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The Art of Editing Fiction

The Art of Editing Fiction

Fiction Editing Fiction is an art, and editors must be respectful of that. Typically, the best fiction engages readers in such a way that they fully embrace the alternate universe created by the writer and immediately "get" this other world. There should be no...

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Common Lies Self-Published Authors Believe

Common Lies Self-Published Authors Believe

As an indie author I have to confess that I am guilty of believing a lie---not just one, but many. They are the same lies I see self-published authors fall for all the time. I see the lies in tweets, in emails, in DM's and blog posts. The lies run rampant. The lies...

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Author-Editor Triads

Author-Editor Triads

The Author-Editor Relationship There’s lots of information out there for writers about how to write, and for editors about how to edit. But not much about how to interact with each other. It used to be that authors and editors were separated by a publishing house....

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How to Choose a Copy Editor

How to Choose a Copy Editor

Who needs a copy editor? For a year now (or two, or ten), you have been hammering away at your manuscript, revising and reworking every scene and nuance until you know the characters better than you know your spouse. You have sacrificed sleep, dinner with friends,...

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Developmental Fiction Editing

Developmental Fiction Editing

I’d like to preface by saying two things. First, hiring a freelance book editor is not going to guarantee you a publishing contract. Second, editors approach their work differently. To be clear, the information that I am sharing applies to me and only me. I am not...

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Beware the Lowball: Editing Rate Quotes

Beware the Lowball: Editing Rate Quotes

Why Different Editors Quote Different Fees You'll note that this site contains articles to help writers learn how to select an editor. Of course, we think you should strongly consider an editor from our freelance network. At a minimum, we want you to be an educated...

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Self-Publishing Done Well: The Human Touch

Self-Publishing Done Well: The Human Touch

A professional has the experience and depth of knowledge to aid the self-publishing author in tackling the various steps needed before a book is ready for publishing and distribution. Dependence on software results in writing gaffes that annoy readers and embarrass authors. Software hasn’t been able to replace the human touch.

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Fiction or Nonfiction?

Fiction or Nonfiction?

A friend of mine who writes nonfiction once asked me what I thought was the difference between fiction and nonfiction writing: "Nonfiction is what's true, right?" I gave my friend an easy answer, that nonfiction is factual text or opinions and that fiction is stories,...

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How to Write a Best-seller

How to Write a Best-seller

What makes a best-seller? No one has a definitive answer, but mine satisfies me: The reader never sees the words. Got your attention, didn't I? Well, the real title of this is The Psychology of Reading; What's Going on In a Reader's Mind, which is a goal all writers...

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