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Ask an Editor: Alpha vs. Beta Readers
What’s an alpha reader and a beta
You’ve worked for months—or years—on your novel, writing and revising until
you think that you’re ready for another human’s eyes to gaze upon your work and
tell you what works and what doesn’t quite gel. The first person you let read
your draft is your ...
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Six Reasons Why We Need Diverse Books
There are many, many reasons why we need diverse books. Diverse books empower, vindicate, normalize, and make visible readers who might otherwise feel forgotten, invisible, or like they’re imposters whose stories don’t deserve to be told. Everyone deserves to see themselves in books. Here are just a handful of reasons why:Because the world contains more than a ...
why we need diverse books,
Ask an Editor: What's on Your #MSWL?
If you live in the bookish internet, you’ve probably seen
the hashtag #MSWL (which stands for manuscript wish list) show up on Twitter, tumblr, and elsewhere. It’s an awesome
way for agents and editors to let the world know exactly what manuscripts they
wish would appear in their inbox.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what would ...
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Diversity Writing Toolkit
There’s a diversity gap in the books being published, the films being made, and in other media. And that’s not OK, for many reasons. There’s been a continuing conversation among publishing professionals, readers, and writers about how to boost more diverse voices and have more accurate and inclusive representation of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, socioeconomic ...
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17 YA Writing Lessons From Screenwriting Class
The most valuable advice I learned about writing (and editing) came from a screenwriting class I took senior year of college. Our professor was fabulous, and this post draws heavily from what I learned in class. (I actually found my old notes from college and adapted this post from them. So a credit to Fordham University’s Screenwriting 1 class ...