Words to live (and write, and edit) by:
"An author merely begins a book. A reader finishes it."
"Don’t tell me that the moon is shining; Show me the glint of light on broken glass."
-attributed to Anton Checkhov
“I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
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How to Build a Good Query Letter
In the end, a query letter should make as many arguments as possible to show why your book is a good fit for a publisher. Continue reading
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Ex Libris Editing’s First Annual Short Story Contest Is Coming Soon!
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NaNoWriMo Deal: $11 Off for Each 11,000 Words!
Hi friends, As the end of another NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) rapidly approaches and you’re sprinting for that 50,000-word finish line (go you!), we’d like to start the conversation on where that shiny, brand-spanking-new novelbaby of yours is headed … Continue reading
Freelance editors: Are you looking for projects to fill in the gaps? If so, we might be looking for you.
Hello there, friends! As many of you know, Sarah and Sylvia have been running Ex Libris together since early 2012 and freelanced separately before then. With a lot of hard work, support, and some good old-fashioned luck, we’ve grown our … Continue reading
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Shaping the Spark: Inspiration, Plotting, and Character Development
by Melanie Figueroa When you get an idea for your next story, chances are you’ll want to dive right in. You’ll be sitting on the train or walking down the street when the muses decide to grace you with their … Continue reading
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Better Late Than Never: Emerald City Comic Con 2014!
Here’s a little fact that will surprise no one who’s ever spent more than five minutes with me: I’m a geek. A rather huge one. I’ve been head over heels for all things science fiction/fantasy since I was a little … Continue reading
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Behind the Scenes of Freelance Editing: 10 Facts From Sylvia Spratt
This post was originally published at The Poetics Project by Missy Lacock. Let’s face it: If you’re reading this blog, you love writing and reading—and probably wouldn’t mind a paycheck for doing it. Enter freelance editing, just one of the … Continue reading
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