Thomas Kunkel talks writing, editing at DFWCon

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The morning before the DFW Writers Conference officially blasted through the Fort Worth Convention Center, a small group met in a chilly corner room on the third floor of the building to discuss writing with impact, ruthless editing, and the power of reading. The talk was led by Thomas Kunkel, an accomplished journalist, multi-published author of narrative nonfiction, and current … Read More

Carmen Goldthwaite: Texas Storyteller

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Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting Carmen Goldthwaite as she addressed a small group of editors in Irving, Texas, but her talk did not focus on writing mechanics, her process, or the author/editor relationship. Instead, Carmen spoke primarily of the women she has researched and written about, exuding passion and enthusiasm for these women—her characters—as she told … Read More

Five Things All Writers Must Know About Editing

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Editing is objective Unlike peer-critiquing and beta reading, an editor’s job is not to express her opinion about what “feels” right or what “seems” like the best solution to a particular problem. An editor’s job is to spot errors and fix them. It is her job to know the rules and know how to break them; to stay up-to-speed with … Read More

Understanding the Author-Editor Relationship: How to find a fantastic editor—and keep her!

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It’s a recurring theme throughout all of my posts, and something you will hear time and again during your journey from first draft to published piece: the process of finding a great editor (that is, the right editor for you) should not be taken lightly. It’s important that she not only be skilled—educated, experienced, and continually fine-tuning her craft—but that … Read More

Tips for Self-Published Authors

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I typically encourage skilled authors with engaging, timely stories to seek representation for their novels in order to publish the traditional way. Getting a reputable press to publish your work likely means lower costs for you, larger audiences, and greater earnings from your books. Sometimes, though, traditional publishing just isn’t meant to be and the author must recognize that self-publishing … Read More