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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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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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Great Expectations vs. Realistic Ones

on August 7th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many writers have great expectations for their first novel manuscript. But are those expectations realistic? A look at what you can expect of your first novel.

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Why I Would Decline an Edit

on December 7th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

I don’t take on every manuscript that’s sent to me for editing. The simple reason is that many are not ready for a professional edit. A look at my reasons for turning down an edit.

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The First Draft—What it is and What it isn’t

on January 23rd, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A novel’s first draft is never the final product. Learn both what’s missing from a first draft and what should be taken out to make it a better manuscript.

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NaNoWriMo 2010 Has Begun

on November 1st, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month, happens every November. Join hundreds of others in writing a novel—50,000 words—in a month.

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Why Writing “The End” Doesn’t Mean You’ve Finished

on October 2nd, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A novel isn’t finished after the first draft. Writers have much work ahead of them—some of the most tedious work—even after they’ve written “The End.”

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Anyone Can Write a Book

on June 7th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Anyone can write a novel. Or can they? Plenty of people think they can, that it’s easy to craft a story and write a book. But writing a book isn’t as easy as it seems.

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The First Book is Seldom the Best

on May 25th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer’s first book will rarely be his best in terms of quality yet is often the story that’s provoked him into writing. Should a writer save his best story for when he’s a better writer?

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