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Seeing the Blind Spots in Your Manuscript

blind-spots-self-editing Whether it’s 75,000 words or 120,000 words, almost a ream of paper or a 1.5-megabyte file, what’s sitting in front of you is more than your novel’s manuscript. It’s actually . . . you. Your mind, your soul, your fears, and your loves. If it’s not, maybe you should consider non-fiction. Oh, it also consists of your blind spots. All but a select few of us have blind spots about ourselves. Therefore, it follows that a manuscript created in your image (i.e., your image of the world and the characters you created to inhabit it and live your plot) is also subject to blind spots. A professional reader, editor, agent, or fellow writer can often see things you can’t. Not so much…

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Mug Shot: Jen Conley

Jen Conley’s short stories have appeared in Thuglit, Needle, Crime Factory, Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, and many others. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books and is one of editors of Shotgun Honey. Her story collection, Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the […]

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My Favorite Crime Movie: In Cold Blood

As a 14-year-old in 1967, my principal reason for living was marathon listening to Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour. Distraction arrived at the end of the year in the form of a movie that immediately earned lifelong status as my favorite crime flick. From the standard list of film genres, it also rates near […]

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Mug Shot: Larry Kelter

Lawrence Kelter has now authored several novels, including two internationally best-selling series, the Stephanie Chalice Series and the Chloe Mather Series. Nelson DeMille called him “an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum.” Kelter’s next book is Back to Brooklyn, the long-awaited literary sequel to the film My Cousin Vinny. It will […]

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