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Wednesday #Writetip: Punctuating Dialogue

If you have ever tried to convey a conversation in writing, you know that punctuating dialogue can be complicated. You will suddenly notice there are a lot of stops and starts, sentence fragments, ramblings, and interruptions when we are speaking. How do you indicate all of that on paper? Here are a few tips for how to punctuate dialogue:   Use commas to set off an attribution: He said, "I was just about to fall asleep when the alarm went off." "I was just about to fall asleep when the alarm went off," he said. "I was just about to fall asleep," he said, "when the alarm went off."   Use a dash to indicate an interruption: "I was just about to---" "Hold it right there!"   Use an ellipsis to indicate trailing speech: "I remember when you . . ." "I dream...

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Spring/Summer Events with Katherine Pickett

This summer, you can select your favorite way to interact as well as your best method for learning. You will find me in many different settings talking about writing, editing, and publishing. Choose from a webinar, a happy hour, and a four-week class.   May 24, 2017: Navigate Book Publishing Like a Pro (webinar)   Katherine will present a webinar for the Editorial Freelancers Association on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 3:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. This is a crash course in how to write and publish a high-quality book that sells.¬†EFA members: $49. Nonmembers: $59     June 15, 2017: Writers, Editors, Publishers Happy Hour, Silver Spring, MD   Katherine will be attending a networking happy hour for writers, editors, and publishers, hosted by Maryland Writers Association, Montgomery County chapter. Azucar Restaurant, Silver Spring, MD, Thursday, June 15,...

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Publishing Stories: Author Peter C. Diamond on Hybrid Publishing, Part 2

What happens when you publish with a hybrid publisher? Peter C. Diamond, author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess, and Move Forward, returns to tell us about his experience with marketing and sales.   In this essay Peter raises some important questions that are especially relevant for indie publishers but true for all who enter into book publishing. What is your goal in producing a book? What is your commitment to marketing? What is your definition of success?   To have a rewarding publishing experience, it is helpful to have answers to these and many more questions before you begin.     Rewards and Challenges of a First-Time Author Part 2: Marketing and Sales by Peter Diamond   Marketing and selling my book was much harder and more time consuming than I imagined. While the...

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Is It Cyber Monday Again? Oh, Thank Goodness!

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Madame Bovary Is a Cautionary Tale

The first line on the back cover of this iconic novel by Gustave Flaubert reads, "The 1857 publication of Madame Bovary, with its vivid depictions of sex and adultery, incited a backlash of immorality charges." Always interested in banned books, I immediately knew I had to read it.   When I found a copy of Madame Bovary in a used-book store in Madison (they do exist!), I'd remembered hearing it was the scandalous tale of a cheating wife. For 1857 that seemed pretty progressive to me. And with the backlash of immorality charges, I assumed it was a glorification of adultery and immoral behavior.   Boy, was I wrong.   In fact, Emma Bovary is an entirely unlikable woman whose lying, cheating, and greed send her life spiraling into the ground. Quite simply, she marries a...

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