After the First Draft: An Interview with Ally Machate


Today’s guest is Ally Machate, professional editor, expert publishing consultant, and founder of The Writer’s Ally.

Ally shares the steps on what to do after you finish the first draft. First — put it away! Don’t look at it for at least a week. Then you can come back to it with fresh eyes. Next, read it all the way through and make notes about what you can see needs to be changed — not the nit-picky things, but the big story elements. Ally gives lots of examples about what to look for in the draft, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, and next steps.

She also shares how to know when to hire an editor to help make your book even better. So many great tips!

Find out more about Ally and her services at The Writer’s Ally (.com) and Ally Machate (.com). You can also join her Facebook group at

About the author, Kitty

Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After earning her M.A. in Creative Writing, she formed Daydreamer Entertainment and began self-publishing. Founder of the WRITE NOW! Workshop and the new WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast, she loves to teach in person and online. Learn more at