Category Archives: revising writing

Reporting Will Change You

I never talked to strangers until five years ago when I did some newspaper reporting.(internal link) That changed me. I was forced to ask questions, the best I could think of. Turns out that nearly everybody is interesting if you … Continue reading

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Another Revising Example

Before: In certain cases, an existing Texas child custody order may need to be modified by a court after custody has been initially determined. This means you can request a court to modify a custody order when a new and … Continue reading

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Taking a New Course Through Berkeley Extension

I’ve signed up for Writing for Social Media: Prose That Works for Web 2.0. (external link) Starts the first week of February and runs for a month and a half. The course number is English X468. I previously took a … Continue reading

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A Book Contract Example

This is the contract a national guidebook publisher uses who has over 100 titles in print. It’s the contract I signed with the publisher with whom I am no longer doing business with (internal link) The publisher originally offered me … Continue reading

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What Does Junk Mail and Wikipedia Have in Common?

The answer is that both only get  a two to three percent response to their solicitations. And while junk mail sells junk, Wikipedia serves a good purpose. Their articles do a fine job of providing secondary source material  (external link) and … Continue reading

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DHL, Serial Disorder and T.S. Eliot

DHL I am using DHL to ship for the first time and getting odd results. They charge a premium price but the service isn’t premium. To hurry up a mineral identification I had my local shipping store send a tiny … Continue reading

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Notes to Other Writers Using Word and Acrobat DC

This discussion is what Americans call inside baseball. Every non-writer can safely tune out. I’m using the latest version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, as well as the expensive Adobe Acrobat DC for creating .pdf files. After much experimenting … Continue reading

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