A Tough Love Editor

Breaking hearts and saving books.
Like authors, fiction editors come in all shapes and sizes. Some editors are creative strategists that work with the very core of a story; others excel in technical areas like grammar and syntax, applying a more cosmetic touch. For indie writers, the latter (copy editor) is far better known than the former (developmental editor), but guess what? Market studies show that Good Stories greatly outperform Polished Stories in the two areas that count most: sales and reviews. To be a bestseller, you must be more than just a pretty face. So what makes a fiction novel or memoir the kind of story you simply can't put down? The answer isn't luck, artistic angst or a gigantic budget. Bestselling novels all have one thing in common: brilliant creative strategy. And that's where I come in.


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How to write a novel

  Guest Post: Five Plot Structures for Bestselling Novels By Katja L Kaine   So you’ve got an amazing story idea, but the question remains: how to turn it into a great novel? There must be as many different ways to write a novel as there are novel writers. Some of…

How this Newbie Writer Scored 2.1 Million Wattpad Reads

(and Lived to Tell the Tale)   Based in New Zealand, M. N. J. Greenhill is as mysterious and elusive as the paranormal characters in her stories. If you’ve never heard her name that might be because you’re yet to explore Wattpad, a website where people can read novels from…

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Top 10 Sites Every Writer Should Know

In this week’s guest post Veronica Hunt shares her favourite sites for writers. The web is an endless source of information, inspiration, and everything else we wish we had more time for. Which is why I’ve cut through the noise to create a list of the top 10 writing sites…


The Good, the Bad & the Unbelievable

A Day in Bali

I often ask myself, what is it about Bali? The jagged blue line of Mt. Batur, intriguing and vaguely threatening as it towers over the lowlands. The fathomless eyes that glance beneath paddie hats, impassive as they see right through you. The Island asks us to lose ourselves and happily…


The first thing I noticed about my partner was his smile, easy in its own outrageousness. Naturally I was dubious, but after weeks of him acting like it was totally insane for us to not be together, I started to agree. The rest as they say, is history. Extroverts can…


At seventeen, I was a size 6 blonde wrapped in a XXL ego. I’d read things like “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and pity women without a two finger gap between their thighs. I didn’t even have to diet; my teenage metabolism took care of that. Most of my…


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Tough Love: Assessment & Beta Reading

Content Editing @ just 1.5 cents per word (aka Beta Reading, Line Editing, Critiquing & Assessment) The following critique service is the most intensive I have come across, combining beta reading, assessment and content editing into a single, comprehensive offering. In this process, I go through every line of the manuscript and…

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Bio or Bust

If there’s one task every writer loathes, it’s sitting down and attempting an author bio that is fun without being cheesy, and informative rather than dull. In the age of self promotion, an author’s bio is both essential for any books you publish, but also for the profiles you maintain online and…

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Bad-ass Book Descriptions

Want to make a book cover that sells? You’ve just spent months, perhaps years slaving away over your novel, and now it’s ready for the world. But before readers download the sample or hit buy, they will appraise your cover and book description to decide if it’s right for them….