Developmental Editor Speaks to Authors on Pacing

Editor Susan Mary Malone Writes New Article for Fiction Writers

DALLAS, TX: Susan Mary Malone, (http://www.maloneeditorial.com/) developmental editor and award winning book author, has released a new article counseling authors on the proper balance between action and narrative. The article, titled “The Ebb and Flow of Stories,” examines the point in all aspects, from how an author creates each to its effect on the reader. The full text of the article can be found on Ms. Malone’s blog: http://www.maloneeditorial.com/blog/ebb-and-flow-of-stories/

A portion of the article reads: “Readers say all the time, ‘I love X author because he writes page turners.’ And that indeed may be so. Or, ‘I love Literary because it gives me the chance to think.’ And that may indeed be so as well. But in each of those—if the author is proficient—readers love them because they’re a balance of ebb and flow. You have to have both.”

Ms. Malone wrote the article to bring attention to a part of the book writing process which is often encountered by writers writing a novel, but often misinterpreted. She stated: “Many authors starting out don’t have a feel for this yet. They run into a stretch of their novel and are left wondering ‘How do I really make this part action packed?’ or ‘How much is enough?’. These are good questions to ask, and by looking at them you can get an idea of how to go about it. But you may need a bit of guidance, and that’s one of the reasons I wrote the article.”

Susan Mary Malone has worked as a freelance editor since 1993, with a BS in Political Science and minors in English and Journalism. Her client list includes NY Times Bestsellers, Essence Bestsellers and books featured in Publishers Weekly. She is also an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction herself. She participates as a speaker in literary conferences such as the Harriett Austin Writer’s Conference (at the University of Georgia), the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference, the SouthWest Writer’s Conference, the East Texas Writer’s Guild, the Lexicon Conference, and the upcoming NETWO Spring Writer’s Conference among others. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at http://www.maloneeditorial.com