Tag: first time authors


Articles / On Editing

We often talk about what to expect from your editor during the editing process, but how many of us have thought about what the editor should be able to expect from the author at the same time? Sure, I know what some of you may be thinking. Authors pay editors to do the work, so why should they have any expectations at all? The words...

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Articles / On Writing

 Divas on Writing: Is Your Story Bloated? Raven’s iPhone rang, and she removed it from her pocket, swiped the screen from left to right, and glared at the unfamiliar number. Annoyed by the unidentified number, she tapped the green answer button to connect the call, put the phone to her ear, and prepared to give whoever it was a piece of her mind. One thing...

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Articles / On Writing

Writing What You Know So we’ve all heard the old adage before—write what you know. Which is great if you’re a pirate, an alien, a billionaire, or a nineteenth-century courtesan. But what if you’re not? Well, you could still write what you know, but I can’t imagine anyone out there wants me to write a book about accounting. Unless it’s to be used as a...

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Guest Post: Parenthood by M.C. Cerny Guest Posts

Today’s guest blogger is author M.C. Cerny, who talks about explaining her book to her smallest fan. Parenthood by M.C. Cerny So have you told your kids you write trashy romance novels yet? My journey as an author is still in its infancy but I am often asked about my writing and what I tell my family. I had enough trouble explaining to my partner...

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Recs

If you hang out with the Divas for a little while, you’ll discover quite quickly we all love Candace Johnson of Change it Up Editing. So today we are recommending her fantastic article How to Survive “The Shock” : Your First Round of Editing. In this article, she offers solid tips on how to receive an edit and work with an editor. We highly recommend...

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Ask the Divas

Ask The Divas: What is a Manuscript Assessment and Why Do I Need One? A professional manuscript assessment is more than a critique of an author’s story. Sure, an assessment goes through the story, looking at plot, character development, pacing and rhythm, narrative and dialogue, not to mention countless other manuscript-driven items, but it also discusses more abstract topics like genre, point of view, tense...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing   Nothing can ruin a good story faster than rushed pacing. If you’ve ever read a story, stopped, and blinked, all the while thinking, “wait, what just happened here?” then you know what I mean. But just as bad as rushed pacing is a slow, lagging narrative. You know the kind—where you fight the urge to click the...

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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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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #6: Mary Sue   As a first-time author, the level of relief and accomplishment matches only your excitement when you turn in your manuscript after weeks and months of writing. So imagine for a moment that your editor returns it with a big, red note on it that says “Get rid of Mary Sue!” Your first reaction, like any new writer, is probably...

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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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