Have you written a book and you’re not sure if it’s ready either to be sent to a literary agent or to self-publish? In today’s video, we will discuss the steps you need to hit when editing your book and how to tell when it’s done. This video is broken into the following sections: Steps … Continue reading iWriterly Video: How Do You Know Your Book is Done (Being Edited)?
All writers want our prose to read smoothly and have the reader fully engaged without being pulled from the story. In order to do that, it’s important to cut back on filler words, which make sentences read clunkier. Learn what words to use less frequently in your novel in this iWriterly video. https://youtu.be/fjvm4TK7VCQ … Continue reading iWriterly Video: Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel
Many writers once they finish a book don't know where to go next and either immediately jump to querying or working with a freelance editor. Learn when (and if) you should work with a freelance editor in this iWriterly video. Developmental editors, specifically, work with writers on character development, plot, world building, dialogue, setting, structure … Continue reading iWriterly Video: When to Work With a Freelance Editor
While some people the writing community claim critique partners and beta readers aren't necessary—or even that they negatively impact your manuscript—outside feedback from critique partners/beta readers is one-hundred percent vital to the success of your manuscript. Learn the difference between critique partners and beta readers and what types of feedback is the most important to … Continue reading iWriterly Video: Why Writers Need Critique Partners & Beta Readers
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
What Was I Missing? Ever wonder why, after only submitting the first few pages of your manuscript to an agent, editor, or a Twitter writing contest, your submission was swiftly rejected? Why, after spending countless hours of editing and perfecting those pages in your life’s blood and drowning your doubts in wine, did it get … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: The Seven Red Flags in Editing: Why Editors & Agents Reject Your Manuscript After the First Pages