Developmental (Content) Editing Comes Before Copyediting

Developmental (Content) Editing Comes Before Copyediting

The Book Construction Process I like to think of editing fiction as the construction of a building. For new writers who are interested in or who have already reached out to an editing professional, I find this “picture” helps to give a sense of the chronology when it...

Fiction Writing — Character Profiles

Three-dimensional protagonists are de rigueur in genre fiction. Building a character profile is a sure-fire way to work towards this goal. Imagine sitting across a desk from this individual; taking a walk on the beach or an evening stroll through town. What do you...
What Agents and Editors Look for in a First Chapter

What Agents and Editors Look for in a First Chapter

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that as much as an agent or editor might wish otherwise, they will never be able to read each and every page of the projects they have in on submission. They have to eat, pay attention to pesky children and spouses, and...