Why is it taking so long to edit your book?

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The duration of your editing process depends far more on you than it does on your editor. I recently told a friend of mine that I was working on editing two 70,000-word books right now. “How long does that take?” she asked. I didn’t have a simple answer, and that got me thinking. I’ve edited … Continued

Improve your business writing with the TL;DR principle

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TL;DR is internet slang for “Too long, didn’t read.” The writer typically follows the letters “TL;DR” with a quick summary of the content of a long post. If you embrace the spirit of TL;DR properly, it can dramatically improve the quality of your writing. Here’s how TL;DR works in the informal settings of sites like … Continued

The glorious freedom of starting over

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Sometimes losing everything is an opportunity. Forty years ago, in late December, I broke up with my wife. After years of unhappiness, it had become clear that the we didn’t belong together. She requested that I leave the apartment the next morning. I had a small suitcase full of clothes and nothing else. I called … Continued

Why fiction writing advice is worthless to nonfiction writers

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There are a million suckers hoping to publish their fictional stories. As a result, there’s lots of advice from people hoping to help — or prey on — these suckers. If you write nonfiction, this sort of advice is just noise. Why you should ignore advice for “writers” If you tell someone you are a … Continued

Ask for feedback or reviews . . . but not both in the same survey

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You can use customer contact information to request feedback, or collect text for posting in an online review. But doing both in the same question, like so many “efficient” strategies, is bound to backfire. A disclaimer that undermines trust I recently worked with a title company to manage the purchase of a new home. Home … Continued

Amazon Token crypto scam: capturing traffic with timely SEO

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Last week I posted about the Amazon Token crypto scam advertised on Facebook. That post received 4,000 views in six days, which is about eight times my usual traffic for a new post, and shows no sign of stopping. Here’s what made it take off. A deliberate move to capture traffic through SEO As soon … Continued

Judge minces no words when sanctioning Trump lawyers Sidney Powell et al.

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Federal judge Linda V. Parker had the task of determining if Trump election lawyers including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood should receive sanctions for misuse of the judiciary system in Michigan. Her opinion isn’t just clear, it’s outspoken, bold, and unequivocal — a rarity in legal works. Judge Parker’s 110-page opinion states, in meticulous detail, … Continued