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“To be, or not to be, that is the question” by Cindy Vallar

Who does not recognize Hamlet’s famous soliloquy? Perhaps, when William Shakespeare penned those words, he didn’t realize that related not only to the prince of Denmark’s wondering whether to live or die, but also to writers. Should we or should we not use the verb “to be” in our writing? Forsooth, there’s nothing wrong with …
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Killer Creativity: Write Mystery Like No One Is Editing with Traci Andrighetti

I’ve had a lifelong obsession with language. Before I became a mystery writer and freelance editor, I wrote and edited in-house and public-facing documentation for Apple. Prior to that I taught Italian at the University of Texas and translated literature into my native language, English.   The Perils of Perfection My passion for Italian and …
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The Seven Red Flags in Editing: Why Editors & Agents Reject Your Manuscript After the First Pages By Meg LaTorre-Snyder

What Was I Missing? Ever wonder why, after only submitting the first few pages of your manuscript to an agent, editor, or a Twitter writing contest, your submission was swiftly rejected? Why, after spending countless hours of editing and perfecting those pages in your life’s blood and drowning your doubts in wine, did it get …
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The Seven Red Flags in Editing: Why Editors & Agents Reject Your Manuscript After the First Pages By Meg LaTorre

What Was I Missing? Ever wonder why, after only submitting the first few pages of your manuscript to an agent, editor, or a Twitter writing contest, your submission was swiftly rejected? Why, after spending countless hours of editing and perfecting those pages in your life’s blood and drowning your doubts in wine, did it get …