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Writing Nonfiction

Eight preparatory steps necessary to successfully write a nonfiction book. Choose your topic. The first thing you want to do as you prepare to write a nonfiction book is choose a topic for your project carefully. This may seem like … Continue reading

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“To Be” or not “To Be”

How to Eliminate “To Be” Verbs Identify−Students need to memorize the “to be” verbs to avoid using them and to revise those that they have used in essays: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been. Teach students to self-edit by circling … Continue reading

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Using the BISAC Subject Codes

What does BISAC stand for? BISAC is an acronym for Book Industry Standards and Communications. What are BISAC subject codes? The BISAC Subject Heading List (BSHL for short) is an industry-approved list of subject descriptors (or headings), each of which … Continue reading

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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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Who or Whom?

The confusion between “who” and “whom” is one of the most common problems writers face. “Who” is used as the subject of a verb or complement of a linking verb. It’s a nominative pronoun. “Whom” is used as the object … Continue reading

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Advice for aspiring writers:

“Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach … 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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