Editor's Blog
July 2008


Jul 30, 2008, Stand-Alone Or Series

If you are wondering whether it's better to write a stand alone or a series, consider Lee Fodi's experience. A children's author with both types of book, Lee, shares his experience.

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Jul 28, 2008, How to Market Your Book: An Interview With Lee Fodi

Lee Fodi, prolific children's writer takes time to give an interview. His story may help you with how to market your book.

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Jul 26, 2008, Reprint Services -- A Self-Publishing Option

Reprint services are now available to Canadian writers whose titles have reverted to the author. Self-publishing through Phoenix Books gives new life to your old titles.

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Jul 22, 2008, Free Sample Edit

Editors offer a sample edit, either for free or for a minimal fee. Learn how to turn your paid sample into a free sample edit.

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Jul 21, 2008, Rules For A Writing Group

Rules for a writing group help the group to run smoothly. Use the example of rules here to write your own.

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Jul 21, 2008, Self-Editing Writing Tip

After you have written your story, read it backwards, word for word. Reading it backwards makes you notice the words more and you can check for

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Jul 21, 2008, Marketing Professionals - query.

1. Writing and Publication done - Days of Elijah ISBN 97809556248 03. 2. Does anyone know of MARKETING professionals who work for percentage of

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Jul 21, 2008, just write

dont worry about your spelling just write a nice frist draft then go back and spell check. Bella, I don't know whether you intended the spelling

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Jul 20, 2008, Search Writer's Helper

Search Writer's Helper to get the most from this comprehensive Web site that offers so much help for self-publishers and other writers. Simply type in a writing topic you want to know more about to di

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Jul 18, 2008, Make Money With YOUR Book

Many people go into self publishing to make money. Do you know how to tell if YOU can make money with your book if you self publish?

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Jul 17, 2008, 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published Book Review

Sad, but true that there are more reasons your book will not be published than that it will. Pat Walsh says the ratio is 78:14. Where does your book fall?

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Jul 14, 2008, Writing Tip Watch The Tapes

Football players don't just play and practice to get better, they also study the styles and techniques of other players and teams--watching tape.

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Jul 14, 2008, What are line editors?

Line editors, the artists of the editing world, give a writer's words elegance and power. An editor outlines the qualities of a good line editor.

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Jul 14, 2008, Book Review Wee Jimmy

A book review for a self-published children's story, Wee Jimmy. Procedes to charity.

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Jul 13, 2008, Self Publishing Venues

Self-publishing options include traditional self-publishing, POD, e-books, Web sites, and blogs.

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Jul 13, 2008, Reasons Writers Blog

Many writers blog. Should you? Before you spend the time it takes to create an author’s blog, think about your writing goals and consider the pros and cons of blogging.

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Jul 7, 2008, Editor's Note versus Editorial

Should an Editor's Note be brief as opposed to an Editorial? Which is more comprehensive between the two? Is there really a difference between the

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Jul 5, 2008, Kalamalka Insitute For Working Writers

The Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers, at Okanagan College’s Kalamalka Campus in Vernon, BC, is gearing up for Fall 2008 and the introduction of the following publishing and creative writing classes:

ENGL 204-3-4
Applied English Studies I

The goal of this applied course is to promote the students' abilities in four areas: bibliographic studies, textual editing and review, digital publishing, and print publishing. Throughout the semester students will respond to lectures on the theory and the praxis of literary work (creative and critical) and the material processes from authorship to publication. Students are required to register in a one hour faculty-led computer laboratory. (3,1,0)

ENGL 205-3-3 Applied English Studies II
This course is a continuation of ENGL 204. It advances the students' abilities in four areas: bibliographic studies, textual editing and review, digital publishing, and print publishing. Lectures will cover the theory and the praxis of literary work (creative and critical) and the material processes from authorship to publications, including an examination of the literary lives of eminent editors and publishers. The lab is a one hour faculty-led computer laboratory. (3,1,0)

ENGL 206-3-3
Publishing: Best Practices and Copy Editing

This course introduces students to the publishing process including standard Canadian publishing policies. Students will fulfill a dedicated component on copy-editing from basic proofreading to establishing a "house style," and the process of manuscript preparation from basic editorial and typographical principles to working with style sheets. (3,0,0)

ENGL 208-3-3
History of the Book

This course introduces students to the dynamic history of the book. Students will not only trace the rise of print-culture in the West from approximately the 15th century to the present, but will also be challenged to think critically about the politics, aesthetics, and technology of the book. (3,0,0)

ENGL 235-3-3
Professional Writing and Communications

This course introduces students to written professional communication, including organizational communication, employee communication, report and proposal writing, customer communication, public relations, marketing and advertising and communication theory. (3,0,0)

FINA 201-3-3
Introduction to Publication Design

Beginning with a brief historical overview of printing, type design, typography and book design, this course will focus first on the convention of book design and typography, followed by a basic introduction to the development of print projects in the current industry standard software. (3,0,0)

FINA 202-3-3
Advanced Publication Design

This course will combine a close study of advanced typographic conventions with an intensive exploration of the features and capabilities of current industry-standard software. Less a graphic design class (aesthetics) than an exercise in textual communication, the class will focus on determining and meeting the demands of the text and reader through a firm understanding of legibility, readability, composition and layout. (3,0,0)

Craig McLuckie
Chair and College Professor
Department of English;
Co-Director, Kalamalka Press
Kalamalka Campus, Okanagan College
7000 College Way, Vernon, BC,
V1B 2N5
Canada.

Tel: (250) 545-7291, ext. 2279
Fax: (250) 545-3277


Jul 5, 2008, Whether to use rather or whether, that is the question

These definitions still leave me confused. Whether-(pronoun) used in expressing a choice or alternative. Rather-(adverb) more willingly, more

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Jul 5, 2008, Online Writing Community

Writer's Helper has opened a writing community on the Web where writers can interact with each other. Come on in to share writing tips, book reviews, and favorite resources. Ask and answer questions o

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Jul 5, 2008, Editing Services FAQ

Editing services FAQ answered by an editor. What would you like to know about editing?

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Jul 5, 2008, Articles on Writing

A collection of articles on writing for self publishing and other writers. These gems do not fit neatly into the structure of Writer's Helper, but are too good to leave off the site.

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Jul 5, 2008, Writer's Style Guide

Use the writer's style guide and the find feature on your word processor to help proofread your own work. This page explains the most common errors Writer's Helper editor, Audrey, found while editing.

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Jul 4, 2008, Writing Problems

Submit your writing problems to harness the power of the Internet. Whether you need help with grammar, the writing process, or how to find a publisher, putting your question to the writing community w

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