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Mistakes Have Been Made

Who cares? Our mistakes don’t define us. How we go forward does.
Hi, I’m Pat Dobie, an editor, book doctor, and coach working with writers all over the world who’ve gone on to get agents, achieve traditional publication, self-publish successfully, and win awards. 
Put another way, I help writers stop shooting themselves in the foot, harness their energy, & write a book that people want to buy.

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John Cleese, who writes, acts and does comedy, says that creativity is not an ability or a talent. It is unrelated to IQ. It is simply an ability to play. It all starts with spending time in what he calls ‘open’ mode, where you enjoy curiosity for its own sake. It’s humor-inclined and playful, with …

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Fiction Editing Demystified!

Fiction Editing: A Writer’s Roadmap is a fundamental guide for fiction writers at any stage, from first-time novelists to veterans in the art and craft of writing. Whether you’re seeking an agent / publisher or planning to launch your book yourself, it will give you essential tips for understanding if and when to hire an editor, what to expect, and how to get the most bang for your buck.

Reader Reviews

Readers are guided on a step by step journey in how to navigate getting their manuscript to its best form, noting from experience tips and cautions to make the road smoother. Dobie has created the perfect companion for writers and editors to-be!
Tom
Amazon Review
This is a fabulous guide! I love the clear, breezy style, the easy-to-follow organization, the step-by-step descriptions of editing processes; and most of all, how informative it is.
Amanda Goldrick-Jones, Ph.D.
Writer and Editor
Supremely engaging…Very informative, with an informal conversational style. This is a guide that will have great appeal for both writers and editors.
Maureen Phillips, M.A.
Writer and Editor
I read this book cover to cover. If you're not sure what steps to take once you've finished your manuscript, you should read this.
Jane
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