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#$%&*!$ those bloody expletives!

By Arlene Prunkl, freelance editor Does an editor exist who doesn’t have a few pet peeves about the English language? I sometimes loftily like to think mine are better described as a passion for educating writers on how to improve their craft. But truthfully, they’re also eccentricities (and often mistakes) of the English language that Read the full article…

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How to write deep POV: It’s all in your perspective

The basics of deep point of view in fiction In fiction writing, there are a lot of soft “rules,” many of which may be broken, but ideally not before you’ve mastered them. For example, writers break fiction rules when they engage in too much telling and not enough showing, information dumping, improperly structuring scenes, and misusing dialogue Read the full article…

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Are grammar-checking websites worth the bother? By Caroline Kaiser

A client mentioned recently that she has a thirty-dollar monthly subscription to a certain popular website that promises to check your manuscript for spelling, grammar, punctuation, style, and word choice. I should say at the outset that as a freelance editor, I’m biased and tend to turn up my nose at sites like these; I Read the full article…

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The differences between self-publishing, subsidy publishing, and traditional publishing

When I first started freelance editing in 2002, there was real confusion over the difference between traditional publishing, self-publishing, and vanity publishing (also called subsidy publishing or fee-based publishing). Ten years later, the confusion remains—in fact, with POD publishing and the advent of such companies as CreateSpace, Amazon, and Lulu going into the book production Read the full article…

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The importance of copy editing

My membership in the Editors’ Association of Canada includes a subscription to its listserve (chat forum). The subject of a current discussion thread is the value of a copy editor, which began with a complaint that if Dan Brown had been provided with a copy editor for his latest novel The Lost Symbol (and his previous novels), Read the full article…

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Want to improve your fiction writing? The Internet is your oyster!

So many people leap into fiction writing just because they have what they think is a plot in their heads. The fact is, you need only have a glimmer of a plot in mind if you want to write fiction. The only question you should have in your mind at this stage is, “What tools Read the full article…

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