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Wednesday #Writetip: Ensuring Variety of Word Choice in Your Writing

When I'm editing I often see writers relying on the same words and phrases throughout their manuscripts. Sometimes the repetition becomes noticeable and distracting, particularly when words are repeated in the same paragraph or sentence.   Some words and phrases are more memorable than others. Indefatigable, for example, or invariably, or in an alternate universe will stand out to readers and need to be used sparingly.   Now, some words are difficult to write around -- work is one that causes me trouble -- but others are not so difficult, and if the repetition is distracting your readers from your message, it is almost always worth the effort to find a new way to say something.   What can you do about it? First, determine if you are falling into this trap. Reading the passage...

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Wednesday #Writetip: Save Money When You Get Your Grammar Up to Snuff

If you want to save money on editing, your first step is improving your writing. Get your grammar and punctuation up to snuff by picking up a couple of language guides.   The Elements of Style by Strunk and White continues to be a favorite of mine for its brevity, humor, and accessibility.   The Chicago Manual of Style offers the other extreme of long and slightly cumbersome but also authoritative.   The Elephants of Style by Bill Walsh is a slightly irreverent guide that covers topics many other books ignore.   Random House's Webster Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation will answer almost any question you may have.   You can find more information online. Helpful websites include:   Grammar Girl, http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl   Chicago Manual of Style Q&A, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.html   Grammar doesn't have to be boring, and getting familiar with the rules...

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Guest Post: Mister Stevens, by W.K. Dwyer

The writing prompt in January’s Hop On Newsletter was “Don’t tell.” I’m pleased to publish here W.K. Dwyer’s response, a poem titled “Mister Stevens.” Do you remember Freshman English class?
 

Mister Stevens

by W.K. Dwyer

 
there was this thing you heard
in writing class. you remember—
first period, maybe, spent staring
eyelids half empty, like a subtle hint

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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Publishing Stories: Author Peter C. Diamond on Hybrid Publishing “Amplify Your Career and Life”

This month the Publishing Stories blog is a two-parter. In Part 1: Editing and Publishing, Peter C. Diamond recounts his experience finding an editor and a hybrid publisher for his motivational self-help book, Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess, and Move Forward.
 

Guest Post: Remembrances, by Walter F. Curran

This week I am pleased to present the writing of Walter F. Curran, a novelist, poet, and, of all things, the mayor of Ocean View, Delaware. Curran submitted "Remembrances" in response to the writing prompt "Should you ever choose."   If you would like to receive writing prompts and a chance to be published on this blog, subscribe to The Hop On Newsletter. It's monthly and it's always jam-packed with timely and useful information about writing, editing, and publishing.   Remembrances by Walter F. Curran   You love me and have for forty-seven years. I love you and have for forty-eight years. It took me a year to convince you.   You are a pessimist. Not just “the glass is half empty” but a full blown “OMG the glass is cracked and leaking” sort of pessimist, a Roseanne Rosannadanna type of pessimist. A...

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Publishing Stories: Author Maureen C. Berry on Publishing “Salmon from Market to Plate”

Maureen C. Berry, author of the cookbook Salmon from Market to Plate, is the feature of this month’s Publishing Stories installment. In this post she tells her experience with a traditional publisher and the ultimate successes she found for her book.

 

My Flirtation with Traditional Publishing

by Maureen C. Berry

 
You write and polish the best manuscript you can. You hire an editor. You research and then query an agent (or ten). Then wait. While you wait, you wring your hands, fret over that last phrase, that one word.
 
salmon-cover-200Should I have written more? Less? Did I seem needy? Will they like my work? OMG, did I include my phone number? I suck! What if I never hear from any of the agents? Should I self-publish? Traditional publishing is overrated. I will not self-publish, I’ll wait until I hear back. (Checks email every two minutes.) A rejection letter is better than nothing, right? A badge of honor. Surely someone will love my book.

Is It Cyber Monday Again? Oh, Thank Goodness!

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Publishing Stories: Author W.K. Dwyer on Self-Publishing “The Killing Flower”

Welcome to the second installment of Publishing Stories, a new series from The POP Newsletter in which former POP Editorial Services clients offer publishing lessons for new authors. Today W.K. Dwyer shares his experience in publishing his newly released social science fiction novel, The Killing Flower.     Publishing a Book I Can Stand Behind   by W.K. Dwyer   In mid-October of 2016 I launched my debut novel, The Killing Flower. After more than seven years of writing, followed by two full years of editing, I held a launch party in DC, during which I referred to self-publishing as a misnomer, giving huge credit to the outstanding team I’d worked with, without whom I never would have completed my novel. Now that I’m on the other side, I want to share some of the details of this...

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