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Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing

If you read my post last week on writing a synopsis, you’ll know that author James Crofoot is here at a very timely time for me.  (Timely time?  I expect an editor would make me change that!) James is here to tell us why it’s so important to edit your manuscript thoroughly before you submit…… Continue reading Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing

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Editing tips for romance writers: make sure you check your point of view!

Last week I wrote a post about what a romance editor does.  It was a brief introduction to editing, and left a great deal more to be said, so I thought maybe every week I could outline a few of the areas that writers and editors need to look at closely when polishing a manuscript.…… Continue reading Editing tips for romance writers: make sure you check your point of view!

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What does a romance editor do?

When I first started writing romance novels, I had no real idea of what a romance editor actually does.  Well, I had a vague idea in my mind.  I pictured an editor sitting in her office, reading through manuscript after manuscript, and rejecting pretty much all of them.  Occasionally she accepts a novel, gives an…… Continue reading What does a romance editor do?

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10 useful things I learned from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme

This week the Romantic Novelists’ Association announced the nine contenders for the Joan Hessayon award.  This award recognises previously unpublished writers who have passed through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and have gone on to have their manuscripts accepted for publication.  An exciting feeling – congratulations to all nine contenders! This year there’s a really…… Continue reading 10 useful things I learned from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme

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The Silk Romance – an update on publication

A few people have been asking for an update on my novel, The Silk Romance, which is due to be published in May, so here goes!  (And for those of you who’d like to know what the novel’s about, please check out my Silk Romance page.) The short answer  – for those who don’t want…… Continue reading The Silk Romance – an update on publication

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The great language divide: Britain, the US and English (but not as we know it)

Today I’m going to start with a language quiz.  (I love quizzes and as a writer I LOVE to talk about language.) If you were out walking, and a complete stranger offered to give you a fanny pack, would you: a)      Think him a little odd, and say ‘No thanks, I already have one’? b)     …… Continue reading The great language divide: Britain, the US and English (but not as we know it)