2021 goal updates

I found that I'm better at achieving my goals if I write them down and then check back on them later. So, in December, I wrote down some goals that I'm going to go through now. Get a job in publishing Kind of. I have been applying to publishing jobs since January, but I haven't … Continue reading 2021 goal updates

Common writer mistakes #14

#14 — Misusing commas I've done one of these on commas before. I had talked about using commas to continuously add information to a sentence. But I haven't talked about when to use a comma and when not to. Commas are complicated. What tends to get overlooked with them though is independent clauses and dependent … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #14

How much does editing cost?

As a writer looking for editing services, prices can get confusing. Every editor charges something different for many reasons. They have a variety of needs and bills to cover. They also have different levels of experience. Plus, it's not like everyone can edit at the same speed. Some editors are faster than others, and some … Continue reading How much does editing cost?

6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Editors are essential. It's important to communicate some information with them though when y’all first talk. Here are six things to keep in mind: Word count, not page count Knowing how many pages there are isn't as helpful as one might think. There is the general standard that every page is about 250 words. But … Continue reading 6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Introducing Dragon Editing Services

I'm launching a freelance editorial service called Dragon Editing Services. This has been a work in progress. I'm glad it's finally coming together. I provide three editing services: Manuscript CritiqueCopyeditingProofreading A manuscript critique evaluates your story’s strengths and weaknesses. You will receive an editorial letter with a plan of action to bring your story to … Continue reading Introducing Dragon Editing Services

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

Common writer mistakes #10

#10 — Adding too many commas Lately, I've had a few authors use commas to add detail after detail onto a sentence. But they don't realize how jam-packed the sentence becomes. Here are two fictional examples: Laurence came through the door, looking for answers, looking for something to turn his path around, and looking for … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #10

Common writer mistakes #9

#9 — Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurenica see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

How does a book become a book? – part two

If you missed part one, here's a link. #3 - Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to character? How is … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part two

How does a book become a book? – part one

Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 - Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part one