The book-publishing industry has standard guidelines for formatting proposals and manuscripts. If your submission isn’t formatted according to those guidelines, you’ll look less professional and more like an amateur. This could affect the chances of your submission being read or seriously considered.
Fair use allows consumers to copy part or all of a copyrighted work, even if the copyright holder has not given permission to copy the work. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut rules for determining this. Fair use is decided by a judge, on a case-by-case basis, after balancing four factors listed in the copyright […]
Here’s a brief overview of how to do endnotes and footnotes (condensed from The Chicago Manual of Style).
Avoid these common dialogue mistakes.
A lot of writing books warn against using too many dialogue tags (“he said,” “she asked,” and all the various synonyms), as that can come across as lazy or contrived writing. It is seen by some to be the mark of an amateur writer.
Character descriptions can be tricky. You want to give readers some clues about what characters look like without going overboard.
I know I said I was done posting changes. But I just discovered this one and couldn’t help but post it.
A good fiction writer uses settings to create visual images that not only show where the action takes place but also reveal something about the characters and the story. So choose your location for each scene very carefully. The right setting can add depth to characters, set a particular mood, and even serve as an […]