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How to give constructive feedback on writing that rocks

Knowing how to give great feedback (and also how to spot writing feedback that serves rather than shuts down) is crucial for author growth. Learn more about helpful vs unhelpful feedback.

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Manuscript evaluations: What, why, and insights

Manuscript evaluations or assessments are one of several options for getting detailed, professional feedback to elevate your writing. Learn more.

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Novel editing insights: 9 big lessons from critique

Editing fiction provides many learning opportunities. Guiding authors and helping them align what they’re saying to what they want to say takes a precise set of skills, but also delivers expansive writing insights with every completed project. Read 9 insights from working as a fiction editor (plus take-home ideas for self-editing your work):

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How to write critiques: An easy A to Z

Learning how to write critiques is a valuable skill to master, whether you’re in a writing group or are an aspiring editor. But how do you write a useful, constructive critique of another writer, especially if you feel ‘unqualified’ (a concern less experienced members of our writing groups have shared in the past)? Here’s a simple A to Z to help:

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Manuscript formatting: 8 tips to delight editors

Manuscript formatting matters. Layout, spacing, font (typography and font size), plus other details factor into the legibility and appeal of your manuscript. Read 8 tips to ensure you format your manuscript well:

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How to fix passive voice (and other common issues)

Knowing how to fix passive voice and other common grammar and style issues ensures a cleaner, more impactful draft. Read 7 tips for improving weak writing style:

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Proofreader tips: 10 paths to a tidier draft

Many books – self-published and traditionally published – could benefit from having had further editing. Here are 10 proofreader tips for a polished draft:

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7 ways developmental editing elevates your work

Completing the draft of a story is a great achievement. Yet ‘Now what?’ often follows. Developmental editing is valuable for enhancing your manuscript (and your writing skills in general). Comprehensive developmental editing helps you:

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Editing and revising: 7 tips from top authors and editors

Editing and revising are often seen as the ‘slog’ part of writing. Yet there is imagination and creativity in this stage of writing, too. Read 7 respected authors’ and editors’ ideas and methods: