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This is the first post in my editing series in 2020 for how to develop a great story by having all the layers in place before actually writing, or if you've already written your book, how to make sure all the layers are in place. The first layer in developing a great story is finding … Continue reading Fiction: How to Find the Felt Need
We’re toward the end of our self-editing blog post punctuation series, but it certainly is not the end of the self-editing blog posts! In 2020, I’m planning a fiction and nonfiction course available in this similar blog post format to help writers nail down those sometimes tricky nuances of self-editing. And sometimes the tricks are … Continue reading Punctuation Series: How to Edit Slashes
Have you ever tried to read a book in a foreign language? Perhaps some of you have. I’ve tried reading Spanish and German, and when I didn’t know either language, I got all turned around by how they used quotation marks. So, to quotation mark or not to quotation mark, that is the question. More … Continue reading Punctuation Series: How to Edit Foreign Quotation Marks
Happy December, friends! Perhaps there's a book in this newly released list for the book reader in your life this Christmas... December 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Stranded for the Holidays by Lisa Carter -- Running away led her right … Continue reading ACFW December 2019 New releases
Here we are, nearly at the end of our year-long punctuation/grammar series. I hope you’ve learned a lot and gained much insight from these quick posts so that your manuscripts gleam professionalism on the inside. Believe it or not, this careful attention to all the little grammar nuances in a story is what catches the … Continue reading Punctuation Series: How to Edit Parentheses
October 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Biblical Fiction: Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton -- To keep her orphaned sisters together, Mahlah must seek what has never been granted to girls, an inheritance of God’s Promised Land. (Biblical from Harbourlight Books … Continue reading ACFW October 2019 New Releases
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Working backstage theater is one of the most rewarding aspects in the creative world. You get to see a lot of things happen, take shape, and touch a lot of lives. Plus, you've never seen so much coffee consumed or donuts eaten in your life until you've been backstage! During the time I worked backstage … Continue reading Shining Light Players
Where does that hyphen really go in my manuscript? How can I make my book look professional on the inside? This blog post shares another simple way you can wow editors and agents with your presentation, thus moving closer to representation and publication.