Fit or Fat Prose? 

By Cherrilynn Bisbano, @chingaling3   Who wants to join me and lose some weight? Most of us could lose a pound or two. I lost twenty pounds through diet and exercise. The process is grueling and takes time and commitment. I keep the weight off by walking, going to the gym, and I reduce the […]

An Editor’s Pet Peeves

By Deb Haggerty, @DebHaggerty   As an editor, I read—a lot! And I find I get impatient with certain contrivances authors tend to overdo. I realize part of what we do as writers is our voice, but I also realize part is trying to impress or to ensure our readers get what we’re trying to impart. […]

The ART of Exceptional Editing

By Deb Haggerty, @DebHaggerty     ed•it \’e-dət\ vt [back-formation fr. editor] (1791) 1 a : to prepare (as literary material) for publication or public presentation b : to assemble (as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging c : to alter, adapt, or refine esp. to bring about conformity to a […]

Does Your Writing Resemble Flabby Arms?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills While contemplating my next writing project, I took a critical look at myself, and I didn’t like what the mirror revealed. I had flabby arms. Some of you call these bat wings or fly-zones. I refer to them as dangling participles, nothing I want on me or in my writing. Now, […]

Tips to Turn Off Your Internal Editor

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I’ve spoken with a lot of writers who have trouble disconnecting their INTERNAL EDITOR when they’re working on an early draft of a manuscript. This overly helpful person lives inside most of us and comes in handy when we’re putting the finishing touches on our manuscript. But when we’re in the […]

10 Common Edits Every Writer Should Know

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales Almost every book has a few things in common with others within its pages. So, no matter what you’re writing, you are likely to come across these. Numbers: Zero through ninety-nine are spelled out. 100 plus are numeric. Ex: 3,000 Serial Commas: Use the serial comma in manuscripts. Leave it […]

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 […]

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 […]