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Writing During a Pandemic: How to Meet Your Goals and Stay Productive

May 27, 2020 - Molly Rookwood

As I write this, we’re three months into the worst global pandemic in over a century. The world we live in is unprepared and unequipped to run smoothl...

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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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Bringing Your Manuscript to the Next Level: 5 Tech Tips for Writers

May 06, 2020 - 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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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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Social Media: Can It Preserve a Record of Our Times?

Apr 22, 2020 -

Originally, this week we had scheduled a blog on social media trends. However, given all that is happening in the world today and, especially, how soc...

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The History of the QWERTY Keyboard: How It Came to Be

Apr 14, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

The QWERTY keyboard: You may have heard this term before, or said it (FYI, it’s “kwerty”) — but where did this specific layout of keys come from?   ...

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5 Online Editorial and Literary Communities to Take a Look at if You Haven’t Already

Apr 08, 2020 - Michael Bedford

Although in-person writing circles and book clubs will eventually reclaim their rightful places in public libraries and diners across the land, online...

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A Question of Tenses: Which Tense to Choose and Why

Mar 31, 2020 - Molly Rookwood

We use different tenses all the time: I am listening to music. I went to the store on Saturday. I will make broccoli tonight. I am waiting for the tel...

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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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Why You Should Read Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing

Mar 04, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

March 8 is international Women's Day, and to mark the occasion, we'd like to bring out a blog from our archives: Lesley-Anne's review of Toronto Tra...

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Leap Years and Years of Confusion: On the Peculiar Origins of Leap Years

Feb 26, 2020 - Michael Bedford

“Thirty days have November, April, June, and September. With 28 there is but one. All the rest have 31,” but not this year. This year, none of the mon...

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7 Tips for Clear and Effective Business Writing

Feb 13, 2020 - Molly Rookwood and Beth McAuley

Chances are good that you will have to do some writing at some point in your business career. And regardless of your field, your writing will have to ...

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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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Writing an Undergraduate Thesis: Where to Start

Jan 30, 2020 - Molly Rookwood

So, you’ve done your years of studying. You’ve written countless essays and papers and exams. You know enough about a specific subject that you could ...

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Spring Festival: A Brief History of the Chinese New Year

Jan 22, 2020 - Michael Bedford

On January 25, 2020, the Chinese lunar calendar will turn over once again. In preparation for this year’s Spring Festival, I did some research, and pr...

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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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How to Turn Connecting Sentences into Powerful Parts of Your Prose

Jan 08, 2020 - Jonathan Adjemian

There are plenty of different approaches to writing. Some writers like to let the words pour out on the page and clean and shape them later; some outl...

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6 Joyful Cocktail Recipes To Get Your Holiday Started!

Dec 18, 2019 - TEC Editors & Bloggers

It’s the holiday season, and nothing gets party guests feeling as festive as a delicious cocktail! In this quick blog, we’ll share some great recipes ...

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TEC Editors Dream Big! Our 6 Ideal Holiday Gifts

Dec 10, 2019 - TEC Editors

The holidays are fast approaching, and recently we started talking about what would be on our “pie in the sky, dreaming big” editorial wish list — wha...

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Festivals of Lights: How the Candles and Lights of Winter Holidays Illuminate the Dark

Dec 04, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

As the world grows dark and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, cultures across the globe gather to drive away the gloom. There are dozens of holidays ce...

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5 Festive Holiday Markets in the Golden Horseshoe to Get Your Season Started!

Nov 26, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Days get shorter, nights get longer, and festive winter holiday markets start popping up everywhere. Some holiday markets are understated, and others ...

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Midterm Madness: A Primer on How to Format Your APA Academic Paper

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Nov 20, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

November has rolled around again, which can only mean one thing (for students, anyway): midterms and papers are coming up and will be due before the w...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Strong Prose: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes

Nov 13, 2019 - Laura Cameron

Punctuation marks are the signposts of prose. They indicate what’s important and where to pause. They add rhythm to your sentences. They help your rea...

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How to Improve Informal Writing in Business Emails

Nov 07, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Chances are, you have had a lot of experience or contact with business writing: compiling expense or business reports, writing up contracts, and craft...

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Editing Business Writing for Precision and Clarity

Oct 31, 2019 - Beth McAuley

We have had a few calls recently from clients looking for help with business writing projects, so we thought we would re-post this timeless blog to he...