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Erika Bennett

Erika Bennett has been a freelance editor for nearly half a decade. Before joining the Xulon team in 2010, she worked with several first time authors who wanted to test the waters of self-publishing. Her aim is to make sure great books find their way into readers' hands.

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NaNoWriMo Check-In 

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on November 24, 2020 0 Comments
NaNoWriMo Check-In 

If you’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo this year, my guess is you’re acutely aware that there is less than a week left to accomplish the challenge of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. Don’t start to sweat at that thought. Here’s how to keep moving forward, no matter which stage you’re at in […]

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Stay On Track During NaNoWriMo 

Filed in Writing Tips by on November 12, 2020 0 Comments
Stay On Track During NaNoWriMo 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual event in which participants commit to writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. It began in 1999 as a challenge between friends, but it’s since grown into a global writing challenge with hundreds of thousands of participants each year. We’ve compiled some tips on how […]

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When to Use a Scene Break

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on November 10, 2020 0 Comments
When to Use a Scene Break

Did you know the symbol—most commonly three asterisks—inserted between sections of text to break the scene is called a dinkus? Scene breaks serve many purposes, but one reason it’s used is to give readers a breather. Imagine reading an intense scene that holds a lot of significance, but the chapter doesn’t end when the scene […]

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How to Write a Flashback Scene

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on November 5, 2020 0 Comments
How to Write a Flashback Scene

One of the best ways to work in a backstory for a character is through a powerful flashback, but getting a flashback right requires a little more time and attention than you might think. First, know why you’re thinking about including a flashback scene in your novel. Flashbacks should be used to show crucial moments […]

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How to Develop Your Characters

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on October 29, 2020 0 Comments
How to Develop Your Characters

When it comes to developing characters, first-time writers often fall into two camps. The first camp doesn’t focus on creating character profile sheets and instead just wings it during their writing. The second camp thinks that a character should be as close to perfect humans as the writer can get them. Both of these can […]

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