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Editing tools that just might change your writing life!

  • Wondering what a book map looks like? They've been called "witchcraft," but they're just a form of geekery that editors use to diagnose problems with plot, pacing, and structure.
  • Never used the invaluable tool called a style sheet? That's how editors keep track of important facts to ensure that your novel or series is correct and consistent.
  • Curious about editorial comments and manuscript markups? See them for yourself!
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Editing tools that just might change your writing life!

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Welcome to A Writer's Roadmap

I'm P.S. Dobie, a writer and professional editor of fiction and nonfiction. I believe writing is a “learn by doing” pursuit. Subscribers to my email list get a monthly letter with editorial advice to help navigate the route to publication by writing better, writing more, and managing the writing ...

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