By Anna Brady Marcus As a first time novelist, for years and years my main goal was to get to the end of my first draft. When I wrote the last sentence on page 420 of my novel "After Alice" (working title), I felt euphoric. I bragged about it on Facebook, and slapped myself on … Continue reading Notes from the Writing Trenches: Revising My First Novel
by Ruta Rimas Book editors. Writers imagine them as elusive, mysterious creatures who hold in their hands the power to make writers’ dreams of publication come true (and also crush those dreams into oblivion). Is it true? As an editor myself, I’d like to dispel some of those myths and misconceptions about the daily work … Continue reading Burning Questions about Book Publishing: What does an editor do all day?
by Kristen Holt-Browning I write poems and short stories for fun (except when it’s completely frustrating), but I copyedit the work of others for (a little) profit. Usually when I tell someone what I do for a living, the first question I get is, “What exactly does a copy editor do?” followed by, “how are … Continue reading Reading Like a Copy Editor
By Flora Stadler UPDATE: When I received George Sauders' response to my question, I reached out again to ask him if he could tell me about a new pressure-relief method he'd learned for his novel. I didn't expect to hear back, so I wasn't disappointed when I didn't. But then a holiday miracle happened and … Continue reading George Saunders: Under Pressure