Author Archives: Jen Matera



Jen Matera

in Articles, On Editing

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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10 Jan 2014
in Articles

Setting Goals for a New Year

Setting Goals for a New Year 2014 is nearly here, and with the new year comes a whole new set of goals. Weight loss goals. Exercise goals. Money management goals. Reading goals. And writing goals. Yeah, I said it. Writing goals. Did you make any last year? Will you this year? Chances are you probably have some idea of goals for 2014. Maybe you’re planning...

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31 Dec 2013
in Special

Twelve Days of Christmas: My Favorite Books of 2013

For my Twelve Days of Christmas, I decided to list my twelve favorite books of 2013. In no particular order, they are:   Favorite Young Adult book (even though I’m a grownup) – The Guardians by T.M. Franklin   ~oOo~ Favorite book that made me cry – Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson   ~oOo~ Favorite Short Story (NOT set in an elevator) –...

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27 Dec 2013
Guest Post: Time Management for Indies by Jen Greyson
in Guest Posts

Guest Post: Time Management for Indies by Jen Greyson

This week, I’m excited to bring our readers a guest post from author and blogger Jen Greyson. Time Management for Indies by Jen Greyson One of the things I learned with my first publishing contract was how well I write to deadlines. I’m a genius at leaving everything until the last 36 hours and then pulling college finals week-worthy all-nighters. Now that my deadlines are...

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18 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Genre

Mystery Fiction

Divas on Genre: Mystery Fiction   Contemporary mystery fiction is also known as crime fiction or detective fiction and has earned the moniker of “the whodunit.” It’s a relatively new genre, having developed over the last two hundred years in direct correlation with increased levels of organized police forces. Early mysteries, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (1841) and The...

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13 Dec 2013
in Recs

Divas Rec: Why Is My Book Not Selling?

The Divas Recommend ~oOo~ So, you’ve published your book, but it’s not selling the way you’d hoped or expected it to. Well why not? With that in mind, this week the divas recommend David Gaughran’s blog post: Why Is My Book Not Selling? ~oOo~

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12 Dec 2013
in On Writing

Divas on Writing: Break The Rules For Style

Break the Rules for Style Recently I had the pleasure of editing a high school senior’s college application essay. It’s been years since I’ve seen—or written—one of these, and I did a little research before making any changes to it. The last thing I wanted was to change anything that might affect his voice as a writer and the reaction his words would have on...

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02 Dec 2013
in Tips

Quick Tips: Hyphenation Primer

Hyphenation Primer The small-dog show featured some of my favorite breeds. Isn’t quite the same as: Our community center is hosting a small dog show for friends and neighbors. Hyphenation matters. When two—or more, but mostly two—words come together to form a compound, there can be confusion about the hyphenation of terms. Certain terms are always hyphenated, like the numbers twenty-one through ninety-nine. And some terms are...

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26 Nov 2013
Guest Post: Avoid Eyes That Crawl by Candace Johnson
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Guest Post: Avoid Eyes That Crawl by Candace Johnson

This week, I’m excited to bring you an article from guest blogger Candace Johnson of Change It Up Editing. Avoid Eyes That Crawl and Other Wandering Body Parts in Your Writing by Candace Johnson Her eyes crawled around the room. His eyes combed her face. Her eyes became demented. Those eyes, those eyes, those beautiful eyes! The windows to the soul and all that . ....

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20 Nov 2013
in On Genre, Special

Special Feature on Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Fiction isn’t just for young adults anymore. But to be honest, was it ever? An estimated fifty-five percent of all YA books are sold to readers over the age of eighteen. With the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (to name a few), more and...

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15 Nov 2013
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