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Articles / On Editing

Whether you are embarking on your first publishing venture as an author or if you are already a published author who’s decided to jump into the deep end of the self-publishing pool for the first time, working with a freelance author is a necessity if you want to present your best work. Many authors venturing out into the freelance world are former publishing house authors. Having worked at...

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Working From Home: Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them Articles

I love working from home. For most of us, this sentence brings up an image of someone dressed in their pj’s, sitting in front of a computer, and has the time to spend with family. Sounds nice, right? After working from for home seven years, I’ve come to realize that I’m just as big of a workaholic at home as I ever was at the office....

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Articles / On Writing

Character Consistency How many times have you been reading something and out of nowhere there’s an odd change to a character that comes with no explanation? Nothing inconsequential, of course—something substantial, like eye color or body type or a huge personality change that goes unexplained? Are you the type of reader who would notice that sort of thing? As an editor, I have to be. During...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Your Team There are plenty of places on the Internet to search for writing advice. I spoke about Pinterest in another article; it has many great pins that authors can use to help while they are actively researching or writing their books. But authors turn to other social mediums like Facebook and Twitter as well.  Recently, an author friend asked her friends...

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Articles / On Editing

What to Ask a Freelance Editor… Before You Hire Them Hiring the right editor to work on your book can be daunting. How do you know you’ve hired someone who has experience, shares your vision, and is just the right match? Some authors resort to the trial and error method, but that seems like a cumbersome way to get the job done. Many authors get...

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Articles / On Editing

Editor Speak 101 – Types of Editors During and even before an edit, you are going to hear a lot of terms, both technical and grammatical, that you may not have heard before. In this series, we are going to define these terms so you and your editor will have a common ground when speaking about your edit. First, before we get into the good...

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Divas Recommend: 10 Signs You’re Ignoring Constructive Criticism of Your Writing by Amy Spahn As an editor, it’s my job to give constructive criticism. It’s what I get paid to do. Along the way, I try to offer some praise for the elements of a story that work, but most of my feedback does not involve writing a sonnet extolling the virtues of a manuscript...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: Diva Lauren’s NaNoWriMo Wrap-up   So I’m going to be honest with you: I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. In fact my word count was around 30k. I worked really hard the first half of the month, and then those pesky authors I edit took up my remaining time in November. Didn’t they understand I was writing a book? I had a word count...

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Articles / On Writing

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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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Wikipedia Is Not the Bible   Freelance and independent editors aren’t fact checkers. In fact, we prefer not to fact check. There is a certain liability that isn’t the responsibility of the editor, but rather the author. You can pay your editor to specifically fact check, but it’s a touchy area. Editors at publishing houses are a different story, though. They are...

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