Edit Yourself

One of the most stressful aspects for any writer can be the editing process. How can you possibly be expected to take the pages and pages of material you have poured your heart into and trim it down to the average 20,000-word manuscript? It’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. Thankfully, the answer is surprisingly simply: Hire a good editor. Now you might be worried that an editor is going to completely change your creation and leave you with barely a resemblance of what you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, I want to write a book

Dear Crabby, I have always wanted to write a book. Do you think the average person can become a published author? Any idea what the first step would be? Sincerely, Beverly WannaBe Dear Ms. WannaBe, Well, it's funny you should ask me that. I have just recently finished the first draft of my very first book. The process has been interesting, to say the least; I'll get to that in a minute. As far as your question as to whether the "average" person could write a book, I would say, "No!" I … [Read more...]