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Erika Bennett

Erika Bennett has been a freelance editor for nearly half a decade. Before joining the Xulon team in 2010, she worked with several first time authors who wanted to test the waters of self-publishing. Her aim is to make sure great books find their way into readers' hands.

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15 Phrases that Signal Your Writing Went Off Topic

Filed in Ask the Editor by on August 22, 2019 0 Comments
15 Phrases that Signal Your Writing Went Off Topic

Throughout my experience as an editor, I’ve found that nonfiction writers are more inclined to go off topic than fiction writers. I believe passion plays a huge role in writers’ rabbit holes, tangents, and off-topic stories or anecdotes. When writers are angry, allow their personal biases to seep through their work, or let their passions […]

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Mid-Year Writing Check-In

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 20, 2019 0 Comments
Mid-Year Writing Check-In

People all around the world add “write a book” to their list of resolutions at the start of each year. By July many forgot they made that promise to themselves. Life gets busy and responsibilities start to stack up. Dreams of becoming an author slip to the wayside—only to be dusted off at the onset […]

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15 Things Every Writer Needs On Their Desk

Filed in Author Inspirations by on August 6, 2019 0 Comments
15 Things Every Writer Needs On Their Desk

Painters need a canvas, paint, paintbrushes, and a rolling landscape begging to be painted. Musicians need an instrument, quarter notes on sheet music, and an audience to play for. What do writers need to create their artistic medium of choice? Obviously, a writer needs paper, pen, and an idea. We know it’s not that simple though, right? […]

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10 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Writer

Filed in Writing Tips by on July 23, 2019 0 Comments
10 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Writer

Writing and procrastination might stereotypically go hand-in-hand, but no one has ever written a book by procrastinating. The only way to write a book is to write. It’s a crazy concept—I know. But if F. Scott Fitzgerald procrastinated on The Great Gatsby, none of us would even know such a book existed. So, how do we […]

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Developing Backstory for Your Novel

Filed in Writing Tips by on July 16, 2019 0 Comments
Developing Backstory for Your Novel

The backstory is an extremely important step in writing a well-developed story. Developing your protagonist’s history leading up to the story in your novel paints a picture for the reader. The way in which that backstory is used and incorporated into your novel is just as important though. When developing backstory, record it in a […]

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