Reentry and Giving Yourself a Break

~ By Melina Kantor We hear it all the time. BICHOK. Want to be a writer? Write.  Writers write every day.  And of course, all of that is true. But I’ve got to confess something. I just finished a first draft of a story. I sat my butt down and put my hands on the keyboard for several hours for 29 days and won NaNoWriMo. For a month, my dogs were neglected. My refrigerator was empty. My nice gel manicure slowly peeled off, leaving me with broken nails. I was exhausted. And people were talking about starting revisions on December...

Tips for Proofreading Your Manuscript

~ By Liz Dempsey Well done to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo, no matter how far into the process you made it. If you managed to get a whole book drafted, then you’re now at the stage of revising your work—either for a second draft, or in order to send it to your editor. Here are some tips to help you see your manuscript with fresh eyes and catch those embarrassing mistakes we all make. Bear in mind that proofreading your own work can be challenging. Your over-familiarity with your story may mean that you tend to skim over...

What Does It All Mean?

The Confusing World of Editing and Proofreading ~ By Liz Dempsey For the new writer, understanding the function of the professionals involved in the process of readying your book for market, and the terminology used by the editing and proofreading world, can be daunting. It doesn’t help that often the same job comes with several different titles. To help you get your head around it all and decide which type of editor and proofreader you need, here is a quick guide. Editor—Content/Developmental/Substantive/Story These are all pretty much the same thing. This type of editor will help you sort out...

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