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[REALITY CHECK] Self-Publishing: Adventures in Editing! by Patricia Robertson

Posted by Zetta Brown on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I don't care if you are self-published, indie-published, or NYC-published. Speaking as an editor, author, and publisher, it doesn't matter how many times you go through something you've written, you will either find a mistake or some minor thing you wish you could correct.



Perhaps the hardest thing when it comes to publishing (after getting published!) is to let go and let your book-child fend for itself. But like any responsible parent, you want to prepare your book-child as much as possible to defend itself, especially against critics. Having your work edited thoroughly helps strengthen your book and makes it harder for critical snipers to accuse your book-child of being sloppy.



Patricia Robertson shares what she has learned about self-publishing after…

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Why Grammar Matters

Posted by Maria Murnane on October 21, 2014 at 8:06am 0 Comments

I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting anxiously in his chair, so proud of all his hard work, just waiting for a pat on the back from the judge for following a very specific list of legal requirements to get what he really needs to stop the bad guys.

 

What does the judge do…

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[Breakfast with the Muse] Don't Have Enough Time To Write? This 4-Step Process Will Get You on Track

Posted by Jill Jepson on October 20, 2014 at 10:50am 2 Comments

Finding the time to write. What do you do? There are so many options! You can neglect your family. Cut back on sleep. Stop exercising. Eat at your desk.

Or you can take four do-able steps that will help you create time by reducing distractions, eliminating time-wasters, and getting you into writing mode quickly. I’ve worked with dozens of coaching clients who were struggling to find time to write, and this four-step process has never failed.

1. Compartmentalize. Yourdictionary.com defines “compartment” as a separate section, part, division, or category. I use the term compartmentalize to mean creating a distinct part of your life for writing. A compartment is a…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Why I'm Telling Secrets

Posted by Colleen Haggerty on October 20, 2014 at 7:00am 5 Comments

I grew up as the peace-keeper middle child, wanting everyone to get along. I don’t like to ruffle feathers or stir the pot. And if conflict does happen, I’m the one who plays mediator, ensuring everyone’s viewpoint is heard. 

This all comes from my desire to be liked. I really want people to like me.  And yet I also have an intense need to be authentic, which creates inner tension for me. If people really knew the Real Me would I still be liked? Admired? Respected? For years I thought the answer was No, so I kept secrets about parts of myself.

So why did I decide to reveal two of my biggest secrets in my memoir, A Leg to Stand On? Perhaps being a contributor to the anthology Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press, 2012) made me think twice—three times—about the shame I…

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[REALITY CHECK] - Self-Publishing: Adventures in Editing! by Patricia Robertson

I don't care if you are self published, indie published, or NYC published. Speaking as an editor, author, and publisher, it doesn't matter how many times you go through something you've written, you will either find a mistake or some minor thing you wish you could correct.


Perhaps the hardest thing when…

Crystallize It- New Class Starts 11/5!

STARTS WED NOV 5th!

“Crystallize It…Using the Power of Crystals to Help Make Your Goals a Reality”

Crystals have been a big help to me in helping me reach the goals I set for myself and they can help you too!

This four week class teaches you to use crystals and…

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It's the start of a new day and it belongs to all those who grab it. Will you be one of those? Will you step forward in confidence to fashion this day just the way you'd like it to be? Let go of yesterday; and march right into today:)
Make it a great…

How to Write Comparative Essays?

How many times did it occur to you that comparing one thing to another in academic writing is not a piece of cake? In fact, the incapability of doing a profound research to put two phenomena against each other might throw the quality of the whole dissertation in the question.  Therefore, conducting a fluent comparative…

Ski Accident and Time Period for Filing a Lawsuit

Each and every personal injury lawyer - good, bad or any other - must perform according to time limits forced by laws in the specific state wherein they work.

 

Commonly concerned to as a law of Limitations, such time period determines the capacity of an injured one to start legal proceeding against a supposed negligent party in the first run: the case must be considered in the time period defined or the claim is unable to be recovered.

 

Law of…

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