Why every writer needs an editor

by Katie O'Sullivan

Maybe you've seen one of the internet jokes about the importance of punctuation? For example, the one that compares "Let's eat, Grandma." to "Let's eat Grandma!"

The punchline: commas save lives.

Commas save manuscripts, too. Poor grammar, poor punctuation, and poor spelling are some of the most common reasons submissions are rejected by agents and editors. A form rejection letter will be the result, no matter how brilliant your storyline might ultimately be.

A first draft of any writing will always have mistakes. Once you've got your story on paper, it's well worth the time it takes to start at the beginning and go through a second and even third time, checking for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.

"But my laptop has an automatic spell-check program," you might argue.


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The Written Ripple Effect:
Part Two

by Nicole M. Bouchard

You've found your voice (at last!) and by sifting through the bulk of your work (familiar with what works and what doesn't), identified the bits of gold that make you unique.

Now you're looking to plan your career according to those unique skills and your personal interests.

Setting Career Goals

It's important to note that in most instances, not everything will be in your control, but there are many things you can do to better position yourself.


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The Memory Palace
A memoir by Mira Bartók

A fan of memoirs, I found The Memory Palace one of the most compelling I have read since Mary Karr's The Liars Club.

The Memory Palace is about a young woman's struggle to live with the decisions she makes about her schizophrenic mother. One of those decisions was to change her name so that her mother could not find her.


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