A plane. The muse. My baby.

MichelleJust for Fun, On Writing1 Comment

Hello writers, editors, and friends! This post isn’t editing related, except that I got a little of that done on the flight. And, it’s late. But what are summers for if not vacations and writing and reading for pleasure? This is me. Thanks for reading. <3 — To Luke, I’m on my 16th flight since you were born. 15 of … Read More

Should you avoid “-ing” verbs?

MichelleOn Writing2 Comments

I love when my writers tell me they’re studying the craft. I almost always dislike the results of their study. It’s a great thing, especially as an amateur writer, to learn the “rules”; it’s a much better thing to learn why those rules exist – and to then feel confident about breaking them. Exhibit A: A talented client of mine … Read More

The Power of Words

MichelleJust for Fun, On Reading, On WritingLeave a Comment

I have these little snapshot memories: my weird collection of encyclopedias at age 5; my very first American Girl book at age 6—the first “real” book I could read all by myself; my journal of words at age 7. I was nicknamed “The Dictionary” in fifth grade, then learned a little Spanish and French in high school before becoming fluent … Read More

So. Much. Gratitude.

MichelleJust for Fun, On Reading, On WritingLeave a Comment

There’s a lot to be thankful for when you work as a freelance book editor. Especially when it’s your company. I get to work from home and call the shots, decide where and when and how much I work in between chasing around my 15-month-old, cooking and cleaning and writing my own stuff. “I do what I want” rings true … Read More

Why do you write?

MichelleOn Writing, Uncategorized2 Comments

We watched “Passengers” last night. The basic premise: a man (Chris Pratt) wakes up 90 years too soon from a 120-year nap while on an interstellar “vacation” to colonize a new planet. He falls in love with a sleeping woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and, in his loneliness, must decide if he should wake her or not. Doing so is essentially murder. … Read More

Granting an Exclusive Read to a Literary Agent

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You’ve written an engaging and tightly crafted novel, self-edited and enlisted beta readers, then hired a professional editor to prepare your manuscript for the querying process. You’ve worked hard, studied hard, and made some tough decisions about your story. You’re serious about becoming a traditionally published, professional author. And now you’re almost there! These are the writers who often get caught … Read More