Getting Feedback for Your Novel

You’ve completed your novel and then did your own editing. Before you send your novel to agents or publishers, you need feedback. Lots of feedback. You need critique partners. Contents: About Critique Partners A critique partner is typically a group of like-minded writers that work together and provide constructive feedback for one another’s work. The following are common terms for...

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Editing Your Novel

You’ve done it! You completed your novel and now you’re ready to publish it. But wait! Before you start sending manuscripts to publishers or contacting agents, you need to revise and edit your novel. You might be anxious to move things along, but you shouldn’t send your book proposal until it’s polished and complete. AUTHOR NOTE: I pay the bills as a Senior...

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Novel Writing on an iPad

Novel Writing on an iPad

NaNoWriMo is about to begin and I will be spending all of my spare time in the month of November writing my third novel. I plan to attend a slew of NaNoWriMo Local Events, including the write-ins. That means mobile writing. I have a work laptop, but it’s generally a bad idea to do personal work on your corporate laptop. That leaves my iPad or my smartphone. I chose to use my iPad and played...

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Using a Pen Name

If you’re preparing to publish (or just beginning to write) you may consider using a pen name. I have a couple of friends that were getting married. She was constantly annoyed that her maiden name was mispronounced and his last name was Thigpen. Yes, Thigpen rhymes with pigpen. When they married they decided that they were both changing their name to Beck. Whether you hate your name or just...

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First or Third Person?

First or Third Person?

I finished a novel for my daughter back in 2009. I’m ready to take that to the next level. I have a good grasp on my fictional world. I have an overarching plot developed. I have characters developed that I haven’t used yet, but have big plans for them. An I originally planned my book series to be centered on different characters but within the same group of friends. The advantage to...

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Goals for 2012

Goals for 2012

According to Zig Ziglar, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time”. It’s good to have goals! My goal in 2012 is to write 3 books, bringing my Ferox Series total to 4. The first book I wrote was 86,000 words and 270 draft pages long. (That’s 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, double-spaced.) The first book will be written by March 31, 2012 and will go through my first revision by...

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