Writers’ Resources

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.


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I will add one–two resources a month to this center.

Working with an Editor

Purpose of an Editor

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. 

4 Levels of Editing and Their Pricing Explained

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.

How to Use Word’s Track Changes

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. 

10 Realistic Expectations

COMING SOON: This article will help you have realistic expectations going into it. Yes, you should expect excellence from your editor, but an editor is human, and while editors strive for perfection, that isn’t feasible. With that said, a good editor will meet certain expectations. 

Why Hire a Proofreader

COMING SOON: Guest blog post on why you need a proofreader after working with an editor.

Self-Editing Training

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

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. 

Style Sheets

What is a Style Sheet

COMING SOON: When I first started working as an editor, I didn’t know this either. Since I transitioned into editing from teaching English, I knew how to edit but not how to create style sheets. In fact, I didn’t even know I was supposed to create a style sheet at first. So as an indie author, you might not be familiar with them either. This article will explain what it is and how to use it. 

How to Create Your Own Style Sheet

COMING SOON: Guest blog post

Fiction Writing Tips

How to Write Effective Direct and Internal Dialogue

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.

3 Common Dialogue Tag Pitfalls

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.

How to Spot and Avoid Head-Hopping

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.

How to Fix Info Dumping

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


Nonfiction Writing Tips

Effective Transitions that Aid Your Reader’s Comprehension

Published February 2018. In each chapter, you often have several subtopics. In order to help your readers follow your train of thought and avoid mental whiplash, you will want to add an effective transitions between those subtopics. This article explains how to to do that in easy to follow steps and provides examples from both essays and nonfiction books.

8 Strategies to Eliminate “Be” Verbs

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.

Varying Sentence Beginnings

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.

297 Words and Phrases that Rob Your Writing of All Its Power

Linked February 2018. I planned on writing an article on this subject, but a few months back, I stumbled across this blog. Since the author nailed it and had a more extensive list than I, I decided to just link to his blog.

Grammar and Punctuation Help

Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions

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.”