By Margaret Graton You’ve hit save, and you’ve read through your draft a few times. So, at long last, it’s time to start submitting, right? After all, it will be edited in-house before it’s published! Think again! There are several reasons that you might (or might not) need an editor for your book before you … Continue reading Should I Hire an Editor?
By Catherine Matthews Pencils down, computer off—you’ve officially finished your manuscript. Hooray! Congratulations! Now you’re off to find an agent…except that there’s just one more step you need to take before pursuing representation. You, my friend, have reached the editing stage—and it’s the most crucial point in your writing journey, because without it you may … Continue reading The 3 Essential Questions to Ask When Editing Your MS
Let’s play Two Truths and a Lie. Which one of these following statements is the lie: A book should only be as long or short as it needs to be. One should keep writing, until it’s done. Length doesn’t matter as long as the story is good. What’s the answer? All of them; and at … Continue reading Why Word Count Matters
A few months ago I was digging through the boxes of my old stuff at my parents’ house looking for goodness knows what and happened upon the flash drive containing all of my high school writing endeavors. I was so excited to plug in the flash drive and start reading. But man, am I happy … Continue reading Eight Rookie Mistakes to Watch for in Your Writing