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RACHEL ROWLANDS

We’re introducing you to people who are part of the Betterwrite world.  Welcome to RACHEL ROWLANDS.                    Rachel, what’s your connection with Betterwrite?  I’m a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and was invited to become part of the editorial team at Betterwrite. I was more than happy to get involved. Tell us […]

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BECOMING AN EDITOR

How becoming an editor transformed my approach to writing When I started writing in 2009, I had only the vaguest idea of what an editor was. I self-published four novels, without any form of editorial assistance. It didn’t quite work out as I’d hoped, although it did represent the beginning of my journey towards becoming […]

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USING ITALICS

How To Use Italics In Your Writing We all know italics as the slanted style of writing used for different purposes in text. But would you say you’re comfortable with their full range of purposes? Knowing the difference between the appropriate use of italics and not can make a huge difference to the quality of […]

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SEVEN ELEMENTS FOR ROMANCE

Seven Elements a Developmental Editor Will Look for in Your Romance A developmental editor of fiction will always look at the parameters which are essential to all fiction, regardless of whether you’re writing a stand-alone or a series, a novella or the follow-up to War and Peace. However, editing a romance is different from other […]

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HOW TO WRITE DIALOGUE

How to Write Dialogue: Ideas for New Fiction Writers Imagine you’re in a bookshop, choosing a book for a holiday read. How do you react when you open a novel with little or no dialogue? From a writer’s point of view, realistic dialogue is tricky to write; for a reader, a novel without plausible conversations […]

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IS YOUR MANUSCRIPT READY

Is your manuscript ready to be submitted? When you’re writing by yourself and doing your own revisions on a story, it can be really tricky to know when the project is ready to be submitted – whether that’s to literary agents, publishers, writing competitions, or a freelance editor. Here’s a useful checklist of things you […]

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AFTER A REJECTION

How to Rise From the Ashes After a Rejection You’ve finally finished your novel, having self-edited, proofread, and polished it to perfection. You’ve spent as much time writing a synopsis as you did actually writing the novel. Your covering email took eons to draft, and now you’re ready to hit agents and publishers with your magnificent opus. And […]

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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

How to enhance the author–editor relationship through effective communication Good author–editor communication is beneficial both to the manuscript and to the editorial experience, for both parties. The concept is the same as in daily life: clear communication leads to smoother and mutually beneficial relationships. The dynamic between the author and their editor is very much […]

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CRAFT A MEMOIR

Using Fiction-writing Techniques to Craft a Memoir Readers sometimes divide themselves into staunch fiction or non-fiction enthusiasts. But one thing we can agree on is that every reader wants a good book: writing that is satisfying, holds their attention, and keeps them reading – whether that’s a prize-winning novel, the latest Trump biography, or an […]

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ALISON KNIGHT

We’re introducing you to people who are part of the Betterwrite world.  Welcome to ALISON KNIGHT. Alison, what’s your connection with Betterwrite?  I learned about Betterwrite through the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and liked what I saw. I applied to join and after undertaking a test copy-edit was thrilled to be invited to join […]

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