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Month: August 2015

Make Professional Editing Work For You

by Ali Williams “He left the theatre, contemplating his own intensity.” – line in a recent manuscript Last week I edited a sample chapter from a dystopian chick-lit manuscript. The author thought my advice was spot on and my open time slot fit her deadline. I quoted her 2.5 cents per word for a developmental …

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What Authors Expect from their Editors**

By Ana Howard   To begin with, personalized service.  We take into account the particular client’s needs and deliver an edit that is individualized with opportunity for ongoing communication until the work is done to the client’s satisfaction. Professionalism.  For an editor to work on our site, he or she must pass rigid tests and …

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Perspectives from Literary Agent, Sheree Bykofsky, in business for over 20 years in New York publishing.

by Beth Bruno Sheree Bykofsky is the founder and President of Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. As a literary agent since 1991, Sheree describes herself as a generalist with eclectic and sometimes eccentric tastes. She represents all areas of non-fiction and commercial and literary fiction. Recently, as a writer and book editor herself, Beth Bruno asked …

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Q&A with Author and Editor Stacey Donovan

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Author and editor Stacey Donovan‘s fearlessness and introspection in her YA novel Dive beautifully demonstrates the power of telling the untold story inside of you. In this Q&A with Stacey, she shares invaluable advice she’s gained throughout her decades-long career—how not to agonize over the small stuff, how to write objectively, and what she’s looking for …

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5 Reasons Queries Are Rejected

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Ana Howard Every writer experiences, or will experience, rejection.  Even if you’ve written a fine novel or piece of non-fiction and crafted a good query letter, some of the query letters you send to agents/publishers will be rejected or ignored.  Often the nagging question is: why?  Many things outside your control could be at play, …

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Rita Rosenkranz, Literary Agent par excellence

By Beth Bruno, freelance book editor Rita Rosenkranz, literary agent in New York City, represents almost exclusively adult non-fiction titles, including health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, memoir, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, sports and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. …

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Write from Your Passion

Don’t Get Caught in the Trap of Writing for the Market By Editor John David Kudrick I recently had the opportunity to speak by phone with the publisher/owner of an indie publisher that specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. During the course of our call, he mentioned something that got my mental gears …

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Self-Publishing and the Editor

by Marie Valentine, Developmental Editor So you have written a book. Congratulations! The era of the digital reader has leveled the playing field. No longer do publishing houses hold all the cards when it comes to putting a book on the virtual shelves. Today, you can craft, print, and promote your own book or ebook …

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