Dots and Dashes

Do you use dots and dashes when writing? Of course you do.We all use them to indicate pauses or an interruption. But do you know how to use them? Do you know the difference between three dots and an ellipse?  What’s the difference? How about two dashes and an em-dash? Do you also know if […]

Other Voice Choice

In my first person narrator discussion, I took one tool away and gave nothing back. To remedy that, this post will be on other narrative voice choices, their strengths and even some of their weaknesses. Many books have been written on viewpoint and voice, a very complex subject. Basically, however, there are three commonly used […]

Professional Editors

This information is very helpful. Does anyone know where someone can go to find professional editors? How does one know if an editor is good or not before hand? We have things like Agentquery.com and the AAR for finding the good agents from the bad. Is there any such thing for editors? Professional editors come […]

Some Thinks, Some Links

My agent tells me to be patient, but I haven’t heard anything from him in weeks. We have a half dozen manuscripts out to various publishers, but nothing seems to be happening and I’m not feeling loved. Why does it take so long? What happens after requested and submitted manuscripts reach an editor’s desk? When […]

Let’s talk about query letters

Today’s subject is query letters. You know those pesky things writers have to write but would rather not. Possibly a good place to begin is by explaining what a query letter is, and isn’t, and after that, why editors, publishers and literary agents require them. The query letter is your introduction so it’s vitally important […]

Being published is like getting married

People wonder about who they will one day marry, about being pampered, who they’ll invite, the DJ, the dancing, fun on their special day and the excitement of their honeymoon. Most people don’t think rest of their married life. The publishing process is much a wedding. There’s a contact, working closely with an editor, the […]