Avoiding Narrator Intrusion

Hook Critique: Voice & Word Economy Part 2

by Emilee Newman Bowles Hello, “dear reader” As a young English Lit  student, I laughed to myself when a story addressed the reader like this. It used to be common to tell the “dear reader” the moral of the story. These days it’s passé. Even if you know you should avoid speaking directly to the […]

Getting Your Book into Libraries


by Lindsay Flanagan You want to build an audience for your books, and whether you’re traditionally or self published, finding readers in this saturated market can be hard. An often overlooked way to find fans is through the library—yes, that place you (or your parents?) used to do research for book reports and essays. Despite […]

Nonfiction—Biggest Dos and Don’ts


What to Know Before Submitting to Publishers — Or Self-Publishing By Lindsay Flanagan Writing nonfiction can be rather daunting. You’ve got your research all compiled, and your ideas are outlined, but now you need to sit down and write. Where to begin? And once that’s done, there’s the self-editing and the sources to sort out (shudder)! […]

Taxes for Writers

by Lindsay Flanagan and Precision Editing Guest Contributors Josi S. Kilpack and Heather Moore Taxes. What a fun subject, right? Not? Well, doing your taxes (or paying them) may not be fun, but going to Italy to research your new novel—and writing off a lot of the trip—might be! As a professional writer, you can […]

Your Book as Film: Wooing Hollywood


by Lindsay Flanagan It may seem like the majority of recent films are based on books. While it’s true that some of the biggest blockbusters in recent years are adapted from books, the ratio of all published books to those made into films is a much smaller number—it’s less than 1% .* But you are […]