Editing 101 – Self-editing for self-publishers

In the first of a series of articles, Valerie Douglas talks Self Editing – we’re storing them on our pages, so they don’t flow away in the blog stream đŸ˜€ One of the first things they should tell you in writing classes or seminars is that in a novel, it’s all about the action. It’s […]

Self-Editing 101

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 […]

Have your words checked.

Hello indie writer. You want to look good from within your books, right? A great story, a catchy plot, fabulous characters, the works, right? Go at it, write the thing, make it the best you can. And after that you have to give the story away. Why? Because you don’t see everything. You don’t see […]

The four E’s of Indie publishing

There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there […]

Editing 101 – The Basics

First, this document was never intended to replace a good editor. (Good editor defined – i.e. one who works with you, who suggest rather than insists, and who occasionally doles out compliments. They are not your friend, they are the defender of your precious baby – your book – first and foremost, by making sure […]