Follow these guidelines to clarify your expectations for your manuscript editing and they will save your editor a lot of time, frustration, and confusion.

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Sometimes you are the biggest impediment to your own productivity. Everything is a distraction, or perhaps your need a way to connect with collaborators or check your grammar. These eight online writing tools can keep you focused and streamline the writing process.

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Want to learn more about the power of fine-tuning your sentences to improve your writing? Join BookBaby and Jocelyn Pruemer on Wednesday, October 21 at 4 pm ET for a special Twitter Q&A where we’ll talk about the best ways to find the weaknesses in your writing and how to fix them.

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Generic descriptions and recurring sentence structures lead to a rather boring read. Editing with a focus on more interesting word choices and sentence structures can improve your writing and make it shine.

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There has been a debate recently about whether an editing app can or should ever replace a human editor. The answer is a resounding NO. Writer’s need real, actual people to help them develop their ideas and tell their stories. That will never change. But there are some areas where an editing tool can, in my opinion, blow a human editor out of the water. You should think of it as a two step process: use the editing tool to improve the technical elements of your writing so that your human editor is freed up to focus on content and style.

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Self-editing can be harder than writing because we grow to love our creations, and we often have difficulty seeing them objectively. We have a hard time destroying the little superfluous bits that keep our manuscripts from greatness because it feels like we’re destroying pieces of ourselves.

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I’ve never met a writer who hasn’t wanted her reader to get completely lost in the words on the page. While there are many things that separate fact from fiction, there’s one thing that all writers ignore at their peril: a good, hard, honest self-edit. Let’s talk dialogue. Fiction writers learn quickly that there’s nothing as terrible as stiff, unrealistic dialogue to pull a reader out of the story. The first place to start is by cutting out as many dialogue tags as you can.

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