Writing Tips

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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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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Back to “School” To Re-Start Your Book

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on September 3, 2015 2 Comments
Back to “School” To Re-Start Your Book

The idea has been realized; the outline has been established; maybe a couple of pages have already been written for the book that has been placed on your heart to write. Yet as with all writers, regardless of education, skill set or experience, obstacles will come about to impede progress and, if left unchecked, will […]

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How-To Write: All About Historical Fiction, Real Characters

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 21, 2015 1 Comment
How-To Write: All About Historical Fiction, Real Characters

In historical fiction, your focus as the author may be toward authenticating the setting, presenting believable characters and creating a compelling storyline that will grab readers and hold their attention from beginning to end. What can be an aspect missed while writing historical fiction is the opportunity to allow readers access to the main characters’ […]

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