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Use Dialogue to Show Not Tell

by Kelly Lynne Romance Novel Editor | Book Editing Associates “I am talking to you,” he said. Then he continued, “Now I’m talking some more.” She replied, “I am responding to what you said.” “We’re the only two people present in this scene,” he communicated. “Maybe the readers will get confused about who is speaking,” she …

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Serious About Writing? Then You’d Betta’ Get A Beta Reader

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By David A. Cathcart You’ve just completed your first novel. You’re convinced it’s the next great American classic, your Catcher in the Rye, the book that is so big and important you’ll never have to write another, content to spend the rest of your days as an eccentric recluse instead. Better yet, you’re certain that …

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Using Your Senses to Write Well

How to incorporate the five senses into your writing  by Marie Valentine, Editor See, taste, touch, smell, hear. I wrote these words on a sticky note and put it on my writing desk until I absorbed them. The five senses are how we perceive the world, and through them writers translate experience to a reader. Without the senses, …

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Should You Consider a Manuscript Critique?

by Floyd Largent Content Editor | Books | Short Stories If you’ve recently completed a book-length manuscript, it’s best to run it past another pair of eyes before you send it out into the world. As the author, you may be too close to the project to see its potential flaws, from minor continuity errors …

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How Do Authors Find Time to Write?

by Editor John David Kudrick I enjoy working with authors no matter how they approach the task of writing, whether it’s with bubbly joy and passion or steely grit and determination—or, more typically, a combination of both. In any case, these authors have done something that many other wishful writers have only talked and/or daydreamed …

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NYC-Publisher Editing for the Self-Published Writer

by Hannah Earthman, editor Thanks to the ability to sell your book on Amazon’s virtual bookshelves, you can—with a professionally designed cover, viable reviews, and a crafty name for your indie publishing outfit—make your work appear the equal of titles from Random House and HarperCollins. With services such as Kindle Unlimited bringing self-published works increasingly …

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Keepin’ It Real with Dialogue

by Editor John David Kudrick It will probably come as no surprise that editors enjoy the written word, which means that most of us wordsmiths not only work with words as a profession, but we also have our noses in books each day for the pure joy of reading. To wit, just the other night, …

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Editing for Sport: Q&A with John Ethier, Author

John Ethier’s new novel, a basketball thriller titled The Little Red Boat, was edited by Marie Valentine of Book Editing Associates. Here, she gets more information on his process.   Tell us about your book. The Little Red Boat is the story of two friends, Jamie and Angel, who come from a small town in northern …

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How to Write a Paper in APA Format: Avoiding the Most Common Errors

by David Henderson The American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, which is the standard formatting and citation system for the social sciences (not just psychology), can seem as long, intricate, and daunting as the U.S. tax code. Indeed, it takes some time and effort to master it (which is why hiring an editor for assistance is …

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Why Should You Do a Mixed Methods Research Project?

by Rick Oaks I teach a variety of research courses to my doctoral students: a qualitative course that emphasizes interviewing, a statistics course that emphasizes SPSS, and a mixed methods course that emphasizes how to complete your dissertation before you are ready to retire. For some time now I have been advising my students to …

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How to Approach an Editorial Letter

by Andrea Robb As fun and rewarding as the writing process can be, there’s no denying that it’s hard work. Reaching the last word of a manuscript often feels akin to finishing a marathon . . . only unlike running a race, completing the first draft of a manuscript is often just the beginning. In …

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How Long Does It Take To Write A Dissertation?

by Rick Oaks Many doctoral students are surprised at how long it takes to write a dissertation. There is a good reason for this: most doctoral programs tell their incoming students that they can write a dissertation in a year. In my experience, this is not true. I have been working with graduate students for …

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What Agents and Editors Look for in a First Chapter

by Andrea Robb It’s a truth universally acknowledged that as much as an agent or editor might wish otherwise, they will never be able to read each and every page of the projects they have in on submission. They have to eat, pay attention to pesky children and spouses, and occasionally even read other books …

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I’ve Sent Queries. Now What?

by Ana Howard, editor You’ve received professional editing help and have revised your manuscript until it shines. You’ve carefully crafted your query letter and sent it to agents you’ve researched. Now what? Many authors I’ve worked with ask what to do while waiting to hear back from agents. The obvious first answer is to work on your …

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