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What is a book coach?

What is a book coach?

So it's like, mental coaching? What even is a book coach?  This term isn't necessarily new, by any means, but it has been popping up more and more these days, and no, not just by me. Let me know if this is what you pictured:   An industry professional. A cheerleader....

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Download Your Free Query Letter Template

Download Your Free Query Letter Template

Query letters: what are they and do I need one to become an author? To determine the answer, here are the questions you need to ask yourself first: Do I want to traditionally publish my book? Do I want a literary agent? Do I want to know how to pitch my book so I am...

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How to Tackle Your Writing Confidence Issues

How to Tackle Your Writing Confidence Issues

Let's tackle those confidence issues, writer. As I listen to the struggles of the writing community, one thing I see come up time and time again is writers stating they lack confidence. They’ll ask, “How can I be more confident in my work?” Is this you as well? I...

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Is a Copyeditor a Developmental Editor?

Is a Copyeditor a Developmental Editor?

I recently received a question from a writer that made me realize now would be a good time to introduce or re-introduce myself—more specifically, what I do—to my audience: What's the difference between a developmental editor and other editors? It's only...

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When You Should Read Book Reviews

When You Should Read Book Reviews

It seems there are two major camps on the topic of reading reviews from readers. One camp believes reviews are for the readers and all the feedback the author needs is that received during edits and beta-reads. The other side believes that an author can grow in their...

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Craft Book Review: Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker

Craft Book Review: Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker

Book Review of Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker ★★★★★ Anyone who has worked with me through developmental editing has at some point heard me recommend this book. It’s my ultimate go-to craft book. It’s short, easy to apply and understand, and focuses on the heart...

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How to Make Writers’ Conferences Work for You

How to Make Writers’ Conferences Work for You

Conference season is upon us! Okay, yes, it’s pretty much a year-round thing, but because my favorite conference is coming up (RWA), I’m feeling the conference vibes and want to share some thoughts with you. There are hundreds of conferences, day-long events,...

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15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters

15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters

A few weeks ago was the submission review period for the annual RevPit contest. During this review period, each editor has one week to review submissions from authors in order to make their final pick to work on one manuscript for the next five weeks. The contest...

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Practical Tips for Rewriting your Novel: Free Workshop

Practical Tips for Rewriting your Novel: Free Workshop

Practical Tips for Rewriting your Novel: Free Workshop Finishing even a single draft of a book is a huge accomplishment. But now you must see your manuscript through multiple revisions and drafts. No one writes the perfect book in one shot. You must open yourself up...

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