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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.


Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.


Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.


Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

Past/Present Clients

I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

What do you like about this subject?

I love writing and especially teaching it. I enjoy helping fellow writers and have seen some of my students go on to be published. It's rewarding and challenging.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

A writer shouldn't cease to learn, and I continue to learn something about writing almost every day.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In every talented person with a small desire to write-- hides a truly gifted writer, once armed with a little knowledge and good editing. That's my own quote and feel that is the unique aspect of writing that most writers don't know.

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Recent Answers from Jannie Balliett

2017-03-05 Quoting and Use of Real Names:

First, they will NEVER give permission. George Lucas industry is huge and franchised. Forget that. Don't even try.    Secondly, you cannot ever quote anyone or use real names. That is a liability to be

2017-01-04 POV Question:

I don't write in first person narrative just for this issue and the fact I personally do not like reading first person narrative. A lot of people do not unless it is a self-help book, a memoir, or celebrity

2015-08-29 Novels in different languages.:

No, the author does not write the novel/book in different languages.    The publisher has the novel/book translated in other languages depending on the sales of the novel/book, and the demand for another

2015-08-17 Will a publisher accept work that's been posted online previously?:

It only depends on the publisher's contract. But with ebooks, why pay for it if it is online for free?    If you are in a contest, take the win and publishing contract, obviously....    If you do n0t win

2015-06-04 Editors:

Jackie, it's not as easy as that. Sorry.    First, let me explain that traditional publishers DO NOT accept unsoicited manuscripts. Period.    Secondly, no one can "get published" without hiring a literary


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