tips for writers

Interview with an Editor: Jonathan

Interview with an Editor: Jonathan

Last week we interviewed Christina Palaia, and it’s fascinating to see just how different each editor’s style and approach can be.

Our second interview features Jonathan Starke. Jonathan joined The Artful Editor team in 2013, and has helped numerous authors revise and polish their manuscripts.

Interview with an Editor: Christina

Interview with an Editor: Christina

Authors have a lot on their plate: characters, action, time periods, plot, and so on. What’s great is there are these strange people called editors who sweep in, clean up errors and help writers stay on track. Oftentimes, writers repeat the same mistakes, which, if fixed can drastically improve a book. What would reading be like without editors? We shiver at the very thought!

Why Word Count Matters When You Submit Your Book

Why Word Count Matters When You Submit Your Book

You finish the last strokes on your masterpiece, a painting that stands twenty feet tall and thirty feet wide. It’s beautiful, fully capturing the essence of your idea of this city and the pitfalls of love, hate, and betrayal. You unveil it for your benefactor, eagerly awaiting the slaps on the back and joyous exclamations.

“It’s too big.”

“Huh?”

Why You Need a Beta Reader

Why You Need a Beta Reader

Okay, you’ve been working on your novel for a year, maybe two. It’s 80,000 words long and you’ve just typed the final sentence of your book. You hit “save” and sit back. It feels good. What’s your next move? Hire a copyeditor, right?

5 Ways to Make Time for Writing

5 Ways to Make Time for Writing

War and Peace wasn't written in a day. In fact, it took Tolstoy six years to write the novel. I'm not sure if anyone knows how many hours he dedicated to writing each day, but I assure you, he prioritized his writing time.

If you have a busy life and have been thinking of writing a book, you're going to need to do the same thing as Tolstoy. It'll be easiest if you embrace this concept: in order to create something of value, you're going to have to give something up. There's no way around that.