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Pre-Editing Your Manuscript

Years ago I worked with a phenomenal editor on my book The Lost Jewels of Hera. I loved her so much, I’m still with her today. I wanted to share with you the first email she sent me before we … Continue reading

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Words To Cut From Your Manuscript

Here is some great information I found on Diana Urban’s blog. When you’re revising any piece of writing — a novel, a news article, a blog post, marketing copy, etc. — there are certain words you should delete to make the … Continue reading

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How Not to Use Not

I spend a great deal of time reading books on writing and I’ve found a gem.  I know a lot of famous authors have referred people to this book, and I couldn’t agree more.  The book is The Elements of … Continue reading

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How the word “Was” Affects Telling Vs. Showing #amwriting

I must tell you that I am one that constantly wants to improve my craft.  I think we are always developing as writers, and when you find a friend that makes you better, you HANG on to that friend!  I have … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Hooks and Cliff Hangers

Want to keep a reader interested in your book?  The first thing you need is a good hook.  You want to draw that reader in with something edgy within the first few paragraphs, but at the very least the first page.  … Continue reading

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Quality Vs. Quantity In The Self-Publishing World

I read an article in The Huffington Post yesterday that, at first, had me standing up and shouting, “Here! Here!”, then when I’d finished, I was filled with mixed emotions. I’m posting the link so you can read it before … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – The Dreaded Synopsis #amwriting

Okay, your manuscript is ready, you’ve mustered up  the courage and you’re ready to submit to an agent or a publisher.  You do your research and you find one or two that you think will be a fit for your … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Cleaning Up Word Vomit #amwriting

I believe it was the movie Mean Girls that first introduced this term to me, and I  thought it was an apt description of what I see a lot in the submissions I’ve read.  Word Vomit is a phrase I … Continue reading

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To “CON” or “Not To CON”, That Is The Question #awriting #authors

I’m sitting here recovering after my most successful conference attendance as an author since becoming published. I just got back from Authors After Dark 2o15 in Atlanta, and I’ll tell you it was extremely successful. I met a ton of … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Lose the Cliché – They’re Dull As Dirt

The definition, according to Dictionary.com, of cliche is : a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, … Continue reading

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