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  • Make Your Nonfiction Book More Reader Friendly

    Too many boring nonfiction books exist. Don’t add to the pile. Instead, write a good nonfiction by making your book more reader friendly, using these tips.

    Published On: 07/10/20249.7 min read
  • Clear Systems & Processes: Seamless Financial Management

    Bookkeeping and filing taxes don’t need to be stressful. Create clear systems and processes and you’ll feel on top of your finances in no time.

    No stuffing receipts or invoices into a drawer or digital file. Instead create your repeatable processes and stick to them.

    Published On: 06/26/202410.1 min read
  • 6 Tips for Writing a Self-Help Book

    Self-help is an oversaturated market so your book may flop, but it also has a built-in audience, which can help your book soar—if you write a good one that is. So learn 6 tips for writing an effective self-help book that will reach audiences and do well.

    Published On: 06/12/20246.2 min read
  • Interrupted Conjunctions

    While you may know when to use commas with coordinating conjunctions, when the conjunction is interrupted with a phrase or clause, comma placement can be tricky. Learn this more advanced comma rule and be in the know.

    Published On: 05/29/20243.6 min read
  • Common Mistakes in Fiction Writing

    Save money on your editor and learn to edit for the most common word- and sentence-level issues in fiction. You will learn to be a better writer for having gone through this process and you will save money.

    Published On: 05/22/202410.1 min read
  • Crushing Your Editorial Business with Email Templates

    Email templates can save you a lot of time spent emailing so learn how to create them and what templates you may want to create for your editorial business. This blog also contains free email templates for you to download and modify.

    Published On: 04/24/202412.6 min read
  • Effective Organization for Nonfiction Book

    When the organization of your nonfiction book is random and ideas seem disjointed, it impedes flow and makes it harder to follow your ideas. Even if your ideas themselves are clear, the lack of organization can muddle them. So learn how to determine chapter order, use headings and subheadings, and write effective transitions.

    Published On: 04/10/20249.9 min read
  • Commas with Participial Phrases

    Commas can be tricky. Learn when you do and when you don’t use a comma with participial phrases.

    Published On: 03/27/20242.1 min read
  • How to Deepen the Interiority 

    Readers want to know your characters even in a plot-driven story. They don’t have to like your characters, but they have to know your characters. So how do you make this happen? By revealing character interiority. Without effective interiority, you hold your readers back from really engaging and immersing themselves in your story. Learn all about one of the secrets to a compelling novel, interiority: what it is and how to use it effectively.

    Published On: 03/13/202411.4 min read
  • Crushing Your Editorial Business with Checklists

    Editing is a cognitively demanding skill, and with so much to think about, it is easy to overlook tasks to do and edits to look for. Checklists keep you organized and on track. Learn the power of checklists and how to create and use them.

    Published On: 02/29/202410.4 min read
  • Larceny: Police Procedures for Crime Novelists

    Crime novelists need to make sure they get the details right when it comes to police work. So in this blog, learn the steps the police go through once a theft is reported to find the criminal and charge them with larceny, burglary, and/or robbery. And as a bonus, learn how to spice up detective work, so it isn’t too boring.

    Published On: 02/14/20245.4 min read
  • Punctuation with Quotation Marks

    Whether you put punctuation inside or outside quotation marks depends on the punctuation and which regional rules you are following. Learn which punctuation marks go inside, which ones go outside, and which ones sometimes go in and sometimes out in US English.

    Published On: 01/24/20242.6 min read
  • 3 Reasons to Use Free Indirect Speech

    Free indirect speech is a powerful tool when writing in third person. It gives you the intimacy of first person but with the flexibility of third person. Learn what it is and why you want to use this tool.

    Published On: 01/10/20247 min read
  • A Guide to Self-Publishing a Book

    Self-publishing is not for the faint of heart. Because there are a lot of steps in the process, it can be a steep learning curve. Learn how to do each step well and the supporting help available to aid you in your journey.

    Published On: 12/27/202318.5 min read
  • Putting Zombie Rules to Rest for Good

    If you are confident you can’t end a sentence with a preposition, shouldn’t split an infinitive, never should use the passive voice, and more, then, I have news for you: your English teacher may have led you astray.Let’s put those so-called grammar rules to rest, like the zombies they are.

    Published On: 12/11/20238.9 min read
  • Showing and Telling Part 3: Fixing Your Told Prose

    “Show, don’t tell” is popular writing advice, but it can be tricky to understand what it really means. Telling is not always bad. But when it takes the reader out of an immersive experience or seems dry, you want to revise to show, don’t tell. This blog shows you how to do that in a variety of ways with clear examples.

    Published On: 11/28/20237.5 min read
  • Title Style Capitalization

    Published On: 11/16/20234.1 min read
  • Apostrophes to Create the Genitive

    Apostrophes help form the genitive, possessive, form, and while it seems straightforward to add an apostrophe to make a noun possessive, many of the rules are nuanced or misunderstood, so it's good to clarify. Learn when to use the apostrophe and s versus just the apostrophe and how to handle joint possession and gerunds.

    Published On: 10/09/20235.5 min read
  • Varying Sentence Beginnings for Fiction Writers

    While writing is highly subjective, some objective guidelines for good writing exist. For one, if you start too many sentences in a row with the same pattern (not necessarily the same word), your passage can sound monotonous or choppy. This isn't always the case. But it is a general objective guideline that good writing entails varying your sentence beginnings. Learn the various patterns for starting a sentence and when it's fine to have several in a row start the same way and when a rewrite may be in order. 

    Published On: 09/29/202310.3 min read
  • Single Quotation Marks

    While double quotation marks have a lot of functions, in US English single quotation marks are only used in a few instances. Learn when to use single quotation marks effectively. 

    Published On: 09/13/20232.4 min read
  • Showing and Telling Part 2: When It’s Okay to Tell

    Published On: 08/23/20234.8 min read
  • When to Use Quotation Marks

    Published On: 08/08/20234.1 min read
  • Narrative Distance: What It Is and How to Use It Effectively

    Published On: 07/24/20238 min read
  • Commas with City and State

    Published On: 07/12/20231.3 min read
  • Why are there errors remaining after I paid an editor?

    While editors strive to do their best, it isn't realistic to expect perfection. So you will still find errors, but just know that some of those "errors" you found aren't actual errors. This blog discusses these issues and your options. 

    Published On: 01/14/20225.4 min read
  • Commas with Introductions

    A comma goes after introductions before the main independent clause. Learn 6 types of introductions and how to punctuate them.

    Published On: 01/29/20214.1 min read
  • What’s Next: Marketing Your Book Post-Publication

    Many authors hit marketing hard during launch, but then stop. Learn eight strategies you can use to continue to market your book post-publication.

    Published On: 01/06/20213.9 min read
  • Em Dash

    Published On: 05/27/20205.1 min read
  • Showing and Telling Part 1: Finding Your Told Prose

    Published On: 05/14/202012.2 min read
  • Commas with Relative Clauses (which, that, who…)

    Published On: 04/30/20202.8 min read
  • Dealing with a Heavily Edited Manuscript

    Published On: 04/16/20207.9 min read
  • Using En Dashes

    Published On: 03/25/20201.6 min read
  • Strategies to Reduce Wordiness

    Using these strategies, you can learn to write more concise, powerful sentences. Learn how to get rid of unnecessary wordiness through a variety of strategies.

    Published On: 03/05/20207.8 min read
  • Colons with Independent Clauses

    Published On: 09/25/20192 min read
  • Action Beats: It’s All about Dem Beats

    Action beats reveal a character’s movement, emotions, and motivations; affect the rhythm and tension of the scene; and can establish the setting. Learn how to write effective action beats and use them purposefully. 

    Published On: 09/24/20199 min read
  • Colons with Lists

    Published On: 09/03/20191.6 min read
  • 6 Self-Editing Tasks to Reduce Your Editing Costs

    If you can afford full editing services, you should do so. With that said, the more thoroughly you do self-editing, the less your full service editing services will cost you. This blog outlines five self-editing tasks you can do to reduce your editing costs.

    Published On: 07/24/201910.4 min read
  • Commas with Dates

    Published On: 07/17/20191.4 min read
  • Semicolons with Complex Lists

    Published On: 07/03/20194.8 min read
  • Proofreading: Your Last Line of Defense

    Published On: 06/26/20195.8 min read
  • Commas with Interrupters Part Three: Regular Interrupters

    Published On: 06/18/20191.4 min read
  • The Cost of Editing & How to Stay in Your Budget

    Editing is expensive, but it helps if you understand the reason behind the cost. This blog explains why you aren't being ripped off and why paying rock-bottom rates may not be a good idea. It also outlines various ways you can save on the cost of editing if you have budget restraints.

    Published On: 06/10/201915.1 min read
  • Commas with Interrupters Part Two: Appositives

    Published On: 06/04/20193.1 min read
  • How to Build and Grow Your Author Newsletter

    Increase your book sales by creating an author newsletter. This blog walks you through 6 steps to building your newsletter and growing your audience.

    Published On: 05/27/20198.7 min read
  • Commas with Interrupters Part One: Direct Address

    Published On: 05/21/20192.1 min read
  • 5 Unnecessary Explanations to Avoid in Fiction Writing

    Authors often include unnecessary explanations, which can annoy and frustrate readers. Trust your readers to follow your plot and your characters' development without explanations. This blog discusses five types of unnecessary explanations and gives examples so you can avoid overexplaining your novel's plot and characters.

    Published On: 05/14/20196.8 min read
  • Semicolons with Independent Clauses Part 2

    Published On: 05/07/20194 min read
  • 11 Steps to Creating Your Own Style Sheet

    This tutorial walks authors through the process of creating their own style sheets. At the end of the blog, I have included some free downloadable style sheet templates.

    Published On: 04/23/20193.7 min read
  • Semicolons with Independent Clauses Part 1

    Published On: 04/16/20195.2 min read
  • All About Style Sheets

    Published On: 04/09/20193.6 min read
  • Commas with Dependent Clauses

    Published On: 02/06/20193 min read
  • Commas with Independent Clauses

    Published On: 02/02/20193.1 min read
  • 10 Realistic Expectations for Working with an Editor

    Before starting the editing process, it helps to know what to expect from your editor. Having realistic expectations sets you up for a sucessful author-editor relationship.

    Published On: 01/26/20199.3 min read
  • Commas with Adjectives

    Published On: 01/04/20192.6 min read
  • How to Fix Info Dumping

    Published On: 11/13/201810.7 min read
  • How to Spot and Correct Head-Hopping

    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 On: 10/30/20188.1 min read
  • Varying Sentence Beginnings

    If too many of your sentences start the same way, your writing can begin to sound choppy and monotonous. This article explains how to vary your sentence beginning sand how to know when to do so.

    Published On: 10/17/20188.6 min read
  • 5 Strategies for Effective Job Bullet Statements

    A resume should help sell your unique skills, not just list what you did at your job. The vast majority of job seekers list their job duties, but this tutorial gives you five strategies to liven up your job bullets by highlighting your unique skills. So read this blog and start highligting your unique skills.

    Published On: 09/10/20185.7 min read
  • Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions

    Knowing and using correct punctuation is useful. This blog posts teaches a basic grammar principle: using commas with coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS). Learn when to put a comma before "and," "for," "nor," "but," "or," "yet," and "so" and when you don't need the comma. 

    Published On: 08/15/20186 min read
  • How to Use Word’s Track Changes

    Published On: 07/24/20187.9 min read
  • How to Write Effective Direct and Internal Dialogue

    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 On: 05/22/20188.5 min read
  • 8 Strategies to Reduce “Be” Verbs

    Many writers tend to overuse "be" verbs. While we need these words, strong writers often reword sentences to eliminate them, choosing powerful verbs instead. This article provides specific methods to eliminate them. Read and apply these strategies to strengthen your writing.

    Published On: 05/09/20186.7 min read
  • 3 Common Dialogue Tag Pitfalls

    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 On: 04/24/20188.3 min read
  • 4 Levels of Editing and Their Pricing Explained

    Editing is essentially broken 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.  Click here to learn what type of editing you may need and what to expect to pay for it.

    Published On: 03/27/20189.5 min read
  • How to Write Effective Claim Statements

    Claims are thesis statements for argumentative essays. They should be debatable, but stated like a fact. This article gives examples of good claims, how to write a claim, and discusses types of claims. Read on and start writing powerful claim statements today.

    Published On: 03/13/20183.6 min read
  • Purpose of an Editor

    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. Understanding this will help you have realistic expectations and a better collaborative experience.

    Published On: 02/27/20183.8 min read
  • Effective Transitions that Aid Your Reader’s Comprehension

    When writing an essay or a nonfiction book, it is important to have transitions connecting your topics together. This blog post describes how to do that in easy to follow steps, and then provides examples from essays and nonfiction books.

    Published On: 02/13/20185.6 min read
  • 3 Components to Writing an Effective Thesis Statement

    Every academic paper needs a clear, strong thesis statement. Learn how to write an effective theis statement for your paper.

    Published On: 01/07/20185.8 min read
  • How to Write an Effective Career Summary

    Published On: 12/21/20177.2 min read
  • Learn the Difference between “Good” and “Well”

    People often say "good" when they mean "well," and grammar nazis often correct people who are actually using the right one. Learn which word to use.

    Published On: 11/11/20178.1 min read
  • How to Write Winning Introductory Paragraphs

    This blog walks you through writing the hook and background information in an introductory paragraph for a variety of essay types.

    Published On: 10/20/201710.4 min read
  • Resume: How to Show, Don’t Tell Your Marketable Skills

    This blog walks you through showing instead of telling your skills. Anyone can say they have a certain skill. You need to show it.

    Published On: 10/02/20174.5 min read

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With a passion for words, collecting quotes, and reading books, I love all things writing related. I will admit to having a love-hate relationship with writing as I am constantly critical, but I feel a grand sense of accomplishment spending hours editing my own writing.

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