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Kathie Spitz

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Kathie’s Corner: Writing Bad Reviews

Writing Bad Reviews Well, not actually bad ones, but a review where you didn’t favor the book. There is a way to review that imparts why you didn’t care for the book but in return not flame the author. When I browse online book stores, I tend to read reviews rated from one to five stars. This gives me a pretty good overview of what a certain...

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23 Jan 2014
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Kathie’s Corner: Reviews – How to Write One

Reviews – How to Write One   Reviews for an author are like money in the bank. People read the reviews and will buy the book based on the words of other readers. Many writers are also readers. Not a surprise, right? While authors love to receive reviews, sometimes readers wonder what to say in a review. Recently, Lori King wrote a wonderful article on this subject. This picture from...

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09 Jan 2014
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Kathie’s Corner: Pre-readers

Pre-readers   Just what is a pre-reader? Who are they? How can they help? In my opinion, pre-readers are your cheerleaders. They read along either as you write, chapter by chapter, or when your manuscript is finished. Then they make comments on what works for them and what doesn’t. See that last bit? The best pre-readers will tell you when something doesn’t work. Having said...

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19 Dec 2013
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Kathie’s Corner: Dealing with Edits

Dealing with Edits   You’re so excited! You’ve just received your manuscript back from your editor. Feeling dizzy with anticipation, you open the document . . . and gasp. Your once pristine manuscript is covered with lines and scribbles:       Or it’s full of color—with deletions, additions, highlights, and comments:     And if you were blessed to receive a copy of your manuscript after it’s...

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21 Nov 2013
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Kathie’s Corner: Choosing the Right Word

As an editor, nothing stops me in my reading tracks more than the wrong word in a sentence. Sometimes an author wants to throw in a bit of flair by using a foreign language or by adding something they’ve heard before. My advice is to know that the word(s) you use are correct. If in doubt, look it up. These are a few that I’ve seen...

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07 Nov 2013
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Kathie’s Corner: Picking a Genre

Genre . . . How do I choose only two? In your submission letter, you are asked what genre your book is. Recently, Diva Jen wrote a wonderful blog post on this subject. It may be difficult, but you need to only list the first two that pertain to your manuscript. You need to be as specific as you can. To help you out, many genres are combined:...

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24 Oct 2013
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Queries Part Four: The Short Synopsis

In the body of your query letter, you’ll need to put a short synopsis of your manuscript of about 500 words. This is more than the back of the book blurb and much less than a three-to-five page summary that many publishers request. Don’t tell the acquisitions editor or agent to “read the book to find out how it ends because I don’t want to...

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10 Oct 2013
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Kathie’s Corner: Queries Part Three

Some publishing houses request an author bio with the submission of a manuscript. Here are some tips to help your author bio stand out in your query letter. What is an author bio? It is a brief summary of your writing experience and publishing background. You want the publishing house to understand that you are qualified to write the manuscript you are submitting. For example,...

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27 Sep 2013
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Kathie’s Corner: Queries Part Two

You’ve polished your manuscript to a fine shine. You’ve researched publishing houses and found several that publish your genre. Now you are ready to prepare your query letter. I’ve heard several authors say that the query letter, with a short synopsis of their book, was almost harder to write than their manuscript. I know you’ve heard this before, but your query letter is your only...

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