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Why We Write: To Leave a Legacy

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Why We Write: To Leave a Legacy

What do you think about when you hear the word “legacy”? Synonyms relating to this word include inheritance, birthright, heirloom, etc. A legacy doesn’t have to be a tangible object; it can also be a treasured word of wisdom, funny anecdote or memory that offers a valuable piece of advice. Could your life story be […]

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Introducing Xulon’s New Editorial Critique Service

Filed in Ask the Editor by on January 27, 2015 3 Comments

In 2014, the most helpful feedback that the editorial department received from our authors was that they wished they could have received more in-depth feedback on their manuscripts prior to going into editing and production. The manuscript review was of course helpful, but it wasn’t the thorough read-through and analyzation of a book’s content, structure, characterization, and so […]

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How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on January 23, 2015 4 Comments
How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals

As an editor here at Xulon Press, I have read hundreds of manuscripts. Maybe even thousands. However, the top three things that I’ve seen on a consistent basis is: overuse of the exclamation point, misuse of the semicolon, and capitalizing words and phrases in order to convey emphasis to the reader. While we’ve covered the […]

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Top Secret or Not: Sharing Your Writing with Others

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Top Secret or Not: Sharing Your Writing with Others

There is a common writing stereotype doing more harm than good for the writing community. Writing is not, and should not be viewed as a solitary confinement type of punishment. The task of sitting down to write has been glorified as this painful and disparaging task that segregates the writer from the rest of their […]

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Afraid to write your story? You are not alone.

Filed in Ask the Editor by on January 16, 2015 2 Comments
Afraid to write your story? You are not alone.

It’s a new year and time to make it a point this year to write your story: yet that pesky monster of rejection is always looming over your shoulder, convincing you (and other authors) that your stories aren’t worth sharing with others. Regularly, I come across manuscripts where authors say they have struggled with whether […]

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