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Writer’s Tips | Dashes | Kathy Ide

Two types of dashes are often used in book manuscripts: em dash: — en dash: – THE EM DASH According to The Chicago Manual of Style and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, an em dash should be used to denote … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | The Fastest Route To Publication…It’s As Easy As 1-2-3! | Vonda Skelton

Some of you have heard my story of writing a poem in first grade. You know that in high school I worked on the newspaper staff and was editor of the literary journal. Some have heard me say that by … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Proofreading: How Important Is it … Really? | Kathy Ide

“And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Ide?” The physician’s assistant poised his fingers over the keyboard, ready to type my answer in the New Patient form. “I’m an author and editor.” His bored expression transformed into one … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors | Kathy Ide

Learn how best-selling authors proofread their manuscripts to avoid typos, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, by professional freelance author, editor, and proofreader Kathy Ide, is the essential go-to tool for … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | What is Your Digital Footprint? | Timothy Burns

You’re standing on your platform, message in hand, but who is listening to you?  Do you have to get on a publisher’s train to take your message to the world, or is there another way? Facebook, social media, and blogging … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Dangling Modifiers | Kathy Ide

When you begin a sentence with a modifying word or phrase, the subject of the sentence is what must be modified by that word or phrase. A “dangling modifier” is a phrase that does not clearly and sensibly modify the … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | 3 Points To Consider If You’re Considering Self-Publishing | Vonda Skelton

Let’s be honest here. Back in the old days, self-publishing carried a stigma among writers. Self-publishing was for those who couldn’t get a traditional publishing contract. Self-publishing was a last resort. But that’s no longer the case. Done well, self-publishing … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | We Have Two Jobs: Write or Speak, and Market | Timothy Burns

In today’s noisy, media saturated world, writers and speakers have to accept that their job title has changed. It’s not that I want more to do, or need another two or three things on my daily to-do list. Today’s digital … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Gender-Neutral Pronouns | Kathy Ide

In an effort to avoid gender bias (using he to refer to both sexes) and the annoying repetition of him/her, he or she, and the like, some people use they as a singular pronoun when referring to someone whose gender … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Contractions and Spelling Errors That Can Doom Your Submission | Vonda Skelton

A few years ago my 12-year-old granddaughter and I were behind a van with this slogan painted on the back window: “Customer Service at It’s Best.” Being the good grandmother that I am, I pointed out the mistake and proceeded … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Solitary Work in the Company of Friends | Timothy Burns

Writing is a solitary work. We sit in front of their laptops and computer screens, drawing verbal pictures to expand on lessons or experiences that have filled in the colors of our lives. We want to connect our ideas to … Continue reading

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