authors' events / book readings / speaking engagements / workshops / writers' conferences / writers' groups

Ideas for Writers’ Events

Recently I attended–and took part in–a writers’ read-aloud event at a local restaurant. It was awesome to hear a wide variety of writers (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) share a 10 minute reading of their work. A lot of these writers are taking their first plunge into writing seriously and for some of them, this was their … Continue reading

editing / editing activities / editing costs / marketing / self-editing

An Editor’s Answers to A Potential Client’s Questions

The following is based on my response to questions I received from a potential client who had just finished writing her first manuscript and had a lot of questions about the editing process, as well as design, printing, and types of publishing. If you’re a first-timer, I hope you’ll find this overview helpful. Dear __________, … Continue reading

book reviews / editing / editing costs / hiring editors / reviews / self-editing

Bad Reviews When You’ve Had Your MS Edited–part 2

In the last post, we talked about what to do when you’ve paid to have your manuscript edited, and then you get some poor reviews. Today, we’ll continue with some other thoughts on this topic. Be realistic about your editing needs: Each level of editing (from substantive, through stylistic, copyediting and proofreading, plus other specialities) … Continue reading

beta readers / critiquing / editing / editing costs / hiring editors / reviews / self-editing

Bad Reviews When You’ve Had Your MS Edited

What should you do if you’ve paid an editor good money to help you with your manuscript–and then when the book is published you get poor reviews? Here are some thoughts (and things to think about next time you hire an editor!): Consider all the reviews you have received. Are there a lot of negative … Continue reading

formatting / poetry

Formatting Your Poetry for Submission

I am frequently asked, “How do I format my poems for submission for a magazine or contest or anthology?” Here are some useful tips: Read several issues of the publication before you send in your work. Make sure they publish the kind of poetry you’re submitting! Request submission guidelines and adhere to them carefully. Unless guidelines … Continue reading

editing / emphasis / punctuation / self-editing / showing vs telling

Exclamation Marks, Thoughts in Italics, and Other Unusual Approaches

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “Hmmm!” said Sam, “That looks like a turtle!” –> Be very careful about using exclamation marks. Even in a … Continue reading

audience / editing activities / self-editing

Foreign Terms, Slang, Dialect and More: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions.   “The resort was way out in the wap waps.” –> You may want to make an explanation, or … Continue reading

audience / casual or formal language / editing / self-editing

Formal or Casual Language: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “Water has become the most precious commodity throughout the state!” [Frustrated police chief ranting…] –> This sounds way too … Continue reading

editing / self-editing / showing vs telling

Show vs Tell: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “ ‘Don’t worry too much about it, life has a way of sorting things out,’ Sarah said, trying to … Continue reading