The Joys of Editing by May Burnett

Lately , I find myself editing more frequently than writing new words.
To get a book ready for publication, both stages are of roughly equal importance. Some writers produce first drafts very fast and spend years on re-writes and editing, others write slowly and edit as they go. Prolific writers sometimes outsource the editing almost completely. Whatever the process, the author is ultimately responsible for putting a clean and easy read in front of the public, so outsourcing only goes so far: you still have to double-check everything yourself. Continue reading

Pulled Apart

By E.D. Vaughn


Romances take the readers on a journey of love. With endless possibilities, the genre captures my heart every time I read and write. Ok, if anyone has read my stuff, I have a thing for all those furry creatures that go bump in the night. The pull of true mates and the ultimate love is too great. Continue reading

No Alphas Here by Polly J. Brown

Beta readers have been on my mind a lot lately.

Over the past month, I’ve been polishing up my manuscript, reviewing critique comments and suggestions, and fixing plot holes or inconsistencies. My goal is to send it to beta readers in the next few months before I begin the querying process.  I’ve also been a beta reader this month and plan on committing to a few more beta reads over the summer. So when my turn for a blog post came around, choosing a topic was easy.

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What is a Beta reader?

A beta reader is an individual who reads a finished story (poem, novel) before the work is queried or self-published.  The Beta provides feedback to the author on elements such as the plot, characters, writing style, and sometimes spelling and grammar. Continue reading

Four Tips for Finding the Perfect Editor

By E. M. Youman

June 18th, 2016 marks the anniversary of when I started writing again. Four years ago the itch to write hit me and I wrote The Prince’s Plan. This is not my first novel, but it is the first one I ever finished. April marked the finalization of editing for The Prince’s Plan. I will be publishing the novel on February 7th, 2017. I am preparing to send it out to ARC readers and I thought today would be a good time to reflect on what I learned about editing.

You can never have enough fresh eyeballs on your story. Continue reading

Looking for Time by Kate DeHart

For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about all the topics I might write about in my upcoming blog spot. I thought about blogging about a couple of the books I recently read. One of them was Hooked, by Les Egderton(which was excellent, by the way) and his take on story beginnings. Then I considered discussing the book Story Engineering, by Larry Brooks and his ideas about the structure of a novel. All of that fell apart though, when after an already stressful couple of weeks, I heard about the tragedy in Florida on Sunday. Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Opening Lines and Paragraphs by Lizzie Hermanson

This week I began re-write #476 of my opening scene – at least that’s how it feels and we’ve all been there! So I began researching what makes a good first line. How do we grab the reader so that they want to read the next page and the one after that? Continue reading

Comic Relief, or What I Learned from Shakespeare by Milo Owen

Comic relief, an amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action; relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible. ( Continue reading

Why I Love Books by Louise Redmann

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Last year my hubs bought me a kindle for my birthday – a fab gift since I can’t access an English library or find English books at a decent price in Switzerland. So I merrily downloaded a load of classics because they are free, and I haven’t read Dickens in a while. Then I toured the freebie kindle downloads, and generally explored the world of reading on a small screen. Continue reading

“It’s Just Fiction” by Milo Owen


When I was about ten or eleven years old, my grandmother came to spend a few days with us.  This was not particularly unusual – my grandparents were very close to us and lived only about forty minutes away – but usually we went to them instead of my grandmother coming to us.  I remember she knocked on my bedroom door (I was allowed to have it closed because I was “the writer”) and when she saw me, she was worried and anxious.  “What’s wrong, darling?” she asked.  “Nothing,” I answered, and then I explained, “It’s just that Charlie died.”  Charlie was the ne’er-do-well brother in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Eight Cousins.  She smiled in complete understanding, because of course it wasn’t unusual at all in my family for someone to weep over the fate of a fictional character. Continue reading

Pitch Perfect

Great information for new writers.

RWA San Diego

You’ve spent the past six months (or twelve months, or three years) pouring your heart into the pages of a novel. You’ve written, revised, sent to critique partners and beta-readers, crossed every t and dotted every i… and now you’re finally ready to send your creation out into the world.

But if you’re seeking traditional publication, first you’ve got to get the attention of a literary agent or editor. Often, this means months (or years) of sending out query letters, hoping to be plucked from the depths of the slush pile. And while the slush pile is not to be discounted (my agent found me in her slush pile!), there’s something to be said for the ability to talk one-on-one with a publishing professional about your work, to have their undivided attention and be able to sell your story in person.

At this week’s RWASD meeting, you’ll have the chance…

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