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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SRS Wednesday Whip Tip #4: Tina Ferraro

I've been waiting all month to introduce you to YA author friend Tina Ferraro, who penned the delightful TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN PROM DRESS, HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE, and her latest, THE ABC's OF KISSING BOYS (and generously gave me permission to borrow her title for my "How to Hook a Hottie" agent talk!). Don't forget to visit CuppaJolie for Whip Tips from YA author Liz Gallagher!

Tina blogs at two popular sites, Boys Books Buzz and YA Fresh, and you can find out more about her at her website. Welcome, Tina!

Tina's best revision tip?

What works best for me in the revision process is organization. Whether it's my own edits, that of my critique partner or editor, I make lists. I decide what needs to be done and where, and then I start with the EASY stuff first. I find that not only makes the revision process take off quickly, but gives me (much-needed) confidence, and reacquaints me with the story and characters in preparation for the tougher aspects.

Something I'd like to add for those who are working with critique groups and perhaps getting conflicting advice. I go by the rule of three: the first time I hear something that I don't necessarily agree with, I simply make note. The second time, I consider the suggested change, sometimes making it, sometimes not. The third time, it's a done-deal--I change it.

Thank you, Tina! I abolutely agree. Stay tuned, Smackdowners, for our last Lash Flash tomorrow!


  1. Great advice--These tips from fellow authors are great Holly and Jolie--I'm adapting and working many of them in.
    Shelley S.

  2. Thank YOU, Holly! You have a fun and informative blog here.

    With writing often being such a solitary process, it's wonderful to take note of how others handle the same kinds of problems!

  3. Such great suggestions, Tina! And how in the WORLD have I missed Boys Books Buzz?

  4. Tina, I got some feedback from an editor that would've meant MAJOR revisions if I listened to it. Like you, I filed the thought. But then I got the same feedback from a couple agents and I was convinced. I'm currently doing those revisions.... ;)