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  1.     to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation edit a manuscript – to Polish, Perfect, and Revise

Between you pouring you heart and creative juices out on paper or into a writing software and getting your story published, promoted, and read is the crucial step of getting your work polished, perfected, and revised by an editor. We at The Writer’s Block offer you the editing types you need to move forward with your fiction Novel or Novelette!

Writing a book is an art, it is self-expression, emotion, a journey to mindsets and vicinities never before seen, journalism, and even sometimes activism and it can be a beautiful, haunting, absorbing, and daunting experience. The particularly daunting part comes in the form of the financial mountain hiding behind your dream literary work. With the average expense of hiring an editor being at $30-$50 per/hr authors are dishing out many hundreds or thousands of dollars just to get their first tokens of feedback on their book before having to also pay for the cover designs, formatting for E-Book, printing, perhaps hiring an agent, and paying for promotion. But, we at The Writer’s Block pride ourselves on offering new and seasoned authors alike the opportunity to get one foot in the door of accomplishing their dreams WITH quality customer service, in-depth edits, on call availability, and thoughtful suggestions to help better their stories WITHOUT the financial burden!

What We Offer:

Topical Edits: Proofreading, Copy/Line Edits

Invasive Edits: Developmental and Substantive Edits

Proofreading ~ Mark any errors in grammar

Copy/Line Edit (Prose) ~ Grammar, Consistency, Writing Style, Paragraph structure, Sentence Flow, Word Replacement

Developmental Edit ~ Guides an author to further develop their book’s topic/characters including:

  • Suggesting revisions to story structure
  • Suggesting revisions to fine tune main characters purpose, personalities, psychology, direction, and climax
  • Determine if the main idea is captured in the story
  • Determine if verbiage is realistic
  • Determine if characters seem sincere

Substantive Edit ~ Guides an author on genre writing techniques, fiction writing techniques, fine tuning concept, deepening content, highlighting style, creating plot outlines for unfinished manuscript or finished manuscripts in need of deep revision. Also, includes a Copy Edit.

 

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My October Book Blog List!!

There has been a change in my book reviewing schedule and I would like to update followers on what books I will be reviewing on my blog in the month of October!

My Second Book Review will be “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz and Random House Publishing Group!

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Description: Jane Hawk—fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine—continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.

“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.

Publication Date: November 21, 2017

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I have already read the first ten chapters of this amazing and thrilling journey through a world of powerful madmen, mind control devices, and a rouge agent of the government who is dead set on hunting down those who have wronged her and hundreds more! I have yet to put “The Whispering Room” down with Dean Koontz’s masterful ability to create suspense and explain his world of nanotechnology and FBI secrets with such vividness and after it is released I am sure you won’t be able to either! My review will be posted October 10, 2017…a bit closer to Publication Date.

Until then look out for my review of Cold Blood by Robert Byrandza…coming October 1, 2017!

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Promote your Book Effectively! How to be Accountable for your Book Promotion!

More Self-Publishing Ideas and Book Promotion Tips for Authors! 📚✍️

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16Being a self-publishing author has a bevy of challenges that could derail your journey as a writer. One really harsh challenge is the book promotion aspect of publishing a book. Book promotion usually entails getting your book noticed by the public. This usually includes advertising your book and enticing potential readers to buy your book. Book Promotion has many pitfalls that may discourage you from making your book a success. But always remember that despite the many obstacles in your way, your book’s success all depends on your mindset.  Be accountable for your book promotion. Here are some great tips on developing a great book promotion mindset.

  • Stay Positive

Book marketing is a multifaceted process and it can get complicated very quickly. This is why your mindset should be able to match the stress involved. Book Promotion is all about convincing potential readers to buy your book. And as…

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How to Promote your Book Effectively on a Budget!

Authors take a look at these Book Promotion Tips that could be very helpful for you in getting your book seen, read, and fawned all over! 😎

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11Book promotion can be a pain for most writers. This is because it takes a great deal of time and money and there is no guarantee whether you will succeed in your book promotion. There is also the fact that traditional book promotion techniques such as television and magazine advertisements takes a small fortune to fully accomplish your goals. This is even more evident if you are a self-publishing author and don’t have the full support of a traditional publishing house.

Which is why it is important that you know how to effectively budget your book promotion funds.  Here are some great ways to promote your book effectively despite being on a budget.

  • Use the internet extensively

The internet is the premiere advertising tool nowadays. Companies all over the world use the internet extensively to advertise their wares. This is because a huge majority of people use the internet…

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Book Reviews

My Book Review of “The Surrogate” by Louise Jensen! 📚👍

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“The Surrogate” by Louise Jensen @Fab_Fiction and Bookouture Publishing @Bookouture!

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description: ‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

Publication Date: Sep 27, 2017

My Book Review ~

We know something tragic happens. It’s guaranteed from the introduction, but who do those two bodies found dead on the picturesque suburban street where the past and present crashed together like a car accident, warped metal, broken glass, blood, and all belong to exactly?

This book captivated me to say the least. From beginning to end it is a venture through psychological ticks, moments of suspense and fright, and a killer desperation to bring life into the world. Going back to the past and forward to the present in chapters labeled “Now” and “Then” Author Louise Jensen builds a haunting background for characters that we are immediately given the sense don’t have something quite right about them. (I always love that in a story 😏) Is the main character Kat dying to be a mother so badly that she’d kill for it and where is her heart exactly in the present with her husband Nick or the past with her lover Jake?

Are surrogate, Lisa’s, intentions as good as they seem or is she plotting a grand scheme for revenge on her childhood bestie and are her true intentions shown in the side-eyes she gives and chilling and eerie comments she offers ever-so innocently? And how exactly does she know Richard…and Kat’s husband, Nick?

Nick. Is Nick really as good as he seems on the surface or is he taking advantage or Kat’s too-trusting persona and what is his relationship with their neighbor, Clare?

Does Kat have reason to hate her father? Never mind of course she does.

What is Richard hiding about his past and his motives? And how about Lisa’s mother who has secrets and mental burdens of her own…

As I read The Surrogate a dramatic, tragic story of deadly consequences, unrequited love, sinister intentions, and secrets unfolded with such suspense that I had trouble putting down my Kindle to eat, sleep, or do pretty much anything else until the moment I finished it.

Many things make “The Surrogate” such a good read including it’s awesome plot full of twists and turns and I would like to point out two more! First, Louise’s ability to write such visual descriptions so finely tuned that she skillfully puts readers right into her written scenes giving them the sense that they are watching a movie all the while avoiding giving away too much information too quickly. Second, the emotional quality of Louise’s writing that makes you feel connected to the characters and in the end you will find yourself not wanting to let go.

I look forward to reading more material from Author Louise Jensen and give “The Surrogate” 👉 (5 Stars) ✨✨✨✨✨!!

Pre-Order “The Surrogate”

On Kindle here!

Or Paperback here!

Browse Louise Jensen’s other books here!

~ Grantham H. AKA The Novel Gent 😎📚

P.S. Look out for more of my full Book Reviews from debut authors, best selling authors, and indies coming soon! 👀

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Six Sites That Pay For Flash Fiction and Poetry

🎶 Hey Writers Looking To Get Paid 🎶. Check out these links and submit your Science Fiction, Fiction, Creepy Horror, Poetry, and Erotica for a chance to get cash and exposure in return!

Happy Writing,
The Novel Gent 😎

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List is current for July 2017.

If like a lot of struggling authors you are desperate to get your work sold, why not downscale a little? Try your hand at writing flash fiction or short stories.

The sites listed below will pay you for your submissions if they are accepted, you’ll get yourself published and you might even be able to afford ribbon for your typewriter.

The sites vary in their submission requirements, so do spend the time looking through these carefully before you submit. Up to 20 percent of submissions don’t comply and get binned immediately. The links will take you to the submission pages.

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I am Officially a Book Reviewer!! Here Are the Book Reviews I Will Be Posting Soon!

I am now a Net Galley “Professional Reader” as many Book Bloggers know that means I am now (in addition to being an editor) an official Book Reviewer!!! 😎📚 Feels awesome to move forward with becoming a Book Blogger. I’ve wanted to do this for a lttle while now. A host of publishers have already approved me to review a mini-library of reads!

The First Book Review will be “The Surrogate” by Louise Jensen @Fab_Fiction and Bookouture Publishing @Bookouture!

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description: ‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

Publication Date: Sep 27, 2017

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The Second Book Review will be “Dead Lands” by debut author Lloyd Otis @LloydOtisWriter and Urbane Publications @UrbanePub!

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Description: Dead Lands is a thrilling crime story set in the 1970s. When a woman’s body is found a special team is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alex Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen.
When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge. Breck has his suspicions and she wants to keep it from him, and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop to their hunt for Troy.
Lloyd Otis brings a startling account of the past back to life over a burgeoning ’70s landscape, and delivers a thrilling piece of crime fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.

Publication Date: Oct 12, 2017

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The Third Book Review will be “Monument Road” by Michael Wiley and Severn House Publishers @SevernHouse!

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Description: Introducing former death-row inmate turned private investigator Franky Dast in the first of an intriguing new crime noir series. Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, Franky Dast now helps others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his own murder charge, Franky must decide whether to help the man he loathes, the man who remains convinced of Franky’s guilt.

Publication Date: Dec 1, 2017

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The Fourth Book Review will be “The Liar’s Girl” by Catherine Ryan Howard @CathRyanHoward and Blackstone Publishing @BlackstoneAudio!

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description: Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College—and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enroll in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer—and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands, and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman’s body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess—but there’s only one person he’s prepared to confess it to.

The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she’s worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn’t set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all …

Publication Date: Feb 28, 2018

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***I have some other reads I’m kind of salivating over right now. So, it’s possible this list will grow! 👀***

P.S. If you are an author in need of a manuscript edit to take you one step closer to publishing OR you are a published author and would like a review, The Writer’s Block offers Freelance Editing and FREE Reviews by request! 🤗📚✍️

View upcoming book reviews here on The Writer’s Block!

~ Grant H. AKA The Novel Gent 😎

@TheNovelGent

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How to Show, Not Tell

Writers and Authors these are some wonderful tips to help you better describe you scenes and especially your characters with more colorful and engaging language. Showing and not telling is essential in good literature as well as avoiding cliché writing fails. So, before you submit your manuscript for a Copy, Developmental, or Substantive Edit with our editing service, The Writer’s Block, be sure to comb through your work to re-work any of these fatal description flaws!

✨Also, Don’t forget The Writer’s Block is hosting a giveaway offering one (1) FREE FULL Manuscript Edit to one writer chosen by random draw. Just comment on any of our blog posts with what type of edit you wish to get from our editors and how many pages is your manuscript, and give our CEO @TheNovelGent a follow on Instagram or Twitter! We announce the winner reveal on September 10, 2017 so get in while you can!

✨Aaaaannnd, when our giveaway is complete The Writer’s Block is also offering a 50% OFF Discount on ALL submissions for Manuscript Edits until the New Year! Just use Discount Code: WRITERSBLOCK17 during checkout at http://www.FilmFreeway.com/festival/TheWritersBlock!! 😎📚

~ Grantham H.

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by Georgio Konstandi

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King, Novelist

A few days ago, I made my first appearance at a local literature festival (Trent Academy Lit Fest 2017), where I held a question and answer session at a student book club and held four creative writing workshops for young enthusiasts. As well as watching incredible, fresh imagination at work, I was intrigued to observe the writing technique of some of these aspiring authors.

As I set my writers a variety of fiction exercises, I soon began to notice a recurring technical pattern that often prevented their prose from breaking into the realms of excellence. Interestingly, it was the same mistake I myself had struggled to overcome throughout my early teenage years. That is, the mistake of telling, not showing.

What do I mean by this?

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Throwback Thursday: What to Do After the First Draft

More writing tips for writers, authors, and independents alike!….Our editing service, The Writer’s Block, can easily provide you with a pain-free answer to Step #10! 😉📚

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Katie McCoach

Your fingers hurt. Your eyes burn. You haven’t had anything to drink except coffee for the past few days, weeks, year. You are pretty sure you haven’t slept a full night without dreaming about characters and plot lines.

You are certain you will never type again. Because you finally finished writing the first draft of your novel. Phew!

No matter how many times an author finishes the first draft of a novel, they know this is only the beginning of the writing process. So what do you even do after you write that first draft? What comes next? Where do you even begin the process of revising, rewriting, sharing, and more?

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I Published A Murder Mystery Short Story…On Twitter 😳

WARNING: There’s No Escaping the Pull of His Shadow…(Read on for more info)

To begin, have you all ever heard of the new Twitter Trend called #ScenarioThreads? It’s basically when some one on publishes an interactive chronological series of connected posts with imaginative text, along with pics and gifs all of which are used to tell a complete Short Story. Weird, right? I thought it was, but then again I was a bit intrigued by #ScenarioThread; so, tried my hand at the trend with a Murder Mystery titled, “Chronicle of a Cover-Up” by me, Grant H!

The Murder Mystery follows good natured Forensic Analysis, Cashlin “Cash” Toriello, who after events beyond his control is forced to break his code of ethics to hide the damning and morbid secret of his shadow…but it becomes rapidly apparent that breaking his code of ethics may have been exactly what good natured Cash had wanted all along.

This is a story of desperation, self-discovery, hidden perversion, crime, the use of forensics in the hand of a madman, and two killers…one lurking from within and another watching from afar.

I guarantee “Chronicle of a Cover-Up” will have you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the final….tweet…about what really happened the night radiance was smothered. I invite you read my Murder Mystery short story published on Twitter HERE!

All the best,
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