Divas Rec: Top 5 Tips I Gave Out This Year

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 0 comments

Divas Rec: Top 5 Tips I Gave Out This Year

As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to pull together some kind of Divas Rec that summarized my thoughts for the year. That proved to be more challenging than I’d thought until I came across Shannon A. Thompson’s article Top 5 Tips I Gave Out This Year as an Editor and Marketer on her blog

Shannon’s top five pieces of advice combine editing and marketing tips to authors. My very favorite editing tip is to keep track of your stylistic choices. This is a huge help to your editor, especially if you write a series. As the author says, “Editing is often a matter of preference. While some rules are definitely not debatable, many aspects of the English language are.” So if these preferences are tracked and shared with your editor, they’ll be more consistent throughout your book and your series.

As for marketing, my favorite tip was regarding branding. Just be yourself. “You are not competing with others. They are them; you are you.” I couldn’t have said it any better. Stop the comparisons and be the best you you can be!

Check out Shannon’s article for her other three top tips for 2015. What were some good tips you received in 2015? Feel free to leave some in the comments.

Happy writing!

Jen Matera (125 Posts)

Jen Matera’s not only an editor; she’s also an accountant who has spent sixteen of the last twenty years working in the publishing industry. Jen is CFO and a founding Diva for Write Divas and specializes in manuscript evaluation and development, content editing, and copy editing. Jen has worked on books by such authors as: Alexandra Allred, Lissa Bryan, T.M. Franklin, Jennifer Schmidt, M.A. Stacie, and Mary Whitney.


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