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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

July 16, 2017

TED Client Strikes a Deal
St. Martin’s Press will Publish Raven’s Blood

At The Editorial Department we are ecstatic anytime we have good news to share in regard to client success, and this week we are pleased to announce that author Marissa Campbell has struck a deal with St. Martin’s Press to publish her novel,Raven’s Blood, through her agent, Margaret […]
July 11, 2017

POV Part III: Use of Camera
A Metaphorical Take on Temporal and Spacial Distance

We writers often speak in metaphors, and we often do this pertaining to our craft. We speak about “sculpting” our stories as one might mold clay, chisel stone, or carve wood. We speak of painting pictures with written scenes and composing “musical” dialogue. The gerund phrase, “honing your […]
July 6, 2017

POV Part II: The Third Eye
A crash course in the “most complex element” of storytelling

In Janet Burroway’s book, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, she describes point of view as the most complex element of fiction. This is because establishing point of view involves  tending to a complicated relationship between reader, author, and characters. Establishing a point of view and maintaining its […]
July 1, 2017

POV Part 1: A Telltale Sign that a Piece is not Ready for Publication
Amateurs make readers’ heads spin with shifty perspective

To the untrained ear the term “headhopping” might be assumed to be a term that applies to home crafted beer. But among professional editors, headhopping is what amateur authors do when they haven’t done quite enough study about point of view. In a story this problem manifests itself […]
June 6, 2017

Where Good Books Go Wrong
Everyone judges a book by its cover: a taste of tasteless covers

There are countless cliches that speak to the idea that beauty is found within, and that the value of what is on the surface is, well, superficial. A facade. “Beauty is only skin deep.” Another old adage points a crooked, arthritic finger from well beyond the grave at […]
April 17, 2017

Part I: The Editorial Department’s Manuscript Evaluation: Then, Now, and Always
Getting the substantive and honest feedback your work deserves

Okay, so we all know being a novelist isn’t easy. It’s laborious, grueling, emotionally taxing, and sometimes an outright torturous journey down an unpaved road. And one thing I hear all the time from writers on the topic of their frustrations is how hard it is to get […]