Over the past year or so, I’ve line edited dozens of manuscripts, many by novice writers. If I had to choose one piece of advice I’ve offered more often than any other, it’s this:
If you plan to self publish, or if you want your manuscript to be professionally edited before submitting it to literary agents or publishing companies, you’ll probably need to hire a freelance editor. A plethora of editors advertise their professional services on the internet, and they vary widely in terms of skills and qualifications. How do you find an editor who is well qualified and a good fit for you?
Some “rules” for fiction writers are so well respected they’re treated as scripture, and writers are warned to ignore them at their peril. But trying to strictly adhere to them misleads many writers, especially novice writers. Here are three “rules” we’ve all been taught that we should treat with caution — but also use to our advantage.
Each of us wants to craft a novel, short story, or article that engages a reader quickly. Sometimes the first sentence is a powerful hook. It’s a euphoric moment for a bibliophile when the beginning of a book grabs you so thoroughly that you become absorbed in the story almost without realizing it.
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