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How to Get the Most Out of Feedback on Your Book

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By Katrin Schumann

All writers need readers for drafts of their work. It’s critical to understand whether your vision for the book has been realized, or whether you might be off the mark. You’re not looking for approval—you’re looking to understand whether your ideas are getting through to the reader or not. As writers, we are so close to our own work that it’s often hard for us to tell.

November 2, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice

A Writer’s Search for Productivity and Flow

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By Katrin Schumann

When we have time to write—hours upon hours of uninterrupted time—do we get more done? Are we happier? The answer may seem obvious, but think again. 

Books on productivity are big business. They tell us we need will power

October 5, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice Procrastinate The Writing Life

Warning Signs that You Landed a Bad Agent

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By Katrin Schumann

What should you expect from an agent? How will you know which is the best agent for you? What are warning signs that things are going wrong?

You can find excellent answers to these questions here and here and here.

August 3, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

The Writing Life

How to Survive Submitting Your Writing to Editors

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Sharing new work is always agonizing. There's just no way around it. But here are some ideas so you survive the process:


1. Articulate your goal

Are you looking for deep revisions? Help with a particular issue? A pat on the back? Granular, sentence level work? Do you need someone gentle or can you handle someone who goes straight for the problem areas? It's important to articulate your goals clearly--your professional goals and your emotional needs

July 6, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Inside an Editor’s Mind: Reading First Pages

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I used to wonder how it was possible that the first five pages of a manuscript could matter so much. Especially in fiction, when the story hasn’t yet been established, how could an editor form an intelligent opinion on the work — or the writer — without digging  deeper? It seemed unfair and shortsighted.

Then, I became a freelance editor. I realized that I was constantly making snap judgments. I had to — if I wasn’t going to end up taking on a project, it was stupid for me to spend an hour figuring that out.

June 10, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life