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EDITING 101: 54 – Sharing Content, Copyrights, and Permissions – Part 1…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Sharing Content, Copyrights, and Permissions – Part 1

Good morning readers! Thanks for tuning in for another episode of “What Have You Done Wrong Recently?” brought to you by your host, Ape, and his sponsor, the Chicago Manual of Style.

So, in the past we’ve talked about using song lyrics in your manuscript (08), we’ve discussed brand names and trademark use (22), and we touched briefly on using quotes in your book in a two-part series (part one (48)) and (part two (49)), but that was mostly focused on tips for conducting research.

We haven’t really talked about copyright in terms of using other people’s content (what they wrote) in your book or on…

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EDITING 101: 52 – Adjectives – and the Commas That Go With Them…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Adjectives – and the Commas That Go With Them…

So, you’re merrily typing along and your character wants to put on a blue, silk, handmade scarf. Oh, wait a minute. Is that a silk, blue, handmade scarf or a handmade, silk, blue scarf? A blue, handmade, silk scarf? Oh dear!

Aha! Super Editor to the rescue!

(Imagine me swooping over your house and flying in your window, red pen in hand!)

(Ok, now imagine me 10 pounds lighter. Another ten. Ok, that’s better.)

Adjective order in English is not completely random, although what we’re going to discuss are more along the lines of guidelines rather than rules. The exception is when you’re speaking of words of general description along with words…

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EDITING 101: 51 – Identifying Your Book’s Goal…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Identifying Your Book’s Goal

If you’ve written a book, what was the goal of the book?

If you’re not sure, you’re also not alone. A lot of writers don’t examine their goals in writing at all. They know they want to write, and perhaps they know exactly what they want to write—a memoir, a science-fiction series, a literary novel.

There are two types of goals, as I see it, in writing. One would be termed “writing goals”—setting goals in order to assist you with the actual put-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-write action. That will be the subject of a later article.

Today we’re going to discuss “book goals.” What was the idea or purpose behind writing your book? Marketing yourself or a business? Leaving a…

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EDITING 101: Now covers 50 topics to date…

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FYI – Here’s a list of the first 50 free editing tips my good friend and Professional Book Editor Susan Uttendorfsky, the owner of Adirondack Editing, has presented so far.

Catch up with any articles you may have missed by scrolling through the list below and clicking those that are in Blue, Italic and Underlined.

Those still in black are not yet available, so stay tuned for the weekly updates.

EDITING 101: 01 – Introduction and ‘Redundancies’

EDITING 101: 02 – Description Depression

EDITING 101: 03 – THAT’s the Problem in Revising

EDITING 101: 04 – Character Name Consistency

EDITING 101: 05 – General Plurals

EDITING 101: 06 – He Said / She Said: Dialogue Tags

EDITING 101: 07 – Consecutive Versus Concurrent Action

EDITING 101: 08 – Using Song Lyrics in your Manuscript

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EDITING 101: 50 – Using Another Language in Your Manuscript…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Using Another Language in Your Manuscript

Please note that this article’s suggestions are mostly for authors who have decided to self-publish. If you intend to shop your manuscript to an agent or publisher, they will ultimately decide how to treat your foreign language. But you are certainly welcome (and encouraged) to implement any of the suggestions for clarity before querying.

I’ve worked with fantasy and science fiction authors who generated an entirely new language for their story’s world. I’ve even edited some of those invented languages for consistency, since standard rules need to be created and implemented for pluralizing nouns, conjugating verbs, etc.! In other instances, authors have used an existing foreign language (such as French, German, or Spanish) in their…

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EDITING 101: 49 – Using Quotes in Your Book and Research Tips – Part 2…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Using Quotes in Your Book and Research Tips – Part 2

In my last article, we started researching a quote in order to obtain permission to use it in my fictitious book. It became very long and involved, so I split it into two parts. See Part1 HERE:

We had identified the correct source of the quote previously. Now we’ll go on:

  • Now I have to find the publisher of the book where the quote was found in order to ask permission to use it in my book. Because Disney is such a large, important company with many lawyers in their back pocket, I decided to ask permission directly from Disney. If the publisher was a small business (that perhaps…

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It’s all about characters – How do you create compelling ones?

Author Don Massenzio

As you move along your writing journey, it’s important to remember that one of the things that keeps a reader engaged is creating compelling characters and putting them in engaging situations.

It can be argued that a book with the greatest plot ever created will suffer if it doesn’t have characters that are realistic and can be related to by your reader.

This post will talk about some of the key components of creating great characters in your writing. I’ll talk about each component and try to give some examples along the way.

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  • Make your character memorable

Characters are people just like those in every day life. When you look at some of the most memorable characters in popular books, there is usually something that makes them memorable. It can be an event in the character’s past that shaped him or her and makes them who they are. Perhaps they…

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