Don't Embarrass Yourself, You Need a Good Editor

I don't care if you're planning on publishing the traditional route or self-publishing, you need a good editor for both venues. You might ask why, if you're publishing traditionally, you should hire an editor for your manuscript if the big publishing house will already rake its editorial fingers through your piece. You're hunting for an agent, aren't you? Or are you lucky enough to know of a few publishing houses that will look at unrepresented manuscripts? You'll want to put

I Write Poorly, but I Revise Well

It seems when writers start out they feel as though they must write the perfect sentence, followed by another perfect sentence, that in turn will lead to a valuable plot point while carefully crafting your book's world along the way. It doesn't work like that. Often your first draft is simply you telling yourself the story. Don't be surprised when you reread it to yourself if you still don't understand everything you were trying to say. Use the parts that are golden and rewri

Plotting Made Simple

All right, so last blog post I wrote on whether you should be a pantser or a plotter. What was the verdict? I'm a total panster-I write by the seat of my pants and that works well for me. However, whether you are a plotter or a pantser you should make sure that your work follows a well organized storyline. Otherwise your reader will feel like they are going nowhere fast. Do you know what happens when a reader feels like they aren't getting anywhere? They put your book down an