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WHAT did you say? Crafting Authentic Dialogue

Filed in Ask the Editor, Author Inspirations by on November 20, 2013 2 Comments
WHAT did you say? Crafting Authentic Dialogue

Written by: Eddie Cruz Because I’m currently doing penance for my last gigantic post, this one will need your input to see completion. Also, if you lack the time—or the energy, or the inclination—to read this through, take away this one thing, which will transform your dialogue: Read it aloud; I promise your ear will […]

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Novel Writing: Creating a Cast of Characters

Filed in Ask the Editor, Author Inspirations by on November 18, 2013 4 Comments
Novel Writing: Creating a Cast of Characters

Hello authors! Hopefully you’re each waist-deep in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing) Month, and just past the halfway mark in your first draft of your novel. If you haven’t started, or have fallen off the wagon just a bit, jump back on! The only thing standing between you and a finished novel is your hesitation—and you, […]

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What Does “Manuscript Review” Really Mean?

Filed in Ask the Editor by on October 11, 2013 6 Comments
What Does “Manuscript Review” Really Mean?

Your friendly neighborhood Xulon Press editors really want you to get the most out of the Manuscript Review service, so we decided to give you more details about it. Whether you are still thinking about becoming a Xulon Press author or you have recently purchased a publishing package, we hope this breakdown will help you […]

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Footnotes, Endnotes, Bibliography: What Does it all Mean?

Filed in Ask the Editor by on September 27, 2013 0 Comments
Footnotes, Endnotes, Bibliography: What Does it all Mean?

If you ask me, the most painstaking part of writing anything is the documentation of sources. It’s such tedious work, but do we even know why we do it? “Ethics, copyright laws and courtesy to readers require authors to identify sources of direct quotations or paraphrases and of any facts or opinions not generally known […]

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Ask the Editor: Moving Foreword

Filed in Ask the Editor by on September 26, 2013 6 Comments
Ask the Editor: Moving Foreword

I confess: I started to do a bit of research on the history of the Foreword and had to force myself to stop almost immediately when I began deeper investigation of philology and the Dutch, or possibly German, roots of the word itself. (It happens like that for me sometimes. Research is addicting.) A previous […]

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