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Month: November 2014

Short Story Manuscript Formatting

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of editing quite a bit of short fiction. I’ve noticed a number of trends based on the manuscripts I receive and the questions that come along with them. Since I have long experience in submitting short story manuscripts for myself and others, I thought I’d take a look at a …

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The Dissertation or Thesis Advisor: Roadblock, Tollbooth, or Overpass?

I’ve heard from many dissertation and thesis writers about what they perceive as obstreperous or controlling advisors, what we could think of colorfully as roadblocks or tollbooths that either block access to success or require tremendous payments in anxiety in order to finish a degree.  Rarely do I hear about thesis or dissertations advisors who …

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Having Trouble Placing Your Novel? Use Short Fiction to Build Your Writer’s Platform

By David A. Cathcart Book Editor Recently, I’ve been working with an author who has written a fantastic sci-fi novel but who has no writer’s platform to speak of. The only other things she’s had published are technical manuals, and she has no profile to speak of on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social …

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Self-Publishing Done Well: The Human Touch

by Holly Monty, MA MAC ELS Independent Publishing Professional  | Technical Editor APA Format Chicago Manual of Style LaTex – engineering and technical documents Self-publishing has much to offer to the adventurous and individualistic author: among its assets are greater room for artistic inspiration, improved financial control, creative marketing opportunities, and higher profit. A wealth …

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POV. Yes, POV!

by Marlo Garner Children’s Book Editor and Illustrator Well, I’m doing it. I’m throwing my two cents worth into the ring labeled “POV.” It’s something I’ve considered blogging about for a long time, as it’s one of the biggest, gangliest, toothiest, hairiest, wartiest, most frequent, and most significant technical issues I come across when I …

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What’s Wrong with My Picture Book Text?!

by Marlo Garner Illustrator, Proofreader, Children’s Book Editor You just can’t quite put your finger on it. You’ve written and rewritten and revised and tweaked and proofed. You’ve fabulous, well-rounded characters, the language sings, and the hilarious gags only underline the importance and depth of your theme. You had some POV issues, but you’ve fixed …

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Homophones Have Your Ears?

    By Theodora Bryant  | Developmental Editor, Copy Editor Book Editing Associates | Editing-Writing.com   Homophones are words that sound alike, but differ in spelling and meaning. Spellchecker has no idea which word you want to use when your sentence reads: “He went threw the door,” so it’s a good idea to nail your …

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Author Interview: Clayborne Taylor, Jr., Science Fiction Series Writer

Review and interview by editor Marie Valentine From an early age, Clayborne Taylor, Jr. spent endless hours pursuing his interests in science and technology. That includes everything from hard sciences to reaching out in an effort to perceive possible technological advances in the future. Finally, electrical engineering provided the best fit to his thirst to …

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The Rewrite: Questions for Authors

by Deanna Brady Book Editor Book Editing Associates Editing-Writing.com What follows is a list of questions authors of fiction and narrative nonfiction can ask themselves while rewriting, to help them clarify their ideas and shape their expression for greater impact. The list can also be useful before the fact and as a guide while writing …

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Getting A Second Opinion | Manuscript Evaluations | Critiques

Friends and Family Love Your Book And Now You Just Want An Editor to Red-Pencil It? (Why you might benefit by first getting a different kind of “second opinion”…) By Mark Orrin, Senior Editor/Authors’ Mentor If you’re like many authors I’ve helped over the years, you’ve worked hard to build your book, often while you’ve held a full-time …

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