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Pamela Taylor Bio
Like many authors, I started writing fiction just to find out if I could do it,” says award-winning author Pamela Taylor. She now has an 8-volume series to her credit with two more books under contract with her publisher. In addition to creating her own stories, she is a freelance editor with experience in multiple fiction genres. “I can’t do horror,” she admits, but the titles in her portfolio include Romance, Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Middle Grade, Suspense, Historical Fiction, and more.
For four years, she was on the Judges Panel for the Ink & Insights Writing Contest, and from 2018 to 2021, she was part of the team at DIY MFA, writing the Historical Fiction column, “Past Perfect.” She’s a member of the DFW Writers Workshop and has presented at the DFW Writers Conference. In December 2022, she was featured in “Shoutout Miami,” and most recently, she was chosen for the Authors In Schools program and the Author Expo of the Amelia Island Book Festival.
She shares her home with two Pembroke Welsh Corgis who frequently remind her that a dog walk is the best inspiration for that next chapter.
DIY Editing Part I: Cleaning up Your Manuscript
Join author and editor Pamela Taylor to improve your skills for editing your own manuscript. Learn how to spot common pitfalls and problem areas and what to do about them. You'll also get access to some fun tutorials that will help you think like an editor and provide more examples to help you spot issues in your own work. Leave with new insight on how to clean up your own manuscript and save yourself some money when you engage your professional editor for that final copy edit.
Authenticity vs. Creativity in Contemporary and Historical Settings
It’s fiction, after all, so we get to take some artistic liberties, right? Of course. But we can’t forget Oscar Wilde’s admonition: “Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.” Substitute “readers” in that quote and you’ve got the storyteller’s dilemma, whether your novel is set in modern times or in the past. In this workshop, we’ll explore the right balance between being slavishly authentic and creating the imagined world of your story.