About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

Welcome to the Family

What can a new writer expect from a veteran?

Often, when newer writers come to a writing event, they’re fearful. They worry others will put them down, especially the pros.

Maybe a few established authors fear competition, but not the best ones. Instead, they offer advice, acceptance, and encouragement.

Mystery and adventure author Paul Keprecos, … Continue reading

One Piece at a Time

Books, like quilts, require assembling many pieces.

When I visited my in-laws before Christmas, I was amazed at the progress my mother-in-law had made on her latest quilt.

When I first saw the project in July, I feared it was more than she could handle. The intricate pattern called for hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny … Continue reading

Fixing ‘Wasy’ Wording

Challenge yourself to create more vivid writing.

I appreciate the advice from children’s writer Christian Harder Tangvald: “Circle every is and was on your manuscript; you don’t want writing that’s “isy” and “wasy.”

So I checked each use of was while I edited the 60,000-word YA novel. It started with 942. I cut that to 786.

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