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Specializing in Fiction by New and Emerging Authors
What if you finally understood what's going on under the hood of your novel manuscript?
No more stumbling through rough drafts, then paying an editor to help you find the story inside. You'll write a better book from the start, from concept and story to the words on the page.
This is where theory and practice come together, giving you strategies and knowledge you'll use the rest of your writing career.
This is your writing, but smarter. Your book, but better.
"(Lisa's) the real deal. Simply awesome. In the last six months, I have learned so much. And more than that, the voice inside my head has changed her tune. Now I hear, 'You're going to do this.'"—Emile Horne
"You need a great and wonderful editor to enhance and embolden the story; I found that with Lisa."—Troy Christensen
"An enormous thank-you to Lisa Poisso, who not only provided a masterful editorial review and line edit but taught me the art and science of storytelling. … So much more than I ever expected. ... This is so helpful because by this point I’ve boxed my story and closed it up so tight in my head I have a hard time reopening it for fresh ideas."—Shanon Hunt
Are you a new novelist?
Designed for Debut and Emerging Authors
You’re a busy person, and you don’t have time for endless webinars and advice books and online courses. Now there’s a way to learn what you’re doing while you’re actually doing it, even if this is your very first novel.
My Accelerator process draws theory and practice together. Even seasoned writers with MFAs have gained fresh insights into their books with Accelerator coaching. The best part: You’ll finish with writing techniques and knowledge you’ll use the rest of your writing career.
If you’re looking for someone to help you simply polish your manuscript for publication, I might not be the right editor for your book. But if you’re ready to master what’s going on under the hood, let’s talk.
Just look at this lineup of writing craft blogs and resources for authors and editors from Louise Harnby and Denise Cowle of The Editing Podcast. Denise and Louise are two pro editors in the UK who help authors publish better books. I’m honored to be listed among these leading resources for writers and editors. Between Read more about The Editing Podcast shares 18 writing blogs for editors and authors[…]
Updated for 2020: Best books for writers of fiction It’s been a stressful year to try to write a novel. It feels easier for many authors to step back from their own pages and reframe their thinking. How do experienced authors go about developing a concept into a novel? What are turning points and what Read more about Updated for 2020: Best Books for Writers[…]
In an age when anyone can hang out a shingle on the internet as a fiction editor, sniffing out the best places to find an editor falls to authors. “I’ve been a bookworm all my life,” a prospective editor may exclaim. Or “I understand writing because I’ve written a novel.” But claims like these are Read more about Best Places to Find a Professional Editor[…]
Whether the coronavirus pandemic has brought you more free time or less, continued stability or broadening uncertainty, continuing to work on your novel can buoy your spirit. Even so, it’s hard to prepare for a big edit when you’re not sure what’s next for your work, your family, your community. That’s why I’m making available Read more about Bite-Size Ways to Make Progress on Your Novel in a Time of Uncertainty[…]
What have you done to support your creative self lately? Oh, stop flopping about trying to think of something—it’s just an article, not a test—and get busy sampling all these delicious productivity resources for writers. You’ll be in the writing groove in no time. I’ve been experimenting lately with tools that keep my daily goals Read more about Productivity for Fiction Writers: March 2020[…]
Cleaning up messes is standard operating procedure for editors. Whether we’re handed story messes such as plot holes, writing messes such as head-hopping, or mechanical messes such as three different spellings of a character’s name, we’re ready to take on the work you need help with. We just want to make sure you’re not creating Read more about Are your editing expectations sabotaging your writing?[…]
How many drafts is enough to prepare a manuscript for professional editing? A first or second draft isn’t worthy of the investment, after all. A manuscript isn’t ready for editing until you’ve set it aside for weeks or months (to regain some distance and objectivity), sought out feedback from objective parties, and revised it thoroughly Read more about How Many Drafts Are Enough for Your Novel?[…]
At what point is your novel a success? Is it a sales total or sell-through percentage? Is it a number of starred reviews? A four-figure advance? A five-figure advance? How much confidence must you have in your writing before you quit your day job? Have you even thought about setting goals for your book? If Read more about Setting Goals for Your Novel[…]
When your book is ready for editing, it’s time to pack it neatly into an industry-standard file format. Whether you write in dedicated writing software like Scrivener or key your story into Google Docs after writing it longhand, a finished novel isn’t a private creative endeavor or hobby anymore. Now it’s a product for an Read more about Writing Software: Why you need Microsoft Word[…]
How can it be that the very thing you crave most as a novelist—that other people read your book—feels impossible to allow once you’ve finished the darn thing? There’s always a reason to dissemble: Just one more draft … Just your spouse and no one else … Just the first scenes, just your favorite chapters Read more about Why you need a critique partner or writing group and how to find one[…]