Editing Services Blog July 2007

Jul 31, 2007, Jerry Seinfeld's Shares a Writing Secret

I confess that I never expected to learn anything about writing from Jerry Seinfeld. Somehow the fact that he was a stand-up comic who had to turn out new material -- jokes need to be written by someone -- hadn't made its way into the writing part of my brain.

Jerry clearly thinks of himself as a writer, and when asked how to be a better comic, he answered with advice on how to become a better writer. . .

. . .with a big calendar and a red marker.

Jul 30, 2007, Watch a Novel Grow

For the chance of a lifetime, tune in to Sounds Like Canada on CBC Radio One. It's 10 a.m. in BC and I think the same elsewhere that gets the signal.

You'll get to follow along -- and participate if you want to: I did -- as Kevin Sylvester writes a young adult novel in public.

Neil Flambe is a teen prodigy chef who solves mysteries.

What I've enjoyed about listening to this series is the way Kevin researches his subject and responds to criticism.

The link to Kevin's site is below and you can get a flavor or what he's doing there. But in my opinion, the real juice is in the radio program.

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Jul 30, 2007, Best Home Page Order Page

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Jul 29, 2007, Better Page Order Page

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Jul 29, 2007, Good Enough Home Page Order Page

Stop losing visitors to your Web site. Order your good enough home page today.

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Jul 27, 2007, Educative Edit

What is an educative edit? Why was it developed? How can it help you to reduce your editing fees in the future?

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Jul 26, 2007, Editor's Credentials -- What You Need to Know

An editor answers: How do you check an editor's credentials? What credentials must an editor have?

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Jul 25, 2007, Editor Costs

Hiring an editor can seem expesive. Lee Haffner tells what it cost her when she didn't hire an editor for her book.

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Jul 24, 2007, Happy Birthday Helvetica

In 1957 a new font entered the world of typography. Created by a Swiss man, it came to be called Helvetica after the Latin form of Switzerland Confederatio Helvetica.

A san serif font (The letters don't have little "feet."), its neutral appearance makes it a good choice when you want to focus on the message instead of the font.

Its overwhelming popularity may have stemmed from its adoption by Lettreset in the 1960s. For those of you too young to know about Lettreset, it was the tool lay people used to create professional-looking copy by rubbing pressure sensitive letters onto the final copy.

Helvetica has stood the test of time and is the font used on Greyhound buses and American Airlane jets. Toyota uses Helvetica as does the Canadian government. And if you use a Mac, like I do, you will see it on the dialogue boxes and other text used by the Mac OSX.

Helvetica is also in use for the Cyrillic, Hebrew and Greek alphabets.

Although you don't want to use Helvetica for everything you write, you probably read many messages written in this well-used font every day.

And why should you care?

If you are a self-publishing writer, paying attention to the font is only one of the details you will consider when your book is ready for production.

Jul 24, 2007, What is an editor?

An editor answers the questions: What is an editor's job? What are the qualities of a good editor?

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Jul 23, 2007, How To Be A Mystery Writer Without Being Confusing

Do you know how to avoid the common mistakes a mystery writer makes? What does it take to write a good mystery?

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Jul 20, 2007, Should You Publish or Self-Publish,
A Writer Who Has Done Both Explains

August 25-26 Duane Sept, who has both published and self-published highly successful books will help writers to make the decision about which way to go.

If you plan to be in Washington state and are interested in Art of Publishing: Getting Your Book Published, check out the link below.

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Jul 19, 2007, Editing Time Line

Audrey Owen, editor for Writer's Helper, answers the question,

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Jul 18, 2007, Editing Services FAQ

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

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Jul 15, 2007, Meet the Writers Helper - Editing Services for Self Publishers

Meet the Writers' Helper who offers custom-designed editing services, with a free sample edit. (UPDATE: The sample edit is now free through a rebate.)

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Jul 14, 2007, What Will Editing Cost?

Wondering what editing costs? An editor answers your question.

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Jul 11, 2007, Book Review The Laughing Lavendar Field

A book review for a self-published children's book, The Laughing Lavendar Field. Review written by Audrey Owen, editor for self-publishing writers.

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Jul 10, 2007, My Life As a Dyslexic

A dyslexic writer tells the story of how she became an author with dyslexia.

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Jul 9, 2007, Book Reviews

Book reviews: Reviews of books by self publishing authors. Includes links to services self publishers need: printers, illustrators, editors.

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Jul 8, 2007, Copywriting

Good copywriting leads a reader to a specific response. Learn what makes a good copywriter and check out a great copywriting resource.

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Jul 4, 2007, Copy Editors

An editor outlines the work of copy editors. Learn which level of editing you need.

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Jul 2, 2007, Computer Tips For Writers

These computer tips for writers are offered because or most writers, the computer has become a necessary, if not indispensible tool of their trade. Learn the basics here.

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Jul 1, 2007, Books For Writers

Recommended books for writers. Reference books I wouldn't be without. Buy them for yourself or for a friend.

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