The Heidi Thorne Show

Thank You for Your Support | Episode 64

Just a quick episode to thank you for your support in 2018, along with a preview of what's coming in January. Happy Holidays!

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Rant: Don’t Ask for Editing “Surgery” | Episode 63

In this episode, I rant on why you shouldn't just ask for "editing" for your book.

Blog: Types of Editing

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Timestamp show notes (click timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:19 Why you shouldn't ask for editing "surgery"

2:51 Authors don't understand the types of editing (developmental, line, copy)

5:32 Editing requires multiple rounds

6:21 You don't have to agree with your editor (but usually you should)

8:17 It starts with a critique


Why Publishers Aren’t Just Interested in Your Book | Episode 62

You might think you've written the next great novel. And even if you have, traditional publishers and agents are interested in more than just your book. Find out what they want in this episode.

Blog: Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which One is Right for You?

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Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:50 Self publishing or traditional publishing?

0:58 Self Publishing Survey results on authors who consider traditional book deals

1:42 Why authors still consider traditional publishing route

2:58 Why traditional publishing takes so long

4:20 Why your book almost doesn't matter when pursuing a book deal

4:36 What traditional publishers really want

6:08 Why you might end up in a publisher's slush pile

6:37 How agents help authors get published (if you can get an agent)

9:30 Why authors turn to self publishing... and why I only self publish

Why I Don’t Like NaNoWriMo | Episode 61

If you participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November, good for you. But I honestly don't like programs like this. I explain why in this episode.

Blog: How Many Words Should a Book Be?

2018 Self Publishing Survey Results (podcast):

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Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:29 What is NaNoWriMo?

1:35 Why I don't like artificial restraints like NaNoWriMo

2:12 The "I love you" test for books

3:24 Don't pad your book with filler!

4:10 Why you can't measure a book's value by word count

5:09 The "words per pound" problem with book writing

5:32 Where word count does matter

5:57 The "War and Peace" problem

7:00 Avoiding "brain vomit"

8:23 The real value of your book

8:50 What to do after NaNoWriMo


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