Book Review: “The Writer’s Lexicon: Descriptions, Overused Words, and Taboos” by Kathy Steinemann

Book Review: “The Writer’s Lexicon: Descriptions, Overused Words, and Taboos” by Kathy Steinemann

Think you have every reference book you need to write the perfect story?

Think again.

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Top 5 Worst Things about Being an English Major

Top 5 Worst Things about Being an English Major

Before you say anything — hear me out.

lovebeing an English major. The thrived on the classroom discussions, and I crossed so many amazing works of literature off my to-read list in the process. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t some serious drawbacks.

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The Simple Way to Boost Traffic to Your Author Website: A Blog!

The Simple Way to Boost Traffic to Your Author Website: A Blog!

We all know that whether you’re traditionally published or going D.I.Y., marketing your book is mostly on you, the author—and creating a solid web presence is one of the best ways to do just that. But how can you make the most of your online persona?

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3 Things You Need in Your Query Letter to a Literary Agent

3 Things You Need in Your Query Letter to a Literary Agent

If you’re in the process of getting your book published, odds are you’ve been looking for editors and agents to hire to get your manuscript up and running in the publishing world. And if you’ve done any research on the matter, you’ll know that a solid query letter is key to landing a good literary agent.

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When is the Right Time for Me to Hire a Professional Editor? + Novel-Writing Timeline

When is the Right Time for Me to Hire a Professional Editor? + Novel-Writing Timeline

It seems as if this is one of the most unasked questions amongst aspiring authors. They either start looking for an editor much too soon, or they look for them much too late, and miss personal (or even publisher-induced) deadlines as a result.

Today, I’m going to work through a quite abbreviated timeline of the process leading up to hiring an editor for your manuscript. Of course, all of this is subjective—don’t be afraid to stray from this timeline if you find it doesn’t work for you!

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10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing An Editor for Your Book

10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing An Editor for Your Book

Have you recently completed your manuscript? Gone over it yourself a time or two? Then it’s probably time to hire your first developmental or line editor—and once you think you’ve found the right one, it can be really tempting to just send your book right to them and forget it for a while. But that’s not how it should work.

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The #1 Reason People Aren’t Reading Your Writing (& How to Fix it!)

The #1 Reason People Aren’t Reading Your Writing (& How to Fix it!)

So you’re having trouble getting people to read what you’ve written?

Bummer.

But unless you’re J.K. Rowling and you’re publishing another Harry Potter novel, every writer ever has to deal with this problem on a regular basis. Not only do you have to get people to want to read your books though; you also have to make people be willing to pay money for them. And that’s a challenging feat.

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