When to hire a freelance book editor

Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, answers one of the most common questions  asked by prose writers, including novices and pros. Big thanks for explaining what’s up so that even this TVWriter™ minion could grasp it!

by Nathan Bransford

There are tons of freelance book editors who can do wonders to help you improve your writing, give you crucial feedback at key junctures in your journey, and provide a final gut check before you pursue publication. I am one of those people. read article

A Year of COVID

Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, shares his feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it is doing to the lives of writers and other humans.

by Nathan Bransford

[10 days ago] marked my one year COVID anniversary. A year ago yesterday afternoon I started coughing a bit, checked my temperature, and went….. “Uh oh.” read article

Handling Condescending Feedback on Your Creative Work

Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, shares his feelings about the kind of criticism that drives this TVWriter™ minion positively insane…so that neither you nor I will go ballistic.

Don’t listen to condescending feedback
by Nathan Bransford

My editing client Saranyan landed a literary agent last week and he posted a really great thread about persevering in the face of negative feedback, starting with this post: read article

Describe characters and settings when you first introduce them

Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, shares his perspective about the writerly use of description. And, yes, it differs quite a bit from LB’s tip yesterday. Because we’re talking fiction as lit now, y’hear?

by Nathan Bransford

An extremely common writing foible I see when I’m editing novels reads like this… read article

How are You Moving Forward?

Or are you? Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, has a few words for us about stress, creativity, and hunkering down.

by Nathan Bransford

The past year of the pandemic has felt like a time of stasis in so many ways. We’re physically isolated and we’re spending more time than ever indoors. Entire categories of friendship have melted away. Most of us are hunkering down and just waiting for this madness to pass, and yet the very act of waiting for some indeterminate date just makes the end feel farther away. read article