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Archive for October, 2012

Getting the Right Prescription

By: Caroline Smart

Or maybe it should be “Getting the Prescription Right.” As a nurse, I have long winced over incorrect medical terminology in novels. A lot of writers get even the basics wrong, and they lose me right away if an error is made as I tend to get stuck and stop paying attention to the storyline. In medicine, when a mistake is made, sometimes people die, and that is to be avoided at all costs.

Some cringe-worthy examples I have seen include:

Ten Ways to Find More Time to Write

By: Meredith Lee

One of the keys to good writing is to actually make sure you sit down and write—every day. Waiting for a flash of inspiration or a brilliant idea is probably not going to get you where you want to be.

Cut four more pieces from the remaining fabric

By: Meredith Saunders

My inner schoolteacher comes out when I edit, which is actually a good thing for my authors. Time and again, I see the same common grammatical mistakes, and I realize this is because they are hard! Personally, I have a problem with were and where, but I think that is just a brain glitch when it comes to typing on my part since they have no connection in meaning. The following examples, however, do have similar meanings, and it is too easy to get tripped up by them.

Do Judge a Book By Its Cover

By: Susan Shallcross

The truth is, most of us do judge books by their covers. The visual summation of your book is the basis on which many people make the decision to buy it or not.

And it is tempting when you are publishing your book, particularly your first book, to try to design its cover yourself—or to get a friend who has some graphic design experience, or a creative eye, to do it.

Writing a Book Makes You a Go-To Expert

The market for professional services has always been competitive, and with the downturn in the economy, this has clearly only intensified. It is now even more of a challenge to distinguish yourself in today’s marketplace and doing so has become more crucial to the expansion and maintenance of your practice.

Pour mixture over ribs

By: Susan Shallcross

I was talking to a long-established author yesterday about crafting a marketing plan for his latest book. When I started using words like blogs, Twitter and Facebook, I saw confusion cloud his distinguished face. He actually stood up to leave when I said it would be a good idea for him to start tweeting. I asked him to stay; he asked me to stop using nonsensical, “made-up” words.

Not all of us grew up with the Internet and the power of social media. If you fall in that category, maybe I can help. Let’s start with the world of blogs and blogging.

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