• Why You Need a Manuscript Critique

    Manuscripts always benefit from having another set of eyes look it over, whether that’s in the form of a copy edit, a proofread, a developmental edit, or even a simple manuscript critique. Some editors might suggest not having your manuscript critiqued, and insist on developmental edits or copy edits first. After all, critiques are entirely…

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  • Five Things Editors Wish Creative Writers Knew

    I love working with creative writers; they’re so fun to collaborate with. Their plots, unique worldviews, and intriguing characters are what keep me loving what I do. You all rock and make my job so fun. I’m so lucky to have this as my career. However, as an editor, I’ve also received many of the…

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  • Handling Criticism as a Writer

    Sadly, life isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and butterflies. I wish it were. But because it isn’t, that means as writers, we open ourselves up to criticism, both constructive and otherwise. If you’ve ever taken a working workshop, swapped manuscripts with a critique partner, or paid for professional editing, you know that edits–and even criticism–can get…

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  • 40 Crutch Words to Eliminate from Your Prose

    Hello, writers! Have you ever been self editing and wondered what you can do to make your prose stronger? Or, have you ever received a draft back from an editor–a draft you’ve already gone over multiple times yourself–and noticed lots of deletions? You’re not alone. We all use crutch words when we speak, and those words…

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  • Facebook Groups for Writers

    Facebook Groups for Writers

    Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have been around for 11 years, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Being active on social media is important now more than ever, and whether you’re self-publishing or going the traditional route, networking is key for success as an author. To quote the famous journalist Germany Kent: “If…

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  • How Going Outside Will Make Your Book Better

    Hi! It’s been a while since I posted on Between the Lines–life has been extraordinarily busy for me these last couple of months and I haven’t had time to blog. However, this new post is brought to you by JT Pledger, a novelist, screenwriter, and copywriter. We connected in the Between the Lines Writer’s Nook,…

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