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Submissions Etiquette 201: Updated Tips and Tricks to Help Your Manuscript Get Noticed!

Nov 09, 2022 - Lesley-Anne Longo

A few years ago, I wrote a blog that covered all the important points of what I like to think of as “submissions etiquette.” In other words, how to su...

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4 Tips for Successful Academic Journal Submissions

Nov 09, 2022 - Jaclyn MacNeil

Publishing your own journal article is an exciting prospect. At this stage in the process, you’ve likely spent many hours writing, editing, integratin...

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Where to Find the Editor You Need

Sep 07, 2022 - Michael Bedford

Editors, much like authors, tend to have specific areas of focus. Even among editors who consider themselves generalists, their literary preferences a...

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4 Tips on Finding an Editor: What You Need to Know

Aug 30, 2022 - Lesley-Anne Longo

So, you’re ready to start the editing process and need to find the editor who will be the best fit for you. First of all, congratulations! The time yo...

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Editorial Professional Development Opportunities in 2022: Testing the Post-Lockdown Waters

May 11, 2022 - Michael Bedford

For the past two years, many writers, editors, and indexers have had to rely exclusively on attending virtual events to develop their editorial skills...

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Formatting A Stage Play in Microsoft Word

Feb 02, 2022 - Michael Bedford

Writing a good play is hard work but by learning a few tricks in Microsoft Word, playwrights can make the process of formatting scripts easier. Like b...

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7 Helpful Tips for Self-Editing Your Work

Jan 19, 2022 - 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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TEC Editing Tips of the Year: 6 Dos and Don’ts for Authors

Jan 12, 2022 - TEC Editors

It’s 2022, and the start of a new year may be enough for you to feel inspired to tick off some of the items on your to-do list. If one of the items on...

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Avoiding the Supply Chain Naughty List: 5 Ways to Beat the Bottleneck

Nov 24, 2021 - Michael Bedford

With the global pandemic beating what we all hope is a hasty retreat from the news coverage spotlight, global supply-chain problems are now taking up ...

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TEC Roundup: Our 6 Most-Visited Blogs in 2021

Nov 17, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Well, 2021 is coming to an end (where did the year go, exactly?), and as 2022 approaches, it’s hard not to look back on the past year and think about ...

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5 Out-of-This-World Tips for Editors of Science Fiction

Editing  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Publishing
Jul 28, 2021 - Michael Bedford

The process of working on any manuscript presents a range of concerns specific to the manuscript’s intended genre, so don’t get caught with your space...

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Starting Your Editing Journey with TEC: Helpful Advice on What to Expect

Jul 07, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo & Beth McAuley

As editors, we at TEC are well aware of the ins and outs of working with each of our clients and helping them navigate the editing process.   We als...

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What Does “Heading A” Mean? Some Key Editing Terms Explained

Jun 16, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Editorial work entails a variety of different jobs. These include substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading. Because the process of editoria...

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Planning on Self-Publishing? Then Build Your Publishing Schedule Well in Advance

Jun 09, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo & Beth McAuley

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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On Publishing Play-Scripts: 4 Pointers for Playwrights Looking to Publish

May 26, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Although some of the steps that playwrights take on their journey to publication are similar to those taken by authors seeking publication, there are ...

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No Agent? No Problem! 10 Canadian Indie Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

May 11, 2021 - Michael Bedford

New Canadian authors working without the benefit of representation are probably familiar with House of Anansi and Douglas & McIntyre as being Cana...

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Publishing Plans for Authors: Why Managing Your Journey Is Important

May 05, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

What is a publishing plan? Well, a publishing plan is exactly what it sounds like: it involves scheduling and planning for the writing and publishing ...

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Editing with Empathy: Understanding and Sharing the Feelings of Your Author

Mar 10, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As an editor, remaining empathetic and sensitive to the author's needs will always be important. So, we decided to revisit this blog from earlier in t...

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2 Basic Steps to Preparing Your Permissions Request

Mar 02, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

So, you’ve determined you do need to request permission for something you’re using in your book. It might be a poem, it could be an excerpt of text, o...

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Creating the Copyright Page for Your Book: What You Need to Know

Feb 24, 2021 - 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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6 Tips to Help You Complete Your First Draft

Feb 17, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It's still the beginning of a new year, and that usually means lots of new authors are out there working on the first draft of that book they've been ...

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Exploring Editing as a Career? 6 Suggestions to Get You Started

Jan 20, 2021 - Beth McAuley & Lesley-Anne Longo

To be an editor is a rewarding career choice. There are so many different types of editing and so many different types of editors. And for those in th...

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Attention New Authors! 5 More Indie Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

Jan 18, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Independent Canadian publishers help define the Canadian literary scene. In 2019, we published the first listing of 5 such publishers for emerging aut...

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What Does “Heading A” Mean? Some Key Editing Terms Explained

Jan 14, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Editorial work entails a variety of different jobs. These include substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading. Because the process of editoria...

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5 More Independent Canadian Publishers for Emerging Authors

Sep 29, 2020 - Michael Bedford

Independent Canadian publishers help define the Canadian literary scene. In 2019, we published the first listing of 5 such publishers for emerging aut...

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Buyer Beware: Are You Buying Counterfeit Books?

Sep 09, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

When Toronto declared a lockdown and I knew I’d be working at home indefinitely, I realized I had a problem — I would still be doing editing work, but...

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5 Up-and-Coming Independent Canadian Publishers: Attention New Authors!

Aug 25, 2020 - Michael Bedford

If you've had some extra time on your hands lately, you might be using it to finally finish that manuscript you've been working on! In this blog from ...

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Embracing Marketability

Jun 03, 2020 - Nina Hoeschele

You may find yourself with a little extra time on your hands these days — but how can you spend it productively? In this blog from TEC's archives, for...

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6 Tips to Help You Complete Your First Draft

May 12, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Completing the first draft of your book can be the most daunting thing about writing a book — the revising and editing can be difficult, but first get...

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The Pitch Line and Why Every Writer Needs One

Apr 28, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Here at TEC, we receive calls from potential clients who are new to the writing process. The usual questions are about our services and rates, and abo...

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5 Amazing Resources for Writers: How You Can Get Involved in the Writing Community

Mar 11, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Writing can be an incredibly rewarding career, but it can also be, at times, a lonely one. If you are like most writers, you probably work from home (...

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Submissions Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts When Submitting a Manuscript Part 3

Feb 05, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

This week, we took a look at some of our popular archived posts and decided to share this one with you one more time! We hope it helps you achieve you...

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Author–Publisher Relationships: What to Expect When You’re Publishing

Jan 16, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As an author, you probably think about the relationship you want to have with your readers. After all, you are writing to appeal to your audience, and...

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Submissions Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts When Submitting a Manuscript Part 2

Oct 10, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

This week, we took a look at some of our popular archived posts and decided to share this one with you one more time! We hope it helps you achieve you...

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5 Up-and-Coming Independent Canadian Publishers: Attention New Authors!

Sep 19, 2019 - Michael Bedford

New Canadian authors working without the benefit of representation are probably familiar with House of Anansi and Douglas & McIntyre as being Cana...

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What’s the Hook? It Reels in Your Reader’s Attention

Jul 09, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

So you’ve finished your book — congratulations! If you want to pursue the route of traditional publishing, it’s time to start thinking of how to put t...

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7 Steps to Writing Good Online Content

Jul 04, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Different publishers have different demands. One doesn’t submit the same article to both The New Yorker and the Toronto Sun. These two periodicals hav...

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EditorCon: Reflections on the Editors Canada 40th Anniversary Conference

Jun 19, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

On June 7, a perfect, sunny, 20 degree day, I arrived in Halifax. I breathed in the sea air after many months of life in Toronto, headed straight to t...

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Behind the Scenes at the Anansi Bookshop

Jun 06, 2019 - Jean Mathew

When I moved to Toronto three years ago to become a part of Canada’s publishing scene, I got a job working at the Anansi Bookshop, and it was surreal....

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Submissions Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts When Submitting a Manuscript - Part 1

May 22, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

 So, you've finished your manuscript. Congratulations! Now, it's time to think about next steps. If your dream is to be traditionally published, then ...

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Publishing Plans for Authors: Why Managing Your Journey Is Important

Apr 11, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

What is a publishing plan? Here at TEC, we’ve created many publishing plans for our non-fiction authors who have contracted us for our Publishing Cons...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media for Writers & Editors

Mar 28, 2019 - Jean Mathew

From its role in political elections, influencing fashion and beauty standards, launching careers, and empowering the activists of today, social media...

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Editorial Women: Then and Now

Mar 13, 2019 - Michael Bedford

A famous editor might sound like a contradiction in terms to some, but for those plugged into the literary world there are a few names that pop up tim...

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Ask the Editor: How Do I Get an Agent?

Jul 05, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  So, you’re moving into the finishing stages of writing your book and you’re beginning to think about acquiring an agent. At TE...

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4 Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

Jun 15, 2016 - Lesley-Anne

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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Self-Publishing Authors Need Good Editors Too

Jul 15, 2015 - Chris Cameron

As someone who likes to see writers get into print, I am particularly interested in the growth of the self-publishing community and the opportunities ...

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Ask the Editor: What to do with my book idea?

Jul 08, 2015 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  Are you thinking about self-publishing a book? Many people feel they have a book idea rattling around in their head, just waiting to be writte...

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Books Are Well and Alive at the Art Book Fair in New York City

Oct 04, 2013 - Sara Rozenberg

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the eighth annual New York Art Book Fair a couple of weekends ago, an event I’ve been wanting to go t...

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The Smell of a New Book: Lost to Progress?

Jan 16, 2012 - Nina Hoeschele

Print is dead. We've been warned about this for years. I can trace back my anxiety over the impending death of paper books to at least 2007, when I dr...

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Sowing a Cover

Aug 12, 2011 - Paul Eprile

Slipping singly from my fingers, lettuce seeds drop like punctuation marks, organic ellipses marking the start of a new season of cultivation. Onion...

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On Buying Books at Airports

Jul 18, 2011 - Beth McAuley

I just came back from a short vacation to Jacksonville, Florida. Or JAX, for short. I was visiting family and touring the Floridian countryside, see...

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TEC’s Take on Literary Journals & Magazines

Jul 06, 2011 - Nadine Bachan

In early June, Michael Redhill announced his departure from Brick. After over 10 years of editorial involvement with the literary magazine, #87—...

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TEC's Take on e-Book News

Jun 03, 2010 - Nadine Bachan

We like to keep up to date on all the innovations and debates constantly swirling around our community. E-Books and e-Book technologies have been at t...