#editortips for 09.04.12
@smoulderingsea: Once you make a name in publishing, don't phone it in. Keep giving readers the quality and creativity that made them love you. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Singular possessive: apostrophe before the s. Plural possessive: apostrophe after. "The day's luster" vs. "the days' luster." #editortips
@smoulderingsea: If most readers don't get your story, most of the time they're not the ones you should be blaming. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: When you decide to self-pub an oft-rejected story, think first. Will it reflect well on your reputation in 10 years? #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Many people stumble into publishing as a career--but don't keep stumbling. Be self-aware. Learn. Have a plan. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: When you resist editorial recommendations, ask yourself: are you resisting for the sake of resisting, or is it valid? #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Don't be afraid of the changes your story goes through in edits. It's still your story. You're just nurturing it to maturity. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Don't be afraid, too, of being new to publishing. Everyone was new at some point. Listen. Be receptive. You'll get it. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Your agent and editor are the greatest advocates you'll ever have. They believe in you. Don't piss in their Cheerios. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Even if you have to give up on a particular book, don't give up on yourself as a writer. You'll find your story. #editortips
#editortips is a daily rash of tweets from an only partially crazy editor, chock full of random chocolatey morsels about writing, editing, and querying vaguely disguised as helpful pointers and/or really bad humor. I tweet as @smoulderingsea, and try to post with some consistency every weekday at 6PM CST. Weekends optional, depending on if I’m spending yet another Saturday night editing because my social life consists of Netflix and using my snarkshake to bring all the boys to the yard.
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