Posts Tagged "Erin Bartels"

Navigating The Space Between Getting An Agent And Selling Your First Book by Erin Bartels

Navigating The Space Between Getting An Agent And Selling Your First Book by Erin Bartels

By on Sep 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

“So how’s the writing going?” No other question in the history of the human race can be so welcomed when things are going well nor so loathed when things are going nowhere. How does one answer such a question when every writer knows that the answer will be long, convoluted, angsty, and peppered with self-pity? Because, let’s be honest, unless you can say, “I just...

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Fear, Courage, and What Makes Your Writing Stand Out

Fear, Courage, and What Makes Your Writing Stand Out

By on Aug 26, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

Sometimes as we are writing, and especially when we’re revising, we run across something in our own work that makes us…uncomfortable. A bit of truth slipped out when we weren’t watching. We read it later and are stunned that it came from within our minds and hearts. We think, “Maybe I shouldn’t say that, shouldn’t let my character say it.” In 2014, I was working on...

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Revising Your Manuscript: Sifting Through All That Good Advice

Revising Your Manuscript: Sifting Through All That Good Advice

By on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

So you’ve released your precious manuscript to beta readers and they’ve actually sent you their comments. What do you do with all that advice? What if you don’t agree with something? What if one reader’s advice conflicts with another’s? How do you tell the good advice from the bad or misguided? Consider your true audience. What’s your genre? Who is going to...

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Getting the Most Out of Your Beta Readers

Getting the Most Out of Your Beta Readers

By on Aug 3, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

Beta readers are those select people you chose to read your work before having other people (agents, editors, etc.) read your work. They help you see your story as a reader would the first time through. It’s important if you ever hope for your writing to see the light of day, whether you publish it traditionally or self-publish, to have someone read it...

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Revising Your Manuscript: Cutting the Fat

Revising Your Manuscript: Cutting the Fat

By on Jul 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

When it comes to revision, writers have a lot to say about what to leave in and what to leave out. Kill your darlings is a common way of describing the process of cutting out the parts that are pretty or clever but do not move the story along. But there are other things to cut out as well if we want our writing to sing—the boring stuff, the repetitive stuff, the...

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