September 9, 2009

The Quick Red Edit Jumps Over the Lazy Verb

What is a lazy verb? Can a verb really be lazy? As a writer, would you let a lazy verb sit on its ass or would you give a good kick in the tush? Editors love to highlight these in your manuscript and like the proverbial show, don’t tell, the lazy verb is the bane of a writer’s editing existence. So what exactly is a lazy verb? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A lazy verb tells you what someone or something is doing, but it doesn’t show the action. It doesn’t give the action flavor, texture or imagery. […]
August 18, 2009

Spotlight On: David Schlosser, Editor

Welcome to our Spotlight On week here at the Daily Dose. Last month, I had the great good fortune to interview several book reviewers. I learned a lot from those interviews. This month, we’re going to talk to book editors, line editors, copy editors and even a publisher. I asked the questions I wanted to know the answers to and I learned a lot from these fabulous people. Spotlight On is about learning more about books, publishing and process. Today, we shine the spotlight on David Schlosser from Analects Ink. Schlosser is a writer, editor and communications expert. Tell us […]
July 18, 2009

Weekend Writing Tips: Editing

“Every writer needs an editor. I don’t care how good you are or think you are.” -Nora Roberts Tessa Dare (@TessaDare) tweetted this from the Romance Writer’s of America national conference this week. Truer words have never been spoken. Nora Roberts is an author with quite a broad library of work under her belt. She’s dealt with editors at different publishing houses and from different perspectives. She is quite frankly one of the most if not the most successful romance author out there churning out best seller after best seller. But she still needs an editor. We all do. The […]