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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – WRITE A LETTER

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – WRITE A LETTER

When I started writing my sequel to Taming the Twisted, starting off with that book’s character’s, Abigail’s, point-of-view, essentially starting where Taming the original left off. I quickly got bored. About seven pages in, I got the idea of writing the book from one...

JOIN US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY – PLEASE!!

JOIN US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY – PLEASE!!

My typical line editing client is someone my age or older and likely 90% of the time, the first correction I need to make is to change all of the sentence endings to contain one space after the final punctuation mark instead of two. I grew up during the typewriter...

GET ANY MENTOR YOU WANT

GET ANY MENTOR YOU WANT

Though I don’t recommend blindly copying what other authors are doing to market their books, because there is no one-size-fits-all, magic-bullet book marketing solution, and what works for one author or book, might not work for you or yours, I do recommend keeping...

HOW TO HIRE AN EDITOR

HOW TO HIRE AN EDITOR

Your book is finished and you’ve done all you can with it, so it’s time to get an editor. But it can be sooo expensive. You wonder, could I do it myself? You could, maybe, but you’re likely to have a much better result if you hire someone else to edit for you. Our...

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

I attended Felicia Schneiderhan’s “Advanced Fiction Writing” a/k/a “Gymnastics for Writers” workshop at the Midwest Writing Center‘s David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. The workshop used different techniques over the workshop’s three days to stretch the imagination...

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...