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Month: August 2014

Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 3]

                                               By Editor John David Kudrick So far in this series, we’ve taken a look at the dangers of head-hopping and too much telling. In this final installment, I want to cover the third most common issue I see with manuscripts. So, as before, let’s start by reviewing a short passage: Dana pulled out her …

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Coauthors Writing with One Voice

Shannon Wilkins, PhD Book Editing Associates By the time you have gotten to an editor, you have already overcome many challenges to achieving a complete draft. As a solitary writer, the potential obstacles are many—procrastination, technological problems, difficulty with the actual analysis of data, and so on. If solitary writers encounter problems in the process, …

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Why might you want to have a real-life agent read your manuscript?

Unless you have a “name” or have been previously published and sold lots of books, or have won impressive literary awards for your writing, or have written an amazingly original book that taps into current trends, you will have a hard time getting an agent to even glance at your novel. Most likely, it will …

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Preparing for Your Oral Defense

Tom Green, Phd. Dr. Green helps graduate students with multivariate statistics, behavioral sciences, data processing, marketing research, forensic psychology, research design, SPSS, survey research, medical research, web-based surveys, quantitative methods, focus groups, interviewing techniques, qualitative methods, correlational analysis, research methodologist, ANOVA, MANOVA, logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant function analysis, factor analysis, method’s chapter editing, and …

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An Editing Essential: Dialects

By James N. Powell | Professional Editor | Editing-Writing.com When editing a novel or short story for grammar, plot, dialog, pacing, character development, and all the rest, it’s also important to note when characters sound the same—when each speaks the same dialect, with the same accent, grammar, and pronunciation and uses the same thought patterns, …

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Should You Meet Your Editor Before You Sign a Contract?

by Theodora Bryant My publishing house was located in Aurora, Colorado, not exactly a known hub for publishing. I’ve been doing freelance editing for twelve years now, about half of that time in Texas. Between the two jobs, I’ve probably critiqued and/or copy-edited somewhere between 400 and 500 manuscripts. Granted, some were repeat authors, but I …

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Dissertation Writing in Criminal Justice and Criminology

by Dr. Gary Michaels Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology Editing-Writing.com DissertationWriting.com DissertationAdvisors.com About halfway through the writing stage of my dissertation, I recall growing increasingly weary with how dry and factual my ‘magnum opus’ seemed to be turning out. The flavor of chapter after chapter reminded me of the many parched and impassive literature reviews …

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Getting Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Val Gerard, Ph.D. The most important research in the world is valueless if it’s not communicated to other people. Nowadays, however, most peer-reviewed journals, especially the prestigious ones, accept only a small percentage of the manuscripts submitted for publication. Rejection is not only discouraging, but can significantly increase the time between when you conducted the …

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