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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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Self-Editing 101

April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm
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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 …

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. …

Eclectic Collective – What’s a collective

June 13, 2012 – 7:33 pm

So, what exactly is a collective? It may or may not be the next big new thing among Indie writers.
Essentially a collective is a group of writers who band together for one or any number of purposes.Oneof the primary reasons many form a collective is to declare a certain level of quality for their work, given the reputation that many indie writers have. Collectives can …

Should You Quit the Day Job?

October 3, 2011 – 2:10 pm

Ummm… I hate to disappoint you, but… probably not.
Before you make that decision, though, you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. Once you’ve made that decision you’ll have to live with it, which may be harder than you think. Take it from someone who has been there, and knows.
Can you really do without your income in this economy? No job is truly secure …