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Month: May 2014

Loving What I Do

by Theodora Bryant Book-editing.com, Editing-Writing.com Copy editor, manuscript evaluations/critiques Just recently, one of my clients said it must get very discouraging to work with writers who don’t know the craft, when the world around me is so full of great books. That’s certainly not the case. I love what I do. The ongoing challenge for me …

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Why You Need a Children’s Picture Book Editor

By Marlo Garner, Children’s Book Editor ChildrensBookEditors.com Book Editing Associates Editing-Writing.com You’ve always wanted to do it, and now you finally have. It’s an exhilarating, wonderful feeling, and you have every reason to feel proud. You’ve written that children’s picture book—and you’re fired up and ready to publish. But stop. Before you slip your manuscript …

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Science Fiction vs. Fantasy: What’s the Difference?

By David A. Cathcart Book Editor: Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Editing Associates Editing-Writing.com   Fantasy fiction always revolves around magic or some other kind of supernatural force. Thinking back to how I defined science fiction, you could say that magic or the supernatural is the “disruptive technology” of the fantasy genre. This power can …

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Author–Editor Triads | Part 3 | Editorial Services

Caroline Hiley A successful author–editor relationship relies on both parties understanding which service is appropriate for the book and budget. 1) Copyediting—A nuts-and-bolts exercise that polishes the manuscript for submission to an editor or agent, or prepares it for self-publishing. Copyediting focuses on clarity, consistency, and correctness regarding spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and factual accuracy, …

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A Few Tips on Writing Well

Shannon Wilkins Medical Writer and Editor | Editing-Writing.com A few tips on writing well. Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association. 2004; 59(3):157-159. Published in the Professional Development section. Reprint permission granted. You probably do more writing as a physician/researcher than you thought you would ever do when you took that pesky freshman composition class. …

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What type of correlation coefficient should I be using?

  Vicki Lawrence, MS, PHD Statistics Consultant HelpWithStatistics.com | StatisticsTutors.com | Editing-Writing.com o   Pearson correlation coefficients are used to determine the linear correlation between two continuous variables.  The Pearson correlation coefficient can range from -1 to 1, with negative values indicative of an inverse relationship between the two variables, and positive values indicative of a …

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Got Sci-Fi Genre?

By Theodora Bryant The division of genres has become a speculative game of slots, and the meaning within those slots, and woe betide those who send in a query to an agent who reps books that are in Slot A, not Slot B. Let’s look at science fiction. First, I’d like to make a small observation …

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Choosing an Independent Book Editor

Lynda Lotman, freelance network coordinator Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com, ChildrensBookEditors.com, and Medical-Writing-Editing.com Content Editors: Carly Cantor, Kelly Lynne, Michael Carr Proofreader: Nancy Rosenbaum You need an editor—of that much you are certain. But how can you avoid falling prey to incompetent, untrained, or inexperienced pretenders who may insert more errors than they correct? (Yes, it happens alarmingly …

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