tips for writers

Interview with an Editor: Dorit

Interview with an Editor: Dorit

Our third interview features Dorit Sasson, who is an accomplished nonfiction editor and book coach at The Artful Editor. She is also the award-winning author of the memoir Accidental Soldier and the upcoming memoir Sand and Steel: A Memoir of Longing and Finding Home. Her writing has appeared in The Writer, HuffingtonPost, among others. When not working on her own books, Dorit teaches courses in memoir and nonfiction writing.

7 Tips for Boosting Your Productivity as a Writer

7 Tips for Boosting Your Productivity as a Writer

It’s easy to call yourself a writer. It’s harder to have something to show for it.

Many writers struggle with productivity (we can’t all be James Patterson). Even if you have an absolutely amazing idea for a book, it can be hard to motivate yourself to actually start writing it. You might write daily, but if you’re only able to write a few hundred words before you lose focus, it’ll take a long time to produce something more substantial.

Ready to Branch Out? Try Writing Conferences, Retreats, & Workshops

Ready to Branch Out? Try Writing Conferences, Retreats, & Workshops

Writing is a solitary pursuit. Whether you’re holed up in your home office or you set up shop at the local coffee shop, writing is the kind of work that’s quiet, introspective, and (at times) isolating.

That’s all the more reason to push yourself outside of your little bubble and into the writing community. When you attend writing events, you can learn new things, meet interesting people, and take the next step in your writing career.

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?”