April 8, 2019
What Your Word Count Tells Me Before I Read Your Manuscript

With no knowledge other than your manuscript’s word count and whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, I can with a high degree of accuracy predict three things: your skill as a writer (and, therefore, readiness to publish) your knowledge of the book market and publishing industry your understanding of and empathy with your ideal reader What […]

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February 8, 2019
Will Writing A Book Get You Where You Want To Go?

So, you want to write a book… Why? Why now? What are you going to do with it? Who are you trying to reach? Why should/do prospective readers care about you? How will you reach them? What do you want them to do once you do reach them? Do they even like and have time […]

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March 5, 2015
How to Avoid and Correct Passive Voice

Using passive voice is an oft-cited faux pas for writers. Before I get into what it is and how to correct it, I want to be clear: Passive voice is not a bad thing. Don't listen to grammar pedants who tell you otherwise. It's better to use active voice in many writing situations. This post […]

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