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20 Things I Learned After Reading 150,000 Words in Opening Pages

20 Things I Learned After Reading 150,000 Words in Opening Pages Recently on the blog we discussed 15 things I learned after reading 100 query letters during the RevPit contest. You can read the article here. During that submission period for the RevPit contest, I not only read 100 query letters, but I also read […]

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5 Reasons You Need an In-Depth Critique

5 Reasons You Need an In-Depth Critique Criticism is something many of us shy away from. Who wants to hear what they are doing wrong? Praise is where it’s at! Right? Maybe not. Criticism, in the most constructive way, makes us stronger—makes our writing, our voice, and our stories stronger. Before I give you five […]

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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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Great Premise that Falls Short: Settle Down Now Book Review

Settle Down Now by Leenna Naidoo About the book: Billionaire Charmaine Donnet’s search for Mr Right has gone public in the most humiliating way. Her dating coach, and trusted friend Joss, has decided to turn introvert Charmaine’s quest into a hit reality TV show. Charmaine finds herself interviewing potential Mr Rights live on air, and […]

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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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