Inspiration & Information

Of Hawks and Mice, and Writers’ Friends

by Margaret Welwood You Can Go Home Again, the title assures us. But as three mice run for cover from a diving hawk, we forget the title. Mother mouse hurries the children into a rock crevasse in front of her, and the hawk accelerates, extending its talons . . .

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What Do the Best Writers Do?

…That Other Writers Don’t? by Joel Klettke [Editor’s note: While this is specifically for non-fiction writers, don’t miss the golden nuggets here that will smooth the paths for fiction writers.] As someone who both writes and manages a writing team, I’ve often wondered why some writers need very little editing

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What’s the most terrifying word for authors?

by Gina Burgess Nope it isn’t writer’s block. That’s two words. According to a mountain of studies it’s networking. Of course there isn’t a separate study done just on authors, but studies have included thousands of people in all different walks of life. Networking seems to either instill excitement of

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How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript

by Jennifer Harris The Big Picture – Part 1 Big picture editing—also called developmental editing or the revision stage—can be an overwhelming task, especially if this is your first novel. The big picture edit is where you will start molding your raw material into a polished finished novel. This is

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Can Beta Readers Replace Editors?

by Jennifer Harris Beta readers are an invaluable resource. They provide feedback on content, what’s working and what’s not working, and usually catch some of our pesky typos. Personally, I wouldn’t publish a book without the use of beta readers. However, their role is quite different from that of an

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The Trust Fall of Editing: Sample Edits

By Kathrin Herr Hey, author friends! I’m Kathrin, AKA The Writing Mechanic. In this blog post, I want to talk about one of my favorite ways to decide whether if an editor and author mesh well together: the glorious sample edit! When I communicate with authors about editing their books,

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