Author Archives: Barbara J. Scott

About Barbara J. Scott

Barbara J. Scott, an inspirational author and editor, released her first novella with Gilead Publishing in late 2016 titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” that appears in Sleigh Bells Ring: Four Contemporary Romance Novellas. Dreams of My Heart, the first book in the Reluctant Brides historical romance series, will be released April 1, 2018, by Mountain Brook Ink. Her best-selling novels Sedona Storm and Secrets of the Gathering Darkness were written with co-author Carrie Younce and published by Thomas Nelson. She has more than forty years of publishing experience and has written several novels, screenplays, and gift books. Barbara and her husband Mike live in the Nashville area with their two Chihuahuas, Riley and Sissy, both rescued from puppy mills. Reading, writing, and research are her passions.

The Dreaded Macro Letter – Part Two

Have you ever wondered how an editor contributes to the success of your novel? Or whether an editor is needed at all? You’re the author. Shouldn’t your words be left alone? When you sign a contract to write a book … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Macro Letter – Part One

After performing the macro edit [the first pass on an unsuspecting manuscript] I send it back to the author with an e-mail that reads something like this: Hi Author (insert name), [notice the breezy tone] Attached is the macro edit … Continue reading

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BEYOND THE VALLEY – Historical Romance Release

Back in 2010, when I was acting Executive Acquisitions Editor at Abingdon Press, I brainstormed with Rita Gerlach on her series The Daughters of the Potomac. Since leaving Abingdon, it’s been exciting to watch my “babies” launch into the world … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Discover Your Unique Writing Voice

Because so many writers have asked me how to find their writing voice, I’m reprinting a previous blog post below: Voice seems to be the most difficult concept for writers to grasp. Yet just as each of you has a distinct … Continue reading

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