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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: When to Hold an Exorcism
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I recently had to exorcise, er, fire a client. One I’d been working with for years. I have written three complete novels for this fellow, rewritten a fourth and outlined a fifth. The novel we were working on when we … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer Part 2: Ghosts and Zombies
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I’ve never sat down and counted all of my ghostwriting/editing clients. Every once in a while, when I go in to clean up my file folders, I realize that I’ve had more than I thought and that I’ve actually forgotten … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: Part 1

I have been a full time writer since 2005. During that time, I’ve penned eight original or shared-world novels, had four of them published (with a fifth due out in July) and am working sporadically on a ninth book (well, and … Continue reading

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Some Insight on the Editorial Process

(This post was originally published in April 2014 at the author’s personal blog Hahvi.net.) For those of you who are writers, I’d thought I’d talk a little about the editorial process behind my newest books. The process I use to … Continue reading

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Midwifing a Story: Editors

Once upon a time, editors were the gold standard of book midwifery. Editors loved books and had the time to discover budding authors, who received nurture and guidance for their entire careers. The best editors took the “long view” and … Continue reading

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Why Did my Story Get Rejected?

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The first sad truth about marketing fiction of any kind is this, and you are just going to have to deal with it: EDITORS DO NOT BUY STORIES BECAUSE THEY ARE WELL WRITTEN. Accept it. Memorize it. Put it up … Continue reading

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Editing vs Critiquing

Editor Jessica Faust at BookEnds Literary Agency blogged a few years ago on “How I Edit,” ending with these words: As far as I’m concerned you can run with my suggestions or you can ignore them altogether and go off … Continue reading

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Unsellable Stories?

Gabrielle Harbowy, who is both an editor and writer, knows about “unsellable” stories. As an editor, she’s acquired and edited novels that had been rejected so many times, the authors were despondent (and some of these have gone on to … Continue reading

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The Joy of Editing

When writing I usually have a moment in each novel when something snaps, and suddenly the addition of one complication or deletion of one beloved scene gives the entire story new coherence.  Whatever had been fermenting in my hind brain … Continue reading

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Forging Stories 2: The Tools of the Trade

Ursula LeGuin has said that an artist’s job was to “put into words what cannot be put into words.”  Writers, she says, must do this with words. Using words, we must capture action, character, place, and emotion. The words that … Continue reading

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