Tag: editing


Articles

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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Kathie's Corner

Self-editing, a Guide to Reduce Your Word Count Before you send your manuscript off to an editor, there are a few things you can do to make the experience as pleasant for you both as possible. First, you should make sure that the formatting is the same throughout the manuscript: Check to see if all the chapter titles are the same number of returns from...

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Guest Post: Avoid Eyes That Crawl by Candace Johnson Guest Posts

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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Tips

Quick Tips: Friends And Family Don’t Know It All Here’s the scenario: You worked for weeks, maybe months on your baby–your first novel. You know you have the perfect plot, the perfect characters, the perfect premise, and it’s all perfectly perfect. You agonized over editing, cutting the bits your loved, adding more bits you didn’t know you needed, and making it all shiny and pretty....

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Ask the Divas

There was a moment of silence in the literary world this week when Elmore Leonard passed away on August 20, 2013 at the age of eighty-seven. Well known for his clean, direct narrative, he listed his now famous “10 Rules of Writing” in an article written for The New York Times in 2001. As an editor, lists like this make me happy—especially number three. But...

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Articles / Special

This weekend, Diva Lauren and I had the pleasure of attending the Stamford Author Event—”a gathering of thirty-plus authors and bloggers for an afternoon of books, swag, and the chance to get the latest releases from favorite authors while discovering new voices.” We weren’t sure what to expect, but what we got was a room packed with the friendliest women—and men, too—all excited to talk...

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Ask the Divas

I was asked today, “What are your biggest editing pet peeves?” Immediately, I thought of a myriad of things. But when I really got to thinking about it, there are just a few things I find grating, which can be addressed beforehand by authors.  The simplest mistakes an author will make are the most common and ultimately very annoying and redundant for editors. Not that...

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Articles

We have all done it. No, really; it’s okay to admit it. No one here will judge you. It’s a part of the writing process, like it or not.  All you have to do is say it out loud and admit it to yourself: My name is *insert name* and I have had revision angst problems for *insert a ungodly amount of time*. There, now...

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Articles / Special

In the coming months we are going to interview our Divas. With us today is Janine Savage, CEO of Write Divas—whom the Divas lovingly refer to as the HBIC. (We’ll let you figure out that acronym for yourselves.) Janine is an experienced editor and marketer. She has worked with notable bestselling authors such as E. L. James and A. L. Jackson. Before co-founding Write Divas,...

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