by Carly Hayward

Taking a break is one of the most important steps when it comes to writing a book. It can be a struggle to step away from your book after the first, second, or even third draft, but it is imperative that you do. As hard as it can be to step away, the benefits are completely worth...

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by Carly Hayward

The sensitivity reader is somewhat of a newcomer in the publishing industry. They are the person you call when you need to step outside of your comfort zone in your manuscript, and when you want to ensure characters are authentic and well-rounded.

Fiction writers are often enc...

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by Laura Dennison

At long last, you’ve done it. You’ve written your novel. You’ve slugged your way though some 80,000 words and consumed approximately 80,000 cups of coffee in the process. When you’re stuck in a traffic jam on the way home from work, you have conversations with your chara...

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by Carly Hayward

The ShoreIndie contest has now moved to the editing round, and as a thank-you to all the authors for making the ShoreIndie community so warm and fun, I'm offering a few editing deals! You just need to book by August 15th, 2017 (editing dates may fall later).

If you haven't hea...

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by Carly Hayward

This post was originally written for the ShoreIndie Blog, republished with permission.

Note: This post was written for ShoreIndie, a Twitter contest, and while it was written for those participating, the advice can be applicable to processing feedback of all kinds. ShoreInd...

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by Carly Hayward

This post was originally written for the ShoreIndie Blog, republished with permission.

#ShoreIndie is about to begin, and I bet you’re wondering what you can do to catch an editor’s eye. We editors see hundreds of manuscripts during these contests, and there are some com...

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By Carly Hayward

“Write drunk, editor sober” is a famous quote with dubious origins. While it is difficult to assign credit to the quote, its message is clear. Writing requires the author to get their creative juices flowing, to awaken their muse, no matter how they do it. But editing require...

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