Is your manuscript suffering from the blahs? Do you find certain passages feel sluggish but you don’t know why? It could be that you’ve got way too much passive language in there. In fact, that’s one of the most frequent comments I make when I am critiquing an author’s manuscript. Most authors aren’t even aware that they are relying so heavily on passive language until I point it out to them. Here’s a quick way to determine if your writing is too passive.… Read More

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Too often, I receive queries from authors who have opted into self-publishing their first book, only to see that they have made a huge mistake in the way they have gone about it. Here’s one recent email I received that shows just how easy it is to make a decision that may adversely affect your career as an author:… Read More

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Recently I wrote a post on how to market your book and received such overwhelming positive response, I decided to focus on how you can market your book even before you’ve finished writing it. My tips below drill down into specific steps you can take now to ensure you have a head start on building sales even while you’re still writing.… Read More