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PARING IT DOWN: PITCH vs. TAG vs. BLURB vs. SYNOPSIS by Jami Gray

Last month I tackled the Sinister Synopsis and some time during my battle preparations it hit me that perhaps a discussion should be had on the various incarnations of paring a book down. In this season of conferences, authors are forever challenged to wrap their precious bundle of pages into smaller and smaller packages in an effort to snag the illusive attention of those fabled editors and publishers.

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Life Has Been Created! by Catharine Bramkamp

Passive sentences gained popularity in the mid- 18th century with new scientific research. The agreement between the scientists and the publishers of journals and newspapers was that the scientist (a new term and a new field of study) were to write up their ideas and findings passively.

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A Year To Publication: Finding An Agent. Why I Have an Agent by Jennifer Snow

In today’s publishing market, deciding whether or not you need or want an agent can be a challenging decision to make. With self-publishing keeping all of the control in the author’s hands and smaller digital-only presses accepting submissions directly from the author, it can sometimes seem like an unnecessary step. Depending on your career goals, it may be. However, if you choose to follow the traditional publishing route, a good agent can be your biggest ally.

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Use Microsoft Word to Stop Shooting Yourself in the Foot by Molli Nickell

For 20 years, frustrated writers have arrived at my Story-Doctor virtual doorstep, manuscripts and hearts in hand. (This may not be totally accurate. Actually, I’ve never opened an email that included a photo of the sender clutching a bloody manuscript in one hand, their bleeding heart in the other. But, I digress.)