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Sending Out Your Book Baby

Hi All! As many of you know, I just finished a series on the building blocks of a novel, which dove deep into a metaphor comparing a novel to a city. We compared words to bricks, sentences to walls, paragraphs to buildings, scenes to streets, and chapters to neighborhoods. Today, I want to acknowledge that sometimes a novel is not like a city at all. I think most regular readers of this blog know that […]

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Trunked manuscripts . . . after you’re already published

Years ago, a friend told me that getting published was the easy part. It was staying published that was difficult. I laughed a little. I died inside. I was still trying to get published the first time, let alone a second or third time, and I wasn’t having a whole lot of success. But perseverance won, and eventually I did get published. And because I was one of those annoying overachievers, I’d already written first […]

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Steph and Stacey’s Critiquing Cheat Sheet

Stephanie: When I first started writing, I thought revising was proofreading. In fact, I knew so little about revisions I believed that if there were mistakes in my manuscript it was no big deal because that’s what editors are for. Thankfully I outgrew this delusion rather quickly. Unfortunately it took me a much longer time to find solid critique partners and figure out what it means to revise. So, for any of you who might […]

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