How to Recover From Painful Negative Feedback in 5 Steps

A Writer's Path

by Daniella Levy

There it is.

That feedback you’ve been so terrified to receive. The one that makes all your self-doubt demons shriek: “YOU SEE?! WE TOLD YOU SO!!!”

You know which one I’m talking about.

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Manuscript Formatting

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

images2K2CCF4GYour manuscript needs to be perfect. There is no place for misspellings, grammar errors, poor formatting, or plain sloppy writing. Once you’ve corrected the problems, present your manuscript in the standard industry format.

Those of you who have been around for a while know what I’m talking about. Newbies, not so much. So here’s the deal.

  • Double-space.
  • Use a 12-point, Times New Roman font.
  • Use 1-inch margins at the top, bottom, and both sides of the page.
  • Use white paper; do not bind it (if you’re submitting a physical copy).
  • Make sure your last name and the page number are on each page.
  • Do not include illustrations.
  • Put the name of your novel, your name, and your contact information (phone number and email address are sufficient) on the title page.
  • Don’t bother with a copyright notice–it’s meaningless and the mark of an amateur.
  • Submit your manuscript electronically as a PDF…

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Daisy: Bold and Beautiful


Daisy: Bold and Beautiful by Ellie Collins

From the book blurb found on Amazon:

D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.

Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel of middle-schooler Ellie Collins, daughter of award-winning author Stephanie Collins. Boys and girls alike will appreciate Ellie’s keen eye for the challenges of growing up that she and her friends must face. Discover the wonderful writing of Ellie now, then follow her to learn about her writing and more books to come.”

My review:

“Daisy, Bold & Beautiful” was an endearing read, and written by a middle school student for other middle school students. A young girl named, D.J., moves into town, a new house (duplex) and must go to a new school. She has anxiety and D.J. and her dad are trying to make life work after her mom’s death. D.J. makes friends her first day of school but something interesting happens after school and when she goes to sleep for the night; as she is taken into a completely different realm. I loved how the flowers in this different realm made a complete 180 degrees and helped D.J. with her own green thumb. Readers must meet Fern – just touching. I highly recommend this book and new author. FIVE stars all the way!

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How You Can Easily Convert Epub To PDF For Ebooks – by Derek Haines…

Good to know…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

There are many reasons you might to want to convert epub to pdf

While there are many free online converters, there is a much better way to convert any ebook file format to a pdf file.

Online ebook converters generally give you only one file format you can upload for converting. On top of that, the quality of the conversion may not be perfect.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could convert all of your ebook formats and get a perfect pdf file every time? Well, you can, and you can even edit your ebooks before converting.

And it is free to convert all these files and more.

Continue reading HERE

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Self-Editing Tips

Great information!

Story Empire

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today. I’ve been in the editing mode of late. It never ceases to amaze me how many mistakes I find. I edit, then I send pages to my critique partners thinking I’ve got a pretty clean copy. They find other things I’ve missed. So, I edit some more.

Whether you are traditionally published or an Indie author, self-editing is an absolute must. There is no substitute for hiring a professional editor, but there are a few tips writers can do before submitting that manuscript to an editor, publisher, or even beta readers.

Look for “crutch” words

Every author tends to rely on what I call crutch words. These are different for every writer, but reading through your finished manuscript will enable you to become familiar with your own. As you review, look for repeated words or phrases. Some of my crutch words are well, perhaps…

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3 Things to Know About Marketing Historical Fiction Novels

A Writer's Path

by J. U. Scribe

What’s your favorite genre? For some it’s romance, others it’s fantasy, sci-fi, or maybe a mystery/thriller. For those that know me well I enjoy reading a variety of genres, so it’s hard to pick one genre over another when I enjoy different books spanning across the many genres of fiction. However if you were to ask me what genre is your favorite to write, in my answer would be a bit more concise.

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How to keep in touch with your book when your writing routine is disrupted

Nail Your Novel

I’d planned a post about self-editing. But then I thought – really, Roz? This close to the holidays, who cares?

Indeed, it’s more likely that the seasonal ding-dong is turning your routine downside up. If that’s merry and welcome, great.

But some of us (including me) get panicky about losing touch with our work.

This post is for you.

Don’t fight it

Resolve to do smaller sessions on your book. To stave off anxiety about your slower progress:

1 Figure out how much time you can regularly set aside, realistically.

2 Make a schedule.

If you do this, you’re in control. You’re making a plan you can stick to. Goodwill henceforth.

How to think small

Here are ways to think smaller while still making progress.

1 If you use wordcount targets, reduce them, obvs – then surprise yourself when your concentration lets you exceed it.

1.5 Or turn the limited…

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This entry was posted on December 12, 2018. 1 Comment