I’m about finished with my first ever full rough draft for my first ever novel. I’ve been an editor for ten years but am now working on my own fiction. Luckily, I’ve done some things right: I plotted exhaustively I went back and added tension, raised stakes, built in conflict I rearranged things so my protagonist has a character arc I hit all the right steps in the right places.
I get a lot of people who email me and ask about book editing. How do you choose an editor? What should you look for? How do you know if they’re doing a good job? Every editor will have a unique approach and style, however all we can do is build on what you give us. Your novel is kind of like a rough sketch of a product design. We’ll
I was speaking at the Willamette Writer’s conference last week and met a bunch of authors: mainly traditional or agented ones. Many bestsellers and mega-publishing stars. This is what I heard again and again: traditional publishers don’t have time to edit anymore, or they don’t have the confidence to suggest changes when dealing with superstar authors. Some authors even have in their contract that the publisher can’t edit their writing
“Quantity produces quality,” Ray Bradbury once said. “Write only a little, and you’re doomed.” Because at the end of the day, as a professional writer, you write for money. That’s what it means to be a professional. It doesn’t mean you’re better than the amateur. It means you do it for the money. A whore who only fucked one client a month would starve. And as a word whore, if
We had a lot of great essays but could only pick one winner, and it was… Jail Time, Poo, and Writing by Crystal Aceves Crystal will get a free edit and we’re going to help her redo her book cover and finalize her print book. We also decided to award some runner-up prizes. These other essays also caught our attention – the writers will get 20% off editing at Book
I knew I was meant to write the moment I discovered not everyone salivates over a blank notebook and a freely flowing ink pen. I knew I was meant to convey my thoughts through people who didn’t exist outside of my imagination. I knew I’d spend my days playing in cream pages soaked with black typeface. I knew I was meant to live a thousand lives within my own.
Like many, I’d struggled for a number of years trying to squeeze out a book. Then it hit me, it hit me like a freight train, and now I can’t stop writing. Yes, I can almost, hear you thinking as you read this. Jerk! If it makes you feel better, I’ve heard it to my face too, and on more than one occasion. What I’d started to do, as
Life takes on a peculiar existential clarity when you realize, ten minutes too late, that you have absentmindedly swallowed a potentially lethal dose of your dog’s high-potency thyroid medication. As I tried unsuccessfully to undo my terrible mistake (without getting too explicit, suffice it to say that I am in no danger of ever becoming bulimic), my life flashed before my eyes. I’m not talking about the part of
You love gardens. You have always loved gardens. You have appreciated the gardens of others since you were a child. You daydream about gardens at odd moments, and some gardens are like old friends you return to when you need a lift to your spirits. Gardens have helped you through some tough times in your life. You’d like to create one that might help someone else. You decide that you’d
Cursing, Crockery and Cream Buns How to Handle Rejection SUPER SAGE Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them. (Isaac Asimov) FAB FIVE Reject: To throw back. OUCH! Dear Reject. As a writer you make a great dishwasher. Pain. Hurt. Embarrassment. Deeply personal. Ego. This is me. An