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Watch Dog Advisory

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When Predators​ and Editors closed, it was a disappointment for writers and authors. For those of you who don’t know who they were, they gave you fantastic updated information on every agent, publisher, and editor in the publishing world. It listed who to be aware of and who they highly recommended.

They closed because the owner wanted to sell the site with years of trying to keep up with it. A great loss to myself.

Until​ I had a few companies wanting my manuscript to review for print. I had three of them. One was Balboa, Xlibris​, and ParaDon Publishing. I had almost all of the information filled out in the submission for ParaDon Publishing when I got nervous or uncomfortable should we say, with a few things. Their website would not list any books or authors that they had. You had to be published by them to get this information. The last bell to go off was when at the end of the submission, I had to agree to their conditions and terms. Nowhere was it listed.

I went on the internet and keyed in bad reports with ParaDon Publishing and this great website came up: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/allis-self-publishing-service-directory/self-publishing-service-reviews/.

This to me was hitting a gold mine. It was just what Predators and Editors did for writers. Keep this site locked into your future information. All three of the publishers contacting me were listed under their Watch Dog Advisory. I’m happy I didn’t hit send at the end of the submission with my full manuscript listed.

I’m telling you this long story because you have to be careful and take a deep breath and hold back your excitement that makes you go with a company because…someone wants your book!

Alberta Sequeira

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40 literary journals that pay

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/

As someone who makes their living writing about writing and publishing, I can attest to how truthful Auden’s quote is. It is hard making a living as a writer, but it is even harder making a living as a poet or an author of short fiction.

Many literary journals do not pay their writers. This is because most are projects of passion, are not for profit, or are run by an individual or a small group of people who love to write and read, but do not necessarily have a lot of money. Many of these journals are run by schools with underfunded English departments. I would say that over 75% of literary journals do not pay their writers. I have no problem with that, but it is nice to be paid occasionally.

For your reading pleasure are 40 literary journals that do pay. They may not be the most prestigious journals (although some of them are), and not all are open to submissions right now, but most are. All of them to​ pay their authors. Some pay well and others pay a token amount.

1. The Threepenny Review

We have reviewed this literary journal before​ so you can learn more of the details by reading that review here. The Threepenny Review is one of the most respected print journals out there and they also pay their writers $200 per poem or $400 per short story. You can visit their website here. They are primarily interested in short stories and poems.

2-5. Escape Artists (Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Cast of Wonders, PodCastle)

Escape Artists is the publishing group that publishes all of its stories in audio and text formats. They are know for their genre podcasts and have a large following. Each publication has a separate focus. For example Cast of Wonders focuses on a young adult audience whereas Escape Pod only publishes Sci-Fi. The various publications pay $100 for full-length reprints and more for original works.

6. Banshee

Banshee, a print literary journal from Ireland, is accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. All authors published in the journal will receive payment, as well as a copy of the magazine. Read our full review here.

7. Frontier

Frontier Poetry accepts submissions year-round. They accept work from both new and emerging poets who have not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. Authors of any number of chapbooks and story collections may submit. Frontier pays poets $50 for each published poem, up to $150. To learn more, read our full review here.

8. Clarksworld

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis. They pay very well. Read our full review here.

9. The Rush

The Rush is a new online literary magazine produced by the students of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. They pay writers, and are seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art, and photography in all forms and styles. They hope to publish high-velocity work that captures the rush of human experience. Any topic is fair game, but they don’t accept work about graphic or gratuitous violence or sex. Read our full review here.

10. The Malahat Review

The Malahat Review is an established and respected print magazine based out of Canada. They purchase first world serial rights and, upon acceptance, pay $40 CAD per published page, plus a one-year subscription. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. To learn more, visit their website here.

11. Copper Nickle

Copper Nickle publishes poetry, short stories, and essays. They pay a different rate (usually around 30 dollars per page) per issue and they offer two contributor copies per author. They also have two editor prizes of 500$, one for poetry, the other for prose, that they award to authors each issue. Learn more here.

12. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

This paying and competitive magazine publishes short stories and novellas in the mystery genre. To learn more, read their submission guidelines here.

13. Breath and Shadows

They publish only authors who have disabilities, although they define that term broadly. The pay scale is $20 for poetry, and $30 for fiction and non-fiction. To learn more, visit their website here.

14. Contrary Magazine

Contrary Magazine publishes short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poetry. They pay $20 per author per issue — the length of the piece does not factor into the payment. To learn more, visit their website here.

15. Workers Write!

They focus on publishing working class literature. They want to collect the stories and poems about jobs that define who we are as individuals and communities. They pay between $5 and $50, depending on the ​length and rights. To learn more or to submit, visit their website here.

16. Occult Detective Quarterly

Occult Detective Quarterly is devoted to those intrepid investigators who investigate the weird, exotic and bizarre. They publish fiction and nonfiction and they pay. You can learn more here.

17. Upstreet

A respected literary journal. They offer between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays, they do not list poetry rates. If your work is accepted, you will also receive a contributor copy. Learn more here.

18. The Sun

A wonderful, advertisement-free magazine. They pay from $300 to $2,000 for fiction, essays, and interviews, and $100 to $250 for poetry. They also give contributors a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. Learn more here.

19. THEMA

A literary journal that pays $25 for short stories and $10 for flash fiction and poetry. To learn more, visit their website here.

20. Qu

Qu, the literary journal of Queens University, pays $100 per prose piece and $50 per poem. To learn more visit their website here.

21. Poetry

Poetry Magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912. The magazine established a reputation early on by publishing many important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and many others. They pay a minimum of $300 per poem. You can visit their website here.

22. Spark

Spark: A Creative Anthology offers contributors 2¢ per word or $20 per work for unpublished writing. They publish poetry and short stories. Visit their website here.

23. AGNI

This is a respected and established journal. They are published by Boston University. Pay is reportedly 1-4.9¢ per word for fiction and $5-$50 for poetry. You can visit their website here.

24. Bennington Review

Bennington Review has recently been re-founded. They publish two print issues a year and they pay their writers. Prose writers receive up to $200, poetry writers are paid $20 per poem. To learn more, visit their website here.

25. Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine is one of the better-paying markets there is out there, for science fiction content. They predominantly favor character-oriented short stories and poetry, and pay up to $1,000 for fiction. You can visit their website here.

26-29. Cricket Media’s Literary Journals
Their flagship publication, billed as “The New Yorker for Kids,” publishes poetry and fiction aimed at 9-14-year-olds. Read our full review here. However, they also have other magazines called Babybug (for children 6 months to 3 years), Ladybug (3-6 years), and Spider (6-9 years). You can see their submission guidelines here. They pay well.

30. CŌNFINGŌ MAGAZINE

CŌNFINGŌ MAGAZINE publishes new short fiction, poetry and art from around the world. The journal is a beautiful print-only magazine. They pay 20 pounds to all contributors. Learn more here.

31. One Story

One Story publishes one short story every three weeks. They have a print and e-versions of the story that they publish. Often, the published story is accompanied by an interview with the author of the story. They pay $500 per story. To learn more, read our review here.

32. The New Yorker

It would be strange if such a list did not mention The New Yorker, which is legendary for how well it pays its writers, among other things. The New Yorker does not release the exact amount they pay on their website, although they pay very well. It is more a popular magazine than a literary journal, and publication in the New Yorker can greatly help one’s reputation as a writer. Often it leads to book deals and many other publications. Of course, because of this, it is very hard to get a piece accepted by the New Yorker. Many famous authors still try for years. It is easy to submit online, and a wonderful opportunity. To learn more, read their submission guidelines here.

33. The Wanderer

The Wanderer is an online poetry journal, launched in April 2016 as a weekly feature in Harlot Magazine. Now, as Harlot has evolved into a monthly e-zine, The Wanderer has also evolved into a new online magazine, distinct from Harlot. They pay $25 per poem. Read our review here.

34. The Forge

They pay $50 for non-fiction and fiction. Learn more at their website here.

35. Grain Magazine

Published four times per year, Grain Magazine is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. They pay a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $250. Learn more here.

36. The Paris Review

This very respected print journal only accepts submissions via the post and they do not disclose the amount they pay, only say that they do. To learn more visit their website here.

37. Analog

A respected science fiction journal that publishes everything from short stories to novellas. They pay well. Read their full submission guidelines here.

38. Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning is an online zine of pulpy short fiction published with pictures. They aim to capture the feel of the cheap rag digests of the 70’s and 80’s with two-tone illustrations. They’re looking for science fiction, horror, fantasy, and noir, or anything else that would fit in on The Twilight Zone. Read our full review here.

39. Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree publishes insightful, meaningful literature in all forms and styles. They accept work by both emerging and established authors, and publish writers from around the world. Cherry Tree offers $20 to all contributors as well as two copies of the magazine they appear in. Visit their website here.

40. Blackbird

Blackbird is one of the oldest and most respected online poetry journals. They offer payment although they do not state how much. Visit their website here.

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Alberta Sequeira
Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com
other writer’s site: wwww.authorswithoutborders.wordpress.com

Books to Give a Man for Christmas

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By yehoshua@fupping.com

Christmas is a great day to give back to your dad. Here are 12 books to give any man in your life, brother, son, uncle or anyone special for any occasion. Buy Early!
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Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

#1

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have provided counseling for hundreds of fathers. Most of the men I have counseled don’t particularly like to read but I can name a handful of men, fathers, that couldn’t put this book down. The book has a lot of references, stories, analogies, and metaphors from nature and the outdoors.

This book addresses deep issues of men to help them recover their masculine heart. The book addresses wounds that have been caused by our own father and brings healing to those areas so that we can be the father and positive male model to our children. It moves men from passivity into reclaiming passion and taking action to serve, love, and protect the ones we love. The book gets at the heart of the matter and inspires change.

It is particularly aimed at Christian men so it would be a good book for Christian fathers.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Casey Lee from Rooted Hearts Counseling LLC
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The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell PhD

#2

As the founder of a non–profit organization dedicated to the healthy development of young men, *The Boy Crisis, *written by Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray serve​ as a valuable resource for our mentors to better understand the issues that teen boys are experiencing. And, as a parent educator who teaches parents how to raise happy and responsible teen sons, I use *The Boy Crisis* as the main textbook because its filled with solutions that help parents have much better relationships with their sons.

I strongly recommend this book to any parent, mentor, therapist or sports coach so that they have the facts and solutions they need to be more effective in loving, coaching and supporting young men.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Liz Dowling from Dowling & Dennis PR
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Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang

#5

This book is a fantastic little coffee table or bedside table book. It is filled with sweet sentiments about why a daughter needs a dad in her life, all of the things dad have the honor of teaching their daughters, and just how valuable that relationship is between a dad and his daughter. It is a sweet reminder of all the reasons (100 in total) men are so important in a daughter’s life.

One of the reasons listed is; A daughter needs a dad to help her take risks that will build her with confidence. My father was my hero and he embodied this book. He kept it on his nightstand up until he passed away. I would highly recommend!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Youngsteadt from Momma Suz

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The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra

#7

I wrote this book that gives adult men a 7-step “road map” to get out of an antiquated definition of masculinity that has brainwashed them to mistrust their emotional experiences and toward a healthier, more mature version of masculine identity that is needed in a 21st-century world.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from Hanalei Vierra
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A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story by S. Carlisle May

#8

This book that I wrote is a true account of a Flight Surgeon’s experience working to keep pilots flying from Africa to Normandy to central Germany. The book is derived from personal interviews, letters home and pictures which include the historic meeting between Gens. Clark, Patton and Eisenhower and the visit from President Roosevelt. It also offers insight into medicine at that time.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Carlisle May from Author Susan May
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A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje by Alberta Sequeira

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It might sound too spiritual and girly for men but this book is a heartfelt, moving memoir of the author’s father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. It’s a story about her life with her father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm. She shows how we can wait too long to learn about the lives of the men and women in the service after coming home from wars or life in general.

Brigadier, Albert L. Gramm, died on November 19, 1990, from cancer. It was then that Alberta realized while she stayed at his bedside during his illness that she never took the time to get to know this great man or his life fighting during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles; Metz, Lorraine, and The Battle of the Bulge. He had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division. He was about to take those achievements with him.

His devotion to saying the rosary every day while he faced his enemies during the war stayed with him on the return home. He had promised The Blessed Mother that if she got him home safely to his family, he would say the blessed prayer until his death.

It’s at this time, when Mr. Gramm struggled to say his rosary in his deathbed and losing concentration on it, that Alberta turns back to her faith. She learns the rosary and understand’s each decade is about the life of Mary and Jesus. She realized after fifteen years away from the Church that she not only needed God back in her life but wanted Him.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Purchase at: www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

Contributor: Alberta Sequeira Blog
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44 Publishers Looking for Short Stories

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This is a list of publishers seeking short story collections, and it’s the most comprehensive list on the internet. I’ve read short story collections from most of the publishers on this list and altogether they are publishing some of the best short fiction on the planet.

Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the publishing of short story collections (and it’s true — agents almost always only want that novel), there are still a number of solid markets and contests for that short story collection of yours.

For the publishers who offer short story collection contests, I’ve tried to list the name of the contest afterward​.

If you enjoy this list, I also hope you enjoy some of the other lists I’ve created here at Bookfox.

I’ve broken up the places to submit your short story collection into three parts: The Independent publishers, the Big Houses, and the Academic/University Presses.

If you’d like help with your short story, I offer an editing service that will take your story to the next level.

From copy-editing to character advice, I give detailed feedback on what’s working and what needs to be improved.

Independent:
Atticus Books
Autumn House Press
Bear Star Press
Bellevue Literary Press
Braddock Avenue Books
Black Lawrence Press (sponsors of four prizes for short story collections)
BOA Editions American Reader Series (sponsors of the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize)
Catapult / Black Balloon Publishing (both affiliated with Electric Literature)
Coffee House Press
C&R Press
Curbside Splendor
Engine Books
Dzanc Books (sponsors of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition)
Four Way Books
Fomite Press
Fiction Collective Two (sponsors of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize)
Graywolf Press
Grove/Atlantic
Leapfrog Press (sponsors of the Leapfrog Fiction Contest)
Les Figues Press
Milkweed Editions
Paul Dry Books (publishes a ​few short story collections, but you can try them)
Persea Books
Press 53
Queen’s Ferry Press
Red Hen Press
Soft Skull Press / Counterpoint Press
Sarabande Books (sponsors of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction)
Scout Press Books
SFWP
Small Beer Press
Torrey House Press
Transit Books (a lot of works in translation)
Two Dollar Radio
Unboxed Books (sponsors of the Unboxed Books Prize in Fiction)
Unsolicited Press

Big Houses:
Dial Press
Macmillan/Picador
Riverhead Books
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Knopf
Vintage
St. Martins Press

Academic:
Acre Books (an ​offshoot of the Cincinnati Review)
Northwestern University Press (TriQuarterly books)
Livingston Press (University of West Alabama)
University of Iowa Press (sponsors of the Iowa Short Fiction Award)
University of Nebraska Press (sponsors of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize)
University of Massachusetts (sponsors of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction + Juniper Prize)
University of Pittsburg Press (sponsors of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize)
University of Georgia Press (sponsors of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction)
University of North Texas Press (sponsors of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction)
Willow Springs at Eastern Washington University (sponsors of The Spokane Prize)
Ohio State University Press (sponsors of the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction)
Moon City Press (Missouri State University/University of Arkansas Press) (sponsors of the Moon City Short Fiction Award)
Switchgrass Books (Northern Illinois University Press — looking for Midwestern books)
Southern Missouri State University Press (Nilsen Prize, linked short story collection)
Stephen F. Austin University Press
West Virginia University Press (Vandalia Press)
Wayne State University Press (check under Fiction — they publish short story collections occasionally)

If you’d like professional editing for your short story collection before you send it to publishers (or if you’ve been rejected from a few and want to improve it), please look at my website.

I offer single-story editing as well as short story collection editing.

By editing, I’m not talking about just proofreading or copy-editing, I’m talking about an in-depth evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of your collection, and how to improve them.

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Alberta Sequeira
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alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

101 Free Resources for Screenwriters

This came from https://screencraft.org

WRITING RESOURCES

If you need help writing your script, then here are your answers. Yeah, they might not be all screenwriting related, but they will definitely take your script up a notch. Use them to your advantage in order to make your script stand out amongst the tons of scripts that DON’T take advantage of these free tools

1. dictionary.com
The name says it all! Make sure you’re using the right word at the right time to get your message across.

2. thesaurus.com
Tired of using the same old words like “looks” or “walks?” Thesaurus.com will help you figure out of your look is more a “glance” and if “strolls” fits your walk better.

3. ScreenCraft Screenplay Registry (registry.screencraft.org)
Registering your script with the U.S. Copyright Office isn’t the easiest of tasks. Luckily, ScreenCraft has developed a special website to help streamline the process. They offer a lot of free information on the process and what needs to be done by cutting through the legalities.

4. Common Errors in English Usage (brians.wsu.edu/common-errors)
Professor Paul Brians of Washington State University has compiled the ultimate list of common errors that writers make in their work. Want to find out, “for all intensive purposes,” if “your” on the list? Find out “hear.”

5. The Library of Congress (loc.gov)
Need some sort of reference for something? Yeah, they got it. All of it. Anything you need, the Library of Congress has it. What most people don’t know is that they have a massive, searchable, database online.

6. Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
Yeah, anyone can change it, but it’s still very relevant for research purposes. Interesting side-note: If you click “random article” on the left-hand side, you can find yourself in front of a great story to mine for screenwriting gold.

7. Infoplease (infoplease.com)
What Wikipedia doesn’t do, info please does. It’s an atlas, an almanac, a biographical source, and a world encyclopedia. Having facts and figures that can be backed up in your script, lends to its legitimacy.

8. Urban Dictionary (urbandictionary.com)
Not sure what the kids are sayin’ these days? Or, more importantly, have no idea what they mean? Just head here. Just remember that “with great power, comes great responsibility.” So make sure you use these words with care.

9. Name Generator (namegenerator.biz)
Need a name for your awesome protagonist? Well, here’s your definitive source. This generator does it all, from the first name to the last name. They can even help you with coming up with a pseudonym.

10. Internet Movie Firearms Database (imfdb.org)
Writing an action script and want to be specific? Ever wonder what gun Rambo uses at the end of First Blood? Wanna know what rests in Lara Croft’s holsters? This database has it all. Searchable by movie, character, actor and even by the writer!

FREE SCREENPLAYS
Musicians listen to music. Authors read books. So it would make sense that screenwriters would read scripts, right? Wrong. Many don’t when they clearly should. The internet is a great source to find screenplays to read.
To be fair though, some discretion needs to be had. Read with a grain of salt. Older scripts tend to have techniques and methods that just aren’t used anymore. Other scripts are “shooting scripts” which is more about production and less about the art of screenwriting. Thus, they’re not prime examples of a script format that sells.
Read each script with a grain of salt and adhere to the rules of screenwriting that gets promoted from, well, everyone.
I should note two things: First, there aren’t any descriptions because a lot of these are the same. If you’re looking for a script and can’t find it on one, try the next and so on. Second, every year there is​ a multitude of sites that post the screenplays that are up for an Academy Award. These are straight from the studios and are usually the polished draft that gets greenlit. I would highly suggest looking out for those and reading every script you can.

11. The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb.com)
12. Screenplays-Online (screenplays-online.de)
13. Go Into the Story (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
14. The Script Lab Screenplay Library (thescriptlab.com/screenplays)
15. Simply Scripts (simplyscripts.com)
16. AwesomeFilm (awesomefilm.com)
17. Screenplays For You (sfy.ru)
18. The Daily Script (dailyscript.com)
19. The Screenplay Database (screenplaydb.com)
20. Movies Scripts and Screenplays (moviescriptsandscreenplays.com)

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE
It’s a true fact that your script can easily get tossed out due to its format. Doesn’t matter if you have the next best picture or big tentpole blockbuster. If your script isn’t written right, then you’re screwed. To be honest, in this day and age, there’s really no excuse for it anymore. There are so many options for writers to have a ​proper screenplay format.
Here’s a list of FREE software that will ensure that your script doesn’t find the bottom of the trash bin just for the way it looks on the page.

21. Writer Duet (writerduet.com)
This is the ultimate screenwriting application for anyone who writes with a partner or has any form of collaboration. Writer Duet lets you and your partner work on the script at the same time, each being able to see what the other is doing all in real-time! Of course, it also works just great if you tend to stick to writing on your own.

22. Celtx (celtx.com)
If Final Draft is the granddaddy of paid software, Celtx is the granddaddy of the free software. In fact, it’s been around so long that current versions of the software have come pretty close to what’s expected in terms of “industry standard.” Definitely can’t go wrong with Celtx.

23. Story Touch (storytouch.com)
The free version of Story Touch provides basic screenwriting tools much like what the other programs on this list do. What’s interesting about Story Touch is that, if you upgrade to the paid version (which comes at a VERY hefty price) the creators claim you’ll be allowed to get a deeper analysis of your script like no other. From the script’s tone to your character’s arc. Definitely, try the trial version before you even think about upgrading.

24. DubScript (dubscript.com)
An Android-only app, Dubstep allows you to write wherever and whenever you want on your Android device. The best part is that is can export in most major software formats from Final Draft files to Celtx files.

25. Page 2 Stage (page2stage.com)
Page 2 Stage is free screenwriting but there is NO longer any form of support so use at your own risk. The website is a little vague, but to be fair, it IS an option that’s out there.

26. Amazon Storywriter (storywriter.amazon.com)
Storywriter is a completely free, online, screenwriting software option. You can use any mobile device but will require an internet connection as they have discontinued their offline apps. Their one advantage is that they make it easier to submit your script to Amazon Studios.

27. Trelby (trelby.org)
Only available for Windows and Linux, Trelby is fully free, open-sourced screenwriting software. That means that should you have a feature that will make the program better, you can send in your suggestions.

28. Fountain (fountain.io)
Fountain isn’t really screenwriting software per se. Partially developed by John August, Fountain allows you to write a script in plain text (using any form of writing you can imagine from an email to a plain text editor) and then import that plain text document into most Fountain supportive apps (many on this list) to properly format your screenplay.

29. Final Draft Reader (in the App store)
Reader won’t allow you to create a screenplay, but it will let you share and read .FDX files. The best part is that it will let you make notes on your script while on the go. It’s a must if you do everything on your iPad.

30. Grammarly (grammarly.com)
This is less a piece of software and more of an addition to your current software. Grammarly analyzes your writing for mistakes beyond spelling. It focuses on grammar and punctuation, offering suggestions on how to improve your writing. It works on all devices.

SCREENWRITERS’ BLOGS
If you want to learn about screenwriting, who better than to learn from than the people you’d want to call your peers?! All of these screenwriters offer a ton of great information whether lessons that are directly given to you OR just through their rants about dealing with the business. All of which are great lessons to learn.
Some of them even put their own screenplays online for you to read. You’ll be able to read early drafts and future drafts to compare the differences. A homework assignment I would strongly suggest every up-and-coming screenwriting wannabe do.

31. John August (johnaugust.com)
John August is the gold standard of screenwriter blogs. Started in the early days of blogging, August grew tired of answering the same questions over and over from new screenwriters. To better help him (and you), he decided to put the definitive answers all in one place. Thus his site was born and it’s literally an encyclopedia of screenwriting wealth.

32. Script Shadow (scriptshadow.net)
Carson Reeves has been around for a long time and his site, from day one, has been vital to any screenwriter. One of the more unique features of Carson’s site is that he often hosts “Amateur Offerings” which, if he finds your script worthy enough, he’ll promote it for free and trust me, when he does, the industry pays attention.

33. Adelaide Screenwriter (adelaidescreenwriter.blogspot.ca)
Australian screenwriter Henry Sheppard offers a lot of great insight into, not only story and structure but into pitching and navigating the business.

34. Doug Richardson (dougrichardson.com/category/blog/)
Bad Boys and Die Hard 2 screenwriter, Doug Richardson, has a slew of blog posts that can help screenwriters, not only improve their writing but improve their life. After all, writing is not only sitting at the keyboard typing. It’s also about living life.

35. Ken Levine (kenlevine.blogspot.ca)
Emmy-winning writer/producer, Ken Levine is a veteran in the industry and has a bunch of knowledge and stories from his time in the industry. He also has a great podcast, Hollywood & Levine, that new writer​s should be listening to.

36. Terry Rossio (wordplayer.com)
Simply put, this site gives away secrets. Professional secrets. From working screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

37. Geoff LaTulippe (geofflatulippe.com)
I’m not going to lie, Geoff is kind of an angry guy, but that’s why I love him so. He offers insights into the business and screenwriting itself with a more snarky tone. Sure, he might be a bit of an acquired taste but the thing I love about Geoff is that he keeps it 100, 100% of the time.

38. Complications Ensue (complicationsensue.blogspot.ca)
Working screenwriter and author Alex Epstein’s blog is a great resource for writers who want to see the inner working of a real working writer. Alex offers his opinions on everything from the nuts and bolts of writing to industry news to things like motion capture.

39. Danny Stack (dannystack.com)
UK screenwriter and director, Danny Stack, has a lot of great information from a working perspective. Having one foot in the directing world allows him to talk about a script from a budgeting standpoint. He, like others, also has a podcast that is a great listen for writer’s who want to direct their own scripts.

40. The Flying Wrestler (flyingwrestler.com)
Working screenwriter Erik Bork has a lot of great takes on common questions that screenwriters ask. Questions like writing outside of LA and writing a mini-series on spec. He also goes in depth on a lot of common issues for burgeoning screenwriters.

SCREENPLAY WRITING 101
If you’re going to go from a weekend warrior screenwriter to a fully fledged professional one, you’re gonna need to learn your craft. Everything from the structure to character, to formatting basics. Lacking in any of these areas are going to stop you before you even get in the door.
While most people take classes or buy books, there are actually a lot of great, free, websites that will help you learn the art of screenwriting. Here are ten of the best.

41. The Script Lab (thescriptlab.com)
There’s no shortage of writing resources at The Script Lab. Interviews, chats with women in music, inside information about on-set tweaks that changed a script and a whole section on basic screenplay education.

42. TSL 360 3-Day Free Trial (360.thescriptlab.com)
Try out a free trial to the LARGEST screenwriting education content library and learn from the best! Featuring masterclasses, deep-dive interviews, ​and lectures from Academy Award-winning screenwriters, TV writers, producers, agents, executives – all in one place.

43. The Story Department (thestorydepartment.com)
The Story Department is a great place to dives into all aspects of screenwriting. From story and structure to polishing to pitching. They don’t stop there they even have a great section for support and training should you need more help with your script.

44. Your Screenplay Sucks! (yourscreenplaysucks.wordpress.com)
I’m not going to lie, William Akers not only changed my life, but he’s also my hero. Sure, the title of his site (and book) is a turn off to a lot of sensitive writers out there, but ignoring the snarky title and listening to what he has to say will make you a better writer and make your scripts stand out amongst the 99% of scripts in this town that… well… “sucks.”

45. The Bitter Script Reader (thebitterscriptreader.blogspot.com)
Can’t figure out why your script can’t seem to make it past the gatekeepers? The Bitter Script Reader can tell you why. They’ve made a career out of reading scripts and have seen every mistake known to the human race. Go to their site and find out if you’re shooting yourself in the foot before you even get it in the door. Oh yeah, and NO, they won’t read your script… so don’t ask.

46. Good in a Room (goodinaroom.com)
Run by Stephanie Palmer, Good in a Room has everything from How to Write a Screenplay all the way through to the age-old question: How do I sell a Screenplay? Good in a Room covers it all and continues to deliver great insight into the industry.

47. Story Sense (storysense.com/format.htm)
Need a screenplay format guide that covers just about everything? Well, here ya go! This guide has everything and more. Need to know how to write a montage or how to properly format a telephone call? Story sense will tell you how to do it.

48. No Film School (nofilmschool.com)
Want to go to film school but don’t want to pay that obscene tuition? Here’s your answer! No Film School gives you everything you need from coming up with an idea to filming it to selling your film for distribution. It’s an all-encompassing place for the​ ​ film without a lifetime of school loan debt.

49. Screenwriting Info (screenwriting.info)
Screenwriting info is an e-book that takes you chapter-by-chapter, step-by-step to writing a script. It’s a fast read and covers just the basics but it’s more than enough to get you through a first draft. Especially if it’s your first attempt at writing a script.

SCREENPLAY CONSULTANTS
When you’ve done everything you’ve need to to get your first draft on the page and you’re still hitting a brick wall, you might need to contact a professional. Someone that can help you take your script over the finish line. While a lot of consultants don’t come cheap, they do offer a lot of free information on their websites.
There are a lot of consultants out there, but only a few really have a foothold on the screenwriting business. They’re almost as well known as the screenwriters who are currently working in the industry. Regardless of your opinion of script consultants, they’re a spoke on the screenwriting industry wheel.

50. Lee Jessup (leesessup.com)
A veteran in the consultant industry, Lee offers a lot of great advice in both screenwriting and starting your career as a screenwriter. She’s not about the sale, she would rather set you up for script SALES.

51. Robert McKee (mckeestory.com)
Robert McKee, A Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after​ screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally.

52. Ruth Atkinson (ruthatkinson.com)
Ruth’s blog offers a lot of great advice on taking your script to the next level. A consultant and story editor, Ruth’s focus is on making sure your story and characters make the biggest impact they can.

53. Jen Grisanti (jengrisanti.com)
Step inside the mind of an entertainment executive who recognizes success and can help you achieve it. While Jen charge’s for her consulting, her website has a blog and multiple resources and tips for screenwriters.

54. Big Ideas (bigideas.com)
Home to Barri Evans, Big Ideas (and Barri) of a ton of resources to help screenwriters achieve their goals. Not only does she help with your script, but she looks at your career as a whole.

55. Script Reader Pro (scriptreaderpro.com)
Script Reader Pro not only offers coverage services but a lot of free “hacks” on their blog that will help better your script. They also have a lot of other great information like their top screenwriting books to read and best contests to enter.

56. Script Butcher (scriptbutcher.com)
The Script Butcher blog is a wonderful resource that shows you a lot of dos and don’ts for your script, including scene construction and exposition.
57. Industrial Scripts (screenplayscripts.com)
Started by a former studio executive, Industrial Scripts is a great place to find real, behind-the-scenes information. They know how Hollywood works and isn’t afraid to share it.

58. Write So Fluid (writesofluid.com)
Run by Michelle Goode, her site has a lot of great advice and educational articles on bettering your screenplays. There is​ a lot of great “best of” lists, that break down your needs in a simple form.

GENERAL SCREENWRITING WEBSITES
There are obviously a lot of free resources that focus on specific areas of screenwriting. Those aside, there are also a lot of free websites that try to encompass EVERYTHING about screenwriting. Consultants, interviews, blogs, education, podcast… you name it, they’ve got it.
Here’s a list of some of the best general websites that are out there for screenwriting.

59. ScriptMag (scriptmag.com)
If you need it, ScriptMag has it. Formally the industry-leading magazine “Script,” it’s now an online home to everything screenwriting. Some of the world’s leading experts in the craft of screenwriting contribute to ScriptMag on a monthly basis. All free for your consumption.

60. Indiewire (indiewire.com)
If you want to know what’s happening in the indie-film world than Indiewire is the place to go. They offer a lot of information to, not only screenwriters but independent filmmakers. There’s also a slew of interviews and resources to help make your indie film.

61. ScreenCraft (screencraft.org)
ScreenCraft’s model is unique and kind of genius. Many of their blog posts keep you on track to getting your script done and polished, ready to send out. Their blog also has a lot of great information to make the process a lot easier.

62. LA Screenwriter (la-screenwriter.com)
Started by freelance writer and screenwriter, Angela Bourassa, LA Screenwriter’s goal is to give as much information to an aspiring screenwriter all in one place. Want advice? Need coverage? Want to know what’s happening in LA? LA Screenwriter is a one-stop shopping trip.

63. WeScreenplay (wescreenplay.com)
WeScreenplay is known for its affordable, quick-turnaround script feedback and its Diverse Voices Competition, but it also has a very informative blog.

64. Script Pipeline (scriptpipeline.com)
Script Pipeline is not only a competition “must enter” and a script notes service, but​ they also offer interviews, essential reading, ​and news on script sales.

65. Go Into The Story (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
The official blog of The Blacklist not only gives you an annual list of the best, unproduced scripts but gives you a lot of information/education that will better your chances on getting your script ON that list.

66. Creative Screenwriting (creativescreenwriting.com)
Another, now defunct magazine, turned online resource, Creative Screenwriting has interviews, articles, reviews, ​and columns. It’s everything a screenwriter needs, all in one place.

67. Gotham Writers Resource List (writingclasses.com/toolbox/reading-lists)
The Gotham Resource list has just about everything you need to know about every form of writing. All of it is broken down into specific categories and is easily navigable.

68. The Writers Store (writersstore.com)
The former brick and mortar Mecca for writers closed its doors late in 2017, but it still exists in digital form. Along with just about everything you would ever need for every type of writing that exists, they also offer blog posts with helpful information on writing and even tech support on common products like Final Draft and Writer Duet.

69. YouTube (youtube.com/results?search_query=screenwriting)
YouTube CAN teach you just about everything. From fixing a kitchen sink to writing a screenplay. Sure, it might not be a convenient​ place to find screenwriting tips, but there are hundreds of VERY useful videos that will help you craft a great screenplay.

NETWORKING IN HOLLYWOOD
The actual writing of the screenplay, believe it or not, is the easy part. It’s also about 40% of the job. The rest of it is nothing more than straight up networking and marketing. Seeking yourself as much as selling your screenplay. THAT’S the hard part. So how do you get your foot in the door? You start by building your network out and to do that, you have to meet people in real life, face-to-face. Luckily there is a slew of events that happen in Hollywood every week, you just need to know how to find them.

70. The WGA (wga.org)
The writer’s guild has a wealth of information, both on its site and at its location in Hollywood. Their script library is mind-blowing and completely free to the public. All you have to do is go. Their site also keeps track of events and screenings that benefit writers.

71. The PGA (producersguild.org)
Hanging out with your peers is one thing, but how about hanging out with the people that can actually hire you? The Producer’s Guild has a bunch of info that can benefit anyone but the key to screenwriters is the event calendar.

72. Meetup (meetup.com)
Looking for a local writer’s group to provide the feedback you need to improve your script? Maybe you just want to get a drink with your peers in the industry. Either way, Meetup is the place to do it.

73. Eventbrite (eventbrite.com)
More formal events and screenings can be found on Eventbrite. Many of the screenings and events have to have formal RSVP’s for head counts and they’re usually limited to a certain number of people. That’s why studios and companies use Eventbrite, to keep track of the number of people they potentially have coming.

74. AdvanceScreenings (advancescreenings.com)
Want to try and win tickets to a premiere or a special early screening of a Hollywood flick? Here’s the place to do it! This will give you a free opportunity to rub elbows with the film’s writers, directors and maybe even its stars.

75. Done Deal Professional (donedealpro.com)
This is a great place to find out what’s going on in Hollywood. Not only from a news point of view but from a “what’s happening on the street” point of view. There are endless message boards that talk about people and services in the industry from a first-hand perspective. Keep in mind you’re going to have to talk a lot of what’ said with a grain of salt, but if you’re looking to spend money on a consultant or send your script to a specific agent, Done Deal Pro will help you scope them out before you do.

76. The UTA Joblist (anonymousproductionassistant.com/uta-joblist/)
This is one of the best kept, non-secrets in Hollywood. It’s a list of all of the current jobs available in Hollywood. It’s free to access and most production companies post there looking for interns and readers. The UTA job list os how I got my first job in the industry…working for an Oscar-winning producer. A job that led to many years in script development as an executive and got me to writing this list for you.

77. Craigslist (losangeles.craigslist.org/d/tv-film-video-radio/search/tfr)
The UTA job list is your BEST chances of literally getting your foot in the door of a production company, but there are other ways and Craigslist is the alternative. WARNING: While I know many people that have gotten great jobs via Craigslist, I’ve also heard a lot of horror stories. Use your best judgment and remember: if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

78. The LA Film Festival (filmindependent.org/jobs/)
One of the best things you can do to rub elbows and meet a lot of influential people​ is attending​ the LA Film Festival. While it’s expensive to attend, what most people don’t know is that they’re always looking for volunteers. Volunteers get access to everything and will often allow you to make a lot of great networking connections. Even if you don’t live in LA, but plan on coming out, I would highly suggest looking into spending your LA trip (or making a trip out here) to work​ at​ the festival.

79. The Tracking Board (tracking-board.com)
Hollywood’s premiere source for insider news and exclusives, tracking, analysis and coverage on all things film, television and entertainment. Home to the most, robust spec market tracking, in development coverage, annual best lists, reviews, reports, opinions and daily news as it happens.

80. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (business.hollywoodchamber.net/events)
Every city has a chamber of commerce that has monthly events (google the city + chamber of commerce). I chose Hollywood’s for this list because they also maintain the Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign, so their events are a little more “industry-centric.” Most events are free to attend and a lot of individuals who work in the industry attend. It’s a smart way to get in the room with some important people, just make sure you dress and act like you belong there.

PODCASTS
Podcasts offer a plethora of information for young up-and-coming screenwriters. There are so many that it was hard to keep the list down to just ten. If you’re serious about being in this business, then you owe it to yourself to learn as much as you can. These podcasts ARE your film school, so learn as much as you can from the people that have come before you.

81. The Q&A (theqandapodcast.com)
Host Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast is the grandfather of screenwriting podcasts. Every episode has Jeff sitting down with an A-list screenwriter for an in-depth interview that includes their background, their process and how they got their start in the industry.

82. Scriptnotes (scriptnotes.net)
Hosts John August and Craig Mazin are both powerhouses in the screenwriting world and they provide a wealth of knowledge for free. Their blunt and honest discussions cover a variety of topics from navigating the business, their views of screenwriting software and their “love” for script consultants.

83. On the Page (onthepage.tv)
Host Pilar Alessandra is one of the premier consultants in the industry and her podcast covers everything you need to know from feature and TV writing to pitching to networking.

84. Black List Table Reads (blcklst.com/podcast)
Ever wonder it sounded like to have professional actors read a screenplay out loud? Well, you can find out by listening to the table reads podcast. While it officially ended in 2017, there’s still a plethora of episodes to binge through.

85. Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast (draft-zero.com)
Hosts Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis dive into discovering what really makes a screenplay work. They talk, discuss and sometimes even argue over a deep analysis of the things that make a successful writer’s script work.

86. The Selling Your Screenplay Podcast (sellingyourscreenplay.com/podcasts)
Host Ashley Scott Meyers has a bevy of interviews with indie filmmakers and consultants.

87. The Writers Panel (nerdist.com/podcasts/nerdist-writers-panel-channel)
Host and moderator Ben Blacker sits down with some of the industry’s top screenwriters in both movies and TV. Some episodes are specific film-related with the writer, director, and cast while others pull screenwriters from several different TV shows and movies to talk about a specific topic.

88. Save the Cat! (http://www.savethecat.com/category/podcasts)
Even though legendary screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder, unfortunately, left us suddenly in 2009, his legacy lives on. The STC “podcat” covers in-depth topics like theme, structure beats and even has a sprinkling of interviews with theatrically distributed screenwriters.

89. Hilliard Guess’ Screenwriters Rant Room (facebook.com/screenwritersrr)
Are you ready to hear the blunt truth about working as a screenwriter in Hollywood? Welcome to the rant room, where screenwriter/producer, Hilliard Guess, harshly prepares you to be successful in this crazy industry. Not for the thinly skinned screenwriter.

90. Breakin’ in! (breakinginthebiz.com)
Hosts Manny Fonseca (Hey wait! That’s me!) and Cheryl Diffin chat truthfully about everything going on in the industry, common writer mistakes, interviews with managers, producers, stand up comics and actors. Unfortunately, there haven’t been any new episodes in a few years, but there is still a ton of great tips for new writers.

91. The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/topic/awards-chatter-podcast)
If you want an in-depth look into the business, there’s no better podcast to listen to. While it’s not directly associated with wiring, there are interviews with writers on the podcast. Either way, each interview will help you understand the industry just a little bit more.

92. The ID10T Podcast (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)
Formally known as the Nerdist Podcast, host Chris Hardwick sits down and has an hour long+ conversation with a mass variety of industry professionals. To be fair, you might have to extrapolate some of the lessons and apply them to the field of writing, but I promise that they’re there. Don’t believe me? Try listening to Hardwick’s interview with wrestler/actor John Cena. You’ll never get a more motivational speech from him talking about his experience in the WWE. It’s worth your time.

OTHER RESOURCES
This list hardly scratches the surface of resources that are available to you, the writer. Here are some other avenues to help you become a successful screenwriter in Hollywood.

93. Your Local Library
Remember those? Believe it or not, they still exist and they’re chalked full of helpful resources all the low low price of a free library card. Most libraries will carry at least the basic screenwriting books and, if they have a good reference section, they’ll also carry the Hollywood Screenwriting Directory, which has everything you need to know to start sending out queries to companies.

94. Twitter (twitter.com)
Believe it or not, Twitter is a great source for screenwriting tips. Most consultants use it to promote their services, screenwriters use it to “drop some knowledge” and companies like ScriptMag hosts #scriptchat most Sundays. There’s never a shortage of screenwriting discussions, rants and information on Twitter.

95. Deadline (deadline.com)
While it might seem obvious, you’re going to have to know what’s going on in this town if you want to be a part of this town. At the end of every major signing, all of the Hollywood news outlets will mention who a writer’s reps are. Learn the manager names and what agencies they work for. Deadline is good for the day to day stories that are happening in the moment.

96. The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com)
While THR is good for the in-the-moment news stories, what they really do well are the longer exposés. During the awards season, their roundtable discussions with writers, actors and directors are full of insight into the business.

97. Variety (variety.com)
One of the best sources for what’s happening in Hollywood. They might not be as in-depth as THR, but they are the most widely read in town. Every writer should know what Variety is reporting, especially at networking events.

98. Internet Movie Database (imdb.com)
Regular, ‘ole IMDB is a lifesaver when it comes to researching the details of movies that have come before, hopefully, yours. Who starred in what? Who wrote what? More importantly, you can also find budgets, although you should take those numbers with a grain of salt.

99. IMDbPro Free Trial (pro.imdb.com)
If you’re getting ready to send your script out, sign up for the free trial of IMDbPro. With your trial run, you can get all of the same information as IMDB but also add managers, agents and their contact info. This will greatly help you on your quest for success.

100. Box Office Mojo (boxofficemojo.com)
When you’re getting ready to put your package together to help promote your script, you’re going to need facts and figures to help make your case. Box Office Mojo is the place to get that info. You can do things like create a sheet of all of the top directors in a certain genre, that had movies in a certain year with a budget under 5 million that had a box office gross of over 10. It’s things like this that will make you a whiz in meetings when they ask you “who do you see directing this?”

AND LASTLY…

101. Google (google.com)
Yeah, look… I get it, this is a bit of a cheat, but not really. This list barely scratches the surface of information that’s out there for you to find on writing, networking, Hollywood in general and anything else you can possibly look for. All you have to do is know what to search for and have some patience.

It’s also great for research. I know, duh, right? But do you know how often I find a “fact” in a script that takes me less than a minute to debunk using Google? Do you also know, that as a reader, how much that angers me? It’s not hard to get things right, just Google some sh—stuff.

The world is literally at your fingertips. Take the time to learn and get better. There’s really no excuse for the poor quality of a script when all of these resources are right there for you… for free. Do the work before you send your script out and you can easily make yourself stand out as a professional, even if it’s your first script.

I promise you, the people that will read your script, will greatly appreciate it and appreciate YOU.

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Purchase Alberta’s books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira​​

What does an editor do?

Developmental editor—Helps a writer develop a book from idea or outline or the initial draft. Makes sure the book will meet the needs of the publisher and its readers. Will work with the author through any number of drafts. Often works with writers of non-fiction.

*** Most of us can’t afford this pricing. I recommend joining a writers group (most in libraries) and get advice from other writers who they hired. Don’t go for the lowest to save money. Ask for some samples of their work. Try to get one who will not only check your spelling and wording​ but also ​see if they will correct your train of thought if it’s off.

Melissa Jo Hill, Writer and content strategist, book editor and author doyenne

An editor will be able to point out plot holes or information inconsistencies, proofread for typos, grammar, and spelling, check references, index, and format your work so you can submit it (or publish it).

A good editor though, can help a writer with all those tasks and do it in a way that the author’s voice shines through. A good editor can help a writer distill the most important elements of a piece of writing, organize content in a way that’s most pleasing to a reader, offer advice on how to solidify any story elements that are causing problems — and then proof or copyedit in a way that preserves the original intent, voice, and tone of the author. Good editing is an art just like writing. It requires a different skill set than writing, but it’s just as critical to the end piece.

And finally, editors tend to be heavily invested in the communities they serve — that is, fiction editors read a lot of fiction. They are the first eyes on emerging writing​ so they may be able to spot trends before writers do. They also bridge between writers and publishers and producers. Forming good relationships with editors can open up publishing and networking opportunities for writers.

A writer should always seek out the best editor they can afford to work with since every piece of writing meant for publication will need to go through the editing process anyway. Find someone who understands the type of writing you’re producing, and who you feel a trust connection with.

If you can find an editor who is just as invested (personally and professionally) in the success of the finished draft as you are, the manuscript — and your writing career — will be that much better off.

How do I know my book is completed?

Rest your manuscript. …
Listen to your manuscript. …
Search for troubling words. …
Remove or replace your crutch words. …
Remove all double spaces at the end of sentences. …
Search for problematic punctuation. …
Run spell check or use an automated editing program.
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How long does it take to write and get the book published?
How long does it take to publish a book? There is no easy answer to this question. One book might take a year to produce while another is designed and printed in three weeks. It is sensible to allow at least three months for the process – six months is even better.
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From: http://blog.bookbaby.com

Read your book like it’s brand new
You’ve spent hundreds of hours looking bleary-eyed at the characters on a screen. Take it offline for another look. Find yourself a bright highlighter and sit down to read it through as though you’re a reader. Whenever you find an awkward phrase or a sentence – or whenever you want to change or fix something – make a mark and move on. Do not stop to do an edit. Once you get to the end you can go back to your file, start at the last page and work backward, making changes and corrections.

Print a second hard copy, but this time change the font to something visually quite different. If you work in Times New Roman, try printing in Calibri. You’ll see it looks very different and you may be surprised by how many new typos and errors you manage to catch.

Last comes first

On the next run-through, read your manuscript backwards – not word for word, but a chapter at a time. Read the last chapter, then the next to last, and so on until you reach the first. This serves to take things out of context for you and you won’t be as likely to skim over what you expect to be there. It might feel uncomfortable, but it works.

Read it. Write it. Speak it.

When my kids were slogging through high school, I used to tell them, “The best way to master a subject is to learn by the power of three. Read the material, write notes, then speak it out loud.” So get some throat lozenges and find a quiet room. Reading your book aloud can help you “see” it fresh and let you more easily identify awkward phrases or sentences.

Be the reader

The last trick of the trade I’ll share with you is courtesy of Dani Shapiro, the critically acclaimed author of Slow Motion and Devotion. She has also written for magazines such as The New Yorker; O, The Oprah Magazine; Vogue; and ELLE. Shapiro helped put things into context during her keynote address at a recent Writer’s Digest Conference as she described the simple process of sending an email. When you’re composing the note, the words and thoughts express a certain position or point of view. Everything looks right and so you hit “Send.”

As the electrons fly through the ether, you see it: that obvious typo. The one you looked right past 10 times as the author. But what really happened is that the minute you hit the send button you read the message as a completely different person: the recipient.

This is the approach she takes when taking that last critical examination of her book. She actually reads the book as if she’s someone else. She’ll read chapters as if she’s a kindly caring person on one day. On another she reads it as an angry critical person. From the readings of these and other personas, Shapiro is satisfied that her diverse audience is ready to read her next book.

Time’s up. Pens down. You’ve got a deadline.

Maybe the best test of all that your book is done has nothing to do with the words on the page. Maybe it’s the ticking of a clock. As I sit here typing this on a Sunday morning, I’ve put myself into a self-imposed deadline to have this finished by tonight. Time’s up. Got to bake some brownies.
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Alberta Sequeira

Books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira
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Author’s Experiences

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For someone who had no desire to write, my table has no space. Since this picture, I have more published and enjoyed writing them all.
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Alberta Sequeira

Purchase Alberta’s books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

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