Hello everyone! I’m rolling out a new function on this website that I’m pretty excited about. I think it’s a great opportunity to get quality, yet discounted, services to the authors who really need it. It’s a Half Price Gift Certificate campaign. I went to multiple authorly service providers and asked them to… Read More Half Price Gift Certificate Event!
by Writer in Wedges So you have written your short story and cannot wait to release it into the world. But before doing that, it is important to take some extra time to make sure your story is properly edited, despite the fact that editing is nowhere near as fun as writing.
by Katie McCoach Developmental editing may be an unfamiliar term to some writers and authors. This is, in the most basic of definitions, is editing that enhances your story. Have you ever read a book and felt the plot was all over the place, or the characters were inconsistent? Maybe the climax wasn’t… Read More What is Developmental Editing and Does Your Story Need it?
by Katie McCoach For those who are planning to self-publish a book, you may have heard by now that self-publishing is a business. It’s your business, and treating your business with professionalism and enlisting in the required help will help your business (books) succeed. For those seeking agent representation, this idea also holds true, however… Read More Self-Publishing or Traditional: Which One is Right for You?
by Gary Smailes So you’ve had your book professionally edited, and you are faced with the task of turning the feedback into something that lifts your book to the next level. This article will help you do that.
by Meg Dowell When we share our work with others, we are usually looking for one thing: feedback. Constructive criticism is an important part of the writing process. Without it, we might still be able to improve, but we’d do so at a much slower and less specific rate. Having someone hand us back… Read More Why Truly Helpful Feedback is Hard to Come By
by Gary Smailes As an editor, I’ve edited hundreds of books. One thing that you quickly notice is that there are certain mistakes that you see repeated time and again. This article contains the five most common grammar and punctuation mistakes I come across on a daily basis. My hope is that by sharing… Read More Five Grammar Rules Every Self-Published Writer Needs To Know
Yesterday marked my deadline for completing the pre-edits for Marred. “Pre-edits” seems like it would be an easy task. It wasn’t. Once the track edits begin in two weeks, I’m not allowed to change anything other than what the editor points out. So I wanted to go through the manuscript…one…more…time…and improve it to the best of my… Read More Do You Really Know How To “Show, Don’t Tell”?
Notice the title of this post is not Does your novel need editing? The answer to that question is YES. Always. I don’t care if you wrote The Great Gatsby of the modern day; your novel needs to be edited.
As of yesterday, the month-long contest has ended. A winner has been chosen. To review, here is the prize: A free, professional critique and editorial review of your manuscript for the length of fifty pages. The winner will receive a 3 to 5 page, single-spaced critique, plus query/book description feedback. It will address the strengths of… Read More We Have a Contest Winner!