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Personal Development and Prose: Why Finishing Your Novel is More Important Than You Realize

Filed in Ask the Editor by on January 19, 2014 0 Comments
Personal Development and Prose: Why Finishing Your Novel is More Important Than You Realize

So you’ve been waiting to jot down your story. You’ve spent days, even months planning what you’d write once you decide to write, but find yourself opting out. When you make excuses you are creating self-limiting beliefs and habits, cultivating a quitter mentality. When you procrastinate and find things to do aside writing, investigate why […]

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Sequels, Trilogies, Series – Oh My!

Filed in Ask the Editor, Author Inspirations by on December 2, 2013 0 Comments
Sequels, Trilogies, Series – Oh My!

As we draw to a close this month’s National Novel Writing Month, novel writers everywhere will be basking in the glow of accomplishment from completing their first novel. Ah, your first novel in your hands — it’s a beautiful thing! Yet, someone is bound to ask the inevitable question: “So, when are you going to […]

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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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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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