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What is Developmental Editing? Does Your Story Need it?

Developmental editing may be an unfamiliar term to some writers and authors. This is, in the most basic of definitions, is editing that enhances your story. Have you ever read a book and felt the plot was all over the place, or the characters were inconsistent? Maybe the climax wasn’t strong enough or the story […]

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How To Be An Editor’s Favorite Client

As an author, your relationship with your editor, your book cover designer, your agent, and your publishing house are all extremely important to your success. I believe in good and bad energy—what you put out, you get back in return. Day to day, I work my tail off to be my clients’ favorite editor. If […]

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How An Editor Sees It (#10queries)

*This post was updated in August 2017. I am a participating editor for a contest called #RevPit. It’s an annual contest for writers that happens once a year, in April. To learn more and see the schedule of events, visit: http://www.reviseresub.com/  This event matches authors with editors with the goal of completing detailed edits to have […]

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Best Craft Books on Writing

The debate on whether craft books on writing are necessary or not has gone on, and will continue to go on, forever. I believe that first and foremost you learn best by doing—the more you write, the more you’ll learn. As Jayne Ann Krentz & Susan Elizabeth Phillips (bestselling authors) replied when asked (at RWA), “What […]

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What To Do After Writing The First Draft of Your Novel

Your fingers hurt. Your eyes burn. You haven’t had anything to drink except coffee for the past few days, weeks, year. You are pretty sure you haven’t slept a full night without dreaming about characters and plot lines. You are certain you will never type again. Because you finally finished writing the first draft of […]

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