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Inventing Reality Editing Service
Hudson, WI
Rob Bignell, Editor
Interests: Editing, Self-Publishing, Writing, Marketing
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Sometimes sentences are too complex or too long to read because no punctuation or conjunction is used to connect ideas. When two clauses that could be independent sentences are joined that way, you’ve written a run-on sentence. Consider the following run-on sentence: Heavy wind and rain struck the area Tuesday,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Indie authors always should keep track of their business transactions via journals and ledgers. A journal is used to record all business transactions – meaning income and expenses. All of these transactions should be shown in the supporting documents (sales slips, invoices, etc.) that you’re keeping and filing. You may... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A lot of people really mess up these three words. In fact, I’m surprised that they’ve not used up the world’s allotment of allowable mistakes for this trio. A lot is not a word. It actually is two words that refer to a grouping or patch of property, as in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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When formatting your manuscript for conversion to ebook, don’t use the tab key to indent paragraphs. Doing so usually results in your manuscript being declined for publication…or worse, being accepted for publication while looking like a mess. When formatting a paperback in MS Word, using the tab key for indentation... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the most important events in our lives are various rites of passage – confirmation, high school graduation, drinking for the first time, obtaining a driver’s license, marriage, firstborn child. Often in fiction the protagonist also undergoes a symbolic rite of passage. Called an initiation, the story centers on the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“Book-buyers aren’t attracted, by and large, by the literary merits of a novel; book-buyers want a good story to take with them on the airplane, something that will first fascinate them, then pull them in and keep them turning the pages.” - Stephen King “We are all apprentices in a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“...All artists’ work is autobiographical. Any writer’s work is a map of their psyche. You can really see what their concerns are, what their obsessions are, and what interests them.” - Kim Addonizio “...when I write a book or a story, I...am the only one speaking, no matter how I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client has published her first book. Monica Di Santi’s “Fun with Languages: Tips and Tricks to Master Foreign Languages Easily” is a comprehensive hands-on guide that helps you improve your command of foreign languages, build self-confidence, and understand why you're failing in certain areas beyond your linguistic... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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All stories, no matter which genre, consists of plot, characters, setting, point of view and theme. How those various elements are weaved together is called narrative structure. This structure marks the way that your story is presented to readers for them to experience. As you might imagine, there are countless... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the most frightening aspects of a nightmare – whether in sleep or metaphorically in real life, – is that there seems to be no escape. The phantom gives constant chase, the terror remains unrelenting. We have no control of the situation. Writing, in contrast, ranks among those few acts... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Sometimes as an indie author you need to withdraw their book from sale at Amazon.com. Maybe you’ve come up with a new cover or have rewritten the book and don’t want the older version up for sale. Maybe you’ve run into contractual or other legal issues that prevent you from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Just because you have a lot of people on your email marketing list doesn’t mean you’ll sell more books. What matters is the quality of those subscribers. You don’t want to send emails to a thousand people who never buy your book but to 10 people who always will. Fortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Once you’ve decided on a topic for your email marketing campaign, you’ll need to craft a message. This is where the hard work begins. An email marketing message consists of two major parts. The first is the subject line. This is what the reader will see in his ebook even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Anytime you use email marketing to encourage book sales, you’re engaging in a campaign. Such campaigns shouldn’t simply say “buy my book” but instead ought to deliver “news” to readers about your titles. Given this, email marketing campaigns for your book should not be sent daily and usually not even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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The key to selling books is to “make contact with” or reach potential readers of your titles. After all, if a reader doesn’t know about your book, she can’t purchase it. Among the best ways to reach readers is through email marketing. Email marketing involves sending people emails that promote... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Readers of paper books have come to expect that a new chapter begins on a new page, even if that means blank white space at the bottom of the page where the last chapter ended. As all of us live in an era where paper books still are part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Perhaps the best way to promote your book on Goodreads is to host a book giveaway. In a giveaway, readers enter a contest for the right to receive a free copy of your book. Goodreads randomly selects a winner from the entrants, and you then mail a copy of your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Self-published authors need to keep a variety of documents, especially if making any claims or deductions on federal income taxes. While you may not have to submit these documents when filing, you’ll need them if audited. They’ll also help you remember, while doing your taxes, what expenses you actually had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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When penning a story, concentrating on its smallest chunk – the scene – marks a good approach. Rather than be overwhelmed by the complexity and multiple layers of the entire story, focusing on this basic dramatic unit makes writing more manageable. Begin building a scene by focusing on a single... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Do you feel unmotivated to write? As if you aren’t inspired anymore? Then ask what triggers you to write and place yourself in those situations that will flip your creativity’s on switch. Do you write by chance – that is when you encounter strange juxtapositions in life? Then go to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Google+, with more than 110 million monthly visitors, now ranks as one of the world’s most used social networking sites. Indeed, I easily have three times as many followers on Google+ than on Twitter yet put in far, far less effort to get them. In addition, Google search engines favor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Just as modern technology has led to new ways of publishing, so it also has created new opportunities to promote your book. Among the best of those options is an online book tour. Rather than a book tour in which you go to brick and mortar booksellers or other stores... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Sometimes writers get too creative for their own good. Such is the case when they think about all the stories their characters – major and minor – could experience. While the writer’s understanding of the world he’s creating is laudable, for the reader all of those storylines can be overwhelming.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” - Richard Wright “The writer’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, training himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service