The Conference Is Over, What Now?

This past weekend I was at the 2016 Wordsowers Christian Writers’ Conference where I taught on Scrivener, and also heard pitches from authors.

During the opening session, the conference director, Kat Crawford, asked how many were attending their first writers conference. I was pleasantly surprised to see nearly half the attendees raise their hands.

Kudos to you for taking that first major step toward honing your craft and getting your words out into the world.

Now that you’re back home, you might be wondering what to do now. [Read more…]

A Better, Easier Way to Create a Page Break

For the indie author, correctly formatting the elements of your manuscript, such as a page break, is essential (unless of course you pay someone else to do it).

Page Break

If you’re seeking traditional publication, all publishers have submission guidelines. Those guidelines often include such items as what font to use (e.g. Times New Roman), what font size (12 pt.), and to double space. Most people have no difficulty with creating those settings in Word.

But two consistent issues I see in the majority of manuscripts submitted to me, are using multiple returns to create a break between chapters and using a tab for the beginning paragraph indent.

While these aren’t make or break problems, they cast a degree [Read more…]

3 Rules on Using Commas

The Comma, a few simple guidelines on using commas

There are those of you who prefer to let editors or proofreaders worry about commas, but if you’re hiring a freelance editor or proofreader, learning some punctuation basics will save you money because he/she will spend less time fixing your manuscript.

I’ll be the first to say the rules governing the English language are confusing. I’ve often wondered why there seems to be an exception to every rule—sometimes 2 or 3.

I reference my Chicago Manual of Style regularly. I’ve also spend time in my Grammar Desk Reference, learning the whys and wherefores of grammar so I can correctly punctuate a sentence.

Today, I’d like to give some guidelines for commas I see most misused. [Read more…]

Fiction with Purpose

As I mentioned in Tuesday’s blog, many Christian authors write with the purpose of helping others. Sally Meadows is a good example.

Fiction with Purpose Sally Meadows interview

Sally is a two-time Canadian national award-nominated inspirational singer/songwriter, author, and speaker. After three professional degrees and a diverse career path that included being an editor, children’s entertainer, and educator, Sally took the plunge to focus full-time on her music and writing ministry in 2013.

Sally’s desire is to inspire others to explore the creative calls on their lives in the fullness God intended, no matter what their background, age, or personal challenges.

Let’s dive into today’s interview. [Read more…]

The Eternal Perspective on Building a Platform

concert platformAs I look at what the coming months hold for me—teaching at 4 writers conferences, learning new software, writing another book, maintaining my blog, and somewhere in between all that paying the bills and keeping my apartment clean—I totally understand the writer’s dilemma of finding time to build one’s platform.

The publishing world demands authors have a platform. Without it, it’s almost impossible to get picked up by a traditional publisher. They want those numbers up in the thousands, because after all, those numbers represent potential book buyers, [Read more…]

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