Shortening your Manuscript

No author avoids at least one of these important steps. Just like with a painting, or cake frosting, a manuscript needs final cuts and touches to make it all smooth, vibrant, and lush.

Perhaps you need to shorten your manuscript extensively. Clench your teeth, wipe your tears… And do it. You can start with easy and convenient tips like these.

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Your Success Stories: Lynda Abernathy

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I was born and raised in Georgia (the state, not the country), though I lived in the Midwest while I was in college. I love travel, animals, and caffeine. My first love was poetry, and the styles and content have grown with me. I have also had some success with short stories, lifestyle articles, and other creative writing. Last month, I released my debut novel, a literary fiction novel that bends genres.

I have held second jobs in editing and freelance writing while working full-time desk jobs. I solicit writing gigs and apply for various writing contests just to be able to do what I love while I also earn a living in a completely different field. My life’s goal is to be able to write freely, without the ever-present concern of poverty lurking nearby – to be able to earn my living with my words.

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How to Attract Beta Readers and Critique Partners

It is alright to simply enjoy writing and collect your work in your drawer. But maybe you already feel an urge to show your work to someone. Move on. Get a few opinions. Or you’ve been trying to find betas (more about them and other types of readers here) for a long time and you did not succeed. Here are some ideas on how to gain readers in the wide and wild online world.

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Your Success Stories: R. Benjamin Wesley

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After a thirty-year career in academic medicine, teaching, research, and private practice, Dr. Wesley retired from cardiology to pursue his lifetime passion of storytelling. He completed the writing and illustrating of his graphic novel, “Portal of the Ancients: Book One of the Ancients Saga,” the first in a planned series of ten books, to bring his true vision to print. To facilitate this project, he formed Hearts Quest Studio with his wife, Margaret, an MBA with decades of marketing, training, administration, and business development experience. His subsequent novels in the Ancients Saga will further develop the characters and themes introduced in his first book.

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Alpha, Beta… Your Test Readers

Are you a writer? And do you let others read your work? The word beta reader has probably touched your ears. In short, it is someone who tells you what they like about your story and what they don’t. But the writing world is, as everything else, evolving and the whole beta reader thing is more complicated now. People are no longer satisfied with the simple beta label and you can find various other expressions in the writing discussions. Each type of reader is expected to do something different and there are separate groups to find them.

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Your Success Stories: Tahani Nelson

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I’ve always loved fantasy. I love the excitement of magic and other worlds and pushing the boundaries of what we know. However, I realized pretty quickly growing up that all of the books I read were missing several important elements: Heroines I could aspire to be. Societies I would want to live in. Armor that actually covered all of your body parts. I was bored by damsels in distress and boob plate before I’d reached high school. So, I started writing the stories I kept looking for and couldn’t find. 

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Revising Your Manuscript

You have to do it. You have to go through your text many times after you put those words down. And if you are working on a book, you need to read your work many times. After you are done with the chapter draft, before sending it to your betas/critique partners, after making changes, before sending it to your editor/agent… Simply, writing means also a lot of reading. And that takes time, right? Here are some ideas for reviewing your text effectively.

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