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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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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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Waiting for News? Write on!

By the time you read this post, it will have been four weeks since I mailed out my queries for Doomsday Dragons. The first week after they were gone, I was still combing through the manuscript. I read it aloud. Strengthened the sentences with stronger verbs and more precise nouns and descriptors. Tried to polish …

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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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Road to Published – Polishing your Manuscript

Write. Rewrite. Edit. Revise. Edit. Polish. Repeat. Any writer worth reading after will tell you the creative process of writing is more often about the concerted effort of perfecting previously written words. To that end, I have a library of books on the subject. I follow blogs of respected authors who address pitfalls. If you’re …

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Road to Self-Published – Finding your Perfect Editor – Part 2

This is the second part to a serial post describing my search for a freelance editor. Read part 1 here if you missed it last week. The first half of the post talked about how I started my search for an editor and the overload of information I needed to sift through before I could …

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Road to Self-Published – Finding your Perfect Editor – Part 1

This blog is meant to attract readers for my published works. You know, people who like young adult fantasy or Biblical fictionalizations, or maybe even a little romance. Yet, here I am discussing my journey to being self-published. Self-publishing still sounds like a dirty word to some people. However, in the past two years, Amazon …

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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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