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Closed to new book-length projects until October

Posted by on Sep 3, 2021 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

I’m able to offer sample edits and estimates for new projects, but I cannot deliver any additional projects until further notice. That is, if you’ve already contacted me about a project, you’re on my list. But if I hadn’t heard of your need for editing before today, I cannot start the work until I’ve completed some of my current to-do list. My to-do list as of today includes 12 projects, 6 of which I want to complete in September, 4 of which are “high...

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Q&A from the Clubhouse

Posted by on Aug 13, 2021 in Blog Posts, Featured, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Wow! Last evening was so fun and energizing–I admit I was a little unsure how a live chat app would work, but we had many wonderful people join us with some pertinent questions and insights. And talking to people out loud was very energizing; I just hope I didn’t talk too fast. I was mostly listening and talking rather than taking notes, but I jotted down a few questions and suggestions I remember from last night to share, both to help those of us who were there to remember and to...

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Notes from Your Editor (Clubhouse meeting, August 12)

Posted by on Aug 11, 2021 in Blog Posts, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Notes from Your Editor (Clubhouse meeting, August 12)

I hope many of you will be able to join me! As I prepare for my live chat with Nicki tomorrow, I have some notes that I’d like to share here on my website, both for listeners to follow along with, and for those who aren’t able to make it to benefit from: A. Copyediting, proofreading, line-by-line — what do all these terms mean? Developmental/structural/content edit – literally developing the ideas in the book. What to include and in what order? Add, reorganize, remove? Often...

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How to build an Affiliate storefront on Bookshop.org

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Blog Posts, Writing Advice | 4 comments

How to build an Affiliate storefront on Bookshop.org

About Bookshop.org Started in January 2020, Bookshop.org is designed to be a better alternative to Amazon, allowing readers to shop online conveniently while supporting indie bookstores, along with authors and organizations who build affiliate stores. Bookshop’s 10% affiliate fee is industry-leading: when someone buys a book from your affiliate store, 10% of the cover price goes to you. Another 10% goes into a fund to be distributed to independent bookstores. Since it’s so new, Bookshop.org is...

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Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Editing, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Part of being an editor is noticing patterns—the motion of a character arc, the raveling of a resolution, or the fact that the past five paragraphs have all started with the same word. Here’s another pattern: I’ve been recommending certain articles and books to almost every client I work with, year after year. So why not share them here once and for all? These 12 short articles and 6 books delve into the writing techniques I comment on most frequently. Many of them formed the core of my own...

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Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, Bonus

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, Bonus

Flame Tree Publishing has posted the second part of its Q&A with the authors of the stories in Heroic Fantasy. This time, we talk about our writing and editing methods and recommend some of our favorite reads in the genre. Take a look and something might inspire you!   Though each author answered both questions, method and favorite stories, only one of our answers could be shared because of space constraints. So here’s my favorite heroic fantasy: When I was writing my first...

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A Checklist to Start Publishing Short Fiction

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

A Checklist to Start Publishing Short Fiction

This post originally went live on Fictionvale in 2014 and was reprinted in Short Story Writer Magazine. Unfortunately, Fictionvale has since closed and the article is no longer available online. I’m taking the opportunity to repost it while I’m moving to my new apartment and have less time available to blog. While it’s focused on writing short fiction, the advice may also be helpful to novelists, article writers, artists, and anyone curious about how publishing works on the...

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12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog Posts, Editing, Featured, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Strong stories are not necessarily short. They don’t need to be Hemingway-esque masterpieces of bare prose. In fact, I have friends who’d argue “Hemingway-esque masterpiece” is an oxymoron; the man’s writing gets downright boring. And it would be hypocritical of me to argue for only short sentences or short paragraphs. I have to consciously apply myself write either.    But in a strong story, every word counts. And no word is misplaced or ill-chosen. The...

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The Big List of Writing Writing Resources, Part One

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

You can write your story with nothing but a reasonably flat surface and something that leaves a mark, but it’s a lot easier when you have the right tools. Happily, there are a lot of useful resources out there. Here are some of my favorites. I encountered a few while writing The Starter Guide for Professional Writers (about which I have exciting news: revisions and expansions are underway for a second edition! The past two years have seen some interesting changes in the publishing...

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Common edits to improve your writing

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Writing Advice | 0 comments

A lot of editing and rewriting involves relatively minor mechanical and technical changes. A lot. Not that I’m complaining; making these simple changes is a routine part of my work, and if nothing else it keeps me steadily employed. Many of them are changes I make to my own writing on a second draft! However, I thought it’d be helpful to share my “greatest hits”: the advice I give most often, and make use of most often when revising my own work. If you can apply this...

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