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To Ooze Unctuously #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

One of those people who insist on living in my house and eating all my favorite foods has signed up to take a creative writing-fiction course next year in school. (To be fair, he does keep me in cookies, which he bakes himself.) This really isn’t a post about food. It’s about how I groaned […]

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Don’t Lose Your Voice #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I see authors worry about this fairly often. They complain about it, too, when it actually does happen — and it DOES happen. The dreaded bad freelance editor who edits out the author’s own unique voice. Now, we can spend a long time struggling with the concept of “What is voice?” — it’s a nefarious […]

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Tip Me Over! #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

Here is one I see All. The. Time. Authors who put out a book, maybe two, and are immediately disappointed in their sales. Maybe they’ve done promo for it; usually if they have, it’s been minimal, sending out review copies and getting upset when they fall in the Black Hole of Reviewers, never to be […]

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To Series or not to Series #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

Even before the rise of self-publishing as a viable publishing platform, authors were increasingly turning to writing series. Deadlines were getting tighter, but the worlds were familiar. The characters were familiar. And the readers wanted more. Other than the deadlines, the other factors make sense. For a writer, being in a familiar world means you […]

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Revising Me #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I have an editor friend (well, I have a BUNCH of editor friends, actually, but we’re talking about one editor friend in particular right here and now) who says there’s a difference between editing and revising. Editing is what you pay for. Revising is what you do yourself. Either way, let’s face it: even my […]

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