Gratitude for the kind words!

There are so many interesting, wonderful authors whose books I would like to read and in the process, get to know the authors themselves as well, but in my efforts to do so, I seem to gravitate towards those who have a special affinity for animals. Jennifer Hinsman is such a person. I loved reading […]

via Review – SOULS – by J.A. Hinsman — MarethMB

Fresh Fallen Crystals —Poem by Bette A. Stevens

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

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A Season of Wonder

Early December at the Farmstead in Central Maine—finally have a covering of snow and temperatures cold enough to keep the white magic around for a while. Conifer branches adorned in winter’s white called out to this writer: “Capture a photo, we’re all spruced up in our new attire!” from near the barn’s entrance. I simply had to pen their remembrance in a poem—
Fresh Fallen Crystals.

Wishing you all a Season of Wonder!

~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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19 Self-editing Tips

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Help! Help!

Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved). After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. I searched through a wide collection of self-editing books like these:

The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall

…and came up with a list of fixes that I felt would not only clean up grammar and editing, but the voice and pacing that seemed to bog my story down. Here are ideas you might like:

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