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I’m Jen Blood, bestselling author of The Erin Solomon Mysteries and professional editor for over a decade. I specialize in plot-driven fiction, providing comprehensive content and copy editing, beta reading, developmental edits, and published novel evaluations for authors of mystery, thrillers, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. I have an undergraduate degree from Goddard College in Creative Writing, and I also hold a graduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, with a focus on popular fiction.

Professionally, I have worked as a freelance proofreader and/or editor for traditional publishing houses including Random House, Aspatore Books, and Hyperink Press, and for independently and traditionally published authors alike. My articles on writing and publishing have appeared on award-winning websites like The Creative Penn, Crime Fiction Collective, and Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, and my writing, self-editing, and independent publishing workshops consistently earn great reviews from attendees.

As a bestselling fiction author with over 300,000 books downloaded myself, I have the inside track on what it takes to succeed as an independent author in today’s competitive market. Whether your goal is an agent, a traditional publishing contract, or success as an independent author, I will work with you to ensure that your novel shines, giving you the best chance possible of reaching your writing, publishing, and sales goals.

20 Questions Designed to Build Great Characters

Plot is important. You’ve gotta have a great setting. Evocative imagery, strong dialogue, prose that stands the test of time… All of these things are important in the quest to…

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The 10 Writing and Editing Stages of the Successful Novel

When you’re in the midst of writing a novel, it can frequently seem like you’re never going to make your way out of the weeds. How long do you spend…

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5 Keys to a Thriller Readers Can’t Put Down

In Gregg Hurwitz’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller TRUST NO ONE, the action starts in the very first scene, and doesn’t let up until the end of the book, without sacrificing character…

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He Said, She Said: The Key to Writing Great Dialogue Tags

I’ve been doing some experiments lately with dialogue tags, because I think as writers who have grown up in a visual age, we tend to ascribe more action to a…

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Ten Tips for Teen Writers

This was first published on my personal blog in May of 2011, but I think still holds just as true today, as more and more young writers realize just how…

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