructive criticism in comments throughout the work. Constructive criticism is nothing personal against you or your work, but something critics give on a regular basis. It is not mean feedback, but honest, creative, and direct feedback. I will give you honest and creative approach that will be most beneficial to you and your work. Examples of things I’d comment on is research done for something in the story, or POV aspects.

What do you look for when editing?
Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, POV within paragraphs, and that the paragraphs are indented correctly. When editing, I will also determine what readers would like about certain parts.

What is the cost?
Manuscripts; books of poetry or short stories – $50
Individual poems or other documents- $20

How do I pay?
Through PayPal, find my account under name Jenna Kinzler (brown hair with black sweater and scarf), and send to this account. Otherwise, I can give you my address and you can send a check.
How long will it take? (Depending upon project):
Manuscripts- 2-3 weeks
Other – 3-5 days

Exceptions
I will not accept material about or eluding to the erotic or sexual nature which includes bestiality, rape, incest, or alternative lifestyles. Also, please only submit works that carries as little profanity as possible. If you have any questions about these, since there may be exceptions, please contact me. It is better to ask questions than to miss out on an incredible opportunity for your work to be edited professionally.

Need more info?
Please contact me via one of my social media pages seen here, or by my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com.

Thank you! I look forward to working with you all! I promise you it’ll be a rewarding and exciting experience for both of us!

Now Offering Editing Services

Now Offering Editing Services

Attention, attention! Attention all writers! 

Hello everyone! I will now be offering editing services for those who need it. It will be beneficial for writers, because not only will they receive the same constructive criticism that publishing house editors would give, you’ll also meet a new friend: me. Not only am I willing to work with you on a business sense, but I am here for you to offer writers advice like how to overcome writers block, publishing info, etc, all for free. The only cost is if you’d like something of yours edited.

Please see below for details that are also on the “Editing Services” page above!

Are you looking for a professional to write and edit something of yours? A poem, short story or manuscript or any other documents? Are you on the verge of sending something into a publisher and need another’s eye about what you have written? You’ve come to the right place! I will edit and proofread your documents while providing free feedback and criticism to you at a single cost. 

Why Me? 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis on Writing. I also fourteen years of my own experience, including college, to professionally give you a good writing and editing approach. 

How does it work? 
You contact me via email or social media with your attached document you would like edited. If it is a short story or manuscript, I will provide free constructive criticism in comments throughout the work. Criticism is nothing personal against you or your work, but something critics give on a regular basis. I will give you honest and creative feedback that will be most beneficial to you and your work. Examples of things I’d comment on is research done for something in the story, or POV aspects.
I will edit the following for free before you decide to accept my work: the first chapter for manuscripts, the first paragraph for poetry and one page works, or the first page for anything else. 
What do you look for when editing?

Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, the same POV within paragraphs, and that the paragraphs are indented correctly. 

What is the cost?

Manuscripts, book of poetry or short stories – $50
Individual poetry, short stories- $20
Other documents – $20

How long will it take?
Manuscripts- 2-3 weeks
Other – 3-5 days 

Exceptions
I will not accept material of the erotic or sexual nature.

Need more info?
Please contact me via one of my social media pages (seen in the About /Contact Jenna tab above) or by my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com.  
The most beneficial way you can help me in this process is to share this information with others. Share it on your social media pages, and if you know of someone looking to edit anything of any kind, please tell them about the services I offer! 

Thank you! I look forward to working with you all! I promise you it’ll be a rewarding and exciting experience for both of us! 

How to Write a Good Query Letter

Hello everyone,

For all of you writers out there, I have some great writing advice that I highly recommend for when you are ready to publish your writing work. πŸ™‚ First, you want to make sure that your writing work (novel, novella, book of short stories or poems) is complete and is edited and proofread as much as you possibly can get it. Make sure to follow the submission guidelines on their website as completely as you possibly can as well. Their requirements on their website is there not as an option, but a requirement, remember. πŸ™‚

So here is the sample for writing a query letter:

{Editor / Agent Name}

{Title}

{Company}

{Address}

{City, State, Zip}

{Dear Mr. Bobson}: (or if you do not know the name of the editor or agent, put the name of the publishing company here)

I am currently seeking representation for {name of novel in Italics},Β my complete, {amount of words in document, like 60,000}Β word {genre of book; do not put whether it is a novel or a novella; that is obvious by the amount of words there is in the manuscript.} {Now is the chance to personalize your query. Use something like this, but keep it concise and polite: “Per your bio on your company website, I admire that you used to consult on book-to-film adaptations. Watching a story transform from your imagination to the big screen is quite exhilarating. I hope you will be interested in adding me to your list of authors”}

{Here is where you will write a two-paragraph pitch of your story idea. Do not give away anything of your story, but at the same time, make sure it is eye-catching and appealingas you can possibly can. Make sure the first sentence, or the “hook,” is the best sentence you can possibly make it. Otherwise, the rest of these two paragraphs is basically your entire writing work condensed. Do not give away the ending. Just include these main things: major characters, the problem they are facing, and what they must do to overcome these problems. Also, write in what will happen if they do not overcome these problems.}

{This paragraph includes your writing credentials, a two-sentence bio and “this is my first novel.” If you don’t have a degree that relates to your writing career or publishing history, it is totally fine, but it’s better to not mention it.}

{Closing} Here is a good example. Make sure your ending is polite and concise as well: Thank you for taking the time to consider representing my work. I look forward to hearing from you. Per your submission guidelines, I have attached the first thirty pages of my manuscript below. Upon your request, I would be more than happy to send you the full manuscript. Please note that this is a simultaneous submission.

Sincerely,

{Your Name}

{Your Address}

{City, State, Zip}

{Your Phone Number}

{Your Email}

{Your Website Address}

Hope this helps πŸ™‚ Let me know if you have any questions, and I would be most happy to answer! πŸ™‚

Have a good week, everyone πŸ™‚

JMK~ πŸ™‚