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If not an Author Maybe I’ll be a Freelance Writer

If you read my last post, you probably didn’t expect to see another bit of writing from me. After all, I claimed the dream to write was dead. What’s this about being a freelance writer then? Here’s the thing, even people with dead dreams need to eat. Okay, the truth is I don’t need to …

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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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Why I’m Not Finished Writing This Yet

It’s that time of month when I’ve scheduled this blog to be a showcase for what I’m working on. Well, what I SHOULD be working on is NOT what I actually am working on. And I didn’t hear much about last month’s share…from the same manuscript. Did anyone even read it? Does anyone see these …

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A Different Way of Pitching

One of the biggest reasons to attend a writing conference is to pitch your writing projects to prospective agents, editors or publishers. Pitching face-to-face makes even the most experienced author feel queasy. Check out my posts on crafting a winning pitch and my actual pitching experiences. One thing that I liked about OCW Conference was …

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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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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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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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Why Every (Newbie) Author Needs an Editor

I’m a newbie novice when it comes to writing novels. Not an ounce of shame taints this admission. If I send sub-par work into the world of readers because I don’t see the need for an editor, that’s when I’ll be ashamed. In the past fifteen months, I have completed five first drafts. This amounts …

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