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Self-Editing: What To Leave On the Cutting Room Floor

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on December 28, 2015 5 Comments
Self-Editing: What To Leave On the Cutting Room Floor

Often when I am thumbing through submissions at Xulon, reading a manuscript for our critique service, or simply editing a whole manuscript, I quickly pick up on a lot of material that is—in a word—unnecessary. If you’ve ever gotten our Editorial Critique, Manuscript Review, or had your book edited by me, you’ve more than likely received a comment or […]

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Still Dreaming of Writing a Book? Here’s How To Do It In 30 Days.

Filed in Ask the Editor by on November 2, 2015 12 Comments
Still Dreaming of Writing a Book? Here’s How To Do It In 30 Days.

November is a busy month for writers: it’s National Novel Writing Month, also known as NanoWriMo. What happens during NanoWriMo? Simple: to celebrate the only official book-writing month of the year […]

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5 Ways to Paint Autumn into Your Writing

Filed in Ask the Editor by on October 27, 2015 1 Comment
5 Ways to Paint Autumn into Your Writing

How to Write About Fall There’s a reason one of the first pieces of advice any professional offers to a new writer forging ahead on the publishing journey is, “Show, don’t tell.” Readers don’t want to be told, they want to be shown. So, how does one show information? If we use seasons or weather as […]

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Hello, My Name Is: How a Great Intro Will Chart Your Book’s Path.

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on October 8, 2015 2 Comments
Hello, My Name Is: How a Great Intro Will Chart Your Book’s Path.

  Why Writing an Introduction Helps Chart Your Book’s Path. Imagine you have a map in front of you, but for some reason there is no starting point to lead your journey in the right direction. The same sentiment can be felt when you read a manuscript that doesn’t have a Preface/Introduction/Prologue section to briefly explain to […]

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Passive Voice: It’s So Passé

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on September 29, 2015 1 Comment
Passive Voice: It’s So Passé

  Passive voice has a time and place in writing, as it serves to be a stylistic additive in many books and papers. In some cases, people prefer passive voice in creative pieces, such as poetry and prose; however, writing in passive voice too often in your fiction and non-fiction pieces can cloud your writing. The […]

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