Editing Services Blog March 2007

Mar 31, 2007, Are You A Blooker?

Blook, blooking, blooker. Is there a blook in your future? Learn about the newest in self-publishing.

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Mar 31, 2007, How To Tell A Good Story

All writers need to think about storytelling because any message goes down more easily if it's presented as a story.

Broadcaster Ira Glass talks about what makes a great story.


Mar 29, 2007, Blank Book

A blank book inspires a writer to write, but not all blank books are created equal. Which of these blank books would appeal to you or to a writer you know?

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Mar 26, 2007, Audrey the Editor Helper -- Editing Services for Self Publishing Writers

Present your message with clear, crisp writing. Use editing services to support you through on-line writing tips, substantive, line, and copy editing. Read other writers' stories.

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Mar 26, 2007, Baby Boomers Write

Baby boomers are in a unique postion as writers. Consider how boomers link past, present and future through writing.

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Mar 24, 2007, 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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Mar 24, 2007, I Don't Agree With the Editor

What happens if you don't agree with your editor? Editor Audrey Owen explains various scenerios.

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Mar 22, 2007, Writing Web Site Copy

Writing Web site copy requires an understanding of Web page readability and basic HTML.

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Mar 21, 2007, 1 Million Books!

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The explosion of the Christian book market has given a major boost to niche self-publishing companies such as Xulon Press. Xulon, the premier on-demand publisher for Christian writers, and a subsidiary of Salem Publishing, has just printed and sold its 1,000,000th book since its founding in 2000.

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Mar 21, 2007, Chinese Writer Jailed for Opinions

Zhang Jianhjong, who writes under the pen name Li Hong, was sentenced to 6 years in prison in Ningbo, China on March 19, 2007 for "incitement to subvert the state's authority."

The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling for his immediate release. With the Olympics set for Bejing in 2008, China will come under increasing scrutiny with regard to human rights.

While our concerns hover around the economics of our writing or the art of writing, we do well to remember that some writers pay dearly for speaking out on vital issues.

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Mar 21, 2007, Writing A Web Site

Writing a Web Site is the newest and possibly the most profitable form of self-publishing.

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Mar 20, 2007, Writing Tips - General

General writing tips to help the self publishing writer create high quality books. Link to writing tips on specific topics.

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Mar 20, 2007, Writing Press Releases

Get publicity for your book by writing press releases.Use these tips to write press releases for radio, TV, print media, and the Web.

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Mar 19, 2007, What is Writing for Hire?

Writing for hire is more about payment than it is about a particular kind of writing. Get a quote for your writing project.

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Mar 18, 2007, Writing for Children

Writing for children is harder than it looks. Children's writers and poets both make words work hard. Tips for children's writers.

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Mar 12, 2007, Write Verse for Children

Most people who write verse for children fail. Meet with success by using this free four-lesson course on writing verse for children by Audrey Owen, editor at writershelper.com.

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Mar 11, 2007, Writers' Workshops

Audrey Owen, editor at Writer's Helper, offers writers' workshops on the art, the science, and the economics of writing. (Most useful for those in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest region, al

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Mar 9, 2007, 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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Mar 8, 2007, Writer Resource

This writer resource page includes links or other contact information of vital importance to self publishing writers.

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Mar 6, 2007, Farley Mowatt On Video

Farley Mowatt, environmentalist and prairie boy, gave in interview about his time in Newfoundland, his role as story-teller, and his own personality. The video clip below gives highlights.


Mar 4, 2007, Everything You Wanted To Know About Writing Greeting Cards

Some writers make a good income writing greeting cards.

John Johnsen explains the ins and outs of writing for this specialty market.

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Mar 4, 2007, Warning -- Even University Writing Courses May Be Suspect

Before you sign up for a writing course, evaluate it.

Part of that evaluation means evaluating yourself, especially your own writing ability and your knowledge of writing. If you've never studied literature, you may get more from a book club or an undergraduate literature course as a place to start.

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Mar 4, 2007, Successful Author Gives $500,000

James Patterson, who has sold 12 million books, established the Page Turner Awards to support those who encourage literacy. The awards total $500,000 and will be shared among a large variety of people and programs.

  • Pam Shelton -- The Botswana Book Project
  • First Book
  • Washington Center for the Book
  • University of Minnesota -- African-American Read-In
  • All Hallows High School in New York City

The winners came from a pool of 2000 applicants and joined soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as beneficeries of Patterson.


Mar 3, 2007, Editor's Blog February 2007

Breaking news on writing, editing, and self-publishing. Reminders of good writing principles. Editor's Blog keeps you abreast of issues related to your craft. Audrey researches so you can write.

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