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Five Steps To Hiring a Manuscript Editor

Editing is an imperative step in the writing process. Most writers know this–but it can be daunting to choose an editor.   There’s no official licensing for freelance editors, and the skill level varies appallingly. There are some fantastic editors out there, and there are some real shams. There are outright scammers looking to prey on…
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Writing My Memoir #9: Taking A Break

I came home from the conference (AKA my breakup with Christian publishing) as I do from every conference I attend: with a list of tasks and inspiration. I learned a lot at the conference aside from my existential crisis. I was going to go even deeper into honing my voice in the manuscript. I was…
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Writing My Memoir #8: Breaking Up With Christian Publishing

After my cocoon period, I attended another writer’s conference. This one was a well-known conference, especially in faith-based circles. This conference—or festival—was well run and the workshops were eye-opening and the people were the best. But it was at this conference that I finally realized I had been chasing the wrong path all this time.…
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Writing My Memoir #7: Platform is More than Social Media

When I came back from my hiatus and found my blog was dead, I was unsure where to go from there. I could try and resurrect the blog, but to tell the truth, I didn’t feel like blogging several times a week. I could try and ease my way back into Twitter, but every time…
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Writing My Memoir #6: The Difficulty of Writing a Book and Growing an Author Platform

The first year or so of writing my book, I also tried to build platform. I am NOT a “platform person” and struggled with this idea at first, but knew it was a necessary beast. I never had a huge flashy platform by any means. I never went viral. But I did have a smallish (and growing)…
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Writing My Memoir #5: Developing Myself As A Character

Somewhere in the middle of my work with my editor, I became suddenly struck with how one-sided “I” appeared on the page. I set about making myself a character (not a caricature)… not to say my book is perfect, but I did learn in this process and wanted to share my thoughts with you. Here…
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Writing My Memoir #4: Working With a Developmental Editor

I found myself stuck in the vortex of Christian publishing for too long, but it wasn’t all bad. For one, the people were genuinely kind. The agents were approachable and took time out of their busy schedules to mentor a wannabe author. At conferences, they smiled and talked to conference goers and treated them like…
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Writing My Memoir #3: Christian Publishing Hopes and Rejections

So the agent who didn’t sign me. There was a reason, one I didn’t address in my last post. Remember I mentioned he wanted me to change one major thing, and I did even though it didn’t sit well with me? This agent worked for a Christian agency. I thought at first my book could…
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Writing My Memoir #2: Selling Out For An Agent Too Soon

For the next six months after the initial idea, I wrote whenever I could. None of the stories was organized and I didn’t try to tame them. I was still just coaxing the muse. I was gently prodding my memories out, hoping they could be captured well on the page. I was writing a book,…
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How I Wrote My Memoir: The Inspiration

I can remember the moment I decided to write a memoir. I was fresh off hormones from the birth of my first daughter and I was euphoric as I frantically typed random memories and thoughts in a Word Doc. It was sudden like that. I spent my whole life with the knowledge that I’d write a…
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