How to Make Your First Chapter Pop

By Rachel Beck You probably know that many literary agents and editors don’t always make it through the first page of a submission, let alone the first chapter. Due to the volume of their submissions inboxes, there just isn’t time to forgive any red flags or anything off-putting about the writing from the very first … Continue reading How to Make Your First Chapter Pop

The Importance Of Pacing In Your Novel

By Rachel Beck Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble … Continue reading The Importance Of Pacing In Your Novel

12 Words You’ll Hear An Agent Or Editor Use (And What They Mean)

By Rachel Beck Every industry has its insider lingo and jargon--words or phrases that mean diddly squat to the lay person who does not work in that field. In the medical field, the world of computer engineering, and even in the kitchens of restaurants, there is industry-specific shorthand that is contained to those who work … Continue reading 12 Words You’ll Hear An Agent Or Editor Use (And What They Mean)