concise writing / editing / length of books / querying agents and publishers

An Editor’s Comments on Manuscript Length

This is part 4 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to learn … Continue reading

beta readers / concise writing / editing / editing checklists / poetry / rhymes

Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Part 1 in this series discussed: Tips for building your poetry skills.   Tips for self-editing your poetry: Edit your poem several times. After each edit, put the poem away and let it percolate in your mind. Tinker with … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / poetry / rhymes / voice

Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips- Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for building your poetry skills. Part 2 in this series will discuss: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Tips for building your poetry skills: Read lots of different kinds of poetry, both old and new, in order to improve your own work. Read newly … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / editing activities

Writing Concisely–Tips from an Editor

  This post contains excerpts from editor’s comments I made to one of my clients on the importance of writing concisely. I hope you find it helpful. ***** I have attached a copy of your original manuscript, with words, phrases, and even some paragraphs highlighted that I feel you could withdraw from the manuscript without … Continue reading