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Why My Manuscript Was Rejected

Here are some of the common reasons the editor didn’t make it through the first chapter: 1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Answers to Questions About Semicolons

  Here are three questions readers posed about use of prepositions and our responses. This sentence showcases my burning semicolon question: “That’s a great trick; best I’ve seen in ages.” I know the second clause in it contains no subject … Continue reading

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These should already be known by writers and editors:

Dad, Mom, Sis, Grandpa, and other nouns are not capitalized IF an adjective is before it. For example, your mom, not your Mom; my grandpa, not my Grandpa. A character’s thoughts are italicized and the words I, my, mine, or … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Brainstorming the Perfect Title

In K.M. Welland’s blog, she writes: Research titles in your genre. Zoom by Amazon and take a look at your genre’s bestseller list. What do the top twenty titles have in common? Write down the ones that particularly pop out … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Rejected Before Publishers Even Read a Word

People who work in book publishing always have a ridiculous amount of reading to get through. I once worked on what is pejoratively termed the “slush pile” in the HarperCollins fiction department, where I would often be the first reader. … Continue reading

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What we do…

The PTP Book Division  http://www.ptpbookdivision.com FICTION The PTP Fiction Book Division specializes in edgy adult fiction. We strive to offer the reader the best reading experience in paper and digital format. Our books cover issues that other publishers may find … Continue reading

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