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June 6, 2018
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's Editing Update: A Learning Process
I love a shiny new idea, but first drafts are not super easy for me. This is probably because I...
June 4, 2018
Setting the Scene: 3 Tips for Researching a Location
“Write what you know” isn’t always the best advice, but “write what you know of” usually is. When it...
May 31, 2018
Swoon Author Danielle Banas' Editing Update: An Actual Emotional Rollercoaster
This was my family and friends when I told them I had received my first edit letter: “What?” they said...
May 24, 2018
Swoon Author Shani Petroff: Based on Another True Story
I love taking something that happened to me, twisting it around, adding new elements, taking out a bunch of others...
May 23, 2018
Swoon Author SM Koz's Editing Update: Embrace the Delete Button
I should start by pointing out that I know I’m an oddball when it comes to editing. I actually...
May 17, 2018
Swoon Author Shani Petroff: Love for My Plus-Size Protagonist
I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life. Yet, as I was setting out to work on...
May 11, 2018
Swoon Author Alex Evansley's Editing Update: Rewriting vs. Revising, and Other Real Talk from the LSTT Editorial Process
There’s nothing quite like the moment you write “The End” on a work in progress. Whether it’s a...
May 10, 2018
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: 7 Tips for Handling Constructive Criticism
Constructive criticism and writing go together like new shoes and blisters, nature hikes and poison ivy, three frozen mango margaritas...
May 8, 2018
Mapping the Jungle: An Editor’s Pitch for Outlines
I thought I’d drop by today and chat a bit about my love for outlines, and why I think...
May 2, 2018
Swoon Author Jen Wilde's Editing Update: The Joy of Editing
I have a lot of old stuff sitting in my garage. I know that seems like a strange way to...
April 27, 2018
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: The Struggle with Inspiration Drought
Lately, I’ve been experiencing something super frustrating: I’ve been dealing with an “inspiration drought.” I haven’t had...
April 19, 2018
From the Swoon Squad: Don't Give Up (Part III)
Hey there, Swooners, We are so excited to welcome three new authors into the Swoon family! There were SO many...
April 13, 2018
Swoon Author Alyssa Brandon: Characters – To Have, to Hold, to Hate?
Should you love or hate your characters? Are their your friends? Or are they just tools to get your story...
April 11, 2018
Swoon Author Shani Petroff's Editing Update: Setting the Tone
When I wrote Romeo & What’s Her Name I included a lot of physical comedy. The main character Emily...
April 5, 2018
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo's Editing Update: A Few Points to Consider
Hey gang! I’m happy to be checking in with the Swoon Reads community today and giving you some updates...
March 29, 2018
Swoon Author Alyssa Brandon: The Idea vs. The Process
Whenever I tell people about having written a book and that I’m working on another one, one of the...
March 27, 2018
Write in the Now: Plot vs. Backstory
Up your stakes and make sure your plot is moving forward.
March 23, 2018
Swoon Author L.E. DeLano: Ask Yourself (And Your Character) “What Did You Learn?”
I will confess right now that I wasn’t sure how I was going to end Dreamer. I knew where...
March 21, 2018
Swoon Author Sandy Hall's Editing Update: A Draft to Remember
We, as in authors, talk a lot about planning, writing, revising, and editing. Which makes sense; we devote our lives...
March 7, 2018
Swoon Author Alyssa Brandon's Editing Update: Different in a Good Way
For me, editing was the most time consuming bit of writing Bound to You. Finishing the first draft was easy...
March 1, 2018
Swoon Author Kelly Zekas: From Acting Like a Writer to Becoming One
When I was six I was a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. I didn't have much to...