Ask the Divas

This week, the question for Ask the Divas is, Why do I need to hire an editor? Well, regardless of what you’ve heard, grammar still matters. Readers still care and so do publishers. Grammatical errors, weak characterizations, and plot holes are distractions that frustrate readers. Countless manuscripts are rejected each year because of these easy to correct issues. The condition of your manuscript will decide...

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Writing Exercises

Writing exercises are good tools to help any author improve. This week’s exercise is designed to teach you to use only the adjectives you need. We’ve all heard the advice: Paint a picture with your words. Describe the scene. Be creative with your words… Many first time authors take this advice a little too far and over use adjectives when describing something, because let’s face...

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Interviews

Sarah Hansen is the owner of Okay Creations, a book cover design company that has achieved overnight success with many of her creations  seen on the New York Times Bestseller List, USA Today Bestseller List, and Amazon’s Bestseller List, to name a few. Over the last year, Sarah has made beautiful covers for big name authors Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Nichole...

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: what do you see? A giant moth, an alien from another planet, a prehistoric bug, a spider with wings, a beautiful creation of nature, a lamppost under siege… Let your creativity flow and write a flash fiction of 200 words or less. If you feel like sharing, please post your story in the comments section below. I’d love to read it.   Additional...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #2: Prologues and Epilogues   Welcome to part two of our series on Writing Pitfalls for New Authors. This week the Divas tackle the issue of prologues and epilogues and talk about when they are appropriate to use and when they are not. So you want to write a prologue or epilogue. Yeah . . . no. Don’t. Okay, okay . . . that’s...

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Tips

As editors, we see typos on a regular basis. Some misspellings and grammar gaffes are quite common—I misspell the words and and the as adn and teh constantly because I type very fast and lead with my left hand. Homophone confusion is one of the most prevalent grammar mistakes found when editing—there, their, and they’re is one we see often, as well as to, too, and two confusion. Contextual spelling errors are sometimes...

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