Opportunities for writers in November and December

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_48This month’s list has over 100 competitions, fellowships and publication opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers.

Plenty to get your teeth into before Christmas.

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Formatting ebooks

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_355Formatting your manuscript for publication used to be about getting it to look right on the page. If you liked the way it looked, the job was done.

With ebooks, it is more complicated. One of the big benefits for readers is that they can use the settings on their reader to make the display suit their needs. That means not only do you have no control over the final layout, but also you need to make sure there are no hidden gremlins to cause things like blank pages.

This post has some sensible points.

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The key difference between online and print publishing

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_337The online world is increasingly important. Many of us reach for Google when we used to reach for the encyclopaedia, or the Yellow Pages. Sometimes it is hard to remember the impact of this change when we are writing.

The fundamental focus has moved from what the publisher wants to say to what the consumer wants. The two may be totally different.

This post expands on that point. I never thought I’d see digital content compared to a good wine.

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Stigmatized and still alive: English in the time of “ain’t”

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_327Do you believe that standards of English are declining, and as a result the end of the world is nigh?

If you do, or if you are a disciple of Gwynne’s Grammar, you might find this post enlightening.

As the writer says, English is more flexible & robust than some people think.  It can be used for many different purposes without impact on other areas.

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19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_342Are you planning a trip? Need a destination?

This selection of book shops might inspire you. There are just a few I still need to visit.  I rather fancy the barge idea. We just need a few more bookshelves first.

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The daily rituals of famous writers

editing_and_proofreading_blog_279They say one of the best ways to make progress on any project is to work on it on a regular basis. Getting it into your routine makes sure you do that.

If you are struggling to make room for your writing, you might find this post on the daily rituals of great writers interesting.

I must say, I’m glad I don’t live with Jane Austen. I know pianos were quieter in those days, but even so I’m not convinced it is very sociable to play before everyone else is up.

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Why not take part in an accent survey?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_326David Crystal is collecting accents. He needs you to record yourself saying “potato”.

Read more here.

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