blog

Hyphens and How to Use Them

Hyphens and How to Use Them

Written by on March 6, 2018 in blog, editing, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Hyphens and How to Use Them When it comes to hyphenation, prose often suffers from the Goldilocks effect: either too much or too little, but seldom just right. Here are some erroneously constructed elements along with repaired revisions that let them eat, sit, or sleep with contentment. With no more delay, we’ll start. If we […]

Continue Reading

When to Refer to Animals by Gender

When to Refer to Animals by Gender

Written by on February 20, 2018 in blog, editing, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

When to Refer to Animals by Gender I’m writing this post in response to an email question I received regarding how to refer to animals when writing. Should I refer to the dog as it or he? They asked. The answer to when to refer to animals by gender is both simple and not so […]

Continue Reading

The Truth About Redundancies

The Truth About Redundancies

Written by on February 6, 2018 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

The Truth About Redundancies People don’t seem to care much about redundancies, but that might be because they don’t know the truth about redundancies. What truth? The fact that while you may not care about them, the people who do are silently snickering every time you use one. And while they may not say anything […]

Continue Reading

7 Common Grammar Mistakes

7 Common Grammar Mistakes

Written by on January 25, 2018 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

7 Common Grammar Mistakes And How to Correct Them The how to correct them part is easy. Practice using them right. Make a habit out of it. Don’t simply read this article, and then forget it. Read the article, and then select one of the grammar rules and practe using it properly for several weeks. […]

Continue Reading

Printers for Self-Publishing—Who to Use to Print Your Book

Printers for Self-Publishing—Who to Use to Print Your Book

Printers for Self-publishing The publishing world has experienced an explosion of new books, many of them from indie authors. According to Bowker more than 725,000 self-published works were registered in 2015. That should give you an idea of the number of books being published by indies. Most of those people will need printers for self-publishing […]

Continue Reading

List of Compound Words

List of Compound Words

Written by on December 28, 2017 in blog, editing, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Compound Word List Compound words stymie people all the time. And I don’t mean just regular people whose profession is not writing. I know of many writers who struggle with when to use one word and when to use two, or when to hyphenate. This list of compound words should help. This is not a […]

Continue Reading

Capitalizing Dialogue

Capitalizing Dialogue

Written by on November 21, 2017 in blog, editing, grammar, self-publishing, writing with 0 Comments

Capitalizing Dialogue You’ve already learned about dialogue tags—I hope. Now learn how capitalizing dialogue is easy. Read on to find out how to capitalize dialogue—when to do it and when not to. Capitalizing Dialogue Capitalizing dialogue is one of the areas that makes authors stumble, especially new authors. Don’t let it. It’s not that difficult. […]

Continue Reading

Are Pre Words Redundant?

Are Pre Words Redundant?

Written by on November 2, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Are Pre Words Redundant? Pre is a prefix that means before. It’s fairly easy to understand and everyone I know of uses pre in one way or another. But are pre words redundant? preorder preboard preview prerecord pre-announce pre-arrange These are but a few of the pre words. There are many more. The problem I have with […]

Continue Reading

eBook Distribution — Why I Hate Using Pronoun

eBook Distribution — Why I Hate Using Pronoun

Written by on October 12, 2017 in blog, distributors, ebooks, self-publishing with 2 Comments

eBook Distribution There is a new player in the eBook distribution game or somewhat new. Pronoun is the name of the company who used to be Vook. Now Pronoun has been purchased by Macmillan, one of the big traditional publishers. I’ve covered this extensively in my new book eBook Distribution, but I felt a few details […]

Continue Reading

Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong

Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong

Written by on September 5, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong It’s a well-known fact that absolutely is absolutely wrong. Well, for some people it is. And what makes it worse, is that people often use it as an intensifier for another absolute. I wrote about absolutes before. You can read about them here. Even the dictionaries have succumbed to popular and common […]

Continue Reading

Top

Pin It on Pinterest