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Hands down the best pre-editor editing advice I’ve ever read. It’s a fast read, wry, comprehensive and spot-on. Print, laminate, and hang over your computer screen. From editor Karen R. Sanderson via Romance University.

http://romanceuniversity.org/2014/11/17/editing-and-proofreading-tidbits-by-karen-r-sanderson/

A comprehensive, in-depth and fascinating explanation of why you will be glad you decided to work with an editor:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/01/john-adamus-why-editing-by-an-editor-who-isnt-you-matters/

Who knew? A little-known fact about apostrophes from two experts:

http://zettasdesk.com/2014/07/16/apostrophes-and-the-abusive-author/

http://ilovetypography.com/2007/10/31/the-apostrophe-contrary-to-popular-belief-it-doesnt-swing-both-ways/

Let’s move on to my pet peeve: em dashes. Plus the article will make you ROFLYAO.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2011/05/the_caseplease_hear_me_outagainst_the_em_dash.html

<g> I rest my case!

Another peeve: the that vs which squabble (yeah, I know about Chicago Manual of Style, but…)

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/which-and-that-to-introduce-clauses/

And my latest hobbyhorse: overused words. This one from a fellow fiction editor reveals just the tip of the iceburg, and if I get the time, I’ll blog about it in much greater depth.

http://www.jamiechavez.com/blog/2012/05/words-i-never-want-to-see-in-your-novel-please/

Kick-ass visual key for writing emotion-packed scenes. I’d laminate this one and post it above your monitor!

http://earthsky.org/human-world/where-we-experience-emotions-in-our-body

Great insights from a BookBub survey that apply to book sales page blurbs, synopses and other advertising, as well as BookBub ads:

http://unbound.bookbub.com/post/71990474519/5-test-results-to-help-you-market-your-ebook

Two great new articles (as of September, 2013) with practical and spot-on suggestions for how to work successfully with your editor:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-tips-on-how-to-work-with-an-editor/

http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/your-editor-is-your-friend-really/

Wonderful blog post by author Athena Grayson about whether to write for yourself, or for the market.

http://athenagrayson.com/blog/2013/10/15/life-act-two-sday-all-in/

Want to see how you stack up in terms of vocabulary? After you’ve taken the test, check out the statistics link!

http://testyourvocab.com/

This guy’s right. Don’t feel bad; just about everyone I work with makes at least one or two of these grammatical errors:

http://litreactor.com/columns/20-common-grammar-mistakes-that-almost-everyone-gets-wrong

Having trouble deciding where to put your marketing time? Here’s a very interesting informal but comprehensive survey of readers, not fellow authors or pundits, from Marie Force of the E-book Formatting Fairies.

http://e-bookformattingfairies.blogspot.com/

A very useful primer for new authors, an infographic which offers ideas for writing through networking, marketing and advertising. A keeper!

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/e04c731d-6991-4b4c-b6b2-a4bf426ed3df#

A list of classic, indispensable books for authors, with a few of my writing bibles – with big thanks to Karen Saxon for the Goodreads list:

http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/a-writer-s-helper

And some other favorites of mine … The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines, Please Understand Me, Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

How to take your editor’s Track Changes feedback and incorporate it quickly and accurately, a very detailed tutorial. If you’re a Mac user, this also works, but I know that the top of the windowpane can look very different. If you need more help, search the ‘net using Mac-Word-Track Changes and you’ll get extremely helpful results.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/review-accept-reject-and-hide-tracked-changes-HA001218562.aspx

One of an excellent series of articles about creating and editing a novel, from Kevin Hanrahan’s blog Soldier Writer: Balancing the Sword and the Pen

 http://khanrahan.com/2013/02/25/lessons-learned-during-the-edit-of-a-novel/

Sick of worshiping at the altar of The Hero’s Journey as the only plot structure? Try these geek’s-eye views. They’ll either get your creative juices flowing, or your blood boiling!

http://youtu.be/gx18FJCKhR8

http://youtu.be/M3FuQR33eQM

Comprehensive ebook publishing resources & guide – Digital Book World:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/resources-going-from-indesign-to-ebook/

From Romance University, two very informative and useful posts about choosing and using an editor.

http://romanceuniversity.org/2013/03/01/tips-before-hiring-an-editor-with-donnell-ann-bell/

http://romanceuniversity.org/2013/02/27/when-is-it-time-to-hire-an-editor-with-ru-contributing-editor-heather-webb/

Punctuating dialogue driving you nuts? Some good solutions:

This one has welcome humor if you read carefully: http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/dialogue-dos-and-donts/

http://data.grammarbook.com/blog/effective-writing/spacing-with-dialogue/

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/how-to-write-dialogue.aspx

Free software, including a Word plugin. I haven’t used these yet, so can’t recommend, but they look very interesting.

http://prowritingaid.com/Free-Editing-Software.aspx#.UT31pFfTNw7

http://prowritingaid.com/WordPlugins.aspx#.UT31rlfTNw5

Protecting your family’s rights to your creative product, from a major author

http://files.neilgaiman.com/SIMPLEWILL.pdf

Two good posts about common errors. I agree with the first, but think authors still need to be more careful than most.

http://news.yahoo.com/7-bogus-grammar-errors-dont-worry-060000215.html

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/10-classes-of-careless-usage/

A free basic grammar book, an excellent resource:
www.dailywritingtips.com/download/Basic-English-Grammar.zip

A great blog about words, writing, punctuation, all kinds of useful stuff:
www.dailywritingtips.com

A fun and creative way to SEE if you’re overusing any words:
http://www.wordle.net/

Read this any time you feel discouraged:
http://kriswrites.com/2012/06/27/the-business-rusch-perfection/

A free editing program to use before submitting to a critique group or an editor:
http://www.smart-edit.com/

Another free editing tool:
http://www.grammarly.com/?q=grammar&gclid=COeh0MeGhbECFYio4Aod33bWmg

Heard horror stories about others’ editing experiences? This is a watchdog site that reports ripoffs, scams and other less-than-desirable people claiming to provide editing services:
http://pred-ed.com/

My absolute favorite novelist’s blog, full of wisdom, great advice, inspiration and fun ideas:
http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/author/writersinthestorm/

A must-join discussion group if you plan to self-publish romance. Absolutely everything you’ve ever wanted to know, and lots more. I suggest signing up for digest mode, because there are more than 1,000 busy, talkative members in this group!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndieRomanceInk/

 

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