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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

December 11, 2015

Spotlight on Development
An overview of developmental editing, why it’s needed, how it works, and what to expect from the process.

When many people think of editing, they think of arcane symbols and scribbled margin notes in red or blue pencil – move this paragraph, delete these words, add a hyphen, correct that spelling, capitalize this letter. And while that is an important part of editing, it’s only one […]
December 7, 2015
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Review of Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
A reminder of why characterization still matters in mystery suspense

“When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small […]
November 25, 2015

Word Play by Peter Farb
An enlightening study of language that's a gold mine for dialogue-conscious novelists

Word Play by Peter Farb may not have been written with novelists in mind, but it’s a smart, funny, and delightfully entertaining book about language and how we use it. And it’s chock full of good insights for writers, especially on the topic of dialogue. One chapter I […]
November 25, 2015

It’s Black Friday. Stay Home and Read!
Recommended books on writing craft from the staff of The Editorial Department

Think about it: you could spend the day battling crowds for the privilege of spending money you may or may not have, but wouldn’t you rather curl up with a good book, a four-legged friend or two, and a mug of something hot? We know we would. But […]
November 13, 2015

What a World Class Chef Can Teach Us About Editing & Publishing

If you’ve never seen Gordon Ramsay in action, think of him as a drill instructor for chefs. His restaurants have earned a total of 16 Michelin stars, he was awarded the OBE, and he’s had eight different television series in the UK and US combined. The guy not […]
November 12, 2015

Who Needs A Brand Name?
Critical information about author brand

A perfect, real-world example of the power of author brand comes from looking at the sales of a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling by John Galbraith. According to Peter Hildick-Smith, founder of the Codex-Group, when first released in April 2013, the book sold 449 copies. A few months later, after […]