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Friends, Countrymen, Take Up Your Words!

Flickr Creative Commons: Wonder woman0731 It’s been a strange August full of strange happenings. It started when I packed up my gypsy wagon once more and moved from Chicago to North Carolina with an unintended pit stop (i.e. dead car battery) beside a nuclear power plant. Did I mention it …

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How a Professional Editor Can Improve Your Writing

Please welcome Jim Dempsey to Writer Unboxed today! Jim is a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and works as a book editor at a site called Novel Gazing. In his own words: “I began my professional career as a journalist, working mostly in radio, and then, …

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The Hack’s Guide to Dealing with Book Reviews

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. The whole point of publishing a book is so that others will read it. The problem with people reading your books …

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would you pay to turn the first page of this bestseller?

Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. In a customarily formatted book manuscript with chapters starting about 1/3 of the way down the page (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type), there are 16 or 17 lines on the first page. …

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Unspoken Dialogue

I ran into this delicious exchange in a client’s manuscript the other day.  Rosemarie, a young virgin, is being seduced by the one eyed man.  She distrusts him, she’s frightened, and she’s awash in guilt for the physical attraction she feels toward him. ‘No,’ said Rosemarie. ‘This isn’t right.’ ‘No …

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