Tag: Editing

Hiring Professionals by Janice L Dick


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Being a writer these days requires much of us. We are to be: – writer – researcher – editor – formatter – cover designer – marketer – promotional expert – and so on There are some who manage to carry it off, but for most of us, doing it all is more than w Read More

No Limits or Know Limits? by Tracy Krauss


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No Limits or Know Limits? We can’t all be good at everything – no matter how much we wish it were true. Knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses is the first step toward success no matter what the situation, but never more so than for those hoping to ‘make it’ as an independent author. Putting Read More

Develop the Killing Instinct Part II: Fine-Tuning with a Jack-Knife — Pamela Mytroen


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In Part I of “Develop the Killing Instinct” I suggested writers use a sword to slash a large volume of words and distill the piece into one key sentence. This method slims a piece down to its purpose, allowing no extra fat, which editors appreciate. Only then may the writer pull out the jack-kni Read More

Develop the Killing Instinct: Reducing the Word Count — Pamela Mytroen


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How does a writer keep to the posted word count without losing all those inspired phrases? And why does it matter? Editors have reasons for setting a maximum word count. Besides the premium of space in a publication, a stipulated word count attracts and creates writers with clear and effective writing. Slashing words f Read More

The Elusive Comma — Carolyn Wilker


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In writing classes, particularly when it comes to grammar, we often get in a discussion over commas. While one throws up her hands and says, “Let the editor fix it,” another asks, “Tell me again where they g Read More

Writers Read??? — Brenda Wood


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Read! Not me!!  “I am a writer,” I declared. So I slavishly struggled my words onto paper for years, feeling guilty every time I stopped for a relaxing reading break. Then someone told me writers need to read, read and read some Read More

3 Editing Tips to Eliminate Extra Words — Carolyn Wilker


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You’ve looked through the guidelines and editor’s notes a second time after researching, outlining and writing the article, and you realize there’s one thing you missed, or forgotten. There are at least a hundred more words than the editor w Read More