Savvy Authors Blog: Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel

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 … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel

Why Critique Partners & Beta Readers Are Essential to Your Writing

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

Savvy Authors Blog: How an Editor Knows Your Book Isn’t Ready After the First Chapter

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