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Quick Manuscript Clean-up

May 21, 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.

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Dual Duties of Chapter Endings

April 11, 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.

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How Long Should My Story Be

April 7, 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.

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That Final Manuscript Cleanup

March 22, 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.

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Why I Would Decline an Edit

December 7, 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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Checklist for Editors

June 7, 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.

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Format Your Novel for Submission

January 5, 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.

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