iWriterly Video: When to Work With a Freelance Editor

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

iWriterly Video: Why Writers Need Critique Partners & Beta Readers

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

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

Savvy Authors Blog: The Seven Red Flags in Editing: Why Editors & Agents Reject Your Manuscript After the First Pages

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