Tag Archives: freelance

Writing jobs people do better than computers – indexing

A blog called Editorial Inspirations has a terrific post about why a human can create a book index better than a computer can. If you are wrapping up your non-fiction book project, chances are you’ve figured out your readers need an index to make the most of your book. You may find it isn’t always […]

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Why writers care about Archie Comics new gay character Kevin Keller

Don’t tell me you never read Archie Comic books, cuz I won’t buy it. I still read them, and am really pleased to see the always contemporary series is introducing a gay character to their engaging cast in Riverdale. The September issue of Veronica will feature girlish pursuit-turned-bromance when Veronica sets her sights on Kevin […]

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Four top tips for starting your blog

I posted my first blog in the dark ages –  about 2002, I think. That was (and is) the blog WomenDaybyDay.com. Then I added the Ontext blog for writers and two years ago, DigitalGrandparent, the blog for baby boomer techies. Where do you write blogs? I use WordPress, having tried other content management systems and sites. WordPress […]

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Blogging: Writers need platforms to sell their writing

Writers need a platform if they hope to hook up with a publisher, and sometimes, even just to sell an article to a magazine. A writer needs a platform to sell her writing. Becoming an expert in something is the way to build a platform, and blogging is a great foundation. I’ve been blogging since […]

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OnText Grammar Police take on comparative adjectives

Ontest Grammar Police say: Adjective comparative forms liken two or more things (nouns). There is a right way and there are many wrong ways to form these comparatives. They aren’t up for grabs; the rules are standard. When writers, reporters, and editors in the media describe a political pundit as as more tall, more friendly, […]

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Writers–three no fail ways to impress an editor or agent

a guest post by Marcela Landres Before I became an Editorial Consultant, I worked at Simon & Schuster where I saw firsthand most writers haven’t a clue what editors want. You only get one chance to make a good first impression–here are three ways to ensure yours is outstanding. 1. Go Back to School Which […]

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In today’s publishing climate, your book needs a professional agent, ghost or mentor

You’re a great writer. Your family and friends always said you have a book inside you. So you wrote the novel and now you’re scared to death—what if it fails? What if you actually succeed? Your book needs a professional editor or a ghost, whether you’re going to self-publish, shop it to publishers, or engage […]

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Why I buy self-published or POD books

In a recent LinkedIn discussion a couple people flamed over a comment I made. I advised doing thorough homework before paying a publishing company to handle your book and reading contracts carefully before signing anything. It’s good advice whether you self-publish, work with Simon and Shuster, use  POD, or crank the stuff out on your […]

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Contracts, rights, agents: Successful writer’s survival guide

Established author/editor Cynthia Reeser is celebrating the success of her latest – How to Write and Publish a Successful Children’s Book. She offers her take and advice on unglamorous details of publishing. Save them and use as you work through the confusing details of contracts, agent deals, intellectual property rights, and other mechanics of running […]

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Unusual writing competition connects writers and agents

Here’s what appears to be an interesting opportunity for writers trying to connect with literary agents. PagetoFame is a new competition inviting writers to submit opening pages of a book idea. If the idea has merit, it should progress through a series of evaluation rounds and ultimately connect with a professional agent. I have no […]

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