Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

My number #1 trick to editing novels

Novels are hard manuscripts to edit. Usually, writers have tons of notepads and factual lists to keep up with. The whole editing process can seem overwhelming. I’ve discovered multiple novel editing tips from my experience. The best one though is almost not even considered editing at all. Because instead of editing, I rewrite. I’ve mentioned rewriting … Continue reading My number #1 trick to editing novels

Writing adverbs

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” - Stephen King Adverbs have become some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for writers. Although, it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down sometimes. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate the story … Continue reading Writing adverbs

Tips for self-publishing

Self publishing can bring a good profit and allows writers to publish anything they want. However, marketing is harder, especially since it's easy to pick out a self-published book over a traditionally published book. Self-published books just look less professional on average. That said, here's some tips to help make self-published books look more professional: … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing

Waiting forever

After writers send their work out to be critiqued, it can feel as if forever stands in front of them. Time has stopped. Even as life goes by, nothing happens to them. They wait, filled with butterflies. Days and months and years all feel like lifetimes. Perhaps it's because they're nervous. They just sent their … Continue reading Waiting forever