What Editors Look For: Chapter One

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Writing Advice | No Comments

I’m pretty sure that somewhere out there is a book written entirely about crafting your novel’s first chapter. It’s a science and an art form at the same time, and it never gets any easier, no matter how many books you write. With your first chapter, you have to paint a picture of a world […]

What Editors Look For: Mechanics

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Writing Advice | One Comment

If you know what someone wants, it becomes that much easier to give it to her. Outside of genre and word length preferences, editors look for some basic things in a manuscript that’s been submitted to them. One of those things is good grammar and spelling. Never underestimate the power of a good, aesthetically pleasing […]

Divorce Your Words; Save Your Story

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Writing Advice | One Comment

Revision. For many writers, I may as well have said Root Canal. They dread it like they do a jury duty summons. They know it’s necessary but hate every second of it. I’m not one of those writers. Revision is actually my favorite part. There’s something so satisfying in tearing apart a story to reassemble […]