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Diane O’Connell is a former editor at Random House and author of six books, including the award-winning The Novel-Maker’s Handbook: The No-Nonsense Guide to Crafting a Marketable Story. As editorial director of Write to Sell Your Book she has helped dozens of authors achieve international publishing success. Diane’s passion for helping authors improve their craft and for the entire process of writing and publishing has made her one of the top editors in the field and a sought-after speaker at writing conferences and workshops throughout the US.

Discussion Forum

How long is too long for a manuscript?

Started by Kelli Stuart. Last reply by Deborah Herman Jan 20, 2018. 25 Replies

I'm so sorry! I think I sent all of you a message rather than posting this as a discussion here. My question was, as a first time novelist, I wondered if there was a word count limit that agents and…Continue

Tags: agents, manuscript, fiction, Writing


Started by jeff herman. Last reply by Willard Ceccarelli Jul 31, 2015. 11 Replies

They obviously won't do it as a favor. Continue

Agent Question

Started by Elizabeth Welles. Last reply by Elizabeth Welles Jun 2, 2014. 7 Replies

After twenty plus years, my novel is in the final stretch running towards the finish line. I'm so pleased about this. My editor, who loves the book, wrote: "The best way to get an agent and…Continue

Book Piracy

Started by Katherine Grace Bond Apr 28, 2014. 0 Replies

I think I used the wrong button to start a discussion, so if the earlier version of this landed in everyone's inbox, my apologies.How do you feel about (illegal) "content-sharing" websites? I'm back…Continue

Tags: piracy, Book

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Comment by Ekta R. Garg on March 5, 2013 at 12:05pm

Congratulations, Joy!  I wish you much success and happiness!

Comment by Stefanie Pratt on March 5, 2013 at 9:21am

Congratulations Joy!  I'm so excited for you!  :-)

Comment by Joy Ross Davis on March 5, 2013 at 8:51am

My first novel, a paranormal mystery, is out on Kindle and will be in paperback in March. Woo Hoo!

Comment by kelly bowlin on March 3, 2013 at 5:56pm

Hi Gang, I've self published a collection of 24 short stories titled "Living and Dying in Shorts." Mostly dark family drama, some dark humor, and lost of violence. And yes, I'm a happy person! Here's a taste......

The Christian (excerpt)

The Christian had lost track of time. He guessed the month was July, but didn’t really care. Brass kept track of things like that. Brass needed to know who was coming and going. He simply embraced the suck and survived. 

Now there were four men left in Bravo-1, the Christian, Burt, Drake and Top. The others were gone. Some left in Medevac’s with glassy-eyed stares, some left screaming, some went AWOL, and others disintegrated in red-ball explosions. IED’s tend to do that to a body of flesh and blood and bones. Brain buckets and nut guards were worthless when an IED exploded under one’s foot. When a body blows straight up, it disburses like a garden sprinkler. Boots are surprisingly bomb-resistant; it’s the warm, soft matter above the boots that doesn’t take well to explosions that can punch thru armor.

The Christian lived the battle before he saw it, in murky revelation, in tales from short timers --- the single digit midgets and lifers who liked to play with a grunt’s head. The same hyperboles told by every battle-hardened soldier since the dawn of weapons and phalanxes --- from the hills above Arbela to the woods below Cemetery Ridge.

He pictured the ground in his dreams, a divination of smoldering Humvee’s and hard clay and burnt brick walls, and spent casings, and candy wrappers, and dead men on the field. Some of the visions were real, and some were grotesque abominations of reality that would only appear in nightmares.

O-dark-30 was as much an enemy as Haji on the move. Haji could be ambushed, but nightmares were indefensible.

Sleep meant a sure attack, insidious as an actual firefight, with screams for Medic and soldiers cursing and crying, and cluster bombs exploding, and men dying all around, and dark-room interrogations, and confessions to Reverend Stayton behind dark curtains, and his deceased father staring over his stretcher, arms crossed, in a blank stare, shaking his head. He’d wake bathed in sweat.....

Comment by Patricia Gligor on December 22, 2012 at 5:21pm

When you were a child, did you ever go looking to see what Santa had brought - before Christmas?

Comment by P.J. Reed on December 6, 2012 at 5:12am

Hope Springs A Turtle: Photography and Poetry Anthology Submissions Wanted!

The aim of this anthology is to provide a book to support, encourage and entertain people going through difficult times in their lives. Work can be submitted in the form of poetry, photography and short but uplifting personal accounts.  

10% of any profits will go to a mental health charity (not named for c. reasons)

Comment by Patricia Gligor on October 29, 2012 at 11:17am

It's the week of Halloween and there's a serial killer on the loose in Westwood.

Comment by Ekta R. Garg on September 24, 2012 at 4:07pm

Hi, Christie.  I'm going to throw my hat into the ring :> -- in addition to being a writer, I'm also an editor and would love to talk more about your project, including giving you a complimentary sample edit.  Check out my blog, The Write Edge, at for more on how to contact me and what I can do for you.  All the best with your manuscript!

Comment by Glenda J. Findley on September 24, 2012 at 11:37am

Christie Keele ... I also received your message in my email.  I hope you take Sharon's advice.  I am also an freelance editor and would be glad to help.  Be sure to find an editor that fits ... personality and style can make all the difference in a good team effort. 

Comment by Sharon Lindenburger on September 23, 2012 at 10:31pm

To Christie Keele,

Your message regarding an editor for your book came into my mail box, but I could not find it here in Fiction. 

The Freelance Editors group here on WAE has some excellent independent editors, so don't hesitate to contact a few of them, including myself if you like. I edit both fiction and non-fiction, and would be pleased to help. And, as I said, there are other good editors on here as well...don't be shy about approaching some of us...we love to help writers!


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