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10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Editor

Good writing comes from good editing. A professional editor does more than correct mistakes; they can help you turn lead into gold! The following podcast includes 10 reasons to hire a professional editor. Continued...


Are You Using an Editorial Calendar?

Want to write more articles? And more often? Then follow in the footsteps of magazine editors and utilize an editorial calendar. Our editors explain the benefits of using an editorial calendar in this podcast. Continued...


Beginners Guide to Punctuation

Punctuation marks may not seem important, but they are. Without correct usage of punctuation, the meaning of a sentence can be lost. This podcast will highlight the basic rules of English language punctuation. Continued...


Book Review Examples

As discussed in our article explaining how to write a book review, book reviews are very different from book reports. In order to illustrate what a book review is, we have provided a book review example for your reference. Continued...


Bringing Your Plot to a Good Resolution

Are you looking for a good way to end your story, searching for the best way to leave your protagonist and resolve your plot? This podcast will help you decide the best way to end your plot with its insightful tips regarding protagonists and how to avoid a "paper dragon". Continued...


Creating Believable Characters

Any seasoned writer will tell you that creating characters that are believable takes some work. It's a little like painting a picture, stroke by stroke. Characters have to be constructed, bit by bit, until the whole, complex individual finally comes into view. Continued...


Does Expository Writing Have You Confused?

Maybe you find yourself on this page because your instructor asked you to write an expository essay, and you aren’t exactly sure what’s expected of you—if so, you’ve certainly found the right place. Expository writing, or exposition, is a type of discourse used to describe, explain, define, inform, or clarify. It literally means “to expose.” Continued...


Does Expository Writing Have You Confused?

If you have to write an expository essay, but don't know how, then this podcast is the perfect tool to help you learn. After becoming informed about the characteristics of an expository piece, how they are formatted, what should be included and methods to writing them, you will be ready to begin! Continued...


E-book Publishing

We belong to a generation that values having knowledge at its fingertips. Innovations, such as the E-book, have provided alternatives to the traditional methods of receiving documents (or written text). If you are looking to publish your work, this podcast will outline some advantages and disadvantages of E-book publishing. Continued...


Ebook Publishing

Ebook publishing may not meet everyone's needs, but don't reject the idea of making your manuscript into a downloadable product without at least considering the pros and cons. Continued...


Eliminating Wordiness

When a sentence is too long and is full of extra, unimportant words, it is referred to as wordy. If a sentence is wordy, it can be hard to comprehend and will detract from your writing. Try to follow these tips to avoid wordiness and to produce clear, concise writing. Continued...


Essay Writing: Traffic Signals for the Reader

You're writing an essay, and you want a good grade, or at least to make yourself understood. How can you make this easier for your reader? Continued...


Essay Writing: Traffic Signs for Readers

Writing a term paper is like driving a car. If you want to keep them engaged, then you have to steer your readers clearly through what you are trying to say. This podcast will help you do just that by highlighting “traffic signals” that can be applied to your writing in order to guide readers on their journey through your paper. Continued...


Fleshing Out Your Plot

Your selection of setting and character will do a lot in this department, but you also have to carefully craft the sequence of events that will take place between the event that sets the story in motion and the event that brings it to its conclusion. A straight path between the two is rarely interesting. Twists and turns that increase the sense of struggle provide an opportunity for the readers to build stronger emotional bonds with the character and build suspense. Continued...


Front Matter: What it is and Why it is Important

Maybe you've flipped through the first few pages of a book and wondered what all that information is about, or maybe you've always just skipped those pages. All the material that appears at the front of a book before the actual content is called front matter, and it actually contains some very important information! To learn more about front matter, please listen to our podcast. Continued...


Golden Rules for a Good Plot

If you are having trouble creating a good plot, take the time to listen to this podcast. The five golden rules discussed, such as creating a plot skeleton, will help you organize your story ideas into a successful design. Continued...


Grant Writing: What is it?

You need funding for your project, but where will the money come from? A grant, of course! Every year, governments, private foundations, and public corporations award billions of dollars in grants to individuals and organizations for specific projects. Grant writing is an extensive process that can take weeks, or even months, depending on the type of grant you are applying for. To learn more about the grant writing process, please listen to our podcast. Continued...


How to Copyright a Book

Once you've written a story, there are many ways it can be delivered to the world. In this article, we'll look at how to copyright a book. Continued...


How to Copyright a Book

This podcast examines the realities of copyrighting when using traditional publishing methods. Rights and subsidiary rights, such as paperback reprinting rights and first rights, which may be requested with the offer to publish, are detailed. Continued...


How to Eliminate Wordiness

Do you find yourself writing sentences that are far too long? Have you ever re-read a sentence and struggled to finish it in one breath? If so, you may be suffering from something called prolixity, or in laymen’s terms, wordiness. Our editors suggest several ways to help you avoid wordiness and increase quality. Continued...


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