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How to Edit: Checklists and Guidance for Fiction Writers by Janalyn Voigt
Confused by the editing process?

This free guide will take you, step by step, through five ways to edit your novel.

Whether you're learning to edit for the first time or just want a review, you'll find the help you need to create your best manuscript.

Publishing in a Book Bundle with Other Authors

Participating in a book bundle  can be fun and profitable or an experience never to repeat. It’s flattering to receive an invitation to join with other authors to create a book bundle, but think through any involvement in a book bundle and by all means do your research before you commit. While being in one can increase your exposure and promote your shared book in the rankings, they have their drawbacks. Publishing in a book bundle with other authors can turn out well, except when it doesn’t. Continue Reading>>

What Do You Believe About Your Writing Success?

When walking through a library or bookstore, have all the titles by other authors ever intimidated you? Visiting an online bookstore like Amazon only magnifies this reaction, since these sites have the virtual space to stock even more books. Or maybe you know someone who has attained everything you want as a writer without raising a sweat. By contrast, finding your own place in the crowded publishing marketplace seems difficult, if not downright impossible. Going beyond that and envisioning your writing success can stretch your imagination to the breaking point. Continue Reading>>

Create Your Writing Career Business Plan

Every September I update my writing career business plan for the coming year. I start early because time escapes me in the holidays and the beginning of the year involves a lot of birthday celebrations in my family. This creates a certain inertia, and having my author business plan in place gives me a fighting chance to start the new year well. No matter what time of year you choose, my author business plan template can give you a starting point to plan your own writing career. But first, why do you need one? Continue Reading>>

How to Manage Your Writing (Get Your Ducks in a Row)

Does trying to decide how long a book will take to write feel like shooting in the dark? Learning how to manage your writing time is vital, especially when you are dealing with traditional contracts (although it’s important for Indies, also), because how long you will need to write your book is the first question agents, editors, or potential box-set partners will want to ask you. How can you be expected to put a time frame on art? Continue Reading>>

Do You Suffer From Impostor Syndrome?

Ever feel like a fraud as a writer? Who are you, anyway, to think readers will want your books, much less flock to them?  Success happens to someone else. You’re surprised and faintly embarrassed when fame even faintly knocks on your door. You avoid book signings and other events that put you in contact with readers. Hiding out ensures that no one will know you are really just fooling everyone.  Sound familiar? Welcome to the club. This is Impostor Syndrome Anonymous, and we’re here to help.  Continue Reading>>

Emily Dickinson — Author Behind the Writing Quote

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, the second of Edward and Emily Dickinson’s three children. Emily grew up in Amherst, in a house built by her grandfather, leading a quiet and privileged life. Her father, known by some as “Squire” Dickinson, maintained a religious fervor that Emily failed to emulate, despite her father’s insistence she attend weekly sermons in the Congregational church across the street. Continue Reading>>


Where to Start a Novel

Ah, sweet relief! You’re alone in your office with every other member of your household occupied elsewhere. The fragrance of your favorite beverage fills the air. Brain foods (like chocolate) await your pleasure. Your phone is muted, and a Do Not Disturb sign warns would-be intruders away from the front door. Now is the time! You power on your trusty computer and settle in to start your novel.  But, wait…  Continue Reading>>

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