Self Diagnosis for a Sick Manuscript – Allie Berg – RomCon 2014

RomCon 2014We’re here in beautiful Denver for Rom Con 2014 and I’ll be liveblogging sessions for the next two days. First up, we’re sitting in with Allie Berg as she teaches us how to self-edit our manuscripts.

Allie, as readers of this blog know, is an author, editor, and publisher at Loose Id. Allie kindly pimps our books before we begin.

First thing in editing your novel: if there are tentacles, get rid of them. Unless it’s steampunk and it’s a kraken, in which case, that’s hot right now so good on you.

Very brief how to:

Everyone has their own system of how to edit. This is not a system, these are questions to ask about.

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My Process – Blog Hop

Good heavens, that’s sounds so snobbish, doesn’t it? Hello, my lovelies. You are amazing today.
writing tools by Pete O'Shea on Flickr
Last week, Allie Berg tagged me in a blog hop on the writing process. She also gave a nice little explanation of what said blog hop actually is, so I’ll borrow that here. (You’ll have to follow the link to read the rest of her process though.)

But what is a blog hop, actually? We toss the term out like so many others and assume newbies and readers know what it means. Maybe some do. It’s not a complicated concept: a group of bloggers agree to a topic, someone writes a post, and tags other authors who’ve agreed to post, they post, lather rinse repeat. It’s actually more of a blog tree than a hop for authors. It’s the readers who (theoretically) travel from post to post to see what we all say.

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