The first time (that I know of) I was plagiarized was in college. Someone had copied and pasted at least three of my sentences on an online message board where we were to post weekly thoughts about our assigned material. Now, these weren’t commonly worded sentences, so it wasn’t coincidental—I knew I had been plagiarized. (more…)
“Since writing my previous article on “Words to Start Spelling Correctly,” I’ve keep a list of misspellings I’ve come across while editing. I’ve gathered enough to write about, so here are more common misspellings, some of which are homophones (words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings), and tricks to help remember the differences! (more…)
Here are the reports you asked me to send you.
If the greeting in this e-mail looks similar to your daily e-mails, you’re doing it wrong. You’re not the only one, though, so don’t give yourself too much grief (just a little). Every day, I receive e-mails that share this same mistake. Have you spotted it yet? (more…)
One of the most important steps to take before you send your manuscript to your designer or your editor is to set the headings. This is crucial if you have sections and subsections in your manuscript. (more…)
Have you ever thought of the perfect song that coincides with a scene in your book, the song that describes the exact emotion you want to convey? I think we all have. (more…)
Letting go of your manuscript can be a difficult experience. After writing and putting bits of yourself into your book, it isn’t always easy to hand it off for an editor to critique and change, but it’s a necessary step of the publishing process. Here are a few ways to make working with your editor easier. (more…)
Hello, all! Kimberly here from Jera Publishing. Today your self-publishing short is on a big mistake made by authors of illustrated books. When a self-publishing author comes to us for the design of their interior book layout and mentions they have illustrations, I always cringe a little. Why? (more…)
Do you find it difficult to recall the difference between effect and affect, lie and lay, or it’s and its? You’re not the only one! These words are called homophones, words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. (more…)
In the age of texting and social media, we often find ourselves in need of a way to show emphasis, but italicizing isn’t always an option. Instead, we use asterisks, underscores, all caps, and quotation marks because we want to do something to set the word(s) apart. (more…)
Have you been told you should be using Twitter as an author, but don’t know where to even start? This hands-on workshop will walk you through the basics of Twitter and then get into how to use it to promote your book.