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Untying the Genre Knots

Last month I emphasized the importance of knowing your genre so you can articulate it in discussions with editors and preparation for promotional materials. This month I’m discussing genre again, but this time from another perspective: not allowing it to overly rule your writing. Some books are genre books. They and their authors don’t want …

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Genre Conversations: Situate Your Writing from First Draft Through Book Promotion for an Easier Self-Publishing Process

Do you know your book’s genre? That might seem like an odd question for an editor to ask a writer, but there are an array of answers to it.    Many writers would know exactly what to say in response. They knew their genre before they even started writing the book—maybe even before they had …

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Constructive Criticism: Had Enough?

There’s a lot of criticism (hopefully constructively stated) involved in the editing phases of the publishing process. Comments and suggestions can be enormously helpful in the revisions process—they can lead to valuable discussion and insights, and it’s often possible to find solutions that satisfy both author & editor/proofread or author & beta reader.  However, “helpful” …

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