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Learning How to Take Constructive Criticism

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on March 18, 2019 1 Comment
Learning How to Take Constructive Criticism

There’s a first time for everything I can still remember my first real exposure to constructive criticism of my writing. Sophomore year of college, I received my first C+ on a paper in my entire educational career. Immediately, I rationalized the grade had to be a mistake. I read the remarks my professor left on […]

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New Year, Old You: Restarting a Failed Writing Resolution

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on February 11, 2019 0 Comments
New Year, Old You: Restarting a Failed Writing Resolution

  Less than two months ago, many of us took the time to write out long lists of New Year’s resolutions. We dreamed of becoming the next Bob Goff or Shauna Niequist—not only finishing the writing and publishing process, but also seeing our books at the top of bestseller lists. The reality for many, however, […]

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Multiple Narrators, One Story, No Sweat!

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on May 22, 2017 0 Comments
Multiple Narrators, One Story, No Sweat!

You can find it in fiction, non-fiction, even in cookbooks: more than one person narrating different portions of the book to offer various perspectives, beliefs and even manners of speaking (or writing in this case). If an author were interested in utilizing multiple narrators in his/her story, there needs to be considerations made to display […]

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Why Social Media Posts Do Not Make A Book

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments
Why Social Media Posts Do Not Make A Book

Since I began working at Xulon almost three years ago, I’ve noticed trends come and go from the hundreds–wait, probably thousands by now–of manuscripts I’ve read, reviewed, critiqued, and edited. Recently, one of the trends I’ve noticed is authors turning their social media posts into books. Allow me to explain. There are so many social […]

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Creating Steady Flow in Dialogue

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on March 9, 2017 0 Comments
Creating Steady Flow in Dialogue

People like to talk, and if you listen to some everyday conversations you will hear some common patterns: lots of “like” and “um”, pointless repetition, interjections of completely unrelated topics, and unfinished or incomplete sentences. This is all fine in real life but would never work in your writing—and this is the core of why […]

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