Do you need a Developmental Editor?

This post explores what questions to ask of yourself and your manuscript to determine if you’re ready for editing. First, all editing is not the same. There are multiple ways that an editor can prepare your manuscript for publication. Developmental Editors Developmental editors look at the “big picture” of your story. Whether your story isContinue reading “Do you need a Developmental Editor?”

Stop asking WWYD

WWYD (“What would you do?”) is a common question in writing groups. It happens when an author reaches an impasse in the story for the character’s actions. So often it comes across like a popularity contest: I’ll have the character do whatever most of them say they’ll do, and that will make my story popular.Continue reading “Stop asking WWYD”

Don’t take my word for it

With the proliferation of places to self-publish your stories, there’s a lot more reading material out there to choose from. Some authors might say marketing is their secret. They know what their readers like and they know where they go to find reading material, and they buy ads to reach them. But a lot ofContinue reading “Don’t take my word for it”

Advice for when writers struggle

Writer’s block. Some say it exists. Some say it doesn’t; it’s all in your head. Pointedly, both sides are right. Everything about story writing is in your head. Until it moves to your fingers to the rhythm of a swishing pen, or the clickety-clack of keys on a keyboard. Author Peggy Lantz posted about herContinue reading “Advice for when writers struggle”

When to type “The End”

(by the way, it’s not actually good manuscript formatting to type “The End” at the end of your manuscript. Yeah. Really.) “How do I end my book?” “Is this a good ending?” “Should I use an epilogue?” I’ve heard these in my writing group numerous times. I’ve heard this from developmental editing clients. And yes,Continue reading “When to type “The End””

Processing Feedback

In a previous blog, I discussed the steps to go from first draft to done and ready to publish. Step 2 is getting feedback. Whether this is from alpha readers, beta readers, developmental editors, you need to get feedback from people who look out for what readers need to be able to read your workContinue reading “Processing Feedback”

From Draft to Done

In today’s blog post, I’m going to try to discuss the entire writing process from first draft to publication- or submission-ready. Where you are in the process should give you some clues as to what type of editing assistance you may need to get to the next step. Step 1. First Draft This is theContinue reading “From Draft to Done”

Publishing timeline

a guide for self-publishing authors who want to use editors I’ve had a number of conversations the last few weeks with authors who approach me about editing, but they have surprisingly unrealistic timetables for going from draft through editing, to publish-ready. This blog will primarily address the editing parts of the publishing process: beta readers,Continue reading “Publishing timeline”