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Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”
492 views | by Elaine Retty | posted on August 31, 2016
You are doing everything possible to make your writing better, tighter, and more interesting, but are you still using “dead words?” These are words that are simply just too plain, bland, and vague to ...

Personal Branding for Authors: Part 1 of a 3-Part Series
225 views | by Corey Mapp | posted on July 13, 2018
What is Branding? Branding. What does that word mean to you? Five years ago I would have told you it was what made a company or a product stand out. It was consistent, unique, and fitting to their ...

How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals
157 views | by Taylor Graham | posted on January 23, 2015
As an editor here at Xulon Press, I have read hundreds of manuscripts. Maybe even thousands. However, the top three things that I've seen on a consistent basis is: overuse of the exclamation point, mi...

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Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”
1,673 views | by Elaine Retty | posted on August 31, 2016
You are doing everything possible to make your writing better, tighter, and more interesting, but are you still using “dead words?” These are words that are simply just too plain, bland, and vague to ...

Finding the Balance Between Working and Writing
679 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on May 2, 2019
Take a moment and think of your favorite author. Without even knowing who you selected, I can say with 95% confidence that they had to work a full-time job while writing his or her first or first ...

How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals
571 views | by Taylor Graham | posted on January 23, 2015
As an editor here at Xulon Press, I have read hundreds of manuscripts. Maybe even thousands. However, the top three things that I've seen on a consistent basis is: overuse of the exclamation point, mi...

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Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”
27,003 views | by Elaine Retty | posted on August 31, 2016
You are doing everything possible to make your writing better, tighter, and more interesting, but are you still using “dead words?” These are words that are simply just too plain, bland, and vague to ...

Ask the Editor: How to Outline a Non-Fiction Book
11,234 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on March 7, 2013
If you asked me to list the three fears I picked up in high school English, they would be diagramming sentences, red ink and outlining. I’ve never gotten past my red ink complex, but I can now see the...

How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals
9,881 views | by Taylor Graham | posted on January 23, 2015
As an editor here at Xulon Press, I have read hundreds of manuscripts. Maybe even thousands. However, the top three things that I've seen on a consistent basis is: overuse of the exclamation point, mi...

15 Things Every Writer Needs On Their Desk
8,525 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on July 22, 2016
Painters need a canvas, paint, paintbrushes, and a rolling landscape begging to be painted. Musicians need an instrument, quarter notes on sheet music, and an audience to play for. What do writers...

Writing Tips: 5 Things Every Devotional Should Contain
5,906 views | by Taylor Graham | posted on February 19, 2016
One of the most popular types of manuscripts we publish at Xulon Press is a devotional. While a writing a devotional may sound like a simple task, there are many that lack the basic “bones” every ...