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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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Taking Feedback: What to Do with Your Edit Letter

Guest post by Jeff Seymour It’s here, and by God, you wish it wasn’t. It’s like Christmas morning, if what Santa dropped off was a point-by-point list of everything you’d done last year that he liked and disliked, with special emphasis on the things you weren’t sure were good or bad but decided to take […]

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