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From the Editor’s Eye: The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers

A ten-part series. Introduction The other  day I went to the dentist (yes, editing is a bit like pulling teeth) and my hygienist told me she had just read a book written by one of her other patients. She liked … Continue reading

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A Movie About Editing Books? Seriously?

I’m looking forward to this movie — Duos of ‘Genius’ — about legendary editor Maxwell Perkins and authors Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. Biographer A. Scott Berg, left, and screenwriter-producer John Logan (Mel Melcon, L.A. Times)  Quote: … Continue reading

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Updated: Resources for Authors, Editors & Indie Publishers

I have updated my web page Resources for Authors, Editors & Indie Publishers. It includes my latest presentation “Using Social Media for Promoting Your Book: The Why, Where, When and How” — this is an introductory overview, with links to … Continue reading

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‘Write What You Know’ a Birdie Tweeted

Thought-provoking comments I gleaned from the writerati (i.e., those who believe they know more than the rest of us) . . . ‘Write What You Know’ — Helpful Advice or Idle Cliché? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/books/review/write-what-you-know-helpful-advice-or-idle-cliche.html?_r=0 Most writers have, for reasons of diffidence, … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell: A Writing Lesson from Stephen King

As I browsed through the library’s fiction section, Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes (2014) jumped from the shelf and into my hands. Well, not literally, but almost. For whatever reason, it grabbed my eye, so I gave it a quick look, … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘W is for Wasted’ by Sue Grafton—good story, but grammatical errors disconcerting

I have said it before and will say it again: I’m a decades-long fan of Sue Grafton and her character Kinsey Millhone, but some of my previous criticisms remain. However, I shall begin with the positive. I enjoyed Grafton’s W … Continue reading

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I Know Nothing About Writing

I have been a working journalist for 30 years, I have served as a newspaper and magazine editor, and I am an author, book editor and publisher. I’ve won a number of awards for my writing and editing, and I … Continue reading

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Author Reception at San Diego Public Library — Good Fun!

Good fun at the reception for San Diego Public Library’s 48th Annual Local Author Exhibit last night at the brand-spanking-new Central Library on Park Avenue. Truly a remarkable monument to learning and literature, and a delightful place to hang out. … Continue reading

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Author Alert: Amazon to begin screening self-published works for commercial viability

Amazon.com’s publishing arms CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing will soon be more selective, a la the traditional publishers in New York. Using software that evolved from research by a group of computer scientists from Stony Brook University in New York, … Continue reading

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Amazon Rep’s Advice to Writers: Hire a Professional Editor

Music to my ears: When Thom Kephart, Community Outreach  Manager for Amazon.com, spoke to the Publishers + Writers of San Diego on January 25, he hammered home his most critical bit of advice to authors: Hire a professional editor. “I’ve … Continue reading

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