Creating Suspense using Multiple Points of View

There are a number of different point of view (POV) techniques a writer can employ such as first person (“I”), third person (“she”), omniscient (all-knowing), and variations on these techniques. One of my favorites to read and what I prefer to...

Rejections 2.nooooo: How to handle rejections and heavy edits

Sending out rejections  is one of the most difficult things I have to do as an editor. The hardest, I think is dealing with authors who have a bad attitude. Thank God, "divas" are few. Contrarily and unfortunately, rejections are many. But, here's...

To Be-ware or not To Be-ware: Large Publisher, Small Press

This week seems to be the week to blog about small presses, and seeing so many posts brought something to my mind. I’ve always considered Pelican Book Group to be a small press—as I’m sure most people do—but what exactly makes a small press a small press? Is it the size of its catalogue, number of employees, the benefits and drawbacks of being published by said press, or is it strictly the annual revenue generated (and is any of that good or bad)? As I pondered these things, I decided to do a comparison of what large publishers do and what this small press (Pelican Book Group) does.

The Throwaway and Overused Word List

A lot of editors have a list of words they prefer not to see at all, prefer to see as little as possible, or prefer to be spelled or used only in certain ways.  At PBG, our current list is fluid, simply because sometimes, the wrong word can be used the right...

Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing

While different editors might wince over certain areas of editing, I believe I can come up with a few items that make a less than favorable impression upon the majority: Targeting the wrong publisher: Yes, we can tell when an author hasn’t done his marketing research...
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