Editing

Insights, advice and articles on the importance of editing your book before publishing.

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Getting — And Interpreting — A Reader’s “Thought Map” Of Your Book

Authors want to manipulate readers' thoughts — this is why we read, after all. We love getting swept away into new worlds, with new people and ideas. Getting a reader's thought map is a great way to hone this skill.
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Things You Might Hear From A Developmental Editor

Within the domain of book editing, a developmental editor will assess content and story structure. Go to one when you want to see if your story "works."
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Getting good feedback from beta readers

In an ideal world, your book's beta readers will give you feedback on these eight points. It helps if you ask them for this specific criticism in advance.
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Improve Your Writing: Become a Demanding Self-Editor

Being a demanding self-editor is a must if you want to be the best writer you can be. What's the point of pouring weeks, months, or years into a manuscript, then settling for something other than your very best work?
Marie Kondo

What Marie Kondo Can Teach Us About Decluttering Our Prose

When "Tidying Up" aired early in January 2019 on Netflix, hordes of fans clamored for more of Marie Kondo's animism when dealing with all their "stuff." Kondo peddles the concept of perfect control over your things instead of letting your things control you. Writers, we can take a page out of Kondo's book.
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Book Publishing Blunders of First-Time Authors

Author, book publishing expert, and coach Judith Briles (AKA The Book Shepherd) joined our February #BBchat Twitter Chat to discuss book publishing blunders for first-time authors.
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Crutch Words: Why They Cripple Your Writing

In a conversation, "crutch words" give you an extra second to think of what to say. In writing, they are glaring annoyances that destroy your writing style.

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