Editing & Editors

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 occasionally even read other books so they have […]

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Talking Sex With Gore Vidal

Talking Sex With Gore Vidal

The publication of journalist Tim Teeman's biography In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master (Magnus) for the first time looks at Vidal's romantic and sexual lives and their influence on his writing and political...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writers’ Conferences

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writers’ Conferences

It's that time of year when many of my writer and illustrator friends and I are deep in preparation for what many of us consider the highlight our creative year-our regional Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. As an aside, if you're...

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Make Professional Editing Work For You

  “He left the theatre, contemplating his own intensity.” line in a recent manuscript Last week I edited a sample chapter from a dystopian chick-lit manuscript. The author thought my advice was spot on and my open time slot fit her deadline. I quoted her 2.5 cents per word for a developmental edit of her […]

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Who is Qualified to Edit your Manuscript?

I believe in beta readers. Anyone can be a beta reader (also called a first reader), from your mom to your best friend to your coworker to your favorite librarian. A beta reader is anyone who reads your work and tells you what they think. Their feedback can be...

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10 Tips to Get Your Revision Ready

10 Tips to Get Your Revision Ready

  1) Give your brain the time and space it needs to think clearly. Unless there’s a looming deadline, there’s no reason to rush. We’re often in such a hurry to get to the final draft, that we don’t allow ourselves the time to listen for what the work needs. If you require a quiet […]

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APA Editing — You have questions. We have answers.

How Does A Developmental Editor Work With A Writer?

For a writer seeking to find an agent and/or publisher, working with a developmental editor before submission is an invaluable advantage. Once a writer has gone through the process of writing and rewriting, then fine-tuning numerous times, it’s often difficult to see what else needs to be done to make his or her book stand […]

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APA Editing — You have questions. We have answers.

When You Can’t Afford an Editor for Your Academic Writing

Writers reach out to editors when they realize that their eye for errors has limitations. When writers have been working on a document for days, weeks, or even a year or more, they can become so close to the words that they don’t see the flaws that can be so glaring to a reader. Professional […]

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