Why do you write?

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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

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

How I Became An Editor

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From about mid-November through the first week of January, a freelance editor in her first few years of business can expect a bit of a slowdown, one she should relish in, using the time to relax and reflect on the year. This year, the transition from feast to famine was hardest on my heart. It wasn’t a matter of finances; … Read More