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5 Common Writing Mistakes

Here are some common mistakes I find in manuscripts. 1. Filter words These fall into the whole “show don’t tell” category of advice. They can stop the flow of the reader’s momentum. Filter words often include verbs that identify any of the senses: heard, felt, thought, saw, tasted etc. Example: I heard the trill ofContinue reading “5 Common Writing Mistakes”

Why do I need an Editor?

Have you just finished your first novel and you’re wondering what to do with it? Are you thinking of submitting to an agent or KDP (Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing)? There are several steps before your manuscript is ready for submission, and one of the most important is to find an editor. Although there are severalContinue reading “Why do I need an Editor?”

Different Types of Editing

Some edits blur into each other in practice, but there are technically four distinct types. This is where I specialize and usually the first stop on your editing journey. I look at your manuscript as a whole. I analyze the thematic elements, character arcs, pacing, plot holes. Does your book match genre and age groupContinue reading “Different Types of Editing”

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