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5 Tips for Getting Awesome Reviews of Your Book

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Why you want reviews written about your book
Where to find reviewers for your book
Some guidelines for reviewing a book
Include note asking readers to post a review 
Hold contest to get more reviews of your book
• BONUS: "Better (to) put a fox in a henhouse than to ask an author to judge his peers." - Jack McClelland 

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



Client’s book explores Mexican-American heritage

A recent Nikolas Gonzales Moranga Deconstructedediting client of mine has published his first book, a history of Mexican-American heritage as seen through his family tree.

Nikolas Gonzales' "Moraga Deconstructed: Illuminations in Mexican-American Heritage," examines the trajectories of Latin-American history across the world and in the United States through contemporary lenses and uses familial connections as a vehicle with which to intimately approach these histories. Among Gonzales' ancestors is Jose Joaquin Moraga, one of the founding commanders of the San Francisco Presidio in 1776.

The book can be purchased online in paperback or ebook.

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



Contrasting Different From vs. Different Than

Sometimes Peas-580333_1920writers struggle over which of these two phrases to use. One definitely is better than the other – usually.

Different from means “to contrast two things.” For example, if you wanted to show how one football team is strikingly dissimilar to another team, you might write The Los Angeles Rams play an offensive scheme that is different from the New York Giants.

Different than also means “to contrast”; the two words in the phrase often are split, as in Steve took a different approach to his science project than Mike did.

Traditionally, most editors prefer different from over different than if only because the latter phrase is split. Because of this, different from is far common in writing than different than. Sometimes though, different than actually results in a shorter, more clear sentence. For example, if the above example sentence for different than were written with different from, it would read as, Steve took an approach to his science project different from that used by Mike.

I recommend using different from, but in cases where you can avoid clunky sentences, go with different than.

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



8 Tips For Creating a Great Protagonist

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Constructing your story’s main character
How to create a memorable protagonist
How NOT to create a protagonist
How to make your main character likable
Create main character that readers bond with 
Hint at protagonist's intentions on opening page 
Allow main character to experience crisis of faith
Always involve main character in story ending
• BONUS: "First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!" – Ray Bradbury 

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



7 Alternative Ways to Plot Your Story

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Ways to break story structure 
Episodic fiction
Diary form
Search for a "macguffin"
Fate plot
Three-act structure
The Journey for a mythic plot
Frame story
• BONUS: "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." - Juan Ramon Jimenez

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



5 Great Quotations about Passion for Writing

“Ink, a 00000000000000000gDrug.” - Vladimir Nabokov

“I’m only really alive when I’m writing.” - Tennessee Williams

“It seemed to me that if I didn’t write, I would disappear.” - Frederick Seidel

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.” - Mary Oliver

“You need the devotion to your work that a priest of God has for his.” - Ernest Hemingway

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



Affirmation 34

Every success story begins with a dream. If you dream of being a professional, published author, that success story requires believing in yourself and in knowing that your efforts will lead to triumph. Read the motivational blog entry this quotation came from by clicking on the quote card.

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



What You Must Know to Write an Author's Bio

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How to write an author's bio 
Pay attention to your author's bio pic
• BONUS: “The biggest threat to authors in this age is not plagiarism or poverty, it’s obscurity.” 

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



13 Tips on Setting up a Self-Publishing Business

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To self-publish or not to self-publish?
What is an "imprint" in self-publishing?
You've self-published? You're a sole proprietor!
Do self-published writers need a business plan?
Elements of creating a successful book business
Value of creating your own publishing company 
What to name your publishing company
Does a self-published author need to incorporate?
When to file Fictitious Business Name Statement
Do self-published writers need business mailbox?  
Should you ever co-write your book?
Co-authors can form "general partnership"
Should you buy publisher's insurance?
• BONUS: Five Great Quotations about Business of Writing

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.



Getting the whole answer: Comprise vs. Compose

Writers often Pie-chart-149727_1280 confuse words with closely related meanings and similar spellings. Comprise and compose are among them.

Comprise is a verb that means “includes” or “consists of.” For example, Canada comprises 10 provinces.

Compose also is a verb and means “to make up the parts of.” To wit, Ten provinces compose Canada.

You’ll notice that in both of the given examples, the sentences are in active voice. You can create a passive voice structure for compose through is composed of as in Canada is composed of 10 provinces. The active voice version of the verb, however, makes for tighter writing.

And while some writers use is comprised of (Canada is comprised of 10 provinces) , it’s generally frowned upon. The Chicago Manual of Style calls it poor usage while The AP Stylebook forbids the structure.

A way to remember the difference between the words is comprise follows the structure of “whole to parts” while compose is “parts to whole.”

Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy competition, your writing needs a second eye to give you the edge. I can provide that second eye.