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Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book divides writing and revision into distinct stages, with a new focus in each draft. Allison’s frank, funny voice encourages writers to tackle even big editing tasks with a sense of humor and a feeling that someone who understands is on their side. After sections on story, elements of writing craft and structure, seeking and using feedback, and the publication process, Seven Drafts goes beyond the technical and into the mindset of a writer. How can envy be employed to fuel your own work? Where do you find a writing community? How will literary citizenship influence personal process?
About the Author
Author Allison K Williams is The Unkind Editor. A popular conference speaker and online personality, she serves as Brevity’s Social Media Editor, where her twice-weekly blogs on craft and the writing life reach 50K subscribers and are widely shared. Allison has edited books published with Big Five houses, small presses, and self-publishers. As an author, her work has appeared in literary and popular media, and her previous title Get Published in Literary Magazines has been used as a course text.
Praise for Allison K Williams’ Get Published in Literary Magazines (Coriander Press):
"A really practical list of approaches instead of the more common platitudes people hand out (keep trying, etc.)" —Jocelyn Bartkevicius, former editor of The Florida Review
"Allison Williams separates myth from fact to provide crucial, no-nonsense advice on the practical side of being a writer, and she does it with deft humor. You couldn’t ask for a better coach." —Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer and The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir
"Allison Williams' no-nonsense advice on this daunting aspect of the literary life is bright, thorough, and practical. Williams offers guidelines and encouragement with engaging selfawareness. I will follow her anywhere." —Robert V. Hansmann
"If you want a straight-talking, practical guide to finding your market, calibrating your skill level and getting in print, you can't do better than this. She knows the game, she knows the rules. She knows every shortcut you'll want to take and will tell you which ones might work and which ones will come back to haunt you. Part motivational essay, part how-to bible, part resource treasure-trove." —Christopher Buehlman, author of The Lesser Dead and The Suicide Motor Club
"Allison Williams understands at a molecular level what makes prose work. As a sounding board, beta reader, and drop-everything-I’m-doing-to-meet-her coffeehouse workshop partner, Allison has made my writing better. Let her do that for you." —Christopher Buehlman, author of The Lesser Dead and The Blacktongue Thief
"Allison is... like a friend privately taking you aside, delivering the honest truth you need, in a way that makes you enthusiastic to keep on going, even when the work gets very hard." —Jane Friedman, publishing expert and author of The Business of Being a Writer
"Allison coached me from first-ever—very shitty—sentence all the way through publishing my debut novel with Knopf. She taught me everything—from writing how-to, to prioritizing my writing time (yes, I was allowed to let the dirty dishes stack up in my sink!)..." —Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child
"Seven Drafts contains specific examples from popular books that illustrate her points, exercises guaranteed to improve your writing, and a comprehensive self-editing checklist that will have you yelling, 'Jackpot!'" —Lisa Ellison, Editor and Writing Coach
"I had nearly given up on finding an agent when I decided to rework my manuscript with Allison’s help. After the revisions, an agent who had told me I could resubmit decided to represent me, and my book was acquired by Penguin Random House!" —Karen Fine, author of The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian’s View of Love, Loss, Mortality and Mindfulness