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How Much Back Story Should I Include

on July 27th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks how much back story is too much.

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(Stop) Comparing Yourself to Successful Authors

on May 25th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement for when you feel you’ll never be as good as other writers.

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Treating Dependents and Subordinates Properly

on July 12th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.

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Plot, Goal, Inciting Incident—A Reader’s Question

on June 18th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A readers asks about links between plot, character goal, and the inciting incident.

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Compare My Manuscript to a Famous Book—A Writer’s Question

on May 16th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader’s asks whether or not to compare a manuscript with other books in query letters and elevator pitches.

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Should I Worry About Word Count—A Reader’s Question

on March 25th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

How many words is too many? Does word count matter? Does word count matter more for first novels? An answer to a question posed by a reader.

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Writing the Query Letter

on March 17th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A query letter is short and powerful—it’s often a writer’s first contact with an agent or editor. Here are the basics for query letters and a few do’s and don’ts.

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Even More Punctuation in Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

on June 29th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader’s questions about punctuation in dialogue. You may have had some of the same questions.

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Setting Up a Series—A Reader’s Question

on April 27th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Ever thought about writing a book series? A reader asks for tips about writing a series.

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Jack of all Trades? That’d Be an Editor—A Reader’s Question . . .

on February 13th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader wondered what she should study to help her become an editor. Study whatever interests you and a whole lot more.

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