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Short Biography

Zoe M. McCarthy is a full-time author and speaker. She writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. She’s the author of Good Breaks, The Putting Green Whisperer, Twisty Creek Series, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Her nonfiction, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, helps writers craft their stories or ready their manuscripts for publication. She teaches a community Bible study and writing workshops. Zoe and her husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Zoe blogs regularly at www.zoemmccarthy.com.

Medium Biography

Zoe M. McCarthy is a full-time author and speaker. She writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. She’s the author of Good Breaks, The Putting Green Whisperer, Twisty Creek Series, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Her nonfiction, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, helps writers craft their stories or ready their manuscripts for publication. She teaches a community Bible study and writing workshops. Zoe is a member of Word Weavers and is the treasurer for the Virginia chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. They enjoy canoeing and spending time at their lake cabin. They have 6 grandchildren. Zoe blogs regularly at www.zoemmccarthy.com.

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Zoe McCarthy’s book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is a fresh and innovative refocusing of your novel or novella. Through a few simple—and fun—steps, Zoe helps writers take their not-ready-for-publication and/or rejected manuscripts to a spit-polish finish. Writing is hard work, yes, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. —Eva Marie Everson, best-selling and multiple award-winning author, conference director, president of Word Weavers International, Inc.

I finished reading Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days. I have AND will highly recommend it to anyone who dabbles in fiction. It’s one of the best “how to” books I’ve ever read. —Marsha Hubler, Director Montrose Christian Writers Conference

If you want to increase your chance of hearing yes instead of sorry or not a fit for our list at this time, this book is for you. If you want to develop stronger story plots with characters that are hard to put down, this book is for you. Through McCarthy’s checklists and helpful exercises and corresponding examples, you will learn how to raise the tension, hone your voice, and polish your manuscript. I need this book for my clients and the many conferees I meet at writer’s conferences around the country. Thank you, Zoe. A huge, #thumbsup, for Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days.   —Diana L. Flegal, literary agent, and freelance editor

Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript is a self-editing encyclopedia! Each chapter sets up the targeted technique, examples show what to look for in your manuscript, then proven actions are provided to take your writing to the next level. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a newbie, you need this book!  —Sally Shupe, freelance editor, aspiring author

Zoe has developed a guiding resource for beginning writers. Her method is designed for brainstorming, shaping, and revising the early draft of a manuscript. General and specific tips are offered for applying rules of writing to enhance one’s story for a workable second draft. By exploring the plot line of Love Comes Softly, writers may examine their own work for stronger plot and characterization. Valuable tools are offered that enable the writer to develop a workable draft in only 30 days. —Yvonne Lehman, award-winning, best-selling author of 48 novels

Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days is chock-full of practical techniques. Numerous examples clarify problem areas and provide workable solutions. The action steps and blah busters McCarthy suggests will help you improve every sentence, every paragraph of your novel. If you follow her advice and implement her strategies, a publisher will be much more likely to issue you a contract. —Denise K. Loock, freelance editor, lightningeditingservices.com

A concise, detailed, step by step resource for all writers.  — Jamie West, editor coordinator, Pelican Book Group

McCarthy crafted an amazing self-help book that will strengthen any writer, whether new or seasoned, with guidance and self-evaluation tools. —Erin Unger, author of Practicing Murder

Fiction

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Joyce Hart
with the Hartline Literary Agency

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