"Talk to my friend Alice Audrey, whose Susie's House has been running for a couple of years now (She also posts a weekly link for serialists to link up to and support each other). My friend Ann Pino does serials, also; she publishes the whole…"
"I love the Pennwriters conference, but it's not online. Best of all, the membership outside the state of Pennsylvania is really on the upswing, which means there's no reason for anyone to not join us.
I would like to learn how to do…"
"Jessica, if you ever need/want/accept guest blog posts for your series on online networking sites, holler. I'd be glad to pitch in a few for you.
As for GoodReads, I have yet to find anyone who's figured out how best to use it. It's…"
"I follow too many, but skim about 99% of them. I have friends I always make a point of dropping in on -- and then I make sure I return all valid comments on my own blog. Comments are down from what they used to be, though. Twitter killed…"
"Yes! It's a total juggle, and one in which the balls fall out of the air more often than not.
What I try to do is spend a chunk of time on each task, every day. If I have a guest blog post or an interview to do, I start there. Then I spend a…"
"Marilyn, please don't pay a service to write your query or synopsis. Again, the top blogging agents have blogged about this -- they can smell those formats a mile away, and they delete them immediately. Take the time. Learn the craft -- yes, of…"
"Laurie: it's not opinion that reputable agents/publishers won't accept reading fees. It's a fact.This is what the AAR has based their business around (among other things, such as kick-backs for suggestions to certain freelance…"
"Jannette, what are you trying to do in those opening paragraphs? Set scene? Define character? Show the lovely countryside?
If you get too stuck, drop me a note and I'll take a look and see if I can suggest anything.
"Marilyn, since many e-books offer samples, why not take a few minutes and look through the ones you'd like to suggest to people? That'll build your credibility and help your readers wade through what's out there.
Now, if we can only…"
"Petrea: The easiest way to engage someone in conversation is to respond to something THEY have shouted into the void. Think of the rules we were taught as hormonal teenagers with a crush: We all like to talk about ourselves."
No, no, you didn't overwhelm. That all makes sense. Thanks very much for taking the time. So - I will read over my work in about a week and a half when I'm on vacation, and I'll have a better idea of where it's at and whether it's time for an editor. Even though I revise as I go and have revised a hundred times, I have a feeling there is more work to do. I hope to be at the find-an-editor stage by spring, though.
My first question is, what is the difference between a line editor and a copy/proof editor?
Also, after an initial online search and viewing of editor web sites, is the next step to email those I think I might like and ask for a sample using my work? I'm also assuming it's important to use an editor who works in my genre - ?
Welcome to the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. And we do a live chat every Wednesday; hope you can join us for that!
"Betsy, this is such a wonderfully helpful post. I absolutely resonate with every one of your points, especially seeing the expenditures on your book as investments in your career and brand as an author. I always say this to myself: If I had spent…"
Debut novelists are warned not to treat our books as if they were prized, long-awaited babies. I’m guilty as charged – but, after all, I spent 13 years researching and writing and rewriting An Address in Amsterdam. It’s the story of a young Jewish…See More