I’m writing this post to explain how I, as a developmental editor, go about reading a book and writing a manuscript critique so prospective clients will know what they’re getting, but I also have some thoughts that might be of interest to writers in general, including my take on what’s required of a debut novel … Continue reading How I Write a Manuscript Critique | An Editor’s Rant About Debut Novels
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My Life is a Space Opera
I want to preface this post with a disclaimer: I love, love, love my job. This is not me lamenting my work. It’s me lamenting my own brain. Despite the woe-is-me nature of this post, I know how lucky I am to do what I do. There’s no way I’d rather make a living than … Continue reading My Life is a Space Opera
PitMad Tips and Strategies | Twitter Pitch Events
With the last PitMad of 2020 coming up on December 3rd, I thought I’d share my latest tips, tricks, strategies, magic spells, and general thoughts on how to get results for this and other Twitter pitch events--and things you can take away from PitMad even if you don’t get that coveted agent like. [Want to … Continue reading PitMad Tips and Strategies | Twitter Pitch Events
I Read Dozens of Manuscripts in 2019 | Here’s What I Learned
I'VE BEEN reflecting on all the unpublished manuscripts I read and critiqued in 2019, ranging from sci-fi to high fantasy to detective procedural to YA romance to literary efforts that don't fit into a genre category. Despite the range of styles and writing quality, if you were to take my critiques of all these books … Continue reading I Read Dozens of Manuscripts in 2019 | Here’s What I Learned
I Did a Blog Thing!
THIS IS the first blog thing I've done in quite a while. I enjoy blog things, so hopefully this post marks the rebirth of frequent ramblings. In the tradition of my blogging style, I have no idea what I'm even writing about! Let's start with PitMad, because it's coming up on Thursday, June 6th. You … Continue reading I Did a Blog Thing!
Update Regarding Free Query Critiques
I'VE COME to a decision. I'm not going to suspend free query critiques. Instead, I'm going to limit how many I accept. Here's how: I'll critique a couple queries a day, maybe more on days when I have down time, and when they start to pile up, I'll just stop accepting them until I've cleared … Continue reading Update Regarding Free Query Critiques