How to Process an Edit Letter (with spreadsheets)

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At some point in your writing career you’re going to be given an edit letter. Edit letters are what a publisher, editor, agent, or even a critique partner or beta reader, give you in addition to any notes they’ve made on the manuscript itself. It’s the prose where this person lays out the things they think are or aren’t working …

Backstory Hunting: Isolate and Count Highlighted Words in MS Word

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I recently went on a hunt for unnecessary backstory in my first 50 pages. Early backstory slows the pace right as readers are looking to dig into your story, not get bogged down with what already happened. Thanks to Margie Lawson and her EDITS system, I appreciate the importance of highlighting. And sure, you can highlight on paper, or you …