Welcome, writers, to my resource center!
If you are a writer of any content, you know there can be a lot to think about. So I wanted to make your journey easier by offering resources just for you. I hope you find enjoyable, valuable resources. I just published this, so most of the resources are in the works. However, I wanted to post the topics so you could let me know if you would like any additional resources.
Published February 2018. Some authors think an editor just fixes their errors. An editor certainly fixes your grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, but an editor should do more than that. This article will help you see how an editor works with you to make your material the best it can be in the time available.
Published March 2018. Editing is a process involving various levels. While the editing terms can change from editor to editor, editing is essentially broken down into four levels. This article will help you make an informed decision on the levels of editing you need, regardless of the term being used, and what to budget for your project.
How to Deal with a Heavily Edited Manuscript
COMING SOON: If you get your manuscript back with a lot of editorial markings, breathe, realize your editor is not out to get you, and know this doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. Often those tracked changes can look more intimidating and invasive than they really are. This article will walk you through a stress-free method for dealing with a heavily edited manuscript.
10 Realistic Expectations
COMING SOON: This article will help you have realistic expectations going into it. Yes, you should expect excellence from your editor, but an editor is human, and while editors strive for perfection, that isn’t feasible. With that said, a good editor will meet certain expectations.
Why Hire a Proofreader
COMING SOON: Guest blog post on why you need a proofreader after working with an editor.
Nonfiction Self-Editing Ebooklet
COMING SOON: This resource is an ebooklet available for instant download. The ebooklet walks you through the process of self-editing your nonfiction book.
Fiction Self-Editing Ebooklet
COMING SOON: This resource is an ebooklet available for instant download. The ebooklet walks you through the process of self-editing your fiction book.
Self-Publishing Tips for Success
COMING SOON: Guest blog post from a successful self-publishing author.
Marketing Your Book
COMING SOON: Guest blog post from a book marketing expert.
What is a Style Sheet
COMING SOON: When I first started working as an editor, I didn’t know this either. Since I transitioned into editing from teaching English, I knew how to edit but not how to create style sheets. In fact, I didn’t even know I was supposed to create a style sheet at first. So as an indie author, you might not be familiar with them either. This article will explain what it is and how to use it.
How to Create Your Own Style Sheet
COMING SOON: Guest blog post
Effective Dialogue, Bringing Your Characters to Life
Published April 2018. When writing dialogue tags, authors often fall into these common pitfalls. Avoiding these pitfalls will strengthen your dialogue tags, improving the pacing and characterization. So read this blog to discover how you can avoid these pitfalls and write better dialogue tags today.
The Art of Show Don’t Tell
5 Ways to Create Characters that Don’t Suck
Published May 2018. Many writers tend to overuse the state-of-being verbs: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been. While we need these words, strong writers can often reword sentences to eliminate them, choosing powerful verbs instead. This article provides specific methods to eliminate them. However, this isn’t an exercise in getting rid of every one—though when I taught English, I had students rise to the occasion.