Copyeditors and bullshit removal

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I love copyeditors. I just wish they could go further. Over the years, the many copyeditors I’ve worked with have flagged my embarrassing misspellings, taught me obscure grammar rules, and saved me from looking stupid.  We bond over our Oxford commas. And I pride myself on creating “clean” prose — drafts that are ready for copyedit … Continued

Do you teach your children to Google?

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There is truth on the net. There are lies. Have you taught your children how to tell the difference? I’m currently homeschooling my 16-year old. They are right now working on a research paper I assigned. I began to ask myself if my kid has the skills to know, not just how to search, but … Continued

Bleeding Ink podcast: my history and my mission

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I had a lot of fun with this interview with J.S. Leonard for his Bleeding Ink podcast, which serves indie authors. We got to talk about how I got where I am now and what I’m passionate about. If you’d like to hear a fun conversation about an hour, give a listen or download it to your phone … Continued

To Mark Zuckerberg: How a Facebook Truth Icon could cure fake news

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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook: False news is out of hand. People read lies and obliviously share them on Facebook. You can solve this problem. Not only that, you can solve it in a scalable way, without censoring anything and without changing your main sharing algorithm. Let’s see how. … Continued

Upcoming Donald Trump policy proposals

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I recently got access to the secret playbook Donald Trump uses to generate a new, ever more outrageous policy every eight or nine days. I’ve used it to predict the next six weeks of Trump news stories: International loser database. “As soon as I get in office, the State Department will begin tracking losers in every governments on earth,” … Continued

How to launch a book

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If you want a great book launch, your focus after completing the manuscript should be on promotion and relationships. Great books sell, but they don’t sell themselves. The traditional publishing process has three stages. In the first stage, you create a proposal and pitch the book to publishers. In the second stage, you complete your research and … Continued

How the candidates would mindlessly trash your privacy

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Last night’s CNN Debate was about how the Republican candidates are “tougher” than Democrats. But look close. Tougher always means violating somebody’s rights, including yours. While the debate moderators asked about the mass collection of phone records, they glossed right over the implicit privacy violations in many of the candidates’ proposal. Only one candidate — Rand … Continued