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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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Beta Readers: Part 1

Filed in Ask the Editor, From the Desk of... by on March 26, 2019 1 Comment
Beta Readers: Part 1

You’ve successfully finished the first draft of your manuscript and are feeling pretty good about your story overall. Maybe you’re ready to take some time off before diving into revisions; or worse yet, you think it’s ready for editing. There is an integral piece of the revision process, however, many writers miss out on—beta readers. […]

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Pushing Through the Middle: Reviving Your Fiction Story

Filed in Writing Tips by on March 21, 2019 0 Comments
Pushing Through the Middle: Reviving Your Fiction Story

When writing fiction, oftentimes the middle is where most writers hit a wall and do one of two things: they quit or they keep going. The middle, however, is no place to give up. Instead, it’s time to hone in on what you can do to make the middle zone the best it can be. […]

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Learning How to Take Constructive Criticism

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on March 18, 2019 1 Comment
Learning How to Take Constructive Criticism

There’s a first time for everything I can still remember my first real exposure to constructive criticism of my writing. Sophomore year of college, I received my first C+ on a paper in my entire educational career. Immediately, I rationalized the grade had to be a mistake. I read the remarks my professor left on […]

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New Year, Old You: Restarting a Failed Writing Resolution

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on February 11, 2019 0 Comments
New Year, Old You: Restarting a Failed Writing Resolution

  Less than two months ago, many of us took the time to write out long lists of New Year’s resolutions. We dreamed of becoming the next Bob Goff or Shauna Niequist—not only finishing the writing and publishing process, but also seeing our books at the top of bestseller lists. The reality for many, however, […]

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Love & Letters: The Perfect Books for a Valentine’s Day Gift

Filed in Editor's Picks by on February 5, 2019 0 Comments
Love & Letters: The Perfect Books for a Valentine’s Day Gift

You know the feelings well—fluttering butterflies in your stomach, the inability to think straight, and the constant need to wipe your sweaty palms on your jeans. Your body is overcome with pure fear, much like you were on your first date, but this time you’re staring at the mall entrance. You are in need of […]

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