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How to Pick the Right Self-Publishing Option

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Rewrite or Revise? That is the Question


Rewrite or Revise? That is the Question

Rewrite or revise? What is the difference between the two? Rewrite is a drastic overhaul of your work. Tearing what you wrote apart and more or less starting from scratch. Something no writer wants to do, but sometimes you don’t have a choice in the matter. Not if you care about your story and your future readers. Revise involves less drastic measures. Tweaking a scene here, rewording another further along. Correcting confusing points. We constantly revise our work when we read back through it. Rewriting and revising are things writers have to deal with whether we want to or not.

So, which camp can I be found in right now? Definitely revising, but I do have one section that needs a major rewrite. There I was, cruising along with the edits for my current wip. Occasionally posting excerpts in Writers World for critiques and comments. One excerpt I posted has turned into a problem child. It’s an important scene, but the way it currently reads, it is confusing. If I hadn’t of posted it, I would have left it alone. But thanks to Colleen Aune Moore, she pointed out what was wrong. Never dismiss comments and critiques made by others, since these are things a reader will catch and point out in a review. Study what is wrong, ask questions if you don’t understand the comment and work to correct the problem.

My first step is taking the comments made about the excerpt and saving them to a word doc. Next I copy and pasted the troubled section into another doc, saved that and printed both documents out. To insure I don’t make things worse, I printed out the sections before and after, to keep things consistent. I have plenty of pens and notepads to help with this rewrite, so the next step will be reading through the offending section and see how I can salvage it. I know this won’t be easy, but in the end my story will be better for it. My next step is taking each section of the scene, writing it out, then go back through the comments made, and write it anew. I suspect I will end up doing this several times before the scene makes sense. I will curse myself, doubt myself, and feel tempted to throw things at the wall, but I will not stop. I am a writer and accept the responsibility of my chosen path. Never surrender!

Another work of mine has been rewritten four times. The rewrites I did were based on comments I received from a writing course I took through Writer’s Digest. Now I’m in the revising and editing stage of that trilogy with a possible fourth book in the offing. I went through a lot of notebook paper for that, enough to fill a box that used to hold ten reams of printer paper. Yes, I am a pack rat when it comes to my writing. The moment I throw something out, I end up needed it later down the line. Now I save on paper by using my laptop and dating the rewrites and revisions. They get saved into folders on the hard drive and backed up on two flash drives.

Even with what I have to do, I continue with my editing, removing descriptions and words that interrupt the flow of the story. Making minor tweaks here and there. When I was first writing this, at the end of each day I would read through what I wrote, making changes. I rarely let it sit, since that’s not my style. Once I finished the first draft, I did let it sit for a few months, working on other things, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking about my first draft. When I returned to start the major editing, I looked at it with fresh eyes. I spotted a number of points that needed to be corrected, but knew I had a long way to go.

Everything I’m learning from revising my current wip, I apply to my earlier works and future work. With the lessons from Writers World and Writers World Boot Camp, I see great improvement, although I continue to have problems with the use of commas. I suspect that will be a continuing battle for me.

May the words ever flow!

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5 Ways That Playing with Pricing Can Sell More Books – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Author Don Massenzio

Penny Sansevieri

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Many authors talk about the complexity of book marketing, but sometimes it doesn’t have to be that hard. Sometimes all it takes is a tweak here or there to give your books a lift.

And with this being a new year, maybe it’s time for a new promotional boost that drives sales!

Adjusting a book price is often the last thing an author thinks of, but it’s a great tool to keep in your book marketing tool box if your book sales seem to be lagging.

You’ve probably heard this from other indie authors, or even experienced it yourself: once your book is on Amazon, it stagnates. You see virtually no movement.

And it’s disheartening to see your hard work just sit there. Believe me, I know. I hear it all the time. And, as an author myself, I understand.

But here’s the good news:…

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Writing Tips – How to self-edit a book #amwriting #editing #books #writingtips

G.L. Cromarty

While nothing can replace an editor, there is certainly a lot you can do yourself before it reaches a professional’s hands to get your work into shape.

And your beta readers will thank you!

I’m definitely not claiming that this is the perfect way to self-edit, nor the only way! But this is what works for me.

What’s wrong with just reading it?

I am brilliant at spotting typos and editing errors in other people’s work.

I am utterly useless at spotting them in my own!

I do know a number of ‘lucky’ individuals who can spot what’s wrong in their own work…but this is not me. Once I have submerged myself in my story, I am pretty much blinded to a myriad of problems from that awkward sentence to that typo to using the wrong word!

So, I have an editing routine, and that forces me to explore my…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Indie Author Brand with Images

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There’s only one you. Hear me out, because as an indie author, it’s your strongest selling point, if you play your book marketing cards right.

Every author has written a book. So what sets you apart?

Your brand. Yes, as an indie author you need to think of yourself as a small business and a brand.

And one of the best ways to establish your author brand and cement reader loyalty is through imagery.

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Writing Links 1/15/18

Where Genres Collide

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Traci Kenworth



  1. fictitious news report.” Trouble brewing for sure.
  2. “Misdirection fascinates me.” A handy trick to practice.
  3. “This post is more about the mentality of an innocent bystander than how to use them because they’re fairly simple.” I sometimes give them as much trouble as my main characters. I can get just as sad for them as the star.




  1. “POV slips are incredibly common, in large part because there’s a variety of them and because, well, when you’re the author who knows everything it’s easy to forget your POV character isn’t privy to everything you know.” They can happen to the best of us.
  2. Agents announced! Jan. 23 Sun vs. Snow contest.
  3. “Dreams are often portrayed as things that’ll only happen in the distant future. Aspirations a longing to get there. But what if…

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