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Why You Should Work with an Editor Before Pitching an Agent

Sending your manuscript out to agents and editors for possible representation and publication is exciting, but mostly terrifying. You hope that your query will make a good enough impression and that an agent will be intrigued and request the full manuscript! How do you guarantee yourself the best chance of hooking — and then landing […]

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4 Things You Can Expect When Working With A Developmental Editor

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. For this article, we will discuss developmental editing as it applies to fiction (memoirs also fall under this umbrella). After you’ve completed multiple revisions on your novel, worked with […]

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Writing Romance: Why Perfect Men Make Boring Heroes

Recently I was reading a promising romance novel, and then, in the midst of chapter six, I found myself placing the book face down on my kitchen table in frustration. The hero was absolutely perfect. And I was bored out of my mind. A perfect man—that sounds amazing, right? That’s what we want in a romance […]

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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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5 Key Ingredients All Young Adult Novels Must Have

The young adult market is unyielding in popularity, at least for the foreseeable future, but this also means it’s a flooded market with content published daily. So the big question right now is how can an author stand out from the crowd? The answer is writing a seriously great YA novel. That may seem like […]

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