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Should You Make Book Comparisons In Your Query Letter?

Should You Make Book Comparisons In Your Query Letter?

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Are You Ready For Publication? 10 Signs That You’re On The Brink Of Breaking In

Writer’s Relief, Inc. Writer’s Relief, Inc. is a highly recommended author’s submission service. Established in 1994, Writer’s Relief will help you target the best markets for your creative writing. Visit their website at http://www.writersrelief.com to receive their FREE Submit Write Now! newsletter (today, via e-mail), which contains valuable leads, guidelines, and deadlines for writing in…

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Verb Review #5: Adverbial Clauses

Clauses function as one of three parts of speech: adverb, adjective, or noun. This review is about adverbial clauses (also called “adverb clauses”). Reminder: A clause is a group of words that contains a finite verb. A finite verb shows tense. For example: sing, walked, was thinking, is living, etc. Finite verbs are also called…

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Etymons and Lemmas

If you understand the meaning of etymon and lemma in the two following statements, you may want to skip this post: Papyrus is the etymon of paper. An etymological dictionary gives the etymons or etymologies of its lemmas. An etymon is the antecedent form of a word. It’s the word or any of the separate…

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Poets and Writers Beware

Poets and Writers Beware

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Top 10 Confused Words in English

1. affect / effect These two words have specialized meanings in psychology, but in ordinary speech and writing, affect is most often used as a verb meaning “to act on or to cause a change” and effect as a noun meaning “a change that is the result of some action”: How will the move to…

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Who vs. That: Rule or Stylistic Choice?

On this language site and others, readers often question a writer’s choice of that instead of who to refer to a person. Here are some typical comments: As the word “that” [in this sentence] refers to human beings, shouldn’t the relative pronoun be “who”? English is my second language, and it hurts to see the…

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Verb Mistakes #3: Irregular Past Participles

The following verb errors appear in sources that could be expected to observe rules of standard usage. Incorrect: The victim could have eaten or drank something by accident. (TV detective) Correct : The victim could have eaten or drunk something by accident. The principal parts of drink are drink, drank, (have) drunk. Incorrect: Tonight was…

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Query Letter POV: Choosing The Right Point Of View In Your Query Letter

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Distraction-Free Writing

Distraction-Free Writing

Distraction-Free Writing I’ve noticed a big push lately toward writing free of distractions. I would guess that any writers out there reading this already know what I’m talking about, but for everyone else, let me clarify…I don’t actually mean turning off your cell phone, logging out of facebook and twitter and locking yourself in a…

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