What is the price of perfection? When you pay for professional editing, shouldn’t you be assured that your book will be error-free? Accuracy rates for professional editors today are quite high. Yet language and the art of writing don’t lend… Read More ›
Whether you write general fiction or genre fiction, when it’s time to review that completed first draft and look for loop-holes in the substantive/content portion of your manuscript, WORLD BUILDING should not be taken for granted. Now, it’s true that… Read More ›
You might be surprised to learn that “seasoned” writers will still, on occasion, get this highly vague editing note: Add More Depth. This might refer to a character, a setting, a scene, and yes—even backstory (when appropriate). The following 6… Read More ›
After writing and rewriting several drafts, you’re finally ready to submit your book to agents, publishers, or send it to an interior formatter for self-publishing… But then you notice/remember that the ideal length of a manuscript in your genre is… Read More ›
I just came across this wonderful little infographic that really hits home on an important point – honing your scenes to make sure A) they’re necessary and B) they’re doing all you need them to 🙂 Happy Editing!
One of the biggest things to remember when you’re writing fiction is to keep your paragraphs relatively short. Why? When someone opens a print book they don’t want to see a long line of unbroken text covering most of… Read More ›
“Her eyes darted left and right.” “His fingertips fell to the table.” “Their arms dropped.” You might not see it (heaven knows I miss it in my own work more than I care to admit) but the body parts in… Read More ›
The team at Book Marketing Tools was kind enough to invite me to do a guest article this week. Here’s a sneak peek! Regardless of whether you’re an author planning on working with a publishing house or are doing it… Read More ›