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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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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)

*Please note this post refers to the Twitter character count limit of 140 characters used 2017 and prior. The limit has since increased, so future #10Queries Tweets will likely be longer. Yay!  I am a participating editor for a contest called #RevPit. It’s an annual contest for writers that happens once a year, in April. […]

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