Tag : Editing

Written on Nov, 30, 2013 by in | 4 Comments.

I’m sure most people think authors are a calm and level-headed breed. Our bio and PR pictures depict us as well groomed and smiling, and we try to be witty and intellectual at dinner parties. Ours is one of the few professions where glasses and gray hair can actually improve our standing and charisma. It’s all true (not), but you …

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Written on Mar, 10, 2013 by in , | 3 Comments.

Somebody recently asked me how much the final draft differs from the first. Great question! Here is a snippet of the first and final drafts:   First Draft She sat up, her head held high. Alice wasn’t going to win! She thought of Mampalo, and the physiker and the klynaks. They all believed in her, and there was one thing …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2012 by in | Leave a comment

So you’ve written your book and revised/edited it, probably more times that you can count. Then you sent it to a professional editor (if not, you should), and incorporated their changes. Finally, you’ve given it to one or more proofreaders to catch the annoying little typos that your spell checker will never find. Now what? Put it aside for as …

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Written on Dec, 21, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

How do you know when you’re finished with your book? When will your m/s come out of the oven at the perfect temperature, wonderfully seasoned, beautifully plated and ready for consumption by an agent? Never. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I spent a year planning this book, another three years writing it, and another year editing it. It’s been …

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