Two Songbirds Press

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February 25, 2013
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What to do when you’ve finished your revisions…

 Put your manuscript in a drawer.  Write your next novel. With experience comes …well, experience. Oh, and wisdom. Did you know that “debut” fiction that we see in the catalogues of the big publishers are rarely the first novel that … Continue reading

April 21, 2012
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The Perfect Client

The perfect client reads as well as writes.  The perfect client has done his or her research on editing and writing, is a good listener, and is willing to pay a professional rate for the professional services requested.  The perfect client … Continue reading

February 8, 2012
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Editing, writing, digital publishing, from textbooks to fiction, meetings and events…

This has been a wonderfully busy first quarter, with a cornucopia of activities to keep me sharp. The Nor Cal EFA hosted speaker Judith Horstman in January, and she provided the participants with insider information about writing for magazines and … Continue reading

December 14, 2011
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Why a self-publisher needs an editor: Other uses for an editor

Developmental edits. Substantive edits. Line edits.  A self-publisher could use professional assistance in all of these areas.  There are other uses for an editor as well.      

November 30, 2011
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Why you need an editor: Developmental and Substantive Editing

We believe we know everything there is to know about our characters. We believe we have created a compelling read, a clear conflict, characters the reader can either love or fear for, a satisfying resolution.  But the problem is, we’re … Continue reading

March 15, 2011
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Nahoonkara: Phrasing, pacing, crafting beauty

Nahoonkara by Peter Grandbois My rating: 5 of 5 stars ” I have heard that when some people murmur through the dark grammar of their lives, they actually believe they understand. ” ~Peter Grandbois Nahoonkara, 32 This book, which takes … Continue reading

March 1, 2011
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Developmental vs. Copy/line editing

What kind of an editing do you need?   These are job descriptions from the Editorial Freelancers Association website. Developmental Editing Any or all of the following working with the client and, usually, the author of a book or other … Continue reading

November 18, 2010
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Break it down: What is an E & C, exactly?

An Evaluation and Critique of your work provides a professional reader’s insight into the effectiveness of your manuscript. Some things you can not see because you’re the writer and just too close. Some things your family and friends will never … Continue reading

November 10, 2010
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A diversity of projects=fun

Ah, well, the long gap in posts is in this case an indicator of GOOD THINGS! I’ve been working very hard on all kinds of your projects.  Today I finished a document for my eighth client since October 1. I … Continue reading

July 29, 2010
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Eliminating Needless Filters in your Writing

A difficult concept to grasp, second only to narrative point of view, may be filtering. I never felt connected with any character in Jack’s* manuscript. The protagonist was being held at a distance through the language the amateur writer had put on … Continue reading