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How to Embrace the Gift of Criticism

Linda Gray Sexton | Posted 02.14.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Gray Sexton

This past October, I received the news from my literary agent that the novel I'd been laboring over and believed was finished, needed more work before...

The (Secret) Way Bestselling Authors Edit Their Writing

Tucker Max | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home
Tucker Max

Your job in the revision stage is to make sure that your book says what you want it to say, in the way that you want to say it. This is your book and your voice, after all.

Is Copy Editing A Dying Art?

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

But I've been hearing for years from many readers that books published by legacy publishers are filled with typos and errors of all kinds. I've seen it myself. And I wonder what's happened to copy editing as a field.

Lucia Grows

Laura Lowery | Posted 06.24.2016 | Women
Laura Lowery

Light is dancing today. Puffy clouds float through the sky and the maples have matured into thick, green adulthood. I am wearing earplugs but can stil...

What do they mean by 'good to know'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 06.12.2016 | Home
Rob Reinalda

Decorum must prevail when you're in the office, so nasty-nice code words and phrases stand in for candor. Here's how to decipher passive-aggressive workplace communication.

Editor at The New Yorker Reveals How the Internet Has Changed the English Language

Quora | Posted 05.10.2016 | Education

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Everything Is Finished. Everything Is Beginning.

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 04.13.2017 | Education
Cynthia Huggins

Who am I now? That's still an open question for me, and I'm not someone who's especially comfortable with ambiguity. If this is a beginning, rather than an end, what is it that's beginning? And if other people no longer look at me and see the president, who do they see?

Pay for Editing; Your Writing Will Thank You

Mandi Kontos | Posted 04.07.2017 | Home
Mandi Kontos

Editors are one of the most important people in the publishing industry and people take what they do for granted and frankly, it makes me angry, so angry that I even gawked at a family member who wanted to use my services for free because they needed a writer/editor.

5 of the best blogs about blogging for non-techie creatives

Sarah Laurence | Posted 04.06.2017 | Technology
Sarah Laurence

Blogs about blogging? Obvious, right? While driving the commute into the city and listening to a podcast, I had an a-ha moment. It was one of those pr...

How to Avoid Unintentional Plagiarism

Geri Spieler | Posted 04.01.2017 | Education
Geri Spieler

As a freelance writer, I use the web constantly to find new information, research topics I don't know and find people to interview. However, as wonderful as it is to be able to instantly have the world of information so easy to access, it has also made unintended plagiarism unintended easy.

The De-Emphasis of Writing in the Workplace

Gabrielle M. Peterson | Posted 03.23.2017 | Education
Gabrielle M. Peterson

I suppose I'll just have to grin and bear the typos and grammar and awkwardly phrased sentences that no doubt have been born from an era of career-orientation, emoticons, and economic pressures. After all, if there was no bad writing, there'd be no opportunities for people like me to make it good.


Terence Clarke | Posted 03.11.2017 | Home
Terence Clarke

One of the most valuable tools in writing a fine novel is the ability to wait. If you cannot envision the details of the scene you wish to do...if the...

Grammar Goofs Can Be Big Gotchas in Job Interviews, Sales, and Social Circles

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.02.2017 | Business
Dianna Booher

I went to college with a guy named Tim, who spoke 7 languages. I don't know if he ever achieved his goal to work for the United Nations, but certainly...

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.28.2017 | Home
Holly Robinson

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.

Author Laura Drake on Indie v.s. Traditional Publishing, Cowboys and Why She Loves Her Motorcycle

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.15.2017 | Home
Holly Robinson

"I'd have to say my art imitates my life. I've always been one to throw myself off cliffs. Not because I'm brave, but because I can't stop myself; that's how I learn best."

The Author and Editor Relationship: Professional Sparring Partners

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2016 | Home
Kristen Houghton

I have the utmost respect for editors. It is their job to see that your book is readable and flows from start to finish. There will always be times, however, when disagreements about characters, lines, and scenes are going to happen. And those disagreements are a good thing.

The Courage to Become a Better Writer

Dorit Sasson | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
Dorit Sasson

In the arena, we learn more about ourselves. If an editor wants us to research this idea or provide more solid evidence, then we're going to take his lead and trust that this can only help us as writers.

Virginia Pye On Books, Publishers & the Dreaded Sophomore Jinx

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Virginia Pye at the James River Writers Conference (another reason to attend what is a great conference) and we were immediately struck by how curious she was.

Alana Atwood and the Awful, Very Bad, No Good Sentence

Roz Warren | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Roz Warren

My friend Alana Atwood, who edits a prestigious Seattle-based literary magazine, recently received a submission that was poorly written.

Write Now: Genus Editorus Rex

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
Paul Bishop

Good E/Ms are the most common of the genus éditorus rex. These, generally kind examples of the species, understand what you are trying to accomplish with your novel/story, but only work with you if your manuscript is - short of a copy edit - publication ready.

How to Best Use Writing and Proofreading Tools

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.20.2016 | College
Ruth Starkman

You've long known your word processor's spell and grammar checker offered only so much help. Likewise, the newer, heavily-hyped writing tools also remain inadequate to proofread your writing. No tool can completely "fix" your writing and none advertises perfection.

Video Marketing Is King: Oops, I Meant Content!

Diane Primo | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Diane Primo

With 85 percent of Americans online, content is king today for marketers -- to build brands, demonstrate expertise and sell product. And no strategy may be more effective -- or "kingly" -- than video content and video marketing

Are You Botching Hyphenation?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Rob Reinalda

Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.

How Do You Know If You're Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.14.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good?

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.