Tutorials

Tutorials

There’s a lot a writer can do to make the experience of working with an editor more valuable.  Here, we’re starting a library of useful tips on things you can do yourself and things that might be helpful if you’re not a wizard with all the tools we use to create and revise our manuscripts.

Be sure to check back from time to time to see what’s new.

Who’s Who?

Don’t confuse your readers with ambiguous pronoun antecedents

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Pet Words

Discovering overused words in your manuscript — and ideas for dealing with them

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Take Command of Your Commas

The basic rules of comma usage — and when you can break them

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Don’t Ring an Agent’s Alarm Bells

How to avoid one of the things that puts agents and acquisition editors on edge

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Don’t Leave Your Readers Dangling

How to avoid dangling phrases and clauses that don’t really say what you mean

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What Software-based Editing Can — and Can’t — Do for You

Some things that authors should consider

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Making Your Writing Life Easier with Microsoft Word Style Tags

You can request a sample document with some style tags defined to use as a base document for getting started

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Download Tag Definition Spreadsheet
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Using “Track Changes” and Reviewer Comments

The basics of how to process what you receive back from me

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