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Betty Sargent

Founder & Editing Expert  |  New York, New York  

Betty Kelly Sargent is the founder of BookWorks, the Self-Publishers Association, and writes a monthly column on self-publishing for PW Select. She is a member of the Independent Editors Group (EIG) and has spent more than 30 years in the traditional publishing business, most recently as editor-in-chief of William Morrow, where at one point she had three books on the New York Times best-seller list at once. She has also been executive editor at HarperCollins, executive editor at Delacorte Press, Fiction and Books editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, and book reviewer for CNN. She is the author of seven traditionally published books and one self-published book. She moderates panels and workshops in New York City and Los Angeles and is passionate about helping indie authors learn to navigate the ever-changing landscape of self-publishing.

Dear Editor: How Do I Know When to Stop Revising?

—(A version of this article originally appeared in Publishers Weekly) Most writers wrestle with revising...
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Dear Editor: Any Tips on How to Write Dialogue?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Authors often ask about how to write dialogue that sounds...
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Dear Editor: How Do I Know When to Use That?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In her latest column, BW's CEO and founder and veteran...
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Dear Editor: Any Advice on Writing Memoir?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Do you have a life story worth telling? If you've...
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Dear Editor: How Important Is My Novel’s First Line?

—(Originally Appeared in Publishers Weekly)— BookWorks founder and veteran editor, Betty Kelly Sargent, answers a...
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Dear Editor: How Can I Make My Characters Believable?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Compelling characters are central to capturing and keeping the reader...
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Dear Editor: I Need Advice on Hiring a Freelance Editor

—(A version of this column originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— The author-editor relationship is fundamental...
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Dear Editor: How Do I Fix a Novel Plot That’s Too Complicated?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly) BookWorks' founder and veteran editor, Betty Kelly Sargent, is back...
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Dear Editor: How Do I Find My Writing Voice?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In this month's column, BW founder and veteran editor, Betty...
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Dear Editor: Effect Affect and Further Farther Trip Me Up

—(Originally Appeared in Publishers Weekly)— BookWorks' fearless leader and veteran editor, Betty Kelly Sargent, helps...
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Dear Editor: Should I Be Outlining My Novel?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— BookWorks' own "Dear Editor", Betty Kelly Sargent, a 30+ year...
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Dear Editor: Writing Dialogue is Hard…Help!

We think most authors would agree that writing dialogue that sounds natural does not come...
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Dear Editor: POV or Perspective…What’s the Difference?

—(Originally Appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Writers often use the terms point of view (POV) and...
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Dear Editor: Lie or Lay Usage Confuses Me

—(Originally Appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Once again, BW founder and veteran editor, Betty Kelly Sargent,...
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Dear Editor: Is There an Optimum Chapter Length?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In her latest column, our fearless leader and veteran editor,...
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