editing

Three Reasons Indie Publishing’s Not for Me and What It Taught Me

Back in January, I admitted this would be a year of “building” for my brand, but I had no idea how much being an indie author would tax my creative soul.  The reality of “indie publishing” measures up differently than the perception. At least for me. Isn’t that true of many things? Christmas is the …

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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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My New Gig and a What the Heck? Moment

I have a new gig. The funniest part: that’s the ACTUAL name of it. If you’re looking for someone to write your evil synopsis or proofread your story before you submit it, check me out on Fiverr. I have affordable rates. Really. If you have a 100,000-word novel, I would proofread it for $550. That’s …

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Professional in Need of Feedback

I’m a professional author. That means I write a story and send it off to my publisher. Right? Wrong. In most cases, most professional authors write a manuscript and return to it to rewrite, revise (not the same as rewriting), edit (not the same as revising) and polish (a cat of an entirely different color) …

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7 Must-Ask Questions to Find Your Perfect Book Editor – Part II

 I hope you haven’t been holding your breath for a week waiting for the second part of Kristen’s post on finding the perfect editor for your book. Waiting with bated breath is good. Holding your breath for a week? Not so much. Now here’s Kristen with the rest of the questions that will help you …

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7 Must-Ask Questions to Find Your Perfect Book Editor – Part I

Today’s post is written by my friend, a book editor, Kristen Hamilton.  She’s going to enlighten us on how to find a perfect editor for our book. Here’s Kristen… Imagine this: You’ve finished writing and self-editing your manuscript and are ready to hire an editor. You type in manuscript editor on Google and are overwhelmed …

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The Three Stages of Editing – And why you shouldn’t try them all at once

When it rains, it pours. Manuscripts in need of editing, that is. Each in a different stage of editing: developmental, line and copy edits, oh my. It’s a three-layer parfait. Of doom. The work in progress novel must be ready for submission by the beginning of May. And it’s rough. It’s missing crucial elements. It …

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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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