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Tips for Avoiding Redundancy

Tautologies pair synonymous words. “But” and “however” mean the same thing, so the phrase “but however” is redundant. A moment is by its nature brief, so we needn’t speak of a brief moment to be understood. You don’t have to explain the reason why when you can explain the reason, or when you can explain why. Read more

Crossing Over

Fiction and nonfiction writers have a lot to teach each other about the craft. Here’s how writing in both genres will make you that much better. Read more

Reality Bites

Use real people, places and things in your writing without getting into trouble. Read more

4 Things to Know Before You Go

Use this expert’s advice to make the most of
your agent and editor meetings at writers conferences this year.
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A Guide to Writers’ Rights in the New Millennium

The incredible growth of electronic communication and the rise of the e-publishing industry over the last few years are altering the way books get published. Attorney and author Howard Zaharoff offers tips on negotiating your next book publishing contract with specific regards to electronic rights. Read more

Setting Your Sites

The time is nigh: If you don’t have a presence on the Web, you’re going to get left behind. Here’s why your website can be the key to your writing career, and how to do a site right. Read more

Marketing

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3 Tips for Using Movement to Engage Readers

Action and movement are essential keys to any good story. In Stephen Wilbers”, Keys to Great Writing, the author discusses style, precision, structure, grammar, punctuation and, of course, developing movement. Read more

Ready for Takeoff?

This month launches the second year of Zine Scene. For those of you just aboard, let us take a moment to tell you what it’s all about. Read more

How to Make Your Submission Stand Out

Mike Po, as president and A&R of Limited Potential Records, discovered acts such as Smashing Pumpkins, Brainiac and Catherine. Read more

ON THE AIR

Promote your work by voicing your way to the top of the radio airwaves. Read more

Selling to the Sisters

You don’t have to be female or have drawers full of published clips to break into major women’s markets. Read more

Words to Avoid

A few tips you can use to avoid the words that irk editors. Read more

The Sentence Sleuth: Nix Those Nominalizations

Our new grammar guru shows you how to avoid receiving the Naughtiest Writing Habit Award. Read more

What is a Blog?

Q: While I’ve read several sites referred to as “blogs,” I’m not really sure what a blog is. What is a blog? —Christopher B. A: From writers at award-winning newspapers, to magazine … Read more

What Christine Byl can’t not do

Is writing something you can’t NOT do? If so, you’re on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl Read more

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