NY Book Editors

NY Book Editors We offer manuscript critiques as well as developmental book editing, copyediting, proofreading, and ghostwriting services. www.nybookeditors.com
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NY Book Editors is comprised of editors with extensive publishing experience, and has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post. Our editors have worked with New York Times bestsellers, nominees and winners of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Pushcart Prize, Guardian First Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Prix Goncourt, and T.S. Eliot Prize. We believe our job is to be in sympathy with the author's unique voice. Our goal is to help our authors improve their way of telling the story. Read more: http://nybookeditors.com

Mission: To elevate those who dare to create.

“There are many ways to demonstrate that you have an author platform – and just as many ways to build one. This may take...
05/07/2020

“There are many ways to demonstrate that you have an author platform – and just as many ways to build one. This may take the form of social media followers, speaking engagements, or publications in literary magazines.” – AUTHOR PLATFORM: HOW TO BUILD IT

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“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer
05/06/2020

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“What readers seek is an experience different from their own. Story is how readers dream. Story is what sells the book. ...
05/05/2020

“What readers seek is an experience different from their own. Story is how readers dream. Story is what sells the book. The power of the premise is what captures the reader, editor, or agent’s attention – not the characters and prose. Unless we care about the story we will never welcome the actors on stage. It is this power of desire that pulls us into the story.” – Eddie Jones

"All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that's why it takes so long." – Steven Spielberg
05/04/2020

"All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that's why it takes so long." – Steven Spielberg

“Writing a memoir isn't just a gift for posterity. It's also a gift for you presently. In the process of chronicling you...
05/03/2020

“Writing a memoir isn't just a gift for posterity. It's also a gift for you presently. In the process of chronicling your family history or your own personal triumphs, you can discover recurring themes and universal truths that can guide the rest of your life.” – MEMOIR: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT FAMILY

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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kin...
05/02/2020

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” - Henry James

“Basically, if you want to become a good writer, you need to do three things: read a lot, listen well and deeply, and wr...
05/01/2020

“Basically, if you want to become a good writer, you need to do three things: read a lot, listen well and deeply, and write a lot. And don't think too much. Just enter the heat of words and sounds and coloured sensation and keep your pen moving across the page. If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.” – Natalie Goldberg

Free Download: Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Flashbacks
05/01/2020
Tips for Writing a Flashback | NY Book Editors

Free Download: Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Flashbacks

Need advice on how to write a flashback? Check out this guide. We’re sharing easy to follow tips on how to include a flashback in your story.

"This is not where our story ends, he writes. This is only where it changes." - Erin Morgenstern, THE STARLESS SEA
04/30/2020

"This is not where our story ends, he writes. This is only where it changes." - Erin Morgenstern, THE STARLESS SEA

“We never sit anything out. We are cups, quietly and constantly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves ...
04/29/2020

“We never sit anything out. We are cups, quietly and constantly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury, ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new th...
04/28/2020

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” – Celeste Ng, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

“While we often obsess over plot, pacing, and other mechanics of storytelling, the open is one of the most important (an...
04/27/2020

“While we often obsess over plot, pacing, and other mechanics of storytelling, the open is one of the most important (and difficult) elements to master. It’s a promise that you offer to your reader. Nail it and readers will stick with you, even if other elements of your story aren’t perfect.” – HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY OPEN YOUR STORY

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“I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don...
04/26/2020

“I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that's sinful, then let me be damned for it!” - Tennessee Williams

Being stuck at home can become quite tedious. If you are feeling bored here's a fun game you could play to boost your cr...
04/25/2020

Being stuck at home can become quite tedious. If you are feeling bored here's a fun game you could play to boost your creativity (as shared by https://buff.ly/2Km0DkY)

"Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit." - William Shakespeare
04/24/2020

"Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit." - William Shakespeare

“Before you go ahead with a flashback, ask yourself if you can make the same impact on your reader through conflict in t...
04/23/2020

“Before you go ahead with a flashback, ask yourself if you can make the same impact on your reader through conflict in the now of the novel. If the answer is no, then the flashback is necessary, but remember that within the flashback all the same principles of good dramatic storytelling which apply in the now of your story - fully rounded characters, a rising conflict, inner conflicts, and so on - continue to apply.” - James Frey, HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD NOVEL

The story of self-isolation so far told by @philshaw775  on Instagram 😂 "The English patient had caught it on the beach....
04/22/2020

The story of self-isolation so far told by @philshaw775 on Instagram 😂

"The English patient had caught it on the beach. I should have stayed at home, she said. Now she was in quarantine in the dark house of splendid isolation.

Still, hope springs eternal. With a little bit of luck, common sense, and personal hygiene, the Corona book of horror stories must end soon. Always remember clean hands save lives, and when in doubt, don’t go out!"

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04/21/2020

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Writers are not exactly known as being great at taking care of themselves. Today it is more important than ever to stay ...
04/20/2020

Writers are not exactly known as being great at taking care of themselves. Today it is more important than ever to stay healthy and productive.

There’s only one you and we need you!

That is why we shared tips that will help you improve the quality of your life in THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO SELF-CARE AND PRESERVATION

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“We don’t turn to story to escape reality. We turn to story to navigate reality.” – Lisa Cron, STORY GENIUS
04/19/2020

“We don’t turn to story to escape reality. We turn to story to navigate reality.” – Lisa Cron, STORY GENIUS

“Once you name something, it stops you seeing the whole of it, or why it matters. You focus on the word, which is just t...
04/18/2020

“Once you name something, it stops you seeing the whole of it, or why it matters. You focus on the word, which is just the tiniest part, really, the tip of an iceberg.” - Alex Michaelides, THE SILENT PATIENT

“Getting rejected by agents doesn’t mean your work is inferior. In reality, you need to get rejected to find the right a...
04/17/2020

“Getting rejected by agents doesn’t mean your work is inferior. In reality, you need to get rejected to find the right agent. Getting used to rejection, occasionally learning from it, making adjustments, and querying again is the most common path towards getting published.” – Natasa Lekic

04/16/2020
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If you haven’t had a chance to see our new video on how to surprise your reader, here’s another sneak peek.

To see the full video, click here:
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“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to ev...
04/16/2020

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” – Charles Dickens

“A story without motifs is an ordinary kitchen towel. It’ll do its job, but it’s not spectacular in any way. On the othe...
04/15/2020

“A story without motifs is an ordinary kitchen towel. It’ll do its job, but it’s not spectacular in any way. On the other hand, a story with motifs is like a handwoven tapestry. It takes time, skill, and careful deliberation…” – HOW TO USE MOTIFS IN A STORY

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"Is this the ideal environment in which to create - having to make art out of “things residual” in stolen time? Not real...
04/14/2020

"Is this the ideal environment in which to create - having to make art out of “things residual” in stolen time? Not really. Or maybe it’s fine. Maybe it doesn’t matter, because that’s how things have always been made. Most individuals have never had enough time, and they’ve never had enough resources, and they’ve never had enough support or patronage or reward ... and yet still they persist in creating. They persist because they care. They persist because they are called to be makers, by any means necessary." - Elizabeth Gilbert, BIG MAGIC

"A character without motivation is an automation. They're just going through the motions." - Nathan Bransford, HOW TO WR...
04/13/2020

"A character without motivation is an automation. They're just going through the motions." - Nathan Bransford, HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” – Milan Kundera
04/12/2020

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” – Milan Kundera

“There is one mistake nearly all beginning writers make: they overwrite. They use five words where they ought to use two...
04/11/2020

“There is one mistake nearly all beginning writers make: they overwrite. They use five words where they ought to use two, or describe something in three sentences when they should only use one.” –THE BIGGEST MISTAKE BEGINNING WRITERS MAKE

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“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘tis the difference between t...
04/10/2020

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain

04/09/2020
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Since we're continually being surprised by what's happening all around us these days, it's only fitting that we continue to look at how to surprise our readers.

Here’s a sneak peak of our new video on how to surprise your reader, part 2. In the full video Natasa covers a 'treacherous' technique authors use to get their readers aligned with the character's perspective.

You can see the full video here: https://buff.ly/3c1jkGo

We also review what, according to research, is needed to make the moment of recognition satisfying for your reader. This is so important!

When crafting a surprise, many new authors try to make it complex. They worry that the reader will figure it all out and that the reveal will fall flat.

The second half of the video covers the (surprising!) research-backed elements that you should actually focus on to delight your reader.

Also, please leave a comment which topics you're interested in having Natasa cover next.

Let's fill this quarantine time with some good stories!

We all know how frustrating it is when we have a great idea for a story, but simply do not know where to begin! Read mor...
04/09/2020

We all know how frustrating it is when we have a great idea for a story, but simply do not know where to begin! Read more on how to overcome this challenge over on our blog in HOW TO TURN YOUR SIMPLE IDEA INTO AN UNFORGETTABLE NOVEL

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