Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Including the words “The End” on the final page of a manuscript is a good idea. The visual keeps readers, including agents and editors, from guessing what the story’s final words are.
Encouragement for fiction editors to experience story from the inside by writing either short or long fiction, whatever they typically edit.
A recap of articles—with links—from 2012, including the most popular.
A few recommendations for reference books for writers and editors. Treat someone else to a practical gift that they’ll love or treat yourself.
Writers can’t write novels of any length, not if they want to be published traditionally. Word count is important, especially for the first-time novelist.
Links to the most popular (as of the end of 2011) articles at The Editor’s Blog as well as links to a few of Beth’s favorite articles.
A writer with a diva attitude can turn agents and publishers away. And such an attitude can keep a writer from producing his best work. Discover why it’s not good to be a one-manuscript diva.
Celebrating the first-year anniversary of The Editor’s Blog and looking forward to year Two. Look for some new blog features including First Pages on First Fridays.
Editors aren’t bad guys, eager to point out errors, to prove themselves all-knowing. Instead, editors are on the writer’s side, working with the writer to produce the best story possible.
Writers need trusted critics who’ll tell them when their writing isn’t up to snuff. And when they’re ravaged by rejections, bad reviews, or characters who won’t cooperate, writers need friends who’ll encourage them to keep writing.