Welcome, writers, to my resource center!
If you are a writer of any content, you know there can be a lot to think about. So I wanted to make your journey easier by offering resources just for you. I hope you find enjoyable, valuable resources. This is currently a work in progress, so I only have resources in the working with an editor, fiction writing tips, and nonfiction writing tips section. However, I wanted to post the published topics as well as the upcoming topics so you could let me know if you would like any additional resources.
Published February 2018. Some authors think an editor just fixes their errors. An editor certainly fixes your grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, but an editor should do more than that. This article will help you see how an editor works with you to make your material the best it can be in the time available.
Published March 2018. Editing is a process involving various levels. While the editing terms can change from editor to editor, editing is essentially broken down into four levels. This article will help you make an informed decision on the levels of editing you need, regardless of the term being used, and what to budget for your project.
Published July 2018. You will want to know how to use Word’s Track Changes since it is the industry standard. Books have been published with mistakes that editors corrected, but the author missed accepting, so it is important to know how to use this tool. This tutorial will show you what it does, how to turn it on, how to accept and reject changes, how to know if you missed a change, and how to work with comments.
How to Deal with a Heavily Edited Manuscript
COMING SOON: If you get your manuscript back with a lot of editorial markings, breathe, realize your editor is not out to get you, and know this doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. Often those tracked changes can look more intimidating and invasive than they really are. This article will walk you through a stress-free method for dealing with a heavily edited manuscript.
Published January 2019. Before starting the editing process, it helps to know what to expect from your editor. Having realistic expectations sets you up for a great author-editor relationship.
Why Hire a Proofreader
COMING SOON: Guest blog post on why you need a proofreader after working with an editor.
Nonfiction Self-Editing Ebooklet
COMING SOON: This resource is an ebooklet available for instant download. The ebooklet walks you through the process of self-editing your nonfiction book.
Fiction Self-Editing Ebooklet
COMING SOON: This resource is an ebooklet available for instant download. The ebooklet walks you through the process of self-editing your fiction book.
Self-Publishing Tips for Success
COMING SOON: Guest blog post from a successful self-publishing author.
Marketing Your Book
COMING SOON: Guest blog post from a book marketing expert.
Published April 2019. Copy editors create style sheets to ensure consistency. Learn what one is, what to include on it, and why an author may actually want to create one to give the copy editor. You don’t have to create your own, but you will want to know what one is.
Published April 2019. This tutorial walks authors through the process of creating their own style sheets. At the end, I have included some free downloadable style sheet templates.
Published May 2018. Dialogue reveals character and moves the action along, but poorly written dialogue can have the opposite effect. This article explains how to avoid common dialogue mistakes, when to use internal dialogue, and gives examples of good and bad dialogue.
Published April 2018. When writing dialogue tags, authors often fall into these common pitfalls. Avoiding these pitfalls will strengthen your dialogue tags, improving the pacing and characterization. So read this blog to discover how you can avoid these pitfalls and write better dialogue tags today.
Published October 2018. Head-hopping is an easy trap to fall into. If you head-hop, it can pull your reader out of the scene and leave them feeling disoriented. So learn what it is, how it differs from an omniscient narrator, how to avoid it, and how to correct it if you do spot it.
Published November 2018. Info dumping can cause readers to lose interest in your story and be pulled out of the moment. Learn what it is and how to fix it.
The Art of Show Don’t Tell
5 Ways to Create Characters that Don’t Suck
Published May 2018. Many writers tend to overuse the state-of-being verbs: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been. While we need these words, strong writers can often reword sentences to eliminate them, choosing powerful verbs instead. This article provides specific methods to eliminate them. However, this isn’t an exercise in getting rid of every one—though when I taught English, I had students rise to the occasion.
Published October 2018. If too many of your sentences start the same way, your writing can begin to sound choppy, disjointed, or monotonous. This article explains how to vary them and how to know when to do so versus when to leave it alone.
In January 2019 I started a bite-sized punctuation series. Twice a month, I post a quick tutorial on one punctuation concept. Check out the link here to see all the bite-sized punctuation posts.
Published August 2015. Knowing and using correct punctuation is useful, especially in your self-editing phase. This blog posts teaches a basic grammar principle: using commas with coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS). Learn when to put a comma and when you don’t need a comma before “and,” “for,” “nor,” “but,” “or,” “yet,” and “so.”
Published November 2017. Seriously, guys! This is both my pet peeve and my legacy. Before I die, I want to see more people using these terms correctly. Now I am not one of those crazy people who goes around correcting people—unless you’re my mom, husband, or child—but I mentally correct people all the time. Forget world peace, let’s focus on “good” and “well.” Just kidding!