Editor’s Blog

Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Other eyes are necessary when editing, but not family.

There is only so much editing that a writer can do without seeking the opinions of others. Eventually, you will need to share your writing, but not with your family. Let’s face it, your family wants to support you, but unless they’re writers themselves, they’ll never understand. Instead, they’ll lie, tell you that your manuscript is perfect. They won’t be able to give you the help you really need. Critique partners NEED to be other writers, people not afraid to tell you that your writing is not working and potentially help you edit that rough draft into a masterpiece.

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How important really is grammar?

When I tell people that I’m a freelance editor (including other writers), they instantly assume that I’m a copyeditor, with a keen interest in working on the grammar and punctuation of my clients. I’m not surprised that writers often jump to that conclusion. Majority of editors that I encounter actually ARE copyeditors. However, what is the point behind looking at the appropriateness of a given word in a sentence when on page 152 the bad guys are setting up the bomb that will level the city, but the good guys find the bomb and disarm it by the end of page 154.

This may sound incredibly odd coming from a professional editor, but in all honesty, grammar takes a backseat to story and character.

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Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Plan to have parts of header images cut off by profile images.

When selecting header images, plan to have portions obscured by your profile image on social media sites. This is typically the bottom, left-hand corner of the image, so one should avoid placing important information in that portion of the header image. If incorporating the front cover of a newly released books, ensure the cover can been seen at all times.

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Nonfiction writers who write fiction need to retrain their brains.

There are some out there who believe that writing is just writing. If you have training in writing of one nature, surely you can write other stuff too. Well…

There are certain aspects of writing that hold true no matter what type of writing you do. The rules of grammar, for example, don’t care if you write fiction, a scientific paper, or a cookbook. However, there is a massive difference between all three of those particular types of writing.

It is becoming increasingly common for those who have nonfiction writing backgrounds to shift into the fictional realms. Let’s face it, we have big imaginations and we want to share that with the world. Rightly so. Our stories should be told. However, nonfiction writers, you need to retrain your brains if you are serious about pursuing fiction.

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Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: The best way to show your support is the spread the word.

If you’re not careful, leaving reviews, good and bad, on Amazon and Goodreads can make you the subject of an attack from trolls. Don’t forget that you might have liked a book that others believed was dreadful. So, writers that have been at this game for many years don’t recommend leaving reviews of any kind. Instead, if you want to show your support for other authors, help spread the word. Share links on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Recommend the book to others in your discussion groups. Tell your readers about the book, either directly on your blog or through your email list. Utilizing your contacts to help another writer promote their book is probably the best way to show them how much you enjoyed their book.

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Hidden Traps - Now Available

Winners of Hidden Traps Scavenger Hunt

The launch of Hidden Traps was a whirlwind and lots of fun.

As part of the festivities, I ran a scavenger hunt. Thank you so much for all who entered. I would have loved to give a copy to each of you, but there was only two copies of Hidden Traps up for grabs.

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Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Use the same profile image on all social media

When building a platform, it’s important to consider what aspects will be identifiable as your branding. The profile images used on various social media sites is one aspect that can easily be made consistent. While the cropping on the image might vary from site to site, in general, one should be able to glance at the profile image and know instantly that the message is from you, regardless which platform they’re on. Use the same image across all social media sites.

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Tips and Tricks for Scrivener

New Scrivener Resources

Over the weekend of August 18-20th, I will be running a Scrivener workshop at the RWNZ conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. It’s not the first time I’ve run a workshop on Scrivener, and it won’t be the last. Regardless, I’m still looking forward to it.

Those who have seen my Tips and Tricks for Scrivener videos will know how much I love the software (even though it has its faults), and I love to encourage writers to use this program, which was designed for writers.

In preparation for the RWNZ conference, I have developed a few more handouts and other resources for Scrivener. I’d like to share those resources with the faithful followers of my blog too.

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