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Blogs about writing, editing, and the whole self-publishing thing

Self-Publishing Lessons Part 8: Thesis and Theme

Thesis and Theme

This is the last installment I’m going to do on developmental editing for a while, and it probably should have been the first, but it won’t hurt to save the best for last.

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What To Write About

I’ll Write What I Want

I go out of my way not to argue on social media. It’s usually a pointless waste of time. But if you try to tell me what I can write about, I’m going to flag you with my freedom card.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 6: Developmental Self-Editing

I think this is the post I’ve dreaded the most in this whole series. Bear with me as I try to give some insight into how to developmentally edit your own manuscripts.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 5: Self-Editing, #1

Self-Editing for Development

Most modern self-publishers are writers, not editors, and self-editing is not really part of most writers’ toolboxes. If you edit like a writer, you’re going to have a bad time.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 4: Editors and Beta Readers

What Editors and Beta Readers Do

I’ve been nipple-deep (I’m short) in the indie/self-publishing community of authors for over a year now, and most of you make me sad. Have a sit and allow me to explain to you what editors and beta readers are, and what you should expect (and demand) of them.

This is going to take more than one column, FYI.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 3: Non-Comma Pauses

Pauses that are not Commas: Asides, semicolons, hyphens, em-dashes, and en-dashes

Before I get to the column on the three types of editing and how to actually use publishing principles in self-publishing, there is one other grammar pet peeve I need to address so I don’t hate myself for leaving you in the dark. It’s about what those bigass letters say directly above this.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 2: How to Use a Fucking Comma

Cut Your Editor’s Stress: How to Use a FUCKING COMMA

I didn’t say this originally, but let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. If that takes you back to your grammar school days…all the better. Do yourself and your editor a favor, and think about your comma usage with me.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 1: Grammar

New Feature for Self-Publishers—Lesson 1: Callie On Grammar

This is the start of a new blog category and series I’ll be writing in 2017 called Self-Publishing Lessons. The concept of this column is to do something constructive for the self-publishing community. Self-publishers need to appropriate traditional publishing’s few redeeming qualities, and that’s what everything here will be about. That’s what I know, so that’s all I can give. But it’s useful! We’re going to start by having a talk about grammar.

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