When To Walk Away From Your Manuscript & When To Hire A Professional Editor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wF1S-QhJus Lots of questions coming at me in the past few weeks, most of them from Facebook. I’ll start with Jessica who asked for tips for motivation to keep writing if you’re feeling very stuck. Good question. Here’s the thing – writing is hard. It sounds like you already knew that, but I think it …

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Anne O’Brien Carelli On Allowing Time to Pass Before Editing

Today's guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is Anne O'Brien Carelli, who developed the Welcome to Our Schools program for the New York State Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance. Her book Skylark and Wallcreeper follows the story of Lily, who is helping her grandmother Collette evacuate to a makeshift shelter in Brooklyn during …

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Recycle Or Trash It? Reworking An Old Manuscript

Opening an old manuscript feels a bit like glancing at your own diary. There are things in there you'd forgotten about that you're delighted to see again, but that's probably outweighed by the blushing and embarrassment. We grow as writers over time and our skills develop by small measures, something we don't notice in the …

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An Agent Tells You What He Loves (and Hates) In Query Letters, Plus An Editor on What “Revise & Resubmit” Really Means

This month on the Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire Patreon I'm welcoming agent Eric Smith and former editor Anica Mrose Rissi for exclusive behind-the-publishing-world editions of the podcast. Eric Smith of PS Literary joined me to talk about what he loves - and hates - in queries, what genres he's looking for, what he's not, …

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