The ABCs of Self-Editing

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by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales Self-editing can be an overwhelming task, especially if you don’t know what to look for. Below is an ABC list of self-editing issues. It is by no means all-inclusive, but it will give you a great jumpstart for improving your manuscript. Adverbs: Actually, a lot of people frequently start their […]

10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Writing

Becoming a Professional Writer

10 things I wish I'd known

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson There are certain things that writers learn as they gain more experience in the industry. These lessons serve us well when the going gets tough. One of the reasons is that we learn them by attending the school of hard knocks. But I’m a big believer in not always having to […]

Back to Basics

Get an Editor to Say Yes, Part Four

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by Bethany Jett, @betjett We’ve come to the last post in How to Get an Editor to Say Yes. We could fill a volume of books with editing tips and tricks, but today we’re going to focus on how to submit an article or story to an editor, for this is where great writing can still get […]

Dialogue Assassination

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By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Writers are always learning. It’s a requirement for success in the publishing world. We read blogs, attend conferences, and study the how-to books. Our eyes and ears are like magnets, drawing us to seek ways to better our craft. But sometimes we miss the good stuff. An online critique partner introduced […]

What Do I Cut When I Have Too Many Words?

Word Count

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales How long should a novel be? Most posts I’ve researched give the following guidelines (these are averages, so books could go a little shorter or longer, depending on various aspects): Women’s Fiction/Literary/Contemporary: 80,000 – 90,000 words: Keep in mind that you could go as high as 110,000 and as low […]

Your Writer’s Bio—Don’t Just Grow Weeds on this Valuable Space

Your Writers Bio

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I’m always shocked by the bios I see at the end of blog posts and articles. It’s like writers don’t realize the importance of those words. That space is valuable real estate and so many of you are just growing weeds on it. Today I want to share why your writer’s bio […]

Correct the Common Editing Mistakes

Get an Editor to Say Yes, Part Three

Get an Editor to Say Yes Part 3 - common editing mistakes

by Bethany Jett, @betjett So far in this series on How to Get an Editor to Say Yes, we’ve covered Part One: Self-Editing Tips and Part Two: Avoiding Tattle-Tale Mode. Our goal is to cover some tips that seem to pop up again and again in submissions…errors that make an editor’s eyes roll back in their head […]

Advanced Characterization for the Pro Writer

Take Your Story to the Next Level

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By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Do you feel your characters lack the vitality of bestselling writers? Are you willing to work hard to ensure your story is a success?  Learn how to create characters that will live in your readers’ hearts and minds long after the last page of  your story. Today’s podcast on advanced characterization […]

Why Writers Need to Read

Writers Read

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales Not everyone likes to read, but if you’re going to write books, you really should be reading. Reading books within your chosen genre helps you to get a feel for what readers desire in novels of similar type. The settings. The action. The characterizations. Reading other books within the genre […]

Show, Don’t Tell, aka Avoid Tattle Tale Mode

Get an Editor to Say Yes, Part Two

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By Bethany Jett, @BetJett We’re in part two of our series “Get an Editor to Say Yes.” Last week we discussed cutting non-essential words, taming down overly-descriptive character appearances, how to create possessives to shorten word counts, and how being specific will bring clarity to your reader. If you missed that post, be sure to […]