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April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm

Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused.

One of the first things they may or may not tell you …

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Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

March 12, 2014 – 6:04 pm

I was asked by a writer recently how they would go about submitting to a traditional publisher, so I created this (very) basic primer.

Finish/edit the novel. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this step. Skip it at your peril – an unedited novel is instant death. (Even if they’ll still edit it themselves. ) Some editors will be forgiving and request a revise/resubmit. …

How to be a new writer

December 27, 2013 – 9:31 am

 
There are so many decisions to be made it can seem overwhelming. The first and best advice I can give you to start is this – stop worrying and just write. Then write some more. Enjoy yourself, enjoy the process whether you’re a plotter – you have to outline – or a pantser – you just write. If  you’re loving what you do, then do …

Writers Protect Yourself

October 16, 2012 – 12:15 pm

I was contacted recently by a writer trying to get out of their contract, a service person working with a writer but frustrated by the seemingly unreasonable demands of a ‘publisher’, and responded to a post by a writer who thought they were working with an agent who really wasn’t.
The rapid explosion of Indie writers has led to an equally rapid rise of scammers willing …

A day in the indie life

September 9, 2012 – 10:59 am

Indies have to work their butts off. We have to cover everything (which isn’t exactly different from working as a traditionally published writer, other than the idea that we also source our editors and other stuff), and we have to do it, plus stand up against the idea that indies are somehow deficient.
Many indie authors ask how my day works out – so I thought …