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July 29, 2020

Can you imagine being one of the most famous spy and espionage writers of our time and then suddenly switching to pen children’s literature?  Ian Fleming beloved author of the James Bond spy novels did just that! I'm not exactly sure if he loved children’s literature b...

July 29, 2020

By Alana Alsop

I write every day. I’m not bragging, I write every day because I know that if I want to become a better writer, that is the only way. I also know that if I want to become a better editor, I need to be a better writer. I tried setting my alarm every day as...

July 29, 2020

Hey Everyone!

Do you love your editor? If your book is published and doing well then the answer is possibly "yes," but if you are still battling it out on paper then possibly not. Whether or not you love or dislike your editor, please don’t fight them when he/she makes...

July 29, 2020

You know how your dentist can tell whether or not you’ve been flossing by how your gums look? It is just one of those things you can’t lie about right? Well, your editor can tell if you’re a reader by how your manuscript looks. It kills me when I talk to an author and...

July 29, 2020

The first thing an editor should do is ask for a random sample of your manuscript. This sample can come from anywhere in your book as long as it’s long enough (10-20 pages is best) for the editor to get a feel for your style and see where they can help you.

Next, the ed...

July 21, 2020

My brain is fried. I have been spending time strengthening my other businesses, and while I have been working on my other sites I have neglected this blog a little. The blessing of working for myself and owning a business is that I can spend my time where I need to, an...

July 14, 2020

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have had a productive week and got some words down on paper (or screen). If not, no worries, just chalk everything you experienced last week up to “research” (that includes that night you ate ice cream for dinner and chased it with wine).

My jo...

June 23, 2020

Hey Everyone!

I’m really enjoying connecting with all of you, keep reaching out, I love networking and I need friends (just kidding…not really). So I was thinking about some ways I could make some extra money to pay off some debt and my mind immediately went to two poss...

June 9, 2020

Ok, forgive the trip back to 6th grade English but, do you remember what an adverb is?

An adverb is a word that describes - or modifies, a verb, an adjective or another adverb.

Adverbs explain the action. For example:

•    She loudly screams

•    They q...

May 19, 2020

Writers struggle with point of view (POV) all the time! I constantly struggle with it myself, especially in the first draft, I mean how do you decide which one to use? Here are a few tips to help you decide which is the best POV for your book. If this gets too confusin...

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