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Want to Reprint That? Get Permission First! What Authors Need to Know About Copyright Clearances

Jun 10, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo & Beth McAuley

Anyone writing a manuscript—be it a book, a journal article, a blog, a newsletter—has to understand only one thing about wanting to reprint material t...


What You Need to Know About Your Book's Copyright Page

Jun 05, 2024 - Michael Bedford

Self-publishing opportunities allow authors to reach their audiences on their own schedules and through their own publishing initiatives. An important...


Navigating the World of Self-Publishing: 6 Self-Publishing Services Worth Considering

May 28, 2024 - Michael Bedford

The world of self-publishing has come a long way since the concept was introduced. What was once a somewhat solitary act, nowadays, self-publishing of...


Avoid These 4 Self-Publishing Mistakes!

May 21, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

So you've decided to self-publish a book. That's great! Self-publishing a book can be quite the journey, and it can also be incredibly rewarding. Here...


Publishing Plans: What They Are, and How to Create Your Own

May 14, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

What is a publishing plan? Honestly, a publishing plan is exactly what it sounds like! It involves scheduling and planning for the writing and publish...


Thinking of Self-Publishing? Get Your Publishing Schedule in Place First!

May 08, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood things about the editing and publishing process is just how long it can take. If, for example, you have complete...


Self-Editing Your Work? Try These 7 Tips

May 01, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

The process of editing your work can be trying, difficult, and frustrating...but it can also be rewarding, enlightening, and satisfying. This month, w...


Building a Social Media Presence for Authors

Apr 23, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

If you’re an author (new or more experienced!) then you probably know the importance of having an author platform. If you’re a self-publishing author,...


8 Great Tips on Book Marketing for Introverts

Apr 16, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

f you’re an introverted author, putting yourself out there in order to market your book can be incredibly intimidating. Self-promotion might feel unco...


Upgrade Your Writing Practice: Tech Tools and Apps for Writers

Apr 09, 2024 - Michael Bedford

Some writers may be able to fill their manuscripts with inspired text without any outside help but, thankfully, in this age of apps and user-friendly ...


4 Key Resources for Learning About AI: Self-Education for the Novice

Apr 02, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

In this blog, the last instalment in our blog series on artificial intelligence, we will be looking at some of the many resources available out there ...


Editing in the Age of AI: 5 Applications Worth the Download (Plus an Honourable Mention)

Mar 27, 2024 - Michael Bedford

Recently, artificial intelligence and its arguably endless applications have seemed to dominate the conversations in several aspects of our lives. Man...


How Is AI Affecting Our Editing Practice?

Mar 20, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

This week, in our series on artificial intelligence, I’m looking at AI tools and how these might be affecting our editing practice. While these new to...


What Is AI, Anyway?

Mar 13, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

There’s no doubt that we’ve all heard of “AI,” or artificial intelligence—it’s been all over the news channels for a while now. But what is it exactly...


Malaphors: Mixed-up Cousins of Mixed Metaphors

Mar 05, 2024 - Michael Bedford

After writing about mixed metaphors last month, it was brought to my attention that I had peppered that post with malaphors. And, although malaphors a...


Years of Confusion: On the Peculiar Origins of Leap Years

Feb 27, 2024 - Michael Bedford

We originally posted this in 2020, and now four years have gone by — quite quickly! And just like that, another leap year is upon us. Read on to find ...


Ask a Business Editor: What Is Inclusive Language?

Feb 21, 2024 - Benedetta Lamanna

This week, we're revisiting a blog from our archives, asking an important questions for editors everywhere, but especially business editors in particu...


What Is the Active Voice and Why Is It Important?

Feb 13, 2024 - Glen Hoffmann

You’ve likely heard it’s best to write in the active voice whenever possible. This is good advice. In this week’s blog, I’ll explain why by answering ...


What Is a Trope vs. a Cliché?

Feb 06, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

You may have heard the terms “trope” and “cliché” before, but do you know what they are? Contrary to what many people think, these terms are not synon...


On Mixed Metaphors: Putting a Fine-Toothed Comb to the Grindstone

Jan 31, 2024 - Michael Bedford

I’ve always been a fan of finding examples of humorous misapplications of grammar or usage guidelines in writing. One source of such grammatical humou...


What Is Syntax? And Why Is It Important?

Grammar  /  Usage  /  Writing  /  Usage
Jan 24, 2024 - Melissa MacAulay

We’ve all heard it before: “Words are the building blocks of language.” Writers understand this better than anyone, as they are all too aware – someti...


What’s My Genre?

Jan 16, 2024 - Lesley-Anne Longo

If you’re a regular reader, you may already be familiar with book genres and what your favourites are. Maybe you like thrillers, or horror! Or, perhap...


Kickstarting Your Creative Engine: Tips to Get Your Writing Started

Jan 09, 2024 - Ronnie Morris

Writing of any sort—whether it’s fiction or non-fiction—can be tough.  Self-doubt can make an already difficult task even harder, and it’s easy to put...