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Writing is a Process

Writing is a process. If you “write hard and clear about what hurts” (Ernest Hemingway) and, “Let your words bleed, weep, and shine with life” (Reba Rambo-McGuire), then, “Reading is an immense gift, but only if the words are assimilated, … Continue reading

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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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