From Draft to Done

Listen to this post in Spotify or on 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 theContinue reading “From Draft to Done”

Backstory: When and Where

This blog from Helping Writers Become Authors (K.M. Weiland) compares two movie adaptations of The Scarlet Pimpernel (one of my favorite books/movies; I love Leslie Howard!) to discuss some points of when and how to best convey your character’s backstory. Here’s my take on how and when to include backstory. This topic also answers questionContinue reading “Backstory: When and Where”

Do you need a Copy Editor?

You think you’ve got a pretty tight story, and just need it “cleaned up” before you start thinking about submitting it to a publisher or publishing it yourself. Most people will say you need a copy editor. Copy Editors A copy editor is focused at the language structure level of reviewing your manuscript. So theyContinue reading “Do you need a Copy Editor?”

What’s my manuscript evaluated for?

When you request a manuscript evaluation, you are asking me to answer the following questions: Another thing a manuscript evaluator can do is tell you how well the story fits the genre(s) you’re aiming for or what tags might be useful for targeting the books to the right readers. If an evaluation finds a lotContinue reading “What’s my manuscript evaluated for?”

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?”

Do you need a Proofreader?

A proofreader is all about catching the last errors and checking the layout of the book on the page(s). They find and fix: overlooked punctuation problems transposed letters in words widow and orphan situations where a word or words is just left “hanging” at the top of a page. strange line spacing when text isContinue reading “Do you need a Proofreader?”