We’ve all experienced the sickening dread when computers crash mid-email or mid-project. Did I save it in time? Did I lose everything? Now imagine that this happens to your novel or manuscript. If you’re like me, it instantly fills you with terror. So how can you make sure that your manuscript is never lost? In […]
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Hello writerly people! I’m back with another guest post to take you behind the scenes in the sometimes all-too-mysterious world of book publishing. In my first post last month, we talked about the acquisitions process: how an editor acquires a book for a publishing house/imprint. Now let’s pick up where we left off and discuss […]
This week! Books! First up, a programming announcement: I’m going to be traveling (see above) and taking a blog break for the next few weeks, but there will be some guest posts for you to enjoy! I’ll be back with new posts on September 27. Feel free to contact me in the meantime if you […]
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For the last year and a half, I’ve written nearly a dozen drafts of a novel. I wrote (or rewrote) 1,000 words every day, cancelled plans to work on my novel, and dreamed of publication. Recently, I decided to put my novel in the drawer and move on. It was gut-wrenching, but I know it […]
We writers can get really, really attached to our characters. They become almost like family members. We want the best for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to see them make mistakes, to see their flaws, and to let the bad qualities shine through from time to time. We can be way too nice to […]