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Editor interview! Shop talk with author Georgia Clark…

Author Georgia Clark is making the jump from writing YA novels to adult fiction with a speculative twist, but made some time for a quick editor interview on writing. A little backstory: she hired me to read through her fascinating and funny new manuscript, The Regulars, before sending it off to her agent. I loved working on it for so many reasons: Besides…

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Successes from 2012

To me, being a successful book editor is all about asking myself at the end of every day, “Have I done everything possible to make this book perfect?” And indeed, last year set all kinds of records: in my number of clients, in increasing my efficiency in the administrative side of my business, in attracting new visitors to this site,…

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Author Interview: Ross Goldstein, a 2011 success story

In one of my clients’ biggest success stories of 2011, Mill Valley writer Ross Goldstein landed a film deal for his first novel, Chain Reaction, with Paloma Productions. I learned the news last month, and am delighted to share this interview with all you writers out there who are asking yourself if a well-written novel can truly find success if…

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Video! Make readers’ great expectations pay off.

When you establish a contract with your reader in your novel’s opening pages, you set up their expectations–and often the success of your story. Do you know how to do it well? Find out in this short video clip, in which I talk about one of the many essential writing terms for novelists. Learn about story contract from my book,…

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Social Media for Authors: Week 3 of 4

If you spend a lot of time on social networking sites, are you wasting your time or getting results? Last week in Brazen Careerist’s Social Media Bootcamp course, the focus was on how to answer this question. So far we learned: Week 1’s lesson was to listen to your audience and figure out what they care about. Week 2’s lesson was on how to…

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Talk about fiction better with The Editor’s Lexicon

Become a revision-savvy writer or reviewer with the help of The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists. It decodes, defines, and provides helpful examples of the editorial jargon used in writing workshops, critiques, and online forums. Written by an experienced editor and writing teacher, this dictionary-style reference book is a fundamental guide for writers across the spectrum of experience, editors…

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Social Media for Authors: Week 2 of 4

Caveat: This is the week my imagination ran a little wild, dragging me along in a gadarene frenzy behind it. How I got here has more to do with my cart-first nature than with the Social Media Bootcamp course; and how I got back on the horse has everything to do with the quality of the week’s lessons. The first lesson…

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