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Amy Sleper

Amy brings experience from her work with the Minnesota Book Awards, Milkweed Editions, the University of Minnesota Press, Ivory Tower Magazine, and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Writing. Before joining Xulon Press in 2016, she marketed academic religion textbooks and reference resources with Fortress Press in Minneapolis. Amy’s love for books began at an early age, and she went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities with a BA in English literature with studies in technical writing. She enjoys creative nonfiction, poetry, contemporary fiction, and literary classics.

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The Power and Danger of Observation

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on June 8, 2017 5 Comments
The Power and Danger of Observation

Writers continually take in the world around them, cataloguing sights, sounds, smells, and other sensations. They observe their environment with deep curiosity and awe, recording the minutiae of the unique scenes that unfold around them every day. Watching a conversation between lovers, a mother scolding her child, or a man walking alone at night can […]

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Writing Tips for Poets

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on May 22, 2017 0 Comments
Writing Tips for Poets

Here at Xulon Press, we regularly see wonderful collections of devotional and creative poetry. Poetry is an art form that pours from the heart, encompassing a wide range of passions, from joy and thanksgiving to sorrow and grief. But poetry is both beloved and reviled, with many readers feeling uncertain of how to interact with […]

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Commonly Misused Words—and How to Avoid Them

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Commonly Misused Words—and How to Avoid Them

We’ve all been there, whether we’re thumb-typing a text (curse you, autocorrect!), drafting a resume, or sending an email to our boss: after hitting “send” we realize we’ve misusing a word that has a doppelganger with a completely different meaning. Just as this happens regularly in everyday communication, commonly misused words regularly litter the pages […]

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How to Pick the Right Title for Your Book

How to Pick the Right Title for Your Book

The moment has finally arrived: you’ve finished writing the book you’ve dreamed of and labored over devotedly. Now the time has come to brand it with a title and send it out into the world. But what will you call it? How can just a few words embody everything about your glorious book? Fear not, […]

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Grammatical Gray Areas: Subject-Complement Agreement

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Grammatical Gray Areas: Subject-Complement Agreement

Celebrating National Grammar Day and National Proofreading Day March is a month that calls for grammar nerds—like us—to celebrate. After all, March 4 is National Grammar Day, and March 8 is National Proofreading Day. On days like these, authors, editors, and proofreaders finally get the respect we deserve! (Oddly enough, I’m still waiting for my […]

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