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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: 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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Dear Editor: How Do Writers Cope With Rejection?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In her latest column, BookWorks founder and veteran editor, Betty...
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Dear Editor: What Is the Secret to Great Essay Writing?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— This month, our own "Dear Editor", Betty Kelly Sargent, responds...
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Dear Editor: Is Discipline or Inspiration More Important?

—(Originally published in Publishers Weekly)— Our intrepid founder and veteran editor, Betty Kelly Sargent, is...
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Dear Editor: How Do I Write a Query Letter?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Have you wondered how to go about getting a literary...
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Dear Editor: Is My First Chapter the Deal Breaker?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Betty Kelly Sargent, BookWorks founder, and veteran editor explains why your...
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Dear Editor: How Can I Write More Vivid Prose?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In her latest column, BookWorks founder and veteran editor, Betty...
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Dear Editor: What is Purple Prose & How Can I Fix It?

—Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly— In her latest column, veteran editor and BookWorks founder, Betty...
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Dear Editor: What Are the Rules for Prepositions?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Let's hear what our fearless leader and ace editor, Betty...
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Dear Editor: What’s the Rule of Thumb for Adverbs?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In her latest column, veteran editor and BookWorks founder, Betty...
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Dear Editor: Any Writing Advice for a Newbie?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Veteran editor and BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent,...
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Dear Editor: Writing Dialogue is Hard, Any Advice?

—(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Once again, our fearless leader and veteran editor, Betty Kelly...
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