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Month: December 2016

Writing Against the Clock

by Alice Day, editor One of the delightful attributes of books and publishing is that they’re anachronistic.  Where emails and texts speed up our life, reading and writing slow it down. As you’re well aware, writing takes a long time, revising takes even longer, and having your work published can often feel like the word “slow” …

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Making Fiction Feel Real

by Caroline Hiley, editor In fiction, story trumps all—which explains why so many weakly written novels get published and even win awards. This creates a dilemma for editors. Who needs us if readers don’t demand excellence in writing? If story is all that truly matters, why should authors bother paying us professional wages, or hiring …

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Writing a Prologue for your Book

Does your fiction novel even need a prologue? By Theodora Bryant Developmental copy editor / Manuscript evaluations-critiques Book Editing Associates; Editing-Writing.com Definition of prologue: Pro: Before. (Greek) Logos: Word. Before the word. Research indicates agents don’t like prologues and neither do readers; in fact, readers are reporting that they skip prologues because they don’t want …

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How to Write When You Don’t Have Time

by C. Hiley Book Editor, Book Editing Associates Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com Everyone in my writers group is self-employed: an editor, a financial advisor, a designer, a photographer. We all have full and demanding lives, rich with family and friends and endless obligations. What we don’t have is time to write. Yet we pine to write and suffer …

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Five Ways to Thicken Your Writer Skin (Plus Benefits)

by Marie Valentine, editor Sometimes we don’t want to put our writing out into the world because we fear rejection. To be a successful writer, you are going to experience some of this mental pain. But if you want to keep your promise to yourself to be a writer, you will need to thicken your …

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Storytelling for Nonfiction Writers

by Hannah Earthman Fiction and Nonfiction Book Editor People love their stories—a phenomenon that writers may understand and count on to a greater extent than the average Joe. But are you, as a nonfiction writer, giving your reader enough story? Typically the art of spinning a good yarn is deemed the domain of fiction writers, …

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Be Your Own First Manuscript Evaluator

By Theodora O’Brien Developmental copy editor / Manuscript evaluations-critiques It’s true you can’t edit your own work, but you can be the first to evaluate your manuscript to find out if all the working parts are there. If you’re like most writers, you’ve studied a dozen or more experts on what should and shouldn’t be …

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How to Meet Deadlines

by Amy Bennet Book Editing Associates Feeling pressed for time is common, both for writers and for editors. Over 16 years in the publishing industry I’ve learned a few things about meeting deadlines, and I’ll share them here. First, be willing to narrow your focus. This can take practice but is the first step to …

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