Archive for the ‘Creative Process’ Category

re: Do Publishers Want #MeToo Memoirs?

posted 7/25/18

Dear Editor…

Over the weekend, sparked by a dream/nightmare, I started outlining (sadly) with a vengeance my #MeToo story. Right now, I perceive that it will probably be a quick, albeit, sad and hopefully powerful read. Is there a market among agents/publishers for such stories from non-celebrities right now? What is this genre called? #MeToo Personal Narrative? Nonfiction? Memoir? Or . . . ?

Sincerely,
Me

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re: Is Switching to Scrivener Worth the Learning Curve?

posted 5/29/18

Dear Editor…

I have a question about Scrivener. My Word program is 07 and needs to be updated. A writing friend of mine suggested I start using Scrivener. She says it is great for organizing and plotting. She loves it because she can keep track of multiple projects and MSs at one. Like all new software it will take some to adapt. I would love your take on the program. The $36 fee is not a deterrent, but I would hate to spend weeks learning a new program that isn’t ideal for checking grammar and spelling. Two things that I rely on repeatedly. Love to know what you think.

Sincerely,
DeeGee

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re: Should I Delete My Short Story from Wattpad When I Turn It Into a Novel?

posted 3/27/18

Dear Editor…

The novel I’m finishing is based on a short story I wrote last year, which won a medal in a Wattpad writing contest. Should I leave the story up or take it down since I’m planning on submitting the novel form? (The short story is basically the first two chapters of the book. . . but I’m already making revisions and improvements to those two chapters.)

Sincerely,
Wattpad Woman

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re: How Much Time Would an Editor Give Me to Revise?

posted 3/20/18

Dear Editor…

How much time would an author be given to revise a novel manuscript after receiving editing instructions from her editor? Let’s say the manuscript’s about 75,000 or 80,000 words. I want to make sure I’m mentally ready when I do get a contract!

Sincerely,
Mac

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Re: Can You Stay True to Your Story If You’re Reading Others’ Stories?

posted 12/4/17

Dear Editor…

In a lit agency’s online submission form, I replied to question about comparable titles by saying I don’t have time to keep up with all the stories that are currently on the shelves. The agent replied: If I want to write middle grade fiction, I must read current middle grade fiction. She said immersing myself in it is the best way to capture the voice and pulse of these stories. I was always taught to write the story that I am comfortable with, my truth, my ideas. Not write what is currently hot now. Am I wrong on this? Should I be reading current MG? I don’t know how to fit in the time—I barely squeeze in the occasional adult novel, magazines, and Publisher’s Weekly. Most importantly, I don’t want to end up writing something that’s already out there. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Time-Crunched

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re: Choosing When to Chuck a Joke

posted 5/16/17

Dear Editor…

I’m seeking confirmation. If a joke/gag doesn’t advance the plot/story, is it best to chuck it? As I revise my middle grade fantasy manuscript, that’s what I’m inclined to do, especially if the gag/joke, while possibly funny enough, stalls the advancement of the story. Got to keep things moving, right?

Sincerely,
The Jokester

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re: Which Writing Software Should I Use to Write My Book?

posted 3/2/17

Dear Editor…

I’ve recently been inspired to write a New Adult novel. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want my book to be. I’ve never written a book before so I decided I would do some research and came upon your book Writing New Adult Fiction. I’ve read a good part of the book and think it can definitely help me as I move forward with my story. The only thing I’m not quite sure about yet is which software/app I should use to write my book. I’ve heard of a couple but I’d really like to know which ones you would recommend I use. Thank you so much for your help!

Best regards,
Veronica

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re: Smarter to NOT Rhyme My Picture Book?

posted 10/18/16

Dear Editor…

I’ve learned my rhyming picture book manuscript needs A LOT of work—specifically, I need to learn more about meter. Daunting and exciting. I’m hearing, though, that some agents/editors are reluctant to consider rhyming picture books from unknown writers. Do you think my time would be better and more strategically spent by writing a non-rhyming version of the book, rather than working further on the rhyming version?  I’ve learned not to treat any of my writing too preciously, so I’m happy to follow either route, but just want to do what would benefit this project (and position it for a possible sale) the most.  I’d love to know your thoughts on that.

Sincerely,
To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme

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Revision Week: Winner and Week Off

posted 6/4/16

Dear Readers…

I hope you enjoyed the 4th annual Revision Week. I created this event to inform and inspire your own revision and am honored by the authors who’ve helped. Want more? Visit Revision Week Archive. Want to dig deeper into craft? Check out the advice from myself and 20+ author, editor, agent, and industry contributors including Revision Week guest Jane Yolen in Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and Writing New Adult Fiction. DearEditor.com will return June 13 with answers to YOUR craft and industry questions.

Happy writing!
The Editor

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Revision Week: Marie Force

posted 6/3/16

Dear Readers…

Revision Week ends with a flourish thanks to the fabulous Marie Force, author of some of our favorite contemporary romance series. Marie has sold more than five million copies of her books worldwide, some self-published, others traditionally published. She is talented, prolific, and here to give us a glimpse into her process. Today also brings us to the grand finale giveaway: a Free Full Manuscript Edit by the Editor. Read the full post for giveaway details and Marie’s interview.

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