Catherine Jones Payne

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  • A Test for Weak Verbs

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    If you perform a search for “was” and “were” in your manuscript, you’ll be shocked at the number of results you get. A glut of weak verbs, especially being verbs, are among the most common prose issues that I see in manuscripts. Now, it’s impossible to avoid being verbs altogether in a novel, and even […]

  • Showing vs. telling

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    When I was a sophomore or junior in high school, I took an online creative writing class, for which I wrote a string of subpar, melodramatic short stories that will never see the light of day. Let’s call it my “creative awkward phase.” I knew I wasn’t as good of a writer as I wanted […]

  • It’s All About You

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    As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, I’m really excited about the newest project here at Quill Pen: the launch of our online courses. Right now, I’m working on developing a number of e-courses aimed at authors and editors, and I’m hoping to launch the first one on Monday! We’re planning a mix of […]

  • We Have a New Website!

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    We are so thrilled to have partnered with Apparatus Digital Creative Agency to bring you the new quillpeneditorial.com. We’ve had a phenomenal experience working with Apparatus, and we highly recommend them as a high-quality designer for your website needs. And more exciting things are coming! Over the next few months, look for the announcements of […]

  • Review: Marissa Meyer’s Cinder

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    Eight months after a lovely young woman recommended Cinder to me at a conference, I got around to reading it. And by “got around to reading it,” I mean, “Read the first three pages, got hooked, bought the book, and devoured the whole thing in one sitting.” I don’t know why it took me so […]

  • Publishing on a budget

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    While my experience in the market suggests that indie publishing is the way to go for writers looking to make a long-term career out of writing fiction, there’s still one major drawback to taking the indie route: It’s expensive. To produce a professional book, including editing, cover art, typesetting, and printing, you’re often looking at […]

  • Little Inspirations

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    If you’re anything like me and a lot of our clients, your ideas bounce through your head at a breakneck pace. “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” you often ask. Yesterday, I got really excited by an idea for a dystopian thriller, but I can’t start it until I finish my psychological thriller and a non-fiction […]