Tag Archives | Revising

What Is Good Pacing, and Why Does It Matter?

Good Afternoon, Pubcrawlers! If you’ve ever queried a manuscript or sold a book, then I think it’s safe to assume you’ve likely heard the word “pacing” in feedback for your project. Whether the pacing was too slow, too fast, or missing something, when I’m editing client projects or giving feedback on submissions, it’s one of the notes I give the most. When a novel is well-paced, it carries the reader through the story easily to […]

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The Query Conundrum

Good morning, Pubcrawlers! As many of you likely know, as an agent, I get a lot of submissions. Even when I find myself in one of those rare moments where I’m mostly caught up on queries, it doesn’t last. And that isn’t including the pile of requested manuscripts I always have on hand. So you’ll believe me when I tell you, I read a LOT of queries. And I’m noticing a trend. I’m calling it […]

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Tracking Your Progress While Outlining and Revising

Hi all! Julie here. Recently I blogged about How to Finish Your Book, focusing on tips on how to get to The End when writing a first draft. In the comments, I was asked a great question about tracking progress during the outlining and revising stages of the writing process. The reason I think this is such a great question is because tracking outlining and revising is definitely trickier than tracking drafting. When getting a […]

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Things I Do While Editing

This is with pretty much every book I’ve ever written. One day, I hope to learn from my mistakes and really streamline the process, but I’m working on what will be my seventh published book (sixth solo, and but eleventh if you count novellas) and I’m still doing all these things. 1. I always have a few drafts where I work really hard to keep sentences I like. I move them around. I make them more […]

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Building Blocks of a Novel: Chapters

Hi All! We’ve come to the final installment in my series on the building blocks of a novel. This is part five of a series built around a metaphor comparing a novel to a city. So far, we’ve imagined words as bricks, sentences as walls, paragraphs as buildings, and scenes as streets. Today, we’ll look at the final building block—chapters. If a novel were a city, the chapters would be the neighborhoods. When you travel through […]

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