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Great Beginnings: Starting a Novel

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 15, 2019 0 Comments
Great Beginnings: Starting a Novel

By your side is a ratty notebook, bruised black and blue with the smeared ink of furiously scribbled ideas that came to you at midnight, dotted with translucence from the epiphany you had about your villain, while still wet from a shower.  You’ve finally decided to write the story that has been stirring around in your […]

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Commonly Misused Words—and How to Avoid Them

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on August 13, 2019 2 Comments
Commonly Misused Words—and How to Avoid Them

We’ve all been there, whether we’re thumb-typing a text (curse you, autocorrect!), drafting a resume, or sending an email to our boss: after hitting “send” we realize we’ve misusing a word that has a doppelganger with a completely different meaning. Just as this happens regularly in everyday communication, commonly misused words regularly litter the pages […]

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Why Do Authors Pay Per Word For Editing?

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Why Do Authors Pay Per Word For Editing?

Many authors often ask us, “Why do editors charge per word for their services?” This is a valid question with an answer that may come as a surprise. I’ll do my best to explain this without getting too complicated. Editors charge per word because any time an editor edits a manuscript they read every word. Regardless of […]

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4 Reasons Your Book Needs An Introduction

Filed in Ask the Editor by on July 30, 2019 0 Comments
4 Reasons Your Book Needs An Introduction

Introductions are really important when you first meet someone. It’s what lays the foundation for how you each come across. The same applies to introductions in books. When a reader isn’t properly acquainted from right the start, the rest of the conversation can get pretty awkward. Here are four reasons why you need an introduction […]

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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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