Hands down the best pre-editor editing advice I’ve ever read. It’s a fast read, wry, comprehensive and spot-on. Print, laminate, and hang over your computer screen. From editor Karen R. Sanderson via Romance University.
A comprehensive, in-depth and fascinating explanation of why you will be glad you decided to work with an editor:
Who knew? A little-known fact about apostrophes from two experts:
Let’s move on to my pet peeve: em dashes. Plus the article will make you ROFLYAO.
<g> I rest my case!
Another peeve: the that vs which squabble (yeah, I know about Chicago Manual of Style, but…)
And my latest hobbyhorse: overused words. This one from a fellow fiction editor reveals just the tip of the iceburg, and if I get the time, I’ll blog about it in much greater depth.
Kick-ass visual key for writing emotion-packed scenes. I’d laminate this one and post it above your monitor!
Great insights from a BookBub survey that apply to book sales page blurbs, synopses and other advertising, as well as BookBub ads:
Two great new articles (as of September, 2013) with practical and spot-on suggestions for how to work successfully with your editor:
Wonderful blog post by author Athena Grayson about whether to write for yourself, or for the market.
Want to see how you stack up in terms of vocabulary? After you’ve taken the test, check out the statistics link!
This guy’s right. Don’t feel bad; just about everyone I work with makes at least one or two of these grammatical errors:
Having trouble deciding where to put your marketing time? Here’s a very interesting informal but comprehensive survey of readers, not fellow authors or pundits, from Marie Force of the E-book Formatting Fairies.
A very useful primer for new authors, an infographic which offers ideas for writing through networking, marketing and advertising. A keeper!
A list of classic, indispensable books for authors, with a few of my writing bibles – with big thanks to Karen Saxon for the Goodreads list:
How to take your editor’s Track Changes feedback and incorporate it quickly and accurately, a very detailed tutorial. If you’re a Mac user, this also works, but I know that the top of the windowpane can look very different. If you need more help, search the ‘net using Mac-Word-Track Changes and you’ll get extremely helpful results.
One of an excellent series of articles about creating and editing a novel, from Kevin Hanrahan’s blog Soldier Writer: Balancing the Sword and the Pen
Sick of worshiping at the altar of The Hero’s Journey as the only plot structure? Try these geek’s-eye views. They’ll either get your creative juices flowing, or your blood boiling!
Comprehensive ebook publishing resources & guide – Digital Book World:
From Romance University, two very informative and useful posts about choosing and using an editor.
Punctuating dialogue driving you nuts? Some good solutions:
This one has welcome humor if you read carefully: http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/
Free software, including a Word plugin. I haven’t used these yet, so can’t recommend, but they look very interesting.
Protecting your family’s rights to your creative product, from a major author
Two good posts about common errors. I agree with the first, but think authors still need to be more careful than most.
A free basic grammar book, an excellent resource:
A great blog about words, writing, punctuation, all kinds of useful stuff:
A fun and creative way to SEE if you’re overusing any words:
Read this any time you feel discouraged:
A free editing program to use before submitting to a critique group or an editor:
Another free editing tool:
Heard horror stories about others’ editing experiences? This is a watchdog site that reports ripoffs, scams and other less-than-desirable people claiming to provide editing services:
My absolute favorite novelist’s blog, full of wisdom, great advice, inspiration and fun ideas:
A must-join discussion group if you plan to self-publish romance. Absolutely everything you’ve ever wanted to know, and lots more. I suggest signing up for digest mode, because there are more than 1,000 busy, talkative members in this group!