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The Importance of A Great Website & What Every Author Should Have On It by Tyler Snell

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Artistry of Marketing, Marketing and Branding, Writing | 0 comments

The Importance of A Great Website & What Every Author Should Have On It by Tyler Snell

The Importance of Writer Websites: What You Should Include By Tyler Anne Snell I won’t sit here and pretend I have the most amazing author website in the land of the internet. Sure, I’m fond of what I have and spent a good few days getting the details finalized, but there are still some things I’d like to improve. Then again, like writing a book, there’s always something I feel needs to be changed. Maybe it’s just our creative pursuit for perfection popping its head up again? But, I digress. For those of you who don’t know me, let me give you...

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A Guide to Handling Revisions by Kate Brauning

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 0 comments

A Guide to Handling Revisions by Kate Brauning

A major part of writing a novel is revising. Good, solid revisions are a different process than drafting, and may take several rounds. Handling the editorial letter itself can be difficult—hearing someone point out all the areas your manuscript needs work can be overwhelming, even if you’re braced for a tough critique. As an author-editor, I’ve been overwhelmed by edits myself and I’ve seen it happen to my clients, too—but revisions really don’t need to be overwhelming. So pull up a chair and we’ll talk about specific, simple strategies that...

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Social Media Marketing Etiquette by Sara Raasch

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Artistry of Marketing, Marketing and Branding, Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 2 comments

Social Media Marketing Etiquette by Sara Raasch

When Jamie asked me to participate in this, I knew instantly that I wanted to do a marketing post. My mind filled with grandiose plans to impart the plethora of knowledge I’ve acquired over the past few years of bookish insanity—until I realized that this would be only one blog post, and babbling on and on would go against Sara’s Marketing Rule #298:   Keep it short and sweet, you marketing genius, you.   Which ties in nicely with Sara’s Marketing Rule #176:   Talk to yourself like the badass MoFo you are, you glorious creature,...

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What An Acquisitions Editor Looks For In a Pitch by Marissa Fuller

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 2 comments

What An Acquisitions Editor Looks For In a Pitch by Marissa Fuller

So, you wrote a book. It’s complex, with fresh, new characters, and goes places no book has gone before! Your blood, sweat, and tears (oh, the tears) have gone into your manuscript, and it is finally ready to be shared with the world. But how will you ever explain all of that in a 140 character Twitter pitch, you ask? Well…you wont. When you arrive at the pitching/marketing mile marker on the road to publishing, you’ve got to let go of the blood, sweat, and tears. If you did it right, those things will all be clearly visible in your...

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Freebie: Scrivener Fiction Writing Template

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 2 comments

Freebie: Scrivener Fiction Writing Template

Remember all that talk about Scrivener yesterday? No? Well, you better get caught up. You’re going to need it. Really. But it’s a good thing. If you’ve been following Summer School faithfully (which you have, right?), you know each course comes with a related freebie. If you’ve been following Muse KJ (in a non-creepy manner, please. She tends to use her large purses as weapons if excited.), you’ll know she’s absolutely devoted to her Scrivener. Devoted. When those combine, what do you get?   No, not...

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To Scrivener or Not to Scrivener by Sam Hager

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 2 comments

To Scrivener or Not to Scrivener by Sam Hager

I can already see you, yes, some of you are building a moat and looking for ads for fire-breathing dragons to protect your Microsoft Word. Trust me, I’m not here to take it away from you. There are those that will defend their precious word processing program to their dying day and challenge you to prove what Scrivener can do that theirs can’t. They cross their arms and glare. “So what?” they ask. “What does your Scrivener have that is so much better?” I was at a writer’s retreat over the summer and we got into this very debate. I’m not an...

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The 6 People You Have to Be When Line Editing Your Novel by JC Lillis

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Writing | 0 comments

The 6 People You Have to Be When Line Editing Your Novel by JC Lillis

The 6 People You Have to Be When Line Editing Your Novel by J.C. Lillis YOU ARE SO CLOSE. You’ve fixed plot holes. You’ve cut 7k from your flabby second draft. You’ve gotten rid of that pesky flat character who did nothing but whine and eat all the nectarines. Now your story’s a working machine, and it’s time to rub on that coat of polish that makes it all sleek and glossy. Whether you do your own line edits or edit for others, here are six people you have to be while you shine up your sentences. 1. The Nightclub Doorman Okay, so in your...

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Copy Editing Wizardry Tricks by Helen Boswell

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 1 comment

Copy Editing Wizardry Tricks by Helen Boswell

First of all, huge hugs and a big THANK YOU to the lovely writers at Pen & Muse for asking me to contribute to their Summer School series! I’m excited to be part of it, and it happens to coincide with me going back to work/school in my other life, so I’m already thinking about lesson plans.     By way of introduction, I’ve self-published three novels and traditionally-published one non-fiction book and one laboratory manual. I worked for about a year as a freelance copy editor for other self-published authors, and...

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Formatting Tips & Tricks by Amy Kessler

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Writing | 0 comments

Formatting Tips & Tricks by Amy Kessler

I can hear it now:  “I’m going the traditional route, I don’t need to know how to do this.” Yes, yes you do. I’m published both traditionally and indie and some of these basic things are very important. With my publisher, I was handed a ninety-page ‘style guide’ to help me with this. Luckily, since I do freelance formatting it wasn’t a huge deal, but I did learn some things. I’m here today to teach you some basic formatting that will make things a bit easier for you.   Paragraphs Let’s start with something that will probably make the...

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How to Trim Words From Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Writing | 10 comments

How to Trim Words From Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy

Hello! Welcome to week three of Pen and Muse Press Summer School 2014! This week’s “course” is Editing Wizardry – because what writer hasn’t wished they had a little magic to help through the revising and editing process? We thought the perfect author to stop by and kick off this session is Janice Hardy, author of The Healing Wars trilogy + Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure . How to Trim Words From Your Manuscript By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Cutting down a too-long manuscript can be...

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