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FREE Book with 5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Published Author (This Weekend Only)!

Change It Up Editing

From Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13, you have a chance to download a free Kindle version of What’s Your Book?, an aspiring author’s guide to completing the dream to become a published author. This comprehensive guide gives you the best info from innovative publishing professional Brooke Warner, who is one of my personal heroes in the publishing world; learn more about her here.jpeg_WYB_cover_image_320

In five chapters, What’s Your Book? will help you discover how to:

  • embrace the art of becoming an author;
  • get over common hurdles that prevent you from finishing your book;
  • challenge counterproductive mindsets;
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These are just a few of the many tips you’ll find in What’s Your Book? Most important, you’ll learn about the three paths to publishing so that once you complete your work, you commit to yourself that you’ll bring it to your readers.

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The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)

The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)

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Self-Publish 101 know that self-publishing often means self-editing too! Unfortunately, in our hurry to get our manuscript into the hands of readers, sometimes that latter step doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. “Could have used better editing” is an all-too-common complaint about self-published works.

Unsure if that hyphen is necessary? And what about Oxford commas? Are you (like yours truly) still occasionally putting two spaces between sentences? Author Guy Kawasaki has ten tips that will help you spot mistakes before your audience does.

Via LifeHacker


Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Editing, Self Publishing, writing


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My Editing Plan for the New Year

Come January, I’ll be getting stuck in to my edits. I’ll also be blogging my editing journey as I go along, and sharing what works for me and what doesn’t (and probably asking you to hold my hand when I send my manuscript off to my editor).


Stacey J. Mitchell

Editing. I know it has to be done, but until recently, I didn’t have a clue where to start! As you may know, I’m a novice when it comes to novel writing anyway, and after many false starts only completed my first first draft a few months ago.

So I decided that first of all, I needed to learn more, and I’ve done a lot of research into how various novelists go about the editing process. (Thank goodness for the internet and blogs, enabling me to get my hands on a lot of information very easily and quickly!)

Based on my research I have come up with the following plan for the editing process:

1. Big picture edit

For this, I have converted my novel into a Kindle file and am going to read it through quite quickly, making rough notes on any major plot issues, glaring omissions and…

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