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Nice tool for jolting you out of using the same old words.
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It's Friday. If a spinning table wants to come along and do my writing for me, I might not actually mind. ;)

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Unless you're an established, big-name author, you don't get a second chance at flow and immersion. This is your first priority!
 
Want to know what I've learned from ImmerseOrDie? Here's the first in a series of articles outlining the dos and don'ts of immersive writing.
Lots of readers seem to be downloading samples of your novel, but few seem to be clicking the "Buy" button. What the hell is going on?Well, over the last year, I've read the start of over 200 indie books with one specific question in mind: what factors make or break that magical s
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It's tough when authors resist a compelling opening because they're not writing "that kind" of book. Unfortunately, it'll be not much of a book at all if nobody cares to read it.

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I have a couple of magazine editors knocking on my door with summer assignments—but I'd much rather be #editing. If you'll be ready for copyediting this summer, please get in touch and book a slot with me now while they're open!
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Now booking summer edits for independent authors:

*  Literary fiction
*  Fantasy
*  Science fiction
*  Horror
*  Supernatural
*  Speculative fiction
*  Women’s fiction
*  Historical fiction
*  Young adult
*  New adult
*  RPG and gaming projects

My specialty is line editing. During a line edit, I’ll scrutinize your style and usage line by line, providing extensive edits and comments designed to polish your writing while maintaining (and spotlighting!) your individual voice and style. I’ll scrub away wordiness, slay jargon in its tracks, tighten dialogue, and smooth the quality and transitions of your prose. You’ll get lots of notes and learn how and why to tweak your technique; it’s a little like being coached. 

Email me at lisa@lisapoisso.com so we can talk over how editing can bring clarity to everything you envision for your upcoming book.
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Self-editing tip: Go back through your book and question every instance of character movement. Do readers really need to see your character get up and cross the room to do something? Is the drive from Location A to Location B worth a paragraph of ink?  Inconsequential action is irrelevant, and irrelevant is boring. How else could you set the next action or scene without dragging readers through every step it takes to get there?
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Looking for an agent?
 
Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity

Here are two new agents seeking clients. Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary) is looking for edgy, psychological thrillers, gang-lit, and realistic contemporary. Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary Management) is seeking picture books, middle grade, and young adult (especially fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, and contemporary stories exploring romance and the complications of growing up). In adult fiction: speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and select romance. She’s also open to nonfiction projects in pop culture, humor, travel, food, and pets.
Here are two new agents seeking clients. Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary) is looking for edgy, psychological thrillers, gang-lit, and realistic contemporary. Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary Management) is seeking pictur...
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Relevant to the interests of many here ...
 
For us pre-gunpowder authors...
What writers need to know about archery in order to write an accurate story.
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So weary of spending my money on things that fall apart. Working on this article was a sanity-saver, let me tell you!
Lifetime warranties still exist -- and we have the list to prove it. If you're looking for a company that offers high quality and a lifetime guarantee, read on.
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Uh-oh: late summer editing pileup, with multiple authors circling my calendar. Book your editing now, folks! 
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Authors, I still have one copyediting spot for June! Also booking late summer and fall edits. Line edits a specialty—it's like having your own writing coach.
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Here's a really great reason not to hire your retired high school English teacher to copyedit your book. You want an editing professional who knows and understands the implications of style and usage for different types of publications—websites, magazines, fiction, academic journals—and knows when the rules should bend and when the rules should break. 

It's all about serving the reader.

#amediting   #editing  
 
Spelling or usage distinctions sometimes become shibboleths for copyeditors and pedants, no longer useful and therefore no longer worth worrying about. Witness the Associated Press Stylebook's abandonment last year of keeping over for spatial relationship and more than for quantities.
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Awww, I missed it. Awful deadlines this week, on top of the end of an edit and end-of-school-year chaos. :/  

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If you want your self-published literary fiction to be taken seriously—an entirely viable option today, no matter what some gatekeepers may still believe—you need to take quality equally seriously. Get professional editing. You can bet your competitors will.
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
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