Saturday July 26
Subscribe to RSS Feed

Quick Manuscript Clean-up

on May 21st, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A quick guide to manuscript clean-up. By the time you need these tips, you should have worked through multiple drafts of your story. The manuscript should also have been edited—by you or others—and proofed—also by you or others.

Share

Continue reading Quick Manuscript Clean-up »

Tags: ,     Posted in: Editing Tips

14 Comments, Join in »

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Dual Duties of Chapter Endings

on April 11th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Chapter endings have at least two purposes—to look back at what’s already happened and look forward to what might happen. Both characters and readers benefit from the dual purposes of chapter endings.

Share

Continue reading Dual Duties of Chapter Endings »

Tags: , ,     Posted in: Craft & Style

3 Comments, Join in »

Subscribe to RSS Feed

How Long Should My Story Be

on April 7th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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.

Share

Continue reading How Long Should My Story Be »

Tags: ,     Posted in: Definitions, Recommendations, Writing Tips

24 Comments, Join in »

Subscribe to RSS Feed

That Final Manuscript Cleanup

on March 22nd, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

You’re ready for submission, but is your manuscript? Take one final pass through your story using these tips to help with last-minute cleanup.

Share

Continue reading That Final Manuscript Cleanup »

Tags: ,     Posted in: Editing Tips

12 Comments, Join in »

Subscribe to RSS Feed

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.

Share

Continue reading Why I Would Decline an Edit »

Tags: , ,     Posted in: A Reader Asks..., Beginning Writers, For Editors

11 Comments, Join in »

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Checklist for Editors

on June 7th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Editors bring both skill and artistry to their craft. But sometimes you just need a list of reminders about what to check on in an edit. This is a checklist appropriate for both the professional and the writer who self-edits.

Share

Continue reading Checklist for Editors »

Tags: ,     Posted in: Editing Tips, For Editors

36 Comments, Join in »

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Format Your Novel for Submission

on January 5th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Not knowing how to format a novel for submissions can be more than annoying. Learn how to format your manuscript in a way acceptable to agents and publishers.

Share

Continue reading Format Your Novel for Submission »

Tags: , ,     Posted in: How to, Writing Tips

185 Comments, Join in »