Formatting guidelines–PART 2 (Word options & clean ups)

From Rick: Last time, I covered some key formatting points for your manuscripts. In this part, I’m first going to show you how to set your MS Word defaults to sensible settings to help you avoid problems. The instructions are

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Manuscript formatting guidelines–PART 1

From Rick: We talk a lot about the specifics of grammar and craft in this blog, but one aspect of writing we’ve left out so far deals with the basics of formatting your story or manuscript. Just so we’re clear,

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Common homophone usage errors among writers–Part 1

From Rick: Scott and I have done a couple of previous blogs on this topic (9/10/12 and 9/17/12). I’ve updated the blog categories to include one on Confusing Words, so you can find them easily. What I’m going to do

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Should you go it alone?

How much “self” to put in “self-publishing”? From Scott: The advent of online self-publishing, especially now that there is a rush to publish on Amazon, has resolved many issues authors face, only to create new ones. Under the traditional system,

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Is your story the right size?

From Rick: This may sound like a strange topic, but it reflects a problem I’ve seen on several occasions. It means: does your story CONCEPT match the length allocated to it? The length problem spans all types of stories from

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