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More Straight Talk from Editor Kristen Hamilton

Last week, we started this interview with Kristen, owner of Kristen Corrects, Inc. in Idaho. I asked Kristen if she had any especially disagreeable authors (other than me) and what she would do when an author argued with her about her suggested changes. KRISTEN: I’ve had authors disagree with edits I’ve made to avoid a …

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How Conferences Make you more Professional

Professionals attend conferences. One thing all conferences have in common is the availability of workshops so attendees can customize their experience. Writing workshops will help you improve your craft , making your writing more publishable. Conference workshops can also enlighten you on the use and availability of helpful tools of the trade. One of the …

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The Author and the Creative Writing Class

It’s rewarding to walk into a classroom and have a student say, “You’re the published author.” For someone whose dream is to write for the young adult audience, it’s especially thrilling. I would know. I do. And it happened to me. The next words from this thrilled student’s mouth? Care to guess? “What did you …

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Rewrite, Revise, Repeat…Is it Done Yet?

Good writing is rewriting. I’m not the originator of that wisdom. It seems like I might be a poster child for it, though. When did I finish this young adult fantasy novel again? Oh, right, before NaNoWriMo last year. It was ready for a little polish and then off to the beta readers. Or so …

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Newbie Author Seeks Publishing Contract

In the world of authorial experience, I’m still a newbie. One published short story, an independently published novella and a contract for another short story: those are my publishing credits. As for writing, though, I’ve had a long and arduous journey. And I’ve written close to a half-million words since doing this “writing thing” full-time. …

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That manuscript still isn’t perfect yet? – Part Three of my Manuscript Critique

You might be sick of reading about my numerous critique experiences. I know I’m tired of rewriting the manuscript. Remember I mentioned rewriting the first pages of this manuscript. That rewrite was for a class given by Kristen Lamb. If you don’t follow her blog, I suggest you follow this link and sign up. If …

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Be Careful what you wish for: Manuscript Critique Part Two

Last week, I talked about my meeting with author Alex Hughes at the Willamette Writer’s Conference. It left me crushed and questioning my calling to the young adult fantasy genre. This wasn’t the first, last, or only critique of my manuscript. I’ve mentioned my wonderful beta readers before. They gave me something similar to a …

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Don’t ask for a critique unless you want your writing shredded

Writer’s need to develop rhino skin, it’s true. If you want to improve your writing, you will need other writers to critique it. Early and often, you should subject yourself to (constructive) criticism from writers you admire. “Be careful what you wish for” Recently, I paid to have a published author of urban fantasy critique …

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Writer’s Conference Reflections

A puff of chocolaty goodness wafts by me when I open the door into the conference area. My mouth waters. Stillness underlies the hum of excited voices. This is my first writing conference. Professionals attend conferences to network and build skills in their area of expertise. I may be pre-published, but I am a professional …

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