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Writing & Editing Tips

Editing and Writing

Skip the Backstory and Dive In

You don’t actually have to explain everything immediately. Sometimes you don’t have to explain at all.

Preserving the Printing Arts

Many of these are “niche” books that simply wouldn’t work as ebooks. Nor would they have a wide enough market to justify the larger publishing houses printing them on paper. Yet they are valuable volumes.

Writing a Sentence: Everyone’s an Actor

A two-word sentence like “I quit” contains the seeds of almost every other complete sentence in the English language.

Improved Writing Doesn’t Have to be Torture

Many important keys to improving your writing can be summed up in two words: pay attention. Absorb everything and use it to your advantage. It doesn’t have to be torture, but can really be quite productive.

How your Book Proposal really gets Treated

When the intern finds something she or he likes, they are going to sing its praises to the agent, who will then probably read it with a less jaundiced eye.

Writing Exercises

If you want to get your “writing muscles,” imagination, and creativity into better shape, the only way to do it is the same way you firm up your real muscles: you need to exercise.

Watching a Book Proposal in Progress

If you buy no other books to help you submit something to an agent or publisher, get this one.

The Perils of Important-Speak

You must have heard at least one of those very interesting statements issued by a police officer or other official public spokesperson. You know, the ones where they use “important” words instead of ordinary English?