Deborah Nemeth


Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Carina Press. History geek, armchair sleuth, Ravenclaw. She/her.

East Coast USA

Carina Press

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 19 Oct 2016

Please be specific in a synopsis. Avoid generic phrasing such as "secrets that tear them apart." Instead, reveal what the secret is. #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 28 May 2016

Reading submissions today! A top reason I stop reading many manuscripts: too much backstory/exposition in the opening scene. #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 5 Apr 2016

It’s a challenge to include many characters in an opening scene without losing focus on the protagonist’s goal, motivation, conflict #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 2 Apr 2016

What doesn’t belong in a cover letter/query for genre fiction submission: the author’s age, marital status, # of children. #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 2 Apr 2016

A query/submission cover letter should also mention the ms's genre/subgenre & word count, and the author’s publishing history. #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 2 Apr 2016

Other things I look for in a query/submission cover letter: a succinct blurb that conveys hook, main characters, conflict & stakes #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 2 Apr 2016

I love it when submission cover letters include recent comparable titles. That’s always very helpful! #pubtip

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 4 Aug 2015

Authors, if any of you struggle with pacing, here are some tips you might want to check out:… #writetip #pubtip