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Why Editors?

by Karin Graham Recently, the New York Times notified their editorial staff that they were going to lay off buy out half of them. So the editorial staff published an open letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. In it, they describe some of what we editors actually do. In fact, we feel more respected by our …

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The Author/Editor Dyad

by Caroline Hiley Everyone who creates a work of art, literary or otherwise, needs an editor. Why? Because creation involves different mentalities than craft; and rare is the artist who has the left brain/right brain balance to be creator and audience at the same time. All the arts employ someone whose job is to complement …

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Going into All the World with the Gospel

by Editor John David Kudrick, Copy Editor Part 1: The Spectrum of Readers for a Christian Novelist Before his ascension, Jesus Christ told his disciples: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15) and “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). To any serious follower of Christ, …

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Behind Closed Publishing House Doors: How Publication Decisions Are Made

by Rachel Stone Did you ever wonder how or why publishers publish what they do? As an industry insider—executive, manager, and editor for over 35 years—I can give you the lowdown. Actually, it’s what you think it is, and the answer is pretty simple: MONEY. These are some of the questions publishers ask themselves when …

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Simultaneous Submissions: What’s the Deal Here?

by Floyd Largent The modern writer is as much artisan as artist, creating entertainment and elucidation from little more than imagination, research, and electrons. But creation may be the easiest aspect of the writer’s life, especially among those who write short stories “on spec,” with no guarantee of publication. Next comes the harsh and often …

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The Power of BookScan

by David Alan  A few years ago, a writer asked me about the potential salability of his Kansas City Chiefs trivia book. I politely told him that publishers likely wouldn’t be interested, and that he’d have a much better chance selling a Green Bay Packers book. I knew this because the publishing company I worked for, …

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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Professional Beta Reader

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Book Editing Associates A beta reader, at the behest of an author, reviews and provides feedback on a work of fiction before it is submitted to agents or publishers. Beta readers, like “beta testers” in the software industry, look for inherent flaws in a product before it is released. Beta readers might be authors’ mothers, …

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How to Get Published

by Amy Bennet, Book Editor, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror I work with a number of writers at the beginning of their careers, maybe with their first novel, or the first novel they’re ready to shop around, and they often ask how they can get started with publishing. Many writers would like to get an agent and/or a …

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How to Scare Your Readers: Part I

by Hannah Earthman, editor Writing horror is interesting: you’re basically inviting strangers to listen as, for hours, you try to scare the hell out of them. And best case scenario, when you’re finished with them, they’ll anxiously await the next time they can pay for the privilege of being scared by you. Honestly, the whole …

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How to Structure Your Nonfiction Book

by Sarah Anderson, editor Structuring your nonfiction manuscript can sound scary, but really, it can be easy. It’s all a matter of finding the best way to think it through. A technique that works well for self-help books can be useful for any nonfiction. Self-help writers know their topics well, but they are usually not …

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Prolific Novelists on How It’s Done

by Caroline Hiley Writing one novel is hard enough. But how about 50, 100, even 500—all of them published, and with more to come? We asked six super-prolific writers for their secret and were unsurprised to learn that there is none. It’s all about work and passion. For each of these authors, writing is a calling …

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Can You Trust a Grammar and Style Checker?

by Jeff Karon The simple answer is no. The one used in Microsoft Word will catch the following error: “However I went to the store.” A comma should be inserted after “However.” But the same program will mark the same word as needing a comma in the following: “However I went to the store I …

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Short Story Submissions

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by Floyd Largent Fellow writer William Shunn provides the classic format for short story formatting here (ignore at your peril). Eventually, this will become such a habitual format that you won’t have to think about it, and any other will look odd to you. Well, suppose you’ve finished your epic story “Wrecker of Ten Million Galaxies,” it’s in the …

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From Dissertation to Peer-Reviewed Article

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by PS Rosenbaum The act of shaping a journal article from a successful doctoral dissertation will benefit from prior thought at several different levels: (a) selecting a journal, (b) understanding the requisite structure of the article, (c) anticipating the peer-review, and (d) achieving scholarly credibility in all aspects of form. This short paper has something …

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5 Reasons (Plus One Bonus Reason) Why Every First-time Author Should Self-publish

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by David A. Cathcart, editor What first-time author doesn’t dream of landing a lucrative book deal with a big publisher, complete with a six-figure advance, a book tour, media spots, the works? As lovely as this sounds, the sad reality is, these days such deals are about as rare as global warming skeptics at a …

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7 Mistakes Amateur Writers Make That Reveal to Agents They Are Not “Serious” Writers

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by Carly Cantor Agents are inundated with submissions. Technology has made it easy for people to write and then submit what they’ve written to agents (or directly to publishing houses), hopeful their work will be recognized as a gem. But there’s an enormous mismatch between the number of people who think they have a publishable …

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How to Scare Your Readers: Part II (Reaction Shots)

by Hannah Earthman, editor In Part I of this post, I reviewed how you can write an effective horror story by defining and building from a strong hero-villain relationship, along with how to best exercise the element of gore. In Part II, we’ll look at how the creepy to outright petrifying can be conveyed through …

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Recommended Books

Authors who partner with our editors write in all genres and styles. Below are a handful of titles our editors have worked on: reconsidering and rewriting, reimagining and restructuring, committed to the revision of these books until they were ready for publication. Madness Overrated by Esra Kus Edited by Sarah Anderson Published: January 2017, Createspace …

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Your Life Wisdom is My Passion

by Sarah Anderson, editor I specialize in editing books on Spirituality and New Age topics, many of which are memoir or autobiographies focused on the journey of spiritual growth and/or in which material was inspired by the voice of the “higher self.” Some of these are in a new genre often called “awakening,” in which the …

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Story Structure: Putting Our Pants On One Leg at a Time, Like Everybody Else

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by Kelly Lynne, editor What do stories have in common with a pair of pants? Structure! To be recognizable as a story, a narrative must obey a few conventions, but like pants, infinite variety can be layered upon that. The concept of story structure is anathema to some writers, a restriction to be balked at, but …

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The 3 Rules of Writing Novels

by Caroline Hiley, editor These are the primary facts of life about writing and publishing a novel: It’s your story, your voice, your work. Writing is a craft as well as an art. Once your book leaves your hands, it becomes a product. Remember these facts, and you will have little trouble in your journey …

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Make it Plain

by Karin Graham, editor No one wants to read anything that looks like the terms of use for the average computer software. Why do we insist on writing like that? For example, here is an excerpt of the Terms of Use for the Waze app.* All words in this entire blog entry that are in boldface …

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How Do You Edit a Manuscript You Dislike?

by Kelly Lynne, editor Sometimes the first look at an unpublished manuscript forms a negative opinion, especially if we editors only get to see a sample of 25 pages before deciding to work with an author. If our pocketbook gives us little choice about taking on a project, we are forced to look deeper into …

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What Novelists Can Learn from Singers

by Caroline Hiley, editor Like many Americans, I watch the popular TV show The Voice, and have done so since it debuted. Originally I tuned in because I enjoy talent competitions and music, and wished to be entertained; but soon, and to my surprise, I saw an underlayer to the show forming a model that …

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Another Thought on Writers Conferences

By Editor John David Kudrick In my most recent post, I touched on why authors should attend a writers conference, focusing on two main reasons: First, it’s a great place to pitch your book to an agent or editor. And, second, it’s a place to be around other people who take writing seriously, allowing you …

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Thoughts on Writers Conferences

By Editor John David Kudrick One question I encounter somewhat regularly from authors is: “Should I attend a writers conference?” Before I actually attended a writers conference myself, I would have likely responded with questions about what the author hoped to accomplish by attending, if it would be a financial burden for them, etc. Now, …

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Where to Start with Editing?

by Amy Bennet, editor As a writer, I get it. You’ve worked hard on your book. You just want to know if it’s good, and if there are things you can do to make it better. You have options when it comes to editing. Developmental editing, also called content editing or substantive editing, is a …

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Affordable Writers’ Conferences

Writing Conferences through 2017 by Editing-Writing.com Affordability is in the eye of the beholder, but these are less expensive than other conferences. April: North Carolina Writers Conference – 4/22 early registration ends 4/16 $150 scholarships: resume and letter of interest to ed@ncwriters.org by 4/7 Spring Big Apple 2017 – 4/22 $185, NYC Travel and Words – 4/23-25 Experienced track: $175, …

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