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Hurry Up and Wait

If there’s one thing you have to learn in this industry, it’s to be patient. Ack. The dreaded “P” word, right? It’s true, though. Patience isn’t just a virtue. It’s a necessity in our biz. I’m sure you’ve heard the … Continue reading

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Things You Should Know When Querying Agents – Part 3

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about things you should know when querying agents. If you missed the first two installments, go here for part 1 and here for part 2. What we haven’t touched are the expectations and … Continue reading

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4 Quick Ways to Improve Pacing Issues in Your Manuscript

If your manuscript suffers from slow pacing, here are four quick tips to help get the story moving. -Cut back on the setting details. While it’s nice to see where the story takes place, dumping paragraphs or (gasp) pages of … Continue reading

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10 Things Freelance Editors Shouldn’t Do for You

I’ve talked about readers’ expectations and agents’ expectations, but what about writers’ expectations when it comes to hiring a freelance editor? Of course, you’ll want her to be professional, knowledgeable, courteous, respectful, etc. But there are a few things that … Continue reading

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Query Letter Mishaps – Part 1

As a freelance editor, I see a lot of query letters. Not surprising, considering I offer query letter and synopsis critiques. I figured it might be helpful to take a look at some of the common mistakes I see writers … Continue reading

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Selecting an Editor: It Takes Two to Tango

Whether or not we work together is my choice as much as it is yours. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a freelance editor. My focus in on substantive edits and manuscript evaluation reports for romance (romantic … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for THE CALL?

If you’ve ever considered getting traditionally published, you probably know you need an agent if you want to submit to large publishers. You may even realize you should not only have a completed and polished manuscript ready but also a … Continue reading

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Ya Wanna Date?

I’ve been a freelance editor for over twelve years, but when I first started out, my clients were all local. Plus, I wore a few hats, so I wasn’t just editing manuscripts, I was also proofreading term papers, assisting with … Continue reading

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Top Six Agent Pet Peeves

Have you tried to hook an agent but keep coming up empty-handed? Have you had good responses to your query and even your partial or full manuscript, yet you still can’t land an agent? The problem might not be your … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t You Published? – Part 1

For those of you who are not yet published, are you getting tired of explaining to your friends and family why you aren’t? Do you even know the reason? Is your writing good enough? Be honest with yourself. Do you … Continue reading

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