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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...