Editing and Editors: A Writer’s Guide – Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris

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Today’s reblog is from the blog of Anne R. Allen with Ruth Harris.  Ruth is a succesful author and former editor sharing her expertise on everything ‘Editing’.

9 Ways Editors Can Make You Look Good…and 7 Ways They Can Make You Miserable

by Ruth Harris


“As a former editor, I’m biased but, as a writer, I’ve learned that for me (and for just about every writer I know), editing is the most productive and transformative part of writing a book. Whether you hire a pro, rely on a crit partner, or DIY with or without input from beta readers, editing can take longer than writing and can turn an OMG-did-I-write-that? draft into a book you can be proud of.

Or not.

More on the downside later, but to begin on the bright side: If you are a beginning writer your editors are your teachers and mentors and will rescue you from the sh*tty first draft. If you’re an experienced writer, your editor can be the invaluable second pair of eyes.”


9 ways your editor can help. . . Continue Reading


Source: Editing and Editors: A Writer’s Guide – Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris

Don’t Derail Your Writing Career Before it Starts: 8 Ways New Writers  Sabotage Themselves – Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris

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I’ve been following Anne R Allen’s blog since before I published my first book. Anne write’s a weekly article geared towards current trends and information about publishing for writers. Many of her articles are geared towards new writers, offering up a wealth of great tips about the writing and publishing world. And as an added bonus, there are also added links at the bottom of her posts for writing contests, and tidbits of things of interest to writers.

Anne’s About Page: Intro

Welcome to our blog! 


Ruth Harris and I are a couple of publishing industry veterans working to help newer writers create their best possible work and launch it successfully into the marketplace—whether you’re going indie or taking the traditional route.

We especially want to help writers avoid the pitfalls of this ever-more complex business, where unfortunately, a lot more people are making moneyfrom authors than for us.

We like to say, “We made the mistakes, so you don’t have to!”

I chose to share one of her recent posts here titled 8ways New Writers Sabotage Themselves.


By Anne R. Allen   “We all make mistakes. It’s how we learn. But some mistakes have the potential to end a writing career before it starts. Today I’m talking about the things a lot of writers do that can keep them from having a career—or derail it for a long time. How do I know . . .” Continue Reading

Source: Don’t Derail Your Writing Career Before it Starts: 8 Ways New Writers   Sabotage Themselves – Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris  

#Writers: How to Succeed at “Building Platform” Without Really Trying

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I came across a fantastic article from the blog of author Anne R. Allen. I subscribed to her blogs well over 2 years ago, and I can tell you that Anne runs an always interesting and informative blog for writers. Besides her interesting articles, written by her, and sometimes by her co-host Ruth Harris, Anne also shares links at the end of her blogs for a writer’s ‘FYI’ on current events in the publishing world, contests, submission alerts, etc.


 Anne  wrote a post about the importance of building an author and blogging platform for writers. Anne goes into detail about some of the nitty gritty items many of us may tend to overlook as insignificant, and explains why they are not insignificant.


Have a look at a partial statement I’ve copied here, then be sure to click on the ‘Continue Reading’ link for so much more.


. . .When should you think about your platform?


Definitely as soon as you’re ready to send out a story or submit a manuscript to an agent. I’m not saying you’ll automatically get rejected if you have no platform, but editors and agents will Google you, and if they can’t find you on the first SERP (Search Engine Results Page) they may send an automatic rejection. Not all agents and editors are that harsh, but I’ve heard from many who are.

On the other hand some authors obsess too much about platform and waste time on pointless overkill. (More about how to skip the time-wasting stuff in my post, 7 Ways Authors Waste Time Building Platform.)

But many writers ignore platform-building entirely, often because they’re not quite clear on what it means.

It’s true that “platform” isn’t easy to define. Jane Friedman, former Writer’s Digest editor has written extensively about it. She says when agents say they’re looking for author with platform:

“They’re looking for someone with visibility and authority who has proven reach to a target audience.”

This is especially true for nonfiction authors. But no matter what you write, agents, editors, reviewers and even bloggers you’re querying about a guest post are going to put your name into Google and hit the “search” button.

The results are a good indication of your platform. . . .Continue Reading 




But there’s something quick, easy and relatively painless you can do right now to raise your search engine profile that won’t take more than a couple of minutes from your writing time.

Ready for it?


Comment on blogs.
With your real name. (Or whatever name you write under.)

Yup. Comments on high-profile blogs that are on Google’s radar get your name onto that search page. (Also on not-so-high-profile blogs that have been set up by somebody schooled in SEO.) . . . .CONTINUE READING 





Anne R. Allen’s Blog: What Happens to Your Blog when You Die? Why You Need to Appoint a Social Media Executor NOW

reblogging I love following the blog of Anne R. Allen. Anne is an author, and a well-known blogger for sharing up-to-date tips and helpful articles for writers on what’s current in the publishing world.


I thought it was important to share this post because it raises a question about what happens to a writer’s works and social media platforms if they were to die? This is a subject nobody ever really wants to think or talk about, but if left without consideration, we’d be leaving a little unfinished business behind and quite possibly a whole heap of royalties, if we are published authors.


Click on Anne’s link below, and get a wealth of information to protect yourselves and your loved ones in the event our inevitable end should arise.


Source: Anne R. Allen’s Blog: What Happens to Your Blog when You Die? Why You Need to Appoint a Social Media Executor NOW