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A Zombie-ish Apocalypse

One of my recent projects has been for self-published author Shannon Mayer, who recently published A Zombie-ish Apocalypse: a trilogy of novellas that follow the story of one couple as their life goes to hell. A paranormal romance set in a post apocalyptic world, Mara and Sebastian fight off marauders and monsters alike. But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear … read more

Seamless Editing

I recently had a discussion with several fellow editors about voice and style. Namely, when to leave it in and when to take it out. Every piece of writing has a natural voice to it. As an editor sometimes I have to make a decision about when to leave something that’s not wrong, but could be written clearer, and when to rework a sentence from … read more

A Copy Editing Sample

A while ago I had the pleasure of working with Author Marilyn Pontuck on a book proposal–I did a copy edit of her cover letter and shared some information on the publishing world in general. She has kindly agreed to let me share a before-and-after of her work so you can see the difference that editing makes (I’m only include excerpts, to avoid making this … read more

Grammar Police: 3 Common Grammar Mistakes

Today many people learn grammar by ear and application rather than through rules and an understanding of proper sentence structure. But there are a few quick rules you can learn that will help you avoid the grammar police. Here are a few of my favorites: Which is proper English? Most people know that there’s a difference between American English and British English, but they aren’t … read more

Elements of a Media Kit

I covered “What Is a Media Kit?” the other day, and mentioned briefly what goes inside of a media kit. Here is a further breakdown of the individual pieces that goes inside to help introduce your company to an outsider. A basic press kit includes the following: A Company Bio. A brief explanation of the company’s history, a bio serves to explain why and how … read more

What is a Media Kit?

A press kit, or media kit, as defined by Wikipedia is a pre-packaged set of promotional materials of a person, company, or organization distributed to members of the media for promotional use. They are often distributed to announce a release or for a news conference. The materials in the release “introduce” the company, so in addition to media distribution, a press kit can be a … read more