The future of books

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_348Do books have a future? This post asserts that they do.

I can’t help thinking that the logic gets a bit muddy. Aren’t we muddling the idea of a book with the format?

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Bits & bobs | Tagged | Leave a comment

The benefits of book promotion

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_329Are you one of the many writers with an allergy to promotion activities? If so, it might do you good to read this post about the benefits of promotional activities.

The title, why write a book if you won’t promote it seems a little provocative. My bet is that somewhere there is a post explaining why you would do just that.

But seriously, folks, the list can be used as a reminder to keep a positive mental attitude.

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Resources for authors | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Approaching an agent

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_342Here are some sensible thoughts for writers who want to approach agents. The experience behind them proves once again that common sense isn’t very common.

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Resources for authors | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Where does the word virus come from?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_356The word virus is being bandied about a lot at the moment. It is a strange and rather scary word, isn’t it?

Find out more about its history here.

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Grammar & usage | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Do you use too many adverbs?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_368Using too many adverbs is a common problem for writers. Spotting them in your own writing can be difficult. If you have this trouble, then this macro might be worth a try.

Remember it is always worth backing up your work before running a macro, just in case there is a problem, or you get an unexpected result.

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Writing resources | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How to write about anger

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_377Real people have emotions, and they show them all the time. Obvious, isn’t it?

So why do so many writers fail to give their characters emotions? Sometimes characters seem shallow, because the writer has taken the easy way out & only given them the easy emotions.

If that sounds like you, try this post on writing about anger.

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Resources for authors | Tagged , | Leave a comment

So what is a novel?

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_175We all know that language develops over time. Mainly, that is a useful thing. Sometimes I do wonder what on earth people are trying to achieve by these changes.

This is an example of the latter. Apparently, novel is increasingly used to mean any book, whether it is fiction or non fiction.

That is just confusing.

What is the point of that?

Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

Posted in Grammar & usage | Tagged , , | Leave a comment