Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

Line editing can take longer than developmental editing b/c instead of the big picture, you're editing at the most micro level. You're rereading, testing out improvements, and trying to elevate a story as a whole through structure.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

Whenever I'm line editing for a MS, I'm looking for:

How pacing affects the story
Extraneous/repeat word usage
How to strengthen paragraphs
If style/voice holds throughout
Repetitive information
Unclear description/message

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

Why? Line edits focus on the line by line structure of your story. If you delete chapters or paragraphs, add missing information, etc, your sentences will change therefore voiding any line edits that have already been done.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

Line editing should also occur AFTER a developmental edit and AFTER your revisions are complete.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

Line editing is a focus on how you use language and sentence structure to communicate your story to an audience.

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Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 16 Oct 2019

Today's #pubtip: in book publishing and in life, you are deluding yourself that you'll stop feeling undeserving and insecure if you just achieve x, whether that's publishing a book, selling x number of copies, losing weight, whatever. You are straight-up deluding yourself.

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 16 Oct 2019

And I’m totally not ragging on self-publishing. It’s a way to go. But it’s not everyone’s way to go if traditional publishing is actually where you want to be. Just be smart about what you want to do and in what order. That’s all. #pubtip

Amy Stapp @AmyStappNY · 16 Oct 2019

I often have brand-new writers, newly putting pen to page, ask for suggestions on how to dive into this often overwhelming industry. Here are the resources I always recommend: Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody, Story Genius by Lisa Cron, publishingcrawl.com/resources #pubtip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 11 Oct 2019

Here are 3 things you can do while you're working on your book proposal or manuscript to boost your career as a writer and aspiring author. #amwriting #amediting #pubtip

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 9 Oct 2019

Today's #pubtip: book writing is a really, really terrible career to get into if you just want cool people to like you. Being an agent is a much better choice if that's your personality type. LOL.

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 4 Oct 2019

Here is something you learn over and over when you're a literary agent who reps nonfiction by extremely smart and perceptive people, often about social justice and often by women: the first person to be right about something usually comes off as a little annoying. #pubtip

Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 3 Oct 2019

As I began this thread, a prologue isn't 100% a no go. Rather, it often falls into traps that hurt a story more than it helps.

It's important to examine why you want to include it and how it's operating to improve your story.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 3 Oct 2019

The main questions you should ask if you're writing a prologue are:

1. How is it setting up my story?
2. Can I provide this information in another way?
3. Would I want to read this prologue myself or skip to chapter 1?

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 3 Oct 2019

Often, you can convey a lot of this backstory through internal thought of your character, sensory details, or implications of your world.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 3 Oct 2019

One of the biggest prologue traps I see is an entire chapter of exposition/back story. This can be boring to a reader and throw them out of your story before they even have a chance to meet your character.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 3 Oct 2019

Another issue I see with prologues is we start at a different time period than the first chapter. So not only do we need to bridge a character gap, but a time gap.

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Megan Manzano πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· 🌸 ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 3 Oct 2019

The second problem is we start with high stakes that don't hold their own when we enter the next chapter, creating a disconnect for the reader.

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