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50+ Editors, Proofreaders, Copy Editors, Reviewers on Twitter

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Following are 50+ Editors, Proofreaders, Copy Editors, Reviewers on Twitter.  All were found on Twellow.com. Check it out.

Sally Dinius                          @SDinius                             Proofreader

Sandy617                             @sandy617                         Editor

Heilan Yvette Grimes     @yvettegr                          Editor

Tamoor                                @tamoor                             Editor

Terry Whalin                      @terrywhalin                    Communications Expert

Ryan Penagos                    @Agent_M                          Editor of Marvel.com

Ann Handley                      @MarketingProfs            Editor

Dan Howdle                       @NowGamer_Dan            Games Editor

Sandra Turner                   @SpiritLife                          Editor

Jen Nipps                            @jennipps                          Editor

Lee Pound                          @LeePound                       Editor

Maria Schneider               @mariaschneider            Editor

Dee Stewart                       @deegospel                        Editor

Amarantoblook              @amarantoblook             Editor

Ruthdfw                              @ruthdfw                           Editor, Reviewer

Heather Gemmen Wilson @HeatherWilson             Editor

Yvonne Perry                     @writersinthesky            Editor

Norm Goldman                 @bookpleasures.com    Editor, Publisher

Renai LeMay                      @renailemay                     sci-fi/fantasy book site

RJ Medak                            @RJ_Medak                        Book Reviewer

Christian Davidson         @REcessionRoadie          Non-fiction Book Editor

Jennifer Tribe                    @jennifertribe                  Editor, Book Coach

Madbushfarm                   @madbushfarm                 artist/cartoonist, editor

Alice Wessendorf            @awessendorf                    Editor

Blakeovard                         @DidYaQ                             Editor

Bob Spear                           @bobspear                          Editor, Publisher

A2editor                              @a2editor                           Editor

Esther Lombardi               @bookgeek                       Editor

S.B. Redd                             @maverickauthor           Editor

Birdie Newborn                @Birdie                               Editor, Publisher

Katharine Reeve              @kreeve                             Editor

Erika Kotite                         @etkotite                           Editor

Wendy Woudstra            @pubcentral                      Editor, Pub Coach, Publisher

Book Chook                       @BookChook                    Editor, Reviewer

Janice Hussein                 @DocumentDriven         Editor

Molly O’Neill                     @molly_oneill                   Editor (children’s books)

The Fiction Desk              @thefictiondesk              Editor, Reviewer

Lauren Hidden                  @LaurenHidden               Editor, Reviewer

Laura Nathan                     @lnathan                            Editor

The Compulsive Reader @compelledtoread        YA Reviewer, Aspiring Editor

Julia S.                                  @booktweeting               Editor, Reviewer

E.P. Ned Burke                  @nedburke                        Editor, Publisher

Sue Moe                               @Sue_Moe                        Editor (sci-fi/fantasy)

Matt Bell                              @mdbell79                         Editor, Reviewer

DeWayne Hamby             @DeWayneHamby         Editor (Christian pub world)

Michelle Witte                  @michellewitte                Editor (non-fiction)

Lisa Davis                           @LisaDavisMedia)           Editor, Publisher

Kelly Sabetta                    @BettaBookPublish)        Editor, Publisher

Steve Melito                      @SteveMelito                   Editor, Reviewer

WildWriter                         @WildWriter                      Editor, Writing Coach

ForstRose                           @ForstRose                       Editor, Proofreader, Reviewer

Serena Agusto-Cox        @SavvyVerseWit             Editor, Reviewer

Things I Learned About Writing in 2009

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2009 was the first full year of my life I spent predominantly writing.  My family had to learn to be more self-sufficient (especially the 15-year-old male who kept saying, “Whatcha gonna fix for me to eat?” and walked away disappointed when I said, “You can do it yourself.”)

It was also a year of personal growth unlike any other I’ve had. Even as a new mom or new teacher (many years ago), I felt I learned more about life this year as I observed others and wrote about them or created new characters using those observations.

Things I learned about Writing for Children and in General in 2009:

This is a biggie. I attended a Picture Book Writing Conference because it was close to home (none are EVER held in North Florida) and came away with enough knowledge to write four really nice picture books which are being considered by a publisher as we speak. YAY! I’d never considered writing picture books because I think so grandly, but it was an interesting challenge to refocus my thinking. I might even do some more.

I also took a very blah Middle Grades novel and rewrote it from stem to stern for a YA audience with romance and new twists and turns. I played around with a MG version as well, but have decided to move on to the second book in the series instead.

So what did I learn?

KISS-keep it simple stupid. I started with a huge premise that was overwhelming and even I couldn’t keep track of it. After losing a lot of that (destined for future books in the series) the actual story became clear and writable.

Know your Characters . The first characters I designed were flat and dull; one dimensional and too goody-goody. So I threw them out, renamed them even, and gave them flaws and quirks and attitudes. That’s when the love triangle appeared and really worked! See my posts about designing characters. How to Create a Compelling Character Part I  & II (https://rebeccaryalsrussell.wordpress.com)

Outline the basic book before writing. This provides several aspects that you won’t have to go back and try to insert later.

Arc-Every story needs an arc, a curve, a bell curve from start to finish. Without a basic outline you can’t see where it is or even if there’s one present. A story without an arc is flat and uninteresting. Each chapter should have one as well.

Inciting Incident-What happened to cause a story to begin?

Plot Points-There should be three definitive times when your main character and/or plot change direction or learn something.

Climaxes-Yes, I said plural. That’s because the climax should be broken into three parts. If you don’t outline, this could come too early or too late in the story. It shouldn’t occur before 50 pages from the end of the story, according to several blogs I read over the course of the year.

Climax A– Lighting the fuse

Climax B– Watch it burn

Climax C– Kaboom!

Denouement– Wrap up.

While editing is critical, you can over-edit as well. I’m bad for that. Every time I look at my MS I want to change things around, add something or remove something. After a while it’s not the same MS I sent off. There comes a point when you have to say, “Good enough” and move on to the next book. BUT, you also MUST edit. No one writes the perfect MS first, third or even the fifth time. It takes time to write a good book.

There is so much more I learned but can’t list it all here. Start your own list for 2010 and you’ll have a finished blog for January 2011. That’s what I’m going to do.

Things I learned about Blogging in 2009:

  • Do it often. Every week to ten days you should post something. (Although I don’t find the time to do this myself.)
  • Choose an audience and keep your posts relative.
  • Keep a file of Blogging Ideas from the news, other blogs, your own thoughts…
  • Shorter posts are easier to read. Break long posts into Parts.
  • Keep blog pages organized and clutter-free.
  • Keep pictures to a minimum as it takes them too long to load and some might lose interest.
  • Proofread posts before posting. Editors, publishers, etc, will see them.

Hopefully some of these ideas will help stimulate you to write or begin a blog or look into improving your writing by reading others’ blogs, etc. It’s how I’ve learned. There’s a wealth of good info out there waiting to be found.  I might even do a blog on that…

50+ Awesome Resources for Writers

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As a writer I know how difficult it can be to find really good information and help on the web. I found these 50  plus websites and blogs to be very helpful and hope that you will too.

teen lingo

http://www.thesource4ym.com/teenlingo/index.asp

book doctor on Coolstuff4writers.com

http://coolstuff4writers.com/BookDrMain.html

whole lot of author interviews Coolstuff..

http://coolstuff4writers.com/Interviews.html

read about fav authors or discover new ones

http://armchairinterviews.com/

character naming resource

babynameworld.com

copyright info from the horse’s mouth

copyright.gov

basic grammar info

grammarbook.com

Writer Beward resource

sfwa.org/beware

International Conference listing

http://writing.shawguides.com/

everything about fiction writing

fictionfactor.com

everything about writing horror

horror.org/writetips.htm

writer’s resource website and discussion forum dedicated to the romance

romancedivas.com

supports women writers

wow-womenonwriting.com

a free writers’ resource listing over 2700 current Fiction and Poetry publications

http://duotrope.com/

weekly submission calls to paying markets

writergazette.com

Association of Author’s Representatives

aaronline.org

check out new agents

agentresearch.com/agent_ver.html

find agents easily/great forums

agentquery.com

Preditors and Editors-Beward of Scams

anotherrealm.com/preditors

the business side of writing

authormba.com

chart compares POD companies

booksandtales.com/pod/index.php

plot tips

plotwhisperer.blogspot.com

everything about agents and queries

querytracker.net

up to minutes news about publishing industry

writenews.com

connect with published or not authors

writerschatroom.com

every contest the editor can find

writingcontests.wordpress.com

Q&A section, a job thread and a critique section

mywriterscircle.com

science fiction and fantasy writers or am

sfwa.org

share your MS for annotation & chat

bookglutton.com

give and receive  reader feedback

critiquecircle.com

online destination for your writing group

rallystorm.com

Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network

spawn.org

Janet Reid dissects queries

queryshark.blogspot.com

Rachelle Gardner gives a lot of helpful info

cba-ramblings.blogspot.com

Janet Reid’s other blog- tons of resources

jetreidliterary.blogspot.com

Nathan Bransford- industry info, very useful

nathanbransford.blogspot.com

A Writer’s Guide to Self Publishing on Bubble Cow

http://www.bubblecow.co.uk/2009/10/a-writers-guide-to-self-publishing/

12 Random But Pretty Good Ideas for Selling Your Book

http://www.yourwritersgroup.com/mywritersgroup/2009/10/a-lot-of-what-i-talk-about-here-falls-into-the-large-area-of-intangibles-craft-meditations-interesting-uses-for-your-left-.html

30 One-Minute Tips for Strengthening Your Novel

http://www.darcypattison.com/revision/30-days-to-a-stronger-novel/

How to Name the Characters in a Novel

http://www.suite101.com

cliché finder

http://cliche.theinfo.org/

The Difference Between MG and YA

http://www.write4kids.com/feature6.html

Lulu Titlescorer

http://www.lulu.com/titlescorer/index.php

more info on writing for kids than you can stand

http://cbiclubhouse.com/

best blog for helping writers write

http://storyfix.com/

Website Grader by HubSpot

http://websitegrader.com/

A site for writers, readers and fans of children’s literature written by Mary Kole, associate agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency!

http://kidlit.com/

Reasons Why Your MS Got Rejected

http://www.inkygirl.com/scbwi-2009-notes-reasons-why-your-manuscript-got-rejected/

scbwi Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Who-We-Are—What-We-Do

Goodreads- Great site for Readers & Writers

http://www.goodreads.com/

She Writes a site for women writers

http://www.shewrites.com/

Inked-In a community for writers, musicians and artists

http://inkedin.ning.com/

Is Creating a Masterpiece Worth the Time and Effort? You Bet It Is!

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Sometimes we get caught up in daily living and forget that true beauty or literature or masterpiece can take time to create. Our instant entertainment, instant communication and instant knowledge access is responsible. As a writer it is sometimes hard to imagine taking more than a few months to write a book. Then you look at truly exquisite literature and learn it took years, sometimes many, many years, to come about.

This domino exhibit took 90 experts 2 months to create using tweezers and rulers. Is it worth it? It was to them. You be the judge.

 

Editing Adverbs From Your Manuscript

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I was editing my MS recently and realized that many new writers may not know about an easy way to edit out some adverbs. So I decided to explain it here. Many times an adverb ends in –ly, so they are easily spotted.

I also listed many of the adverbs I removed and show the original use as well as a suggestion for the improvement of the sentence. These are only suggestions and may not fit your style, but keep in mind that many editors/agents today do not like adjectives and adverbs. They prefer to see strong verbs instead.

In order to easily see what and where you put many of your adverbs you can highlight them. If you use Microsoft Word, go to Editing, Find. Type ly into the find space and click Reading Highlight then Highlight All. Stand back and wear your sunglasses as your manuscript suddenly lights up like a yellow traffic light. Now start analyzing each adverb. If you choose to delete it, the highlights will disappear, but the box remains up so just click Highlight again and they’re back.

-ly words removed:

quickly

She smiled, finally glancing quickly at his eyes, then away again.

She smiled, glanced at his eyes, then away again.

softly

cooed softly.

cooed.

finally

she finally opened her eyes

she opened her eyes OR

at length she opened her eyes OR

minutes later she opened her eyes

to finally kick the bucket

to kick the bucket

actually

Actually, I wanted to go as well.

I wanted to go, too.

only

We know there are only two of them traveling alone,…

We know there are two of the them traveling alone… OR

We know there are two traveling alone…

Rusty killed only the useless fisherman.

Rusty killed the useless fisherman.

lately

Which one of you had a Pernicon watching her lately?

Which of you had a Pernicon watching her?

suddenly

Suddenly Berith’s eyes lit up.

Berith’s eyes lit up.

really

So I really won’t be missed at school or work much, will I?

So I won’t be missed at school or work much, will I?

I really have to go back now

I have to go back now

He’s super cute and all, but I really like Michael.

He’s super cute and all, but I like Michael.

mostly

She mostly studied the table,

She studied the table,

Then more quietly, almost to herself, “I…

Then almost to herself, “I….

slowly

…turned and slowly stumbled back

…turned and stumbled back

completely

We are not completely sure.

We are not sure.

gravely

Minhtu gravely nodded,…

Minhtu nodded, her eyes serious and face drawn tight around her mouth…

Orig 7 Seraphim

Here’s a glimpse of a page of my MS before editing. Ouch! The highlighting didn’t show up so I’ve put the adverbs in bold and italics.

On the floor, overturned tables and chairs lay scattered across the once majestic hall. Amini, wings spread, fought in hand-to-hand combat, faces sweating and eyes screwed nearly shut in anger, clawed at each other and raked hair and robes trying to gain the advantage. Fortadivine slashed with swords and broadaxes while yelling orders to the Amini and Forzoram who were equally engaged in battle.  The Forzoram took the advantage over the smaller and less trained Amini, easily defeating them and ripping wings or decapitating them with the twist of am armhold. Severed heads lay where they’d been thrown against the walls, glaring with sightless eyes. The room was a din of roars and screams, curses and clanking of weapons.

“Why are you doing this?” a Fortadivine yelled to a fellow Fortadivine who was slashing madly with his sword, trying to sever an arm or artery.

“Because we follow Pravus! He is our leader and when he says fight, we fight!” the second man screamed hysterically above the racket and din.

“But he is wrong! Alska is our leader. Alska is love; Pravus has only hatred in his heart! You will not win if you follow such a beast!” the first Fortadivine delivered, stepping in with a sword thrust that entered the other man’s chest and heart. He pulled his bloody sword free of this rebel and turned in time to parry another attack from a Benedivine who’d found a sword lying on a dead Fortadivine. The Benedivine, used to basic slave-type labor and not trained for military work, was quickly dispatched and left mortally injured. The Fortadivine stepped over the dying, once-holy man and shook his head at the waste and pity of this all.

Overhead, the black dragon beast, Pravus, soared over the dais again and again, shooting gouts of fire at Alska, hoping he would tire and leave a chink in his armor that Pravus would then finish him by.  Red eyes glared in the smoky dust of the demolished room as he circled, checking the progress of the battle. He roared encouragement, “Fight brothers! Kill those bastards who cling to the old ways and