The book takes as long as the book takes.

One of the things I say most often to my clients as they’re revising is, “The book takes as long as the book takes.” What I’m looking for, as their agent, is a polished manuscript that’s been taken as far as they possibly can. It’s been revised, it’s been workshopped...

Tips For Writing Characters That Connect with Readers

Over at the First Five Frenzy post from last month, I talked about how to help a reader connect to your manuscript in the first five pages. I thought I’d quickly break down some of the previous advice that pertains to character, and then share a few more tips!...

When Your Surprise Ending Is Not A Surprise

Recently, I received feedback from one of my beta readers about a YA short story of mine, and they pointed out that I had set the reader up for a surprise ending but hadn’t delivered. And of course, they’re right. In this draft, the narrator tells the...

How I Edit

“Somehow, great editors ask the right questions or pose things to you that get you to write better. It’s a dance between you, your characters, and your editor.” – Patricia MacLachlan I’ve been thinking about how I like to be edited, which made...

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