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EDITING 101: 57 – Comma Splice Blues…

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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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Comma Splice Blues

Many writers have a hard time keeping grammar rules in their heads and/or implementing them correctly when they’re actively writing. Just like I can’t play fetch and edit (or write!) at the same time, you may find it hard to plot and write and keep everything grammatically correct at the same time. So here comes another tip for those self-editing sessions:

Eliminating comma splices.

A comma splice can be difficult to detect because when we talk, we tend to speak in long, run-on sentences without a full stop between ideas, fragments, phrases, or complete sentences. They sneak into writing without detection easily that way, but they’re almost always incorrect unless you’re deliberately using a literary style of writing…

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EDITING 101: 56 – ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’…

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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.

Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing

‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’

These three words are sometimes used together as a phrase, implying regret: A writer should have hired an editor, would have used some beta readers, or could have spent more time on self-editing in order to dodge the poor reviews he’s received.

While that shoulda-woulda-coulda phrase might be accurate for an Ape blog post on how to improve your sales or reviews, that’s not what we’re focusing on today. We’re going to look at the actual words.

First, let’s clarify the correct usage. Slang in speech has reduced this to “should of,” “would of,” and “could of” in writing. That’s completely incorrect, even in dialogue, although an editor might leave “shoulda” alone in slangy dialogue. What you’re hearing…

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Avoid 11 Debut Author Mistakes…

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by Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice Site:

Debut author? Your first book is finished and published! Now What?

It does not matter if you have self-published, or have been published by a small press; you are very excited, motivated and very keen to start seeing your book sales roll in.

Unfortunately, though, in their eagerness and excitement, many new authors make silly mistakes that can have exactly the opposite effect.

Most of these mistakes can be labelled as instant ‘sales killers’, and although the intention may be positive, the real results can be very negative.

Avoiding the normal debut author mistakes will save you a lot of time, and embarrassment.

11 Do’s & Don’t’s for Debut Authors.

(These points could apply to ALL authors – TSRA)

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How NOT to promote your books on Goodreads – Guest Post by, Jemima Pett…

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According to Goodreads, the site has over 55 million members worldwide. That’s a lot of readers. It doesn’t take much to understand why nearly every self-published person comes to the conclusion that they should be promoting their books on the site.

It’s a sensitive issue, and one that has changed a little since the original Goodreads was sold to Amazon. I notice more ways that Amazon and Goodreads use each others’ opportunities. Amazon now enables you to do giveaways… Goodreads has been doing that since it started. Goodreads now has an extensive list of marketing opportunities that it promotes to authors, which look like things in the Amazon school of marketing to me, but are nevertheless valid and valuable opportunities – so take them.

In researching this post, I was surprised by things I knew about but didn’t know about. I knew about giveaways, I’d seen themed months, and I…

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Don’t Fall Prey to Publishing Scams: 7 New Writer Mistakes to Avoid…

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by Anne R. Allen

We all make mistakes. It’s how people learn. But some new writer mistakes can end a writing career before it starts. They play into the hands of the predators who make money off the delusions of newbie writers.

Ruth and I are long-time industry veterans, and as we say “we made the mistakes, so you don’t have to.”

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Don’t Fall Prey to Publishing Scams

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What’s the difference between a Rule and a Preference? Advice for New Writers…

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by Louise Harnby

​Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about ‘rules’ in writing. Sorting out what’s right or wrong versus what’s preferred or asked for can be tricky for the inexperienced author.

In this article, I offer some guidance.

Don’t forget to claim your FREE copy of my Guidelines for New Authors booklet at the bottom of this post!

Writing well means understanding the difference between a rule and a preference.

In the world of the written word, these two things often become confused.

How to sort out Rules from Preferences

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D.G. Kaye, Adele Marie Park and Malia Ann Haberman

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Welcome to the Monday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore and time to take as stroll through the shelves and find out which authors have news.

The first is D.G. Kaye who has received some great reviews this week for three of her booksand I have selected the most recent for one we have not featured for a while.. The Words We Carry.

About The Words We Carry

“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?

D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her…

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