I was honored to participate in the 13th annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference this year along with many other outstanding authors, publishing professionals, and instructors. Many thanks to the conference coordinators for making it an enjoyable and smooth day.
I gave my talk Polishing Your Work for Submission to a packed classroom.
Every writer knows—or soon learns—that it takes multiple revisions to create a piece ready for publication. But where do you start? This talk will introduce you to the most common problems that plague written works and offer simple ways to identify and resolve them in your own novel, short story, or memoir.
Thanks to all who attended! We had some great conversations, and I only wish we could have had more time. A couple of thoughts some participants shared with me afterward:
In one short hour, Ally gave me the skills to ramp up my entire editing process—wow! This was the boost I needed to really polish up my novel draft.—Bettyina Lanyi, Arlington, VA
Ally is a dynamic and entertaining speaker who brought her wealth of knowledge about the process of editing in a meaningful and useful way. I can’t wait to go home and reread my manuscript.—Shaun Bevins, Grasonville, MD
Thanks again to Wilson Wyatt, Jr. for inviting me to speak and for some interesting insight into the world of writing for corporations and marketing outfits. Learn more about the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference at www.baytoocean.com.
Founder of The Writer’s Ally, Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge and experience with the publishing industry to lead serious authors toward success. She and her team live to help make great books happen, whether that means showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish; or coaching an author on growing her platform to sell more books. Since 1999, she has supported hundreds of authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally.