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What if We Could Start Over?

by Frank DiBianca Are you a relatively new writer? What most new writers need isn’t learning to write perfect prose. Line or copy editors can easily fix those errors unless the language has been murdered. The problem is writing prose … Continue reading

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ACFW’s National Conference – Benefits

If you’re still considering attending the ACFW Conference this year in San Antonio, TX add this to your consideration: As part of your registration cost, you have the opportunity to sign up for slots to meet with agents and editors! … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Work Well with an Editor

By Kariss Lynch They say that all good things must come to an end. Sadly, the same holds true in writing. As you turn your manuscript into your editor, you abdicate your position as ruler of your own fictional kingdom … Continue reading

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Making it right….

by Roxanne Rustand When someone refers to their “writing journey,” I think back to my own journey and my own misconceptions back in the early 1990’s.  It all seemed so clear back then. Write. Be dedicated. Absorb everything I heard … Continue reading

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Tackling the Small Stuff

By Sarah Hamaker I’m a details person, which translated well into my chosen profession of writer and editor. I notice things like misplaced commas, wrong usage of apostrophes (don’t get me started on how years can’t be possessive!) and subject/verb … Continue reading

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Love Your Editor

By Ian Acheson It was finally finished. I’d just typed “The End.” Now what do I do? September 2003. Yes all those years ago. I’d set out on a mission to write that novel that I was always going to … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Technique

By Michelle Arch A curious thing seems to be happening in MFA workshops and critique groups. Criticism regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation is considered hypercritical and offered only with considerable apologies for nitpicking. “Your editor will catch and correct those … Continue reading

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Never Underestimate the Value of a Power Edit

By Dianna Booher My most valuable learning experience in graduate school also happened to be my most humiliating. Having read the first hundred pages of my master’s thesis, one of my thesis directors, a literary prize-winning novelist himself, handed back … Continue reading

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Twelve Tips for Maximizing Your Appointments

By Bonnie Doran It’s conference season! If you’re heading to a writer’s conference, you probably have appointments with editors, agents, or other professionals. Here are some tips for making the most of those fifteen minutes: 1. Arm yourself with business … Continue reading

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Where Do I Fit?

By Ramona Richards A few weeks ago, I asked my Facebook followers a simple question: If you could ask an editor anything, what would be? The responses, for the most part, reminded me that editors don’t often communicate much about … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 31

Topic: Editors at the conference Verse: Psalm 141:2–May my prayer be counted as incense before You; the lifting of my hands as the evening offering.Verse: Father, Thank you for the editors attending this conference. We are so blessed to have … Continue reading

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ACFW REWIND: The Numbing Nature of Numbers

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally published in May 2012 on ACFW’s blog. Allen Arnold was founding publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, and now serves as a member of ACFW’s Executive Board.) by Allen Arnold We live in an industry with … Continue reading

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Editorial Guilt and Other Musings

by Ramona Richards Abingdon Press It’s clichéd but true: One of the greatest joys for an editor is to find that new voice, that special talent that leads to a long career. We love discovering new writers, which is why … Continue reading

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Inviting Communion Through Our Writing

by Ami McConnell Harper Collins Christian Publishing I have a real weakness for modern poetry, especially what scholars refer to as “confessional poetry.” At the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville last month, I attended a confessional poetry reading that … Continue reading

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The Pendulum Swings…again

by Julie Gwinn B & H Publishing Group Writing novels is an art form, a craft, much like fashion design, interior design and painting. And as such is subject to changes in consumer tastes and trends. Just as clothing styles … Continue reading

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