Tag: writing advice

How Not Querying Got Me An Off..

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Posted February 23, 2013 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 44 Comments

Everyone loves a ‘this is how I got my contract story’. I figured it was time to share mine. Back in May 2011, I decided to finish my YA Contemporary Romance and submit it to the YAlitchat submissions panel. For those of you who aren’t familiar with YAlitchat submissions panel, I’ll give you a quick […]

A New Way To Edit

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Posted December 17, 2012 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 11 Comments
A New Way To Edit

Today, I discovered something awesome on my Kindle Touch–Text to speech. I had uploaded a current copy of my ms, turned on text-to-speech and read along with the feminine computer voice. What makes this an interesting way to edit, is HEARING your story. I’m sure you’ve heard before about reading your story out loud, but […]

The Winning Genre

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Posted September 25, 2012 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
The Winning Genre

Over the past few weeks, there has been a ton of agent contests. I, of course, I have been reading and following every one like a hawk and here’s one thing I noticed. It’s all all about YA Spec fiction. Almost all of the entries picked are either fantasy and SF with a few thrillers […]

Present Tense

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Posted August 19, 2012 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall any books I’ve read that are written in present tense. I did read YOU by Charles Benoit, but that was written in 2nd person POV. I think that’s the only reason I want to say it’s in present tense. Well, my current WIP is in present […]

Keeping the Balance

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Posted December 8, 2011 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 7 Comments
Keeping the Balance

It’s not easy working, writing, having kids, blogging, tweeting and having a social life–and those are only a few activities I mentioned, I left out para-sailing and bungee jumping. Everyone is busy. Finding spare time in the day to work on your novel and watch Man vs Food can be daunting. But amidst all the […]

Blogs to follow

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Posted October 28, 2011 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, it’s hard to figure out which ones you should be following constantly. For the sake of space, I’ve listed a few essentials. Since I write YA, you’ll see a theme, but overall these are gems and if you already follow all of these, well, great minds think […]