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What Do Acquisition Editors Really Want?

What Do Acquisition Editors Really Want?

What Do Acquisition Editors Really Want? By Shay Goodman. Reposted with permission from Write Divas Just what does that confounding acquisitions editor want from you? And you thought the age-old question about what women want was a stumper. Today I wanted to discuss just what it is that acquisition editors are looking for. Do you know what makes an editor choose one story over another? Well, it’s fairly simple really, but for those on the outside looking in, it may … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory Reposted with permission from Write Divas   Wikipedia mashed together two great definitions of backstory: “A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.” What does that mean to you the writer? To me, it means in order to completely support your plot, character motivations, and development of … Read entire article »

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Building a Relationship With Your Editor

Building a Relationship With Your Editor

Building a Relationship With Your Editor By Jen Matera. Reposted with permission from Write divas   You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been tweaked and modified, and you’ve run it past three different pre-readers for comments and critiques. You’ve made your last series of changes, and you’re ready for editing. You’ve hired an editor… so now what? Now’s the time for you to begin building a relationship with your editor. Trust: The most important thing about building a relationship with your … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés Reposted with permission from Write Divas It seems as though every writing website out there has something to say about stereotypes and clichés, but what’s the big deal? When stereotypes and clichés are used, authors simply have to define a character as a dumb jock or a nerdy bookworm, and they can get away without having to establish characterization because the stereotype has done all the work for them. Stereotypes and clichés are … Read entire article »

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When to Hire an Editor

When to Hire an Editor

When to Hire an Editor By Janine Savage. Reposted with permission from Write Divas Now that you have your manuscript written,  you’ve revised it and handed it out to people who gave you their honest opinion, and then revised and polished it some more… it’s time for the final stages so you can publish your creation for everyone to read. You can see the end in sight, the light at the end of the tunnel, the finish line or … Read entire article »

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