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The publishing industry is competitive, but the writing community doesn’t have to be. 

Writer, YouTuber, developmental book editor, writing coach, and former literary agent Meg LaTorre launched iWriterly as a go-to resource for writers, publishing a variety of content—including how-to videos, blogs, query critiques, and more—to assist both veteran and aspiring authors in their writerly journeys.

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This WEek’s iWriterly Video

What is a Freelance Developmental Book Editor?

Are you looking to hire a developmental editor to work with you on your manuscript? Or maybe you’re hoping to launch your very own freelance book editing career. In this iWriterly episode, Meg LaTorre will discuss what a developmental editor is and how they fit into today’s publishing landscape. This is the first video in a new series all about book editing, specifically developmental editors.

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Author Interview

The Halves of Us By Sydney Paige Richardson

Sydney Paige Richardson, author of THE HALVES OF US, which was published October 2018 by The Parliament House, joins the iWriterly blog for a Q&A about her debut fantasy book.

Sydney answers our questions on:

  • What inspired this story and an inside look at the book
  • The process of finding her agent
  • What the submission process was like
  • What publishing with an indie press was like
  • Marketing: What authors are expected to do vs. what publishers do
  • The reception of The Halves of Us
  • What’s next for Sydney

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This Month’s Savvy Authors Blog

Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel

Published October 2018

All writers want their prose to read smoothly and have the reader fully engaged without being pulled from the story due to an overabundance of unnecessary words that make sentences read clunkier.

These unnecessary words are often referred to as “filler words.” Filler words aren’t necessarily “bad” words, and they have their place in the craft of writing. However, many writers use these words copiously throughout their manuscripts when they aren’t strictly necessary.

Now, sometimes extra filler words can be used in places like dialogue to make it feel more authentic to today’s modern culture, but the narration doesn’t require the same strategy.

Whether you are pursuing traditional- or self-publication, all writers need to be at least moderately aware of the word count of their manuscripts. Cutting back on filler words can often be what writers need to lessen their overarching word count.

Read the blog to learn of filler words you will want to consider using less frequently in your manuscript.

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iWriterly Video

Literary Agent Interview: Kaitlyn Johnson | When to Query & the Realities of Submission

Literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency answers our questions on querying, how many clients an agent takes on each year, submission (the process, types of materials sent, how many editors are reached out to at once), author platform (and how that impacts publication goals), and what the author-agent relationship looks like.

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iWriterly Video

What is Your Greatest Struggle as a Writer? | Writing Community Answers

The iWriterly team asks a group of writers the following question: What is your greatest struggle in your journey as a writer? Thirteen writers (traditionally-published, indie-published, and yet-to-be-published) share what they do to overcome hurdles in their writing careers. The writing community unites in this thirteen-person collab.

Special thank you to all of the writers who shared their experiences in this video.

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