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Editing to Avoid Getting Caught Red-Handed by Your Writing Mistakes

Have you ever sent a message to someone and immediately noticed a terrible, yet hilarious typo? We’ve all been there! I, myself, have shared some LOL and LMAO moments over autocorrect blunders. Making mistakes is part of life and no one is perfect. But if you’re an author with publishing dreams of success, then you can’t afford to have readers discover errors in your book. Editing your content  is absolutely vital, since it’s incredibly easy for your book's mistakes to be plastered across the … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Finally, you have some free time to write! You sit down, put your hands on the keyboard anndddd … nothing. Hmmm, that’s funny. You reposition yourself in your seat and try again. Still nothing. I could use my imagination and try to guess what happens next—maybe there’s a few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper. Regardless of what actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.   I didn’t actually poll the entire population of the world, but I’m pretty confident every … [Read more...]

Edit Before Editing: Why the End Is Only the Beginning

After pouring out pages of your creative sweat and tears, you finally type every writer’s favorite closing words:   THE END   Your book manuscript is now ready to submit to your editor, right? Not quite … It’s time to switch out your writer’s hat and think like an editor. Don’t fear the editor’s hat! We aren’t the evil destroyers of your creative dreams with our red pen markups and detailed comments. Editors want to help your book dream become a reality and we are … [Read more...]

Find Your Way: Writing Warm-Ups

I'm sitting at my kitchen table agonizing over how to start this blog post. I've been sipping coffee, nibbling on some breakfast, petting my dog as he sits on my foot, and racking my brain for any sort of inspiration. Most noticeably, I'm not writing.   My irritation is very apparent. When I sit to write and can't, I go temporarily insane with frustration. It gets dramatic and loud as I angrily start slamming "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" into my keyboard just to get … [Read more...]

Building Character(s)

Creating compelling characters for your manuscript can be a daunting task. In order to retain your reader’s interest, you must craft interesting, full-bodied characters. New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Grissom (The Kitchen House, Glory Over Everything) emphatically believes that her characters make themselves known to her, and they “tell” her what to write about them. All writers are not that fortunate, so when creating the essential people in your work, think about the character as … [Read more...]

Why the Length of Your eBook Matters

Length matters! How many pages should your eBook be? There is no simple answer. There are various perspectives in which to view the question. How long does it take to capture and keep your reader’s attention? One could argue that it depends upon the genre. Readers of fiction wish to identify with the characters, so if that doesn’t occur within the first few chapters, it won’t matter how powerful and compelling your book may be. Studies conducted by Jellybooks conclude that the percentage of … [Read more...]

Relevance of Writing a Good Press Release

A press release is a written or recorded communication focused at members of the news media, drafted with the intent of broadcasting something deemed newsworthy. Each individual press release announces significant or beneficial information about an upcoming event or one that has occurred.  Press releases act as a free public relations tool, which is particularly favorable for independent authors looking for cost-friendly opportunities to promote their newest title. Characteristically, a press … [Read more...]

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