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Eliminate the Exclamation Points – Assignment 1
Eliminate the Exclamation Points – Assignment 1

By Andrea Merrell As an editor, one of the most common errors I see is overuse of the exclamation point. This may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to submitting your work, too many of these annoying little marks can send your manuscript to the trash bin. To prove this point…

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Writing Advice from Mark Twain: Write Without Pay Until Somebody Offers to Pay
Writing Advice from Mark Twain: Write Without Pay Until Somebody Offers to Pay

By Sandra Merville Hart A recent graduate sent a few newspaper articles to editor Mark Twain requesting his candid opinion of his work. Then the young man went a step further: he asked the famous author to find him a job writing for a newspaper. After considering other professions, the graduate found each one already…

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When the Story Stalls in the Middle

by Sandra Merville Hart There are stories where, as the author, you know everything that happens before beginning to write. The words tumble from your imagination onto the page from chapter one to the ending. At other times the author knows how it starts and ends, but not how the characters get there. For those…

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Who Really Sells Your Books ?

by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted I’ve always been a hometown gal. I buy my groceries at the hometown grocer over the larger superstore and shop at the local small town hardware store, who—by the way knows my name and still says, “Hi, what can we do ya for today? I buy my flowers from the street…

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Make the Most of Your 15-Minute Appointments

As conference time nears, conferees dig down and prepare to meet one-on-one with publishers, agents, and editors. The wonderful advantage of attending a conference is this “free-card” to meet face to face with industry professionals. The publishing market has tightened to the point of strangulation. Publishers are overworked and understaffed, so to meet with them…

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