7 Steps for Hiring a Good Editor

by Victoria Passey 1. Understand the different types of editing. There are several types of editing: content/developmental editing, substantive/deep-line editing, copyediting, and proofreading, as well as edits for style guides and fact-checking. Together, they create a funnel of sorts, progressively narrowing down to your finished, publication-ready manuscript. Since there are many different terms for the…

The Fainting Damsel

Adding Emotion to Your Writing without the Melodrama by Amy Michelle Carpenter and Angela Woiwode Many writers struggle with making their writing shine and adding emotion without making it melodramatic. It can be tempting to rev up the drama in every scene to ensure that your readers feel each emotional pang your characters feel. But…

Kidlit: Writing for Young Children

by Victoria Passey Stories are where many of us first learn to use our imagination and think outside ourselves. We learn to empathize, experiment, and build connections through the power of words. According to Jim Trelease, author of best-selling Read-Aloud Handbook, several studies have shown that children can begin to enjoy reading while they are…

How to Get Virtual Interviews

Even for Those Previously Out-of-Reach Shows! by Melissa Dalton Martinez I work in the media (mostly TV) and have some inside information for all you lovely authors out there. Now is an excellent time for you to get on TV, both within your home market and across the country. Most news and lifestyle shows are…

How to Write a Nonfiction Query Letter

by Emilee Newman Bowles and Lindsay Flanagan The query letter. It’s your audition, your one shot at piquing an agent’s or editor’s interest so they want to see more. And it either thrills you to the tips of your fingers to write it or scares you to your very core. We’re guessing it’s the latter,…