Author Archives: Jen Matera



Jen Matera

in Articles, On Writing

Your Editor, Your Friend

Your Editor, Your Friend   This article has been mulling around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until today that I finally pulled together what my point actually was. I spent last weekend in St. Louis with the other divas at Penned Con 2014, and we had a fantastic time meeting a ton of writers and hanging out with some authors...

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22 Sep 2014
Guest Post: Blogging and Book Reviewing by Bookaholic Babe
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Guest Post: Blogging and Book Reviewing by Bookaholic Babe

Today’s guest post comes from book reviewer and blogger Bookaholic Babe, aka Ninnie, who took time from her reading and reviewing to stop by and tell us why she does what she does.   Blogging and Book Reviewing by Bookaholic Babe aka Ninnie   When I saw Write Divas tweet that they were in need of guest bloggers, I thought I would sign up and...

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17 Sep 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Stop Smiling!

Quick Tips: Stop Smiling!   Stop smiling! Or, more aptly, stop having your character smile all the time. He smiled. She smiled. I smiled. They smiled. I read it everywhere.  It’s the easiest way to show your character is happy. But are you really showing anything? There are variations on the theme, of course—mentions of lips turning up and grins breaking across faces, but it all...

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09 Sep 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: Attention, Writer: Listen to Your Editor by Courtney Cantrell

Divas Recommend: “Attention, Writer: Listen to Your Editor” by Courtney Cantrell   Being an editor is fun, but sometimes you’ve got to deliver news an author doesn’t want to—or can’t—accept. Editors can assure an author until they are hoarse that each suggested change is made to improve the overall manuscript, but ultimately it’s up to the author to trust that the editor knows what she’s...

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04 Sep 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Build a Relationship With Your Editor

Building a Relationship With Your Editor   You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been tweaked and modified, and you’ve run it past three different pre-readers for comments and critiques. You’ve made your last series of changes, and you’re ready for editing. You’ve hired an editor… so now what? Now’s the time for you to begin building a relationship with your editor.     Trust: The most...

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25 Aug 2014
Guest Post: Juggling Creativity, Careers, and Family by Jen Matera
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Guest Post: Juggling Creativity, Careers, and Family by Jen Matera

Surprise! For a moment I’m stepping out of my role as Diva; today I’m a writer who juggles many responsibilities while struggling to maintain some normalcy in my life, my careers, and the lives of my family. Sound familiar? I’m sure there are countless working moms who just happen to be authors just like me who know what I’m saying. And if you’re anything like...

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20 Aug 2014
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Write Divas Wants You!

Are you an author, blogger, editor, formatter, cover artist or designer, book marketer or distributor? Have you read our guest posts and thought, “Hey, I have tons of interesting things to share about what I know about, what I write, what I do.”? If so, Write Divas wants you! Drop me a line GuestPost@WriteDivas.com and let’s schedule a time when you can be the guest...

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14 Aug 2014
in Articles, Commonly Confused

Is It Much or Many?

Quick Tips: Is it Much or Many?   When it comes to qualifiers, much and many are quite the troublemakers. Along with their friends little and few, and less and fewer, much and many are two commonly confused adjectives I see when editing. The question is how do you know when to use much and when to use many? It depends on the noun the...

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12 Aug 2014
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Divas Rec: The Secret Rules of Adjective Order by Katy Waldman

Divas Recommend: The Secret Rules of Adjective Order By Katy Waldman   Have you ever wondered why we say “a long, cold day” instead of “a cold, long day”? Why does one way sound right and the other sound oh, so wrong? Is this something we learn officially in school or is this something we pick up as we learn to speak? If you’re a...

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07 Aug 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists

 Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists Writer’s block. Two innocent words when used independently, but put them together and anyone who puts words to page will shudder. If you’ve spent any time at the Write Divas blog, you’ll recognize that we post articles every weekday—some are longer than others, but all involve some degree of writing. While some Divas are organized and have their articles...

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28 Jul 2014
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