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Writing is your craft and your passion. If you also want it to be a source of income, you'll need to know much more than how to place a comma.

Editor's Blog keeps you up to date on the business end of things and reminds you of writing techniques you may have forgotten so you can concentrate on your writing.

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Aug 10, 2023

Who REALLY knows..?

Sir, Good afternoon. Help me wrestle this please? I'm old and have time. A few quid and fewer worries. I was always accused of being creative. What to

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Jan 08, 2022

Writing Goals

Get help meeting your writing goals.

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Aug 17, 2021

Getting started

I feel like I get writer's block when I think about writing a paper. How can I get past this?

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Mar 17, 2021

Old skool apostrophe

I went to school in the 60's and we were taught the apostrophe for possession comes after the s. Janes' book is there. Jane's running would represent

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Dec 23, 2020

Writing Goals 2021

Get help meeting your writing goals for 2021.

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Mar 12, 2020

Write Reviews That Sell


Learn how to write reviews that sell anything. Tips from a professional reviewer.

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Dec 22, 2019

Writing Goals 2020

Writers post their writing goals and receive reminders to stay on track.

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Nov 08, 2018

Editing Promotion

Use the form on this page if you have an editing promotion code for a sample edit from Writer's Helper. Includes a link for sample edits for those without a code.

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Aug 07, 2018

Explaining cultural architecture and other specifics in Fantasy

I have been writing a story set in a fantasy setting and much of the architecture these fictional races are using is based on real world architecture from

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Apr 06, 2018

Beginning sentences with pronouns

I currently tutor ESL students, and a question regarding using pronouns, specifically 'it' to begin sentences has me stumped. In the sentence, It is

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Mar 13, 2018

Buyer Persona For Self Published Books

Learn why and how to create a buyer persona to market your self-published book to see your sales soar.

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Jan 11, 2018

Writing Goals 2018

Writing goals for 2018 submitted by writers as part of writing support.

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Dec 14, 2017

Editor's Notes Newsletter

A subscription to Editor's Notes, a free newsletter for writers, with a slant to self publishers, comes with a gift: a Tip Sheet on how to best use Word's Outline view.

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Nov 27, 2017

Writing Goals 2017

Writing goals for 2017 submitted by writers as part of writing support.

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Sep 16, 2017

I want to write but its impossible

I want to write but I can't help but edit the first sentence (words) again and again (because of grammar, change of words or change of idea). Then, my

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Sep 16, 2017

Finding the correct usage for a word

Is using the phrase life issues correct since both life and 'issues' are nouns. I could not find an adjective for life in this context.

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May 03, 2017

If you can't focus on writing, get a partner.

I used to be very unproductive because I was unsure what I should write about and I had no confidence in what I was doing. Then I got someone who was interested

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May 03, 2017

Where to begin

The day started as usual. I went in, said good morning to everyone and started My main job description, filing. And my main agitation of filing. Why can't

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Mar 08, 2017

Perterbing Pronouns

I'm a wanna-be editor, who has been struggling to find an answer to this question: how do pronouns work in scenes with two people of the same gender? I

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Mar 01, 2017

International Writers' Festivals

Whether you plan to travel or visit a writers' festival in your back yard, this list may have something for you. It's listed by geographical area, so it's easy to use.

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Jan 24, 2017

Whistler Independent Book Prize Competition Opens

New for 2017! Following up on the success of the first Whistler Independent Book Awards, we're launching a special manuscript competition for Canadian writers. The competition to find the best original, unpublished manuscript is now open. Enter to have your book published and launched at the 2017 Whistler Writers Festival. 

THE PRIZE - YOUR BOOK PUBLISHEDThe winner of the first Whistler Independent Book Prize will receive:

Complete publication services including professional editing, cover design, interior design and layout, proofreading

Publishing and marketing support for independent publication

100 printed copies courtesy of Island Blue/Printorium Bookworks

Book launch at the 2017 Whistler Writers Festival

Submission deadline:February 28, 2017

Shortlist announced:March 15, 2017*

Winner announced:April 22, 2017

Book published:October 11, 2107

*IMPORTANT: if you are selected for the shortlist, your complete manuscript must be delivered no later than March 22, 2017.

HOW TO ENTERSubmission form and full competition details can be found at the Tidewater website.

authors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

manuscripts must be original, unpublished works of fiction or non-fiction

entries must include an excerpt of the manuscript (max 5,000 words) and a synopsis (max 500 words) in Word doc format

EVERY submission will receive a written assessment including valuable critiques and suggestions for developing the manuscript.

The shortlist will be jointly selected by Vivalogue Publishing and Behind the Book. The winning manuscript will be determined by Byrna Barclay and Miji Campbell, winners of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards for fiction and non-fiction respectively.

2017 WHISTLER INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS Entries for the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Awards will open on March 1, 2017.

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Sep 26, 2016

create your own world! (for fiction writers)

There is a reason why Lord of The Rings and Hairy Potter are such great books. they don't use real places they use an environment that they created. Having

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Aug 31, 2016

let emotions into your writing

I've found that most fans like deep emotional thoughts ex. of what not to do she walked down the hall and smiled at a boy named Kevin ex. of what

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Aug 09, 2016

Word on the Water Weekend

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Washington invite you to their weekend retreat for writers. Click for more information.

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Aug 09, 2016

Comma in Title

Example: Jim's story, The Use of Quotation Marks, will be published in the first magazine next month. Why was the second comma, after Marks, put within

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Feb 09, 2016

Literature of Ireland

Visit those who made the literature of Ireland through this literary map.

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Jan 28, 2016

Word on the Lake Contest

The Thirteenth Annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival is announcing that the 2016 Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing Contest is now open. Contestants may submit original unpublished works in the following categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, and Poetry. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $150 plus a 2016 conference package including banquet ticket ($230 value) and will be published in the Askews’ Foods Word on the Lake Anthology which will be available at the festival. Contest closes at midnight on 11 April 2016. Winners will be contacted prior to the Festival which takes place May 20 - 22 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College in Salmon Arm, BC. Winners will be recognized at the Saturday night banquet. 

For further details concerning the writing contest including submission guidelines, and information about the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

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Jan 01, 2016

Writing Goals 2016

Writing goals for 2016 submitted by writers as part of writing support.

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Nov 24, 2015

Rather or Whether - another question

Which example is more appropriate - May your travels rather near or far enable new experiences, and most importantly, allow you to spend time with those

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Oct 20, 2015

Questions About Substantive Editors from a Complete Noob

First of all, I want to thank you for the wonderful help your website has been. I have been writing as a casual hobby for a few years, but I decided I

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Jun 28, 2015

Be You!

Be yourself. Don't write what someone else wants you to write. Write you want to. Do what you feel is right and NEVER give up. Good luck.

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May 06, 2015

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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Apr 21, 2015

Word on the Lake Writers' Festival

It’s festival time again in the Shuswap!

Plan to attend the twelfth annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival taking place May 15th-17th, 2015, at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College in Salmon Arm.

This is an opportunity not only to enhance your writing skills, but also to meet award-winning authors, network, socialize, and have fun! 

Word has something for everyone--from editors and publishers, to bestselling fantasy and mystery writers. And, yes, we offer a workshop on songwriting!

Our presenters are some of the best authors, editors, publishers, and songwriters in Canada. This year's lineup includes Kelsey Attard, Gail Bowen, Brian Brett, Norma Charles, Margaret Curelas, Anne DeGrace, Charles de Lint, Gary Fjellgaard, Grant Lawrence, Kathryn Para, Jodie Renner, Harold Rhenisch, and our own Louise Wallace.

Did we mention fun? Friday night is the Coffee House with author readings and the lyrical music of Juno Award winner and Hall of Fame songwriter Gary Fjellgaard. The Saturday Night Banquet features vocal entertainment provided by Charles de Lint (who can really sing!), MaryAnn Harris, Gary Fjellgaard, and popular CBC personality and author Grant Lawrence.

Still thinking?

Check out our website at wordonthelakewritersfestival.com for festival rates, workshops, presenter bios, bursaries, and the highly- acclaimed Blue Pencil Café.

But time is running out on the Early Bird rate -- it ends midnight Saturday, April 25th.

Remember: "The Early Bird captures the Word! -- Cheep Cheep!"

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Jan 26, 2015

Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest

Interested in $1500 in prize money?

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Jan 01, 2015

Writing Goals 2013

Writers share their writing goals for 2013 and receive support from Audrey Owen, editor at writershelper.com, so their projects get completed in record time.

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Jan 01, 2015

Writing Goals 2015

Writers share their writing goals for 2015 and receive support from Audrey Owen, editor at writershelper.com.

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Dec 30, 2014

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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Apr 01, 2014

Copy Editors

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

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Mar 31, 2014

Book Review Jade

A book review for a self-published book by a renowned gemologist, Jade. Review written by Audrey Owen, editor for self-publishing writers.

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Mar 27, 2014

Computer Tips For Writers

These computer tips for writers are offered because for most writers, the computer has become a necessary tool of their trade. Learn the basics here.

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Mar 19, 2014

Children's Book Ideas

Uncover great children's book ideas using stories you know already. A Hollywood film writer shares secrets of story writing for children to boost your creativity.

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Mar 19, 2014

Character In Conflict -- The Godfather

One way to structure a story is to put a character in conflict, or to put multiple characters in multiple conflicts. Consider The Godfather through the lens of characters in conflict.

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Mar 19, 2014

Book Review Democratic Rules Of Order

Read the book review of the self-published parliamentary guide, Democratic Rules of Order.

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Mar 10, 2014

Business Opportunites Online Home Page And Beyond

It seems everyone is looking for business opportunities online. Home page building is only the beginning of an exciting journey. Learn about building an online business. Get help with your idea.

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Mar 09, 2014

Break Even In Self-Publishing

How many books does it take to break even? Know this before you decide how many to print and what to charge. See the results of a survey of self-publishing writers.

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Mar 09, 2014

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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Mar 09, 2014

Book Review Common Wildflowers of British Columbia

A book review for a self-published nature study, Common Wildflowers of British Columbia. Reviewed by Audrey Owen, editor for self-publishing writers.

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Mar 09, 2014

Book Marketing and the Book Proposal Doctor

A writer shares his experience using a book proposal doctor.

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Mar 09, 2014

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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