Should You Critique a Friend’s Writing? (Podcast)

  This week’s podcast episode is now up. If you aren’t subscribed yet, you can listen from the show notes page (or directly via SoundCloud).   Listen now.   This week’s episode features guest co-host, Yolander Prinzel (find her on Twitter). Yolander and I chat about serving as a critique partner, beta reader, or editor for friends and other writers you know well. Is it a good

Is Grammarly a Good Tool for Professional Writers?

Not long ago I published a review of AutoCrit, a self-editing tool designed for authors of fiction. I also found it helpful for nonfiction work such as blog posts. Shortly after reviewing AutoCrit, I was contacted by a rep for Grammarly, another online editing tool for writers which serves as both a spelling and grammar checker. The kind folks at Grammarly set up a test

Weekend Reading: Revising Your Manuscript

I love first drafts. I love creating something new. Revising them into a second draft? Not so much. Or at least that’s the case with longer manuscripts. That first round of revisions is the most challenging (and the most frustrating) for me. But it has to be done. So it ends up taking longer than I’d like. Do you ever struggle with the self-revision process,

Is AutoCrit a Good Fit for Indie Authors? (Review)

Some authors love the revision process. Some, not so much. I fall in the latter group. But if there’s one thing I dislike more than working on revisions, it’s the idea of automating the process with software. Revisions aren’t only about spelling and grammar. They’re also about improving the flow of a story and making better word choices, even if your original is technically correct.

Kristen Weber on Developmental Editing for Your Fiction

One of the biggest benefits of indie publishing is the freedom it allows authors to assemble the perfect team to develop and represent their books. That includes bringing in the right editors. But what kind of editing help do you really need? You probably know that copyeditors and proofreaders can help you catch things like spelling and grammatical errors. But what about consistency and making

Changing Your Book’s Target Reader (After You’ve Written It)

My nonfiction book, The Query-Free Freelancer, has been moving along in an extraordinarily slow fashion. That’s due to a variety  of things (from several months of illness where I focused my limited work time on clients to simply shelving the project for a while for a fresher perspective). Now that I’m moving forward with that first draft again (my own edits to the manuscript before sending it

Breaking News: Criticism Destroys Writing

Today I want to warn you about a serious blight on our industry. Many of you out there are serious writers and have been for a long time, and I respect that. I certainly have quite a few years of work under my belt, and I didn’t get to this point without my share of knocks. Trust me, it is a tough world out there

Proofreading Tips for Web Writers

One of the biggest benefits of writing for the Web is the ease of publishing – you can write and publish almost instantaneously. Unfortunately, this instant gratification can lead to publishing in haste, errors unchecked. Therefore, when writing for the Web, it’s essential that you pay a bit of extra attention to proofreading – especially with client projects. Here are a few tips that won’t

First Drafts: It’s OK if They Suck

So I’ve passed the 10% mark on my novel first draft. I know the writing is far from my best. And the further I go along, the more comfortable I am with that. For example, right now I have a lot of “he said” / “she said” stuff going on with my quotes. I know the bulk of them will be removed in the editing