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Articles / On Writing
20 Jan 2014

The Newly Evolved Version of the Mary Sue

Today, we are going to talk about the evolving nature of the much beloved loathed character staple, the Mary Sue. So what is a Mary Sue exactly? There are several definitions of a Mary Sue and even several versions of a Mary Sue. She’s a character of many faces. A Mary Sue can be anything from an idealized and innocent yet sexy version a female (sometimes...

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Articles / On Editing
17 Jan 2014

Manuscript Assessment

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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15 Jan 2014

Contract Blindness

They want you! They really want you, an unrepresented indie author. And that’s great. But the question is do you want them, too? There is nothing more thrilling than finding out that a publisher wants to sign your book. You’ve waited on tenterhooks for countless days for that call back—the request for your full manuscript. And then it comes. Bring on the happy dance, seriously....

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14 Jan 2014

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Quick Tips: Don’t Beat Yourself Up The quick tip today is going to be very quick—a sort of pep talk—and straight to the point: Don’t beat yourself up. Just stop it. You’re better than this. Whether you’re experiencing stress while writing, editing, or marketing your book don’t let the process control you. Take a step back and keep your goals in perspective. Writing This is...

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Articles / On Writing
13 Jan 2014

Keep it Simple, Silly

Keep it Simple, Silly!   KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly. That’s a cleaned-up version of a mantra most of us have heard time and time again. Keep it simple. And I’d never call anyone… well, you know. So silly works better for me. I find I use the word simplify rather often in my notes to authors, and it struck me that this could be...

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Articles / On Editing
10 Jan 2014

Copy Editing

It’s probably crazy that I’m excited to write about copy editing, but there you have it. I am a total editing geek, and I will mentally edit Facebook posts—my own as well as others’—tweets, blogs articles, books I’m reading… you get the point. I take my editing very personally, and I put everything I have into each manuscript I work on. I have been known to...

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Articles / On Editing
07 Jan 2014

5 Things You Should Ask Your Potential Editor

In today’s quick tip, we are discussing five questions that you should ask any editor you are considering hiring and the reasons why you should ask these questions. #1 What style manual and dictionary do you use? If your potential editor cannot tell you what style guide and dictionary they use, go elsewhere. The standard style guide for publishing and business is the Chicago Manual...

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Articles / On Writing
05 Jan 2014

Creative Roadblocks

Creative Roadblocks: What keeps you from writing? As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t...

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Articles / On Editing / Special
03 Jan 2014

What to Expect When Editing: Before the Edit

So you want to have your book edited. Sounds simple, right? You just find someone and they edit it. Well, it actually involves a bit more than this. Regardless of whether you go with an editing service or a freelance editor, there are certain steps that are common. The Divas decided that we wanted to write a series of articles that would give some guidelines for...

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Articles / Diva Chat / Special
01 Jan 2014

Diva Chat: Divas Most Anticipated Books of 2014

Divas Most Anticipated Books of 2014   In the spirit of the last Diva Chat, I challenged the divas to give me their personal picks for the book they are most anticipating for 2014. This was a tough choice for most of us because there are so many good books to look forward to in 2014. Plus, we all read several different book series and...

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