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You have the ability to go beyond. Transform a book that’s “nearly there” to one that will have publishers competing for it. I provide the platform for first time author success.

Diane O’Connell and her team have the expertise to put any author’s work on the map. With 30+ years of publishing experience, Diane knows the publishing world — from the inside out.

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My Latest Blogs...

writing effective flashbacks
Fiction Advice
Diane O'Connell

The 5 Rules of Writing Effective Flashbacks

In my work critiquing manuscripts, one of the biggest mistakes I see first-time authors make is in the use of writing effective flashbacks. Either they’re misplaced, go on too long, or they serve more as a diversion than as a device to advance the storytelling. But used wisely, flashbacks can add richness, emotional resonance, and depth to your novel.

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4 ways to target your books readers
Nonfiction Advice
Diane O'Connell

4 Ways to Target Your Book’s Readers

Many of my author-clients are business entrepreneurs who want to increase their business platform by writing a book. Too often, they start by asking themselves, “What should I write?” when the real question they need to be asking is: “Who am I writing for?

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Your Memoirs
Memoir Advice
Diane O'Connell

How to Write a Memoir For Your Reader

So, you want to write a memoir. You believe you have a story to tell. Say you’ve endured extraordinary experience and want to share your lessons and insights with others. You think your life journey will entertain and enlighten.

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From First Draft to Marketable Manuscript

Final Words from Diane...

Are you a serious, committed writer, willing to put in the time, effort and resources necessary to become a successful, published author? Then I want to work with you!

While I have a great team of expert editors here at Write to Sell Your Book, I understand that some people prefer to work directly with me. Because I work intensely with each author, I strictly limit how many clients I take on. That means my time comes at a premium, and I choose only those clients I feel will be the right fit.

Working one-on-one truly allows me to nurture a first-time author. For fiction and memoir authors I work directly with you to outline your novel’s plot, develop themes and motifs, and strengthen your storytelling skills. For non-fiction authors, I help you hone your book’s message to position yourself as an expert to help you build your business.

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