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Month: January 2017

A Second Pair of Eyes

Second Pair of Eyes

By Ginny Rogers If you’re a writer, you’ve probably seen discussions on social media that argue about the value of editors. Some people (mostly editors) maintain that writers can’t edit their own work; others (mostly writers) steadfastly insist that editing is part of the writing process and they have no need for somebody to clean …

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The Editor Within

By Ginny Rogers Writing is a passionate expression, isn’t it? You pour out your thoughts, your dreams, your ideas, your hopes, spilling them all out onto paper for the world to see. And then some cheeky editor comes along and shreds your beautiful manuscript, convinced that she knows better than you what is in your …

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Order in the Outline

Overcome Mental Bottlenecking to Create a Great Book Outline by Hannah Earthman Say your novel-to-be is about rock and roll—that much is clear—and you’re ready to outline. Or rather, ready or not, you need to outline. You sit down to your spreadsheet or blank Word doc, your head abuzz with story elements and impressions: the …

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When an Appositive Becomes a Negative, Part 2

How to Solve the Appositive Problem by Editor John David Kudrick In the first part of this post, we looked at some basics of grammar, including the use of the appositive and how lengthy appositives can interrupt the reader’s flow. Near the end of Part 1, we looked at three examples of this: Jason, the …

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The Beauty of Scholarship


By E. M. Levy In a time when people are communicating important information via Twitter and the very existence of facts is being questioned, the traditions of academic scholarship, built on the bedrock of logic and reason, are going to be more vital than ever. There is just no substitute for the careful, persistent pursuit …

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APA Style: Annotated Bibliography

by James N. Powell, editor As is sometimes the case for elements of American Psychological Association (APA) style, even though there is no actual rule found in the manual for a given element, readers can extrapolate a rule by paying attention to how the manual is written. This is true for annotated bibliographies. Although annotated bibliographies …

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Manuscript Evaluations & Critiques

by Theodora Bryant I’m one of those editors who say that you should never change your book based on what an agent or book-buying editor says would be “a good idea,” or “just the thing your story needs” … unless that agent or editor says he will represent you, or will put your book under contract …

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When an Appositive Becomes a Negative

Part 1: Avoid Long Phrases Separating Subject from Predicate by Editor John David Kudrick Subject … Predicate … Appositive … For those of you who are already cringing at the thought of an entire article focused on Grammar 101, take a deep breath and relax. This isn’t about grammar so much as good writing that …

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3 Ways to Organize Your Short Story Collection

by Marie Valentine, editor Say you’ve written 35,000 to 75,000 words worth of short stories. Nicely done. Now it’s time to publish. Some publishers focus on anthologies by genre or year, mixing many authors together. Other publishers group stories by era of an author’s writing career, for example: early stories, later stories, best of, etc. …

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The Dreaded Opening Paragraphs

by Theodora Bryant, editor All writers have at some point heard the line: The most important part of any book is the first five pages. Or the first fifty words. Or the first three paragraphs. Or the first paragraph. Scary how the number keeps getting tinier, isn’t it? No matter the number, it’s clear that …

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Building a Strong Foundation for Exceptional Decision Making

by Wes Russell, PhD Thesis and Dissertation Consulting Services Qualitative Research Methods In this article you will learn: What three key skill sets every executive or manager must master. The four disciplines that make up the decision-making family. And, how to focus your efforts on those disciplines that offer the greatest return on investment. I …

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