I’m about to say something controversial. Are you ready? Freelance book editors aren’t necessary to get published. I know, crazy right? And coming from a freelance book editor, no less. Here’s the thing: Editors can be helpful in getting a manuscript ready for publication. Think about it—at some point, all writers are new to this … Continue reading Writer’s Digest Blog: How Freelance Developmental Editors Fit into Today’s Publishing Landscape
Querying writers have quite a few hurdles to jump through to secure literary representation. For those of you who don’t know what a query is or what I mean by literary representation, let’s go over a few of the basics to start. There are a few ways to publish a book, one of those being … Continue reading Writers Helping Writers Blog: Why Querying Writers Shouldn’t Write Sequels
As time goes on and the genre of novels matures and evolves, so too does reader expectation. For example, if you look at J. R. R. Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, you will probably note that the action sequences and battles scenes are often paragraphs or pages long. In books such as SIX OF … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: What is Character Agency?
Do you have ideas for a book but don’t know where to start or how to write a novel? Or maybe you’ve written several manuscripts in the past and are looking to standardize your process. Learn how in these 11 easy steps. Every writer has their own unique brainstorming, planning, and writing process when it … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: How to Write a Book in 11 Steps
Let's talk about critique partners and beta readers. I've been seeing a handful of Tweets and blogs from people the writing community, claiming critique partners and beta readers aren't necessary—or even that they negatively impact your manuscript. While it's possible to have a bad experience with critique partners (also called CPs) and beta readers, I'm … Continue reading Why Critique Partners & Beta Readers Are Essential to Your Writing
There are many things publishing professionals look for in your first pages and chapter: voice, storytelling personality, if the story starts in the right place, showing vs. telling, grammar, grasp of the English language, and more. As a freelance developmental editor and former literary agent, I usually knew after the first few pages or chapter … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: How an Editor Knows Your Book Isn’t Ready After the First Chapter