All posts tagged: editor

Write On, Wednesday: What’s in a Title

By Leslie Lindsay The manuscript is finished. It’s actually not too terribly rough, either. Now it just needs a title. You’d think titles would be easy-peasy, but they are not. Here’s why: You have to summarize everything that happens in–oh 100,000 words–into a few words (about four). No pressure, right?  You also don’t want to be so overt about it, in that all literary ‘secrets’ are given away. And God forbidden the title is already “taken.” Okay, you’re technically “safe” on that–titles aren’t copywrited. But who wants 8 books called WAR & PEACE? Something pithy would be nice. Last night, I couldn’t sleep for  obsessing thinking ruminating perseverating. I tossed and turned. I thought of every teacher who taught 4th grade and then 5th grade at my elementary school 30 years ago. That got me to sleep. But I woke up to pee around 2 a.m. and  guess what I was thinking about? Here’s some other advice I’ve gleaned of late, “We talked a lot about branding at [a local chapter meeting], and you really want to think about what …

Write on, Wednesday: Can this Manuscript Be Saved?

By Leslie Lindsay There are seven reasons a writer gets rejected, at least according to Susan Meier, romance writer of many.  Want to know what they are? 1.  Your story doesn’t fit with our line/publishing house.  As a writer, you will hear this as, “Not right for us.” 2.  There is not enough emotion/action/romance or perhaps too much (especially if you are writing fiction and it comes across as too romance-y). 3.  Bad characters. 4.  Weak story or lack of plot 5.  Poor dialogue 6.  And this one is left blank 7.  So is this one… (I was frantically taking notes at the Spring Fling Writer’s Conference at the end of April.  We were trying to cram waay too much into this workshop–yet, ironically it was one of my favorite ones I attended.) As a writer, you have three entry points for the reader to become captivated: 1.  Your scenes–>that all builds pacing and momentum 2.  Your story 3.  Your words–>the tone and how those words build your character However, a good story does not …

Write On, Wednesday: Mind-boggling

By Leslie Lindsay I really like to write.  No surprise there, right?!  I don’t know, but for me writing is a way to ground myself, to let all of those thoughts and ideas that are circutlating in my mind congeal into one soild thought.  It’s mind-clearing.  I love it. But sometimes it’s mind-boggling.  Take for example, navigating a series of revisions from my editor.  What if I have more than one “editor” who thinks she knows best?  What if their ideas and comments don’t fall congruently on the page?  What if they have different interpretations?  Humm…then my mind is not clear, it is boggled. What if I want to add something to my text but I need permission for it first?   For example, I want a graphic in my book…so I go to the illustrator and try to get permission, only I can’t find the illustrator’s contact information anywhere on the Internet.  Huh?!!  That’s right–she’s got graphics and stuff “out there,” but makes it so hard for anyone to get ahold of her, it may …

Write on, Wednesday! Writing (and editing) a Book

By Leslie Lindsay “Hey, I’m busy over here–I’m writing a book, ya know?!”  Here’s the thing with writing a book:  It’s a BIG job.  Most folks don’t realize how big it is till they really get into it.  And the bottom line is most people don’t get into it. In fact, I read somewhere that out of 100 people who want to write, only 10 actually do.  Of that 10, 9 will get rejected or give up.  One person is left with a manuscript and a contract and a finally a book.  One out of 100 want-to-be-writers actually end up with a book in hand?  Yikes.  Why bother?  Well…it has to be something you are completely 100% passionate about.  One has to have drive, ambition, good skills (and I’m not just talking writing skills here…but also negotiating skills, creativity skills, professionalism, etc.), persistence (but politely so), the desire to continue learning, the innate ability to obeserve the world (and the people in it), and to have a thick skin.  There’s probably more, too but this is …