5 Editing Tips for Fiction Authors

1. Don’t get too attached to what you write. I cannot stress this enough! You may grin when you read your story now, but there’s always room for improvement. Dedicate a read-through for chopping down unnecessary details in your story; this will help with the flow and give you room for more character development.

2. Spend some time away from the story after it’s complete. Forget all the rabbit trails and come back with a fresh perspective. Errors will stand out like sore thumbs, because your mind won’t fill in the holes for you as much.

3. Put yourself in the character’s shoes. Think of all the ways you could respond to and get out of situations. This will help you spot holes in your story. If you feel like something’s a stretch, rework things until it’s right.

4. Don’t be afraid to spell things out. The characters in your story literally live inside of your head, but your readers are just getting to know them. Subtle hints are beautiful, but don’t compromise the plot by expecting the reader to figure out every clue. Sometimes, it’s as simple as adding a line of dialogue to help explain.

5. Read through the entire story with only grammar in mind. You’ll spot more mistakes if you aren’t sucked in. Fix simple issues, and if you’re unsure of something, highlight it. Recurring errors will be easier to spot when they’re fresh on your mind. Go back later and research/fix the things you highlighted.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps! Wishing you the best in everything you endeavor to accomplish.

-The eBook Bandit

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I Am Watching You

An Amazon Charts bestseller.

What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

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The Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger

The Reluctant Hero

There are a few things Parnell Stillman is dead certain he will never do:
He’d never fall in love.
He’d never have kids.
He’d never be a hero.
His first and only love is flying.The struggle to keep his air cargo business solvent is challenge enough. Rebecca Hollis believes caring for others is the road to happiness. Tasked to shepherd five orphans on a flight to a conclave to meet prospective adoptive parents, she learns it takes much more. The plane is caught helpless in the grip of a storm that sends it plunging into a frozen wilderness. Rebecca determines she and the disagreeable pilot must work together to insure the survival and rescue of the orphans. Parnell Stillman has other ideas. So do the orphans. Rescue means a return to foster homes and an uncaring welfare system. Or maybe not.
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