Category Archives: Writing tips

What is a Book Without Pictures?

                        “A tall man looks from a battlemented roof over sea and shore; he holds a globe in his right hand, while a staff in his left rests on … Continue reading

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If I Had More Time I Would Write You A Shorter Letter

The paragraph in quotes is entirely serviceable. Given time to edit, however, it can be more dynamic and easier to read. In revising I cut the word count from 76 to 59. This takes it from the 12th grade level to the … Continue reading

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Word and .pdf Files

I’m on a Mac and I use the latest version of Word since I have an Office 365 subscription.  Word saves documents to .pdfs with little loss of formatting. Printed out, such a file looks almost  like the original Word … Continue reading

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On Deadlines

“I find that it takes a lot of years of living, and many more of reckoning, to come up with one worthwhile paragraph. And when a deadline looms, prayer doesn’t hurt, either.” Carmen Agra Deedy I respect many newspaper reporters … Continue reading

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Updating My Book Proposal At NevadaAg.com

02/12/2017 Update: Revisions completed! Original post: Five months ago I constructed a website (external link) to support a book proposal on Nevada agriculture. That site needs updating and I’m doing that this week. The sample chapter I have in .pdf needs the most work. In … Continue reading

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Thoughts On The University Press System

University presses exist throughout the United States. They’d seem a logical choice when looking for a publisher. But perhaps not, especially for a non-academic like myself. First, a realistic assessment written by an anonymous insider. Then a few comments from a … Continue reading

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The Writing Process

Everybody writes and edits in a different way. Here’s an example of my process. The first paragraph is my first draft and the following paragraphs the finished product. I hesitate to say finished because I will probably keep editing until I send … Continue reading

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