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Lucky coffee? That’s totally a thing.

I could never, ever discount the role that luck played in the publication of my book, SMALL ADMISSIONS. Of course, I believe in hard work (meaning writing, writing, writing, and then revising, revising, revising) above all else. The hours of editing are certainly, in my opinion, the single most important part of getting a book…
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My editorial letter: if it’s nice, say it twice

I was in a mild panic when I received my editorial letter. I’m grateful that my editor was especially encouraging. In particular, she wrote a glowing opening in the email and then repeated it in the opening of the word doc letter she attached. I tackled the issues in three parts: 1) the chapter-by-chapter changes…
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Teflon, some people. Not me.

I imagine the easygoing among us don’t remember their first time receiving constructive criticism; teflon, some people, or indifferent. Not me. In primary school the report card system was E for excellent, S for satisfactory, and U for unsatisfactory. I swam in a pool of excellence until the day I received an S in handwriting. By the…
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How I Survived Terminal Computer Malfeasance While Editing My Novel

It’s interesting to me how varied our editorial processes have been here on the Debutante Ball. Louise had the more conventional experience, with an extensive edit letter and line edits. Jennifer had two conversations that made an edit letter unnecessary. Mine? Well, mine was nothing less than a gothic horror story — albeit one with…
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Feedback–Where to Find It

  We are talking about feedback this week. From critique partnering to participating in a year-long workshop, I’m pretty sure I have received feedback on THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING in every possible form. So let’s start off with a question. Do you need feedback on your novel? The answer is yes. But…
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A Debut Author Gives Thanks

  The first thing I do when I open a new book is read the acknowledgements page. It’s so moving to see the writer expressing appreciation for everyone who has helped her along the way. Before I began writing a novel I used to marvel at how many people an author would thank. How could…
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5 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About the Writing Business

I could write a book about all that I’ve learned over these last four years, but let’s cut to the chase and hit the most important.  1. Don’t Submit Your Work Too Soon This is true whether we’re talking about critique partners, agents, OR editors. Remember that not all feedback (or readers) are created equal….
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