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HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

So you have written a book. Congratulations! And now your publisher or book format person is asking for a blurb to go on the back of your book to hopefully entice people to read it. How in the world are you going to condense a 250-page (or more) manuscript down into...

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

Using the Find and Replace function in Word can help a ton when revising and copy-editing a manuscript. It helps to ensure that you stay consistent and don’t miss correcting a frequently made error. I use it a lot to replace “.  ” (period, two spaces) to “. ” (period,...

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

I’m not sure if it was the first time I was introduced to freewriting, but the first time free writing really stuck with me was when I read Natalie Goldberg’s, Wild Mind, in high school. I was struck by the concept of just letting the words dump out onto the page...

GET YOUR WRITING DONE – IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS

GET YOUR WRITING DONE – IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS

This post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in October, 2015 (click here to view it). So you intend to write a book. Many, many people do, but there are just a few who seem to actually get it accomplished. You’re not Stephen King or J.K. Rowling...

DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

In my continuing series about using the correct words in correct situations for line editing, today we tackle lay/lie and stationary/stationery. Lie vs. Lay During my final proof of Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters, I had the hardest time with the words lie, lay,...

THE CONTENT RULES FOR BOOK MARKETING

THE CONTENT RULES FOR BOOK MARKETING

I read the revised and updated version of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) that Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman. As I’ve been known to do, I thought I’d share my thoughts...

MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS SORTED

MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS SORTED

In our continuing series, here is some advice to help you keep a couple of more confusing word pairs straight while line editing. Past vs. Passed These two words sound the same, and when my writing brain is chugging along, it sometimes forgets which of these...

SORTING OUT ANOTHER PAIR OF WORD PAIRS

SORTING OUT ANOTHER PAIR OF WORD PAIRS

Carrying on from a previous grammar post regarding line editing, it’s time to examine a couple of additional word pairs that can get confusing. Premier vs. Premiere According to Dictionary.com, a premier as a noun is the grand pubah or head honcho of an organization....

WRITING’S DIRTY WORDS: FEEDBACK, CRITIQUE

WRITING’S DIRTY WORDS: FEEDBACK, CRITIQUE

Does the thought of handing your writing over to a writing group to critique make you sweat with fear? Or maybe you’d like to join a writing group but you are nervous about what to say to your group-mates? If you are serious about your writing craft, you have surely...

GET BACK INTO THE WRITING GROOVE AFTER ILLNESS OR VACATION

GET BACK INTO THE WRITING GROOVE AFTER ILLNESS OR VACATION

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website on June 12, 2015 (click here to view it). You’ve no doubt heard more times than you can count how important it is to write, if not every day, at least regularly. But there will be...