audience / editing activities / self-editing

Foreign Terms, Slang, Dialect and More: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions.   “The resort was way out in the wap waps.” –> You may want to make an explanation, or … Continue reading

audience / casual or formal language / editing / self-editing

Formal or Casual Language: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “Water has become the most precious commodity throughout the state!” [Frustrated police chief ranting…] –> This sounds way too … Continue reading

audience / book readings / bookstores / children's books / marketing

An Editor’s Comments on Audience

This is part 5 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to learn … Continue reading

academic writing and editing / audience / literary agents / marketing / non-fiction writing and editing / publishing / querying agents and publishers / self-publishing / traditional publishing

An Editor’s Tips on Marketability

Marketability–a topic of concern to almost all writers! Here are tips I provided to a new non-fiction writer who was wondering if his manuscript would even be marketable, and if so, how he should go about preparing to market it. I wrote…. ***** 1. Basic questions on audience, purpose and market: Write down, in one to … Continue reading

audience / marketing / querying agents and publishers

An Editor’s Advice After Reading a Manuscript

This post contains excerpts from an email I sent to a writer who asked me for advice relating to choosing publishers she could query and the audience to whom she should try to market the book. I hope you will find these tips helpful. ***** Greetings! Thanks so much for the letting me have the privilege … Continue reading